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IVF # 3 - in Prague

IVF Procedures are upwards of $20,000 in the United States. But did you know that in Prague it is $4,000?

A blog by Megan Swanek, May 6, 2016

Right after our little girl was born, my husband booked our flights to Vienna, Prague and Budapest. He is amazing at the mileage game, and scored our business class tickets, valued around $7,000 each, for just $150. It was a huge leap of faith for first-time parents with a newborn to take, and we wondered if we bit off more than we could chew. We didn't yet know what a trip to the grocery store with a little one would entail, let alone spending three weeks trekking around three different cities.

IVF: Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow

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Kara Nguyen, MD, MPH

A blog by Kara Nguyen, MD, MPH, RMA of Central Pennsylvania at PinnacleHealth, August 11, 2015
As with most new discoveries, the pioneers of this technology were first to experience the challenges of the fledgling treatment. Back then IVF was more risky and less predictable. Almost 40 years of optimizing in vitro fertilization has nearly eliminated the barriers to safe and effective IVF for many patients, and over 5 million babies have been born.

Tasmania Shortage of Sperm Donors

TasIVF turns to US for donors,  Nov 18, 2013

Tasmanian women may soon have a shorter wait for sperm donors when help comes from overseas according to TasIVF. Currently, women waiting for eggs have a two year wait, and those waiting for sperm have a one year wait. This is even with the trend in increased donors over the last year. In Australia, it is illegal to compensate donors, all donations must be altruistic.


Semen Allergy Could Impede Efforts to Conceive

FertilityAuthority,  June 12, 2013

Just when you thought getting pregnant couldn’t be any more difficult, a new study says as many as 12 percent of women could also be allergic to semen.

Published in the journal, Human Fertility , researchers found that hypersensitivity to human semen (HHS) can cause a range of allergy symptoms from irritation and itching to anaphylactic shock. Women between the ages of 20 and 30 are most likely to have a more severe reaction, immediately or within an hour after exposure to semen.


Can the Flu Increase Your Risk of Having a Baby with Bipolar Disorder?

FertilityAuthority,  May 9, 2013

Another reason for fertility patients to get the influenza vaccine: a new study suggests that having the flu during pregnancy could increase the risk of the child having bipolar disorder.


Study Shows Association Between Sleep and Sperm Quality

FertilityAuthority,  April 29, 2013

April 29, 2013

New research published in the American Journal of Epidemiology says men who don’t get enough sleep could also be at risk of decreased sperm count.

The study is a first of its kind to examine the association between sleep and sperm quality. Other studies have examined the association between sleep and men’s health risks, or even sexual activity.


Ratio of Omega-6 to Omega-3 Fatty Acids Impacts Implantation

FertilityAuthority,  April 24, 2013

Presented at the Society for Gynecologic Investigation 2013 annual meeting, new findings suggest that a greater ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acid intake could improve embryo implantation with in vitro fertilization (IVF).


The Sexy Smell of Testosterone

FertilityAuthority,  April 22, 2013

A recent study published in the Journal of Evolution and Human Behavior says that during ovulation, women are more likely to be attracted to masculine men. Men with higher levels of testosterone produce increased levels of the chemical androstenol, which releases a musky scent. Previous studies have shown that ovulation influences a woman’s preference for men with more masculine physical features and other characteristics of high testosterone. These are likely the result of a biological cue of male fertility and strength.


Uterine Transplant Recipient Pregnant via Frozen Embryo Transfer

FertilityAuthority,  April 12, 2013

April 12, 2013

A new report says that the first ever uterus cadaver transplant was not only successful, but the recipient is now pregnant.

Twenty-two year old Derya Sert, born without a uterus, received a cadaveric uterus donation in August 2011 with the goal of successfully carrying a pregnancy. Embryos created of Sert’s eggs and her husband’s sperm were frozen until medical teams were confident the transplant was accepted and ready to bear a pregnancy.



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