When it comes to holiday hours, each fertility clinic operates differently. Some clinics close for a few days or even weeks during the winter holidays. Other clinics maintain morning monitoring hours, but schedule IVF lab procedures for after the New Year. Closing all or a portion of the facility allows treatment staff to spend much needed time with family, gives them the opportunity to catch up on paperwork, and offers down time to thoroughly clean the lab without risking egg or embryo viability.
Researchers at the Atlanta Center for Reproductive Medicine (ACRM) recently evaluated data from 16,001 intrauterine insemination (IUI) cycles from 2010-2013 that used the oral medications Letrozole or Clomid. The data showed that Letrozole was associated with lower multiple pregnancy rates for women of all age groups.
For decades, fertility clinics utilized a slow freeze technique for freezing of eggs and embryos. This method was successful with embryos, but frozen eggs showed only a 50% survival rate. It was clear that a more efficient and successful technique was needed. Today, vitrification allows for 90% or greater survival for both embryos and eggs.
The use of single embryo transfer in IVF is a way to reduce the risk of multiples when fertility drugs help create multiple eggs for fertilization.Atlanta fertility doctor David Keenan, who treats fertility patients at Atlanta Center for Reproductive Medicine provides more information.
All injectable fertility drugs that stimulate the ovaries have one thing in common, the hormone FSH (follicle stimulating hormone), explains Dr. Daniel Shapiro, an Atlanta fertility doctor with Reproductive Biology Associates in Atlanta. These fertility drugs drugs are used with some IUI cycles and in IVF cycles.
Trying to conceive? Gearing up for fertility treatment? Surely you are taking all steps possible to get your body ready for the journey to parenthood. But, have you given enough thought to the amount of folic acid in your prenatal vitamin?
In general, pregnancy success rates using donor egg are high because the eggs are from women in their 20s. Dr. Jim Toner, a fertility doctor with Atlanta Center for Reproductive Medicine, explains that the use of genetic testing further increases the success rates, even with single embryo transfer.
Donor egg disclosure is advised, but it's a personal matter and a number of issues should be taken into account. Dr. Daniel Shapiro, Medical Director of Reproductive Biology Associates in Atlanta, GA, and Clinical Director of My Egg Bank, N.A. explains.