Dr. Samuel Pang, Medical Director at IVF New England, has been treating gay and transgender men and women since 1998. He spoke with FertilityAuthority about options for preserving your fertility and building your family before and after transitioning.
Egg freezing is a viable option not just for women who want to preserve their fertility, but also for egg donors and women who are using donor eggs to have a baby. Donors’ eggs are frozen and women/couples purchase a cohort of eggs from a donor chosen from an egg bank’s database.
As compared to fresh egg donation, frozen egg donation is less expensive and provides a greater choice of donors and convenience – the donor and recipient don’t need to be synched for stimulation and retrieval, says Dr. Samuel Pang, a fertility doctor and medical director of IVF New England. A recent study in which IVF New England participated showed there are comparable pregnancy rates with fresh and frozen donor eggs.
For 26 years, Carol Lesser, N.P. has worked at Boston IVF. “I continue to love it,” she says, “because I always find something fascinating and interesting about it. It just pushes my boundaries.” FertilityAuthority is pleased to honor Lesser as Nurse of the Month.
A blog by Alice Domar, PhD, Executive Director of the Domar Center for Mind/Body Health, Director of Mind/Body Services at Boston IVF, May 16, 2014
It makes intuitive sense that stress should lead to decreases in fertility. It has certainly been observed in the animal model. If you stress animals by crowding them or limiting their access to food, their fertility rates decrease. When you put them in more comfortable surroundings or give them more food, they quickly begin to reproduce normally.
The term "designer babies" is misleading everyone on the benefit of pre-testing with in vitro fertilization (IVF). It cannot be applied to current medical techniques and is a theoretical term and connotes the idea that technologies can genetically engineer a child with specific and desired traits based on a preference for such characteristics as blue eyes, brown hair, and skin with freckles for example.
Based on lifestyle surveys and sperm samples, researchers at Harvard School of Public Health concluded weight lifting and consumption of fish could improve sperm count, while moderate intake of caffeine and alcohol had no adverse impact. This information was presented at the American Society for Reproductive Medicine Conference in Boston, MA this month. The data was gathered at Massachusetts General Hospital Fertility Center over a 6 year period.
Last week I attended the annual American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) meeting in Boston. I was able to attend some intriguing talks and discussions about male fertility and female fertility, use of donor gametes, and a few on current research studies. It was energizing to speak with so many colleagues who are dedicated to this field, who value their patients, and who are working very hard to improve technology and services in the reproductive community.