Why is it so important for fertility clinics to show honesty in IVF reporting? The answer is simple. Each clinic abides by its own rules and general guidelines set forth by the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) for cancelled cycles, number of embryos transferred, which patients are rolled into the research group (thus allowing the outcome of their cycle to go without reporting), and age or diagnosis cut-offs for IVF patients.
I am fortunate. Although I have the alphabet soup of infertility in my medical records (low AMH, DOR, AMA, MTHFR and MFI), thanks to in-vitro fertilization, ICSI and a great reproductive endocrinologist, Dr. William Ziegler, I have two beautiful daughters. Cycling for my younger daughter with a toddler in tow definitely had it's challenges. One thing we decided during that time was that it just wouldn't be feasible to do another fresh cycle, would this one work. It was hard enough to do IVF with ONE child at home. We couldn't imagine making our schedules work for another fresh cycle with two. Not to mention how horrible and run down the meds make me feel. No, another fresh cycle wasn't going to be in the cards. If we didn't get any frozen embryos from that cycle, then we were going to have to be done.
Uterine fibroids are a benign time of uterine tumor that is usually completely asymptomatic. The majority of women who have them will never know they are there. However, out of the 20-25% of women who have fibroids, 10% of them will develop some sort of fertility related issue, whether it is difficulty conceiving or miscarriage as a result of the fibroid.
With American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) recently removing the "experimental" tag from egg freezing, many women are turning their eyes to the possibility of preserving their fertility with the new flash freezing technology that removes the possibility of ice crystals in frozen eggs. ASRM encourages proceeding with caution for all but one group, women who want to preserve their fertility due to medical diagnosis that can render them infertile.
An article published in the July/August issue of The Atlantic says contrary to widespread beliefs which have pushed us into a “baby panic”, women do not suffer a significant decline in their fertility until the age of 40. The article suggests we have at least five more years (from 35, the well-cited age of fertility decline) during which women can get pregnant quite easily. Sounds like we can hit the snooze button on our biological clocks, right? Not exactly.