In vitro fertilization (IVF) is considered one of the most advanced technologies for helping a couple with infertility to build their family. IVF can be performed with the intended mother’s own eggs, donor eggs, the intended father’s sperm, donor sperm, or even donor embryo. For fertility patients using their own eggs, there are a few different types of IVF protocols and your fertility doctor will design a treatment plan that best addresses your fertility diagnosis.
Updated guidelines by the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) say in vitro maturation (IVM) is a fertility treatment option for women who otherwise have a contraindication to in vitro fertilization (IVF), though the benefits and risks must be thoroughly considered. Because few babies have been born to date as a result of IVM and there is little data on the health outcomes of these children, ASRM considers IVM an experimental procedure that does not surpass the safety or efficacy of IVF.
March is Endometriosis Awareness Month, a time when women should be informed that painful periods may be a sign of a significant, fertility disrupting disease.
Endometriosis is characterized by growth of endometrial tissue outside of the uterus. It can attach to the ovaries, bowels, or bladder and can cause severe pain and irregular bleeding which impact a woman’s quality of life on a daily basis.
Fertility clinics in the United Kingdom routinely turn down egg donors with a history of bipolar disorder, according to a recent news investigation. Guidelines from the Human Embryology and Fertilization Authority in the UK state that prospective donors should not be accepted into the egg donor program if “they are known to have a particular gene, chromosome or mitochondrial abnormality that, if inherited by any child born as a result of the donation, may result in that child having or developing a serious physical or mental disability”. However, there is not currently a government ban on accepting eggs from women with the disorder and the guidelines are enforced on a clinic by clinic basis.
Fertility patients in the United States who are considering a donor egg in vitro fertilization (IVF) cycle might have similar concerns about the physical health and psychosocial history of their prospective donor.
In a recent study led by Dr. Norbert Gleicher, Medical Director and Chief Scientist at Center for Human Reproduction in New York City, it was determined that low androgen levels are associated with diminished functional ovarian reserve in women of all ages.
Source: RMA of New York Dr. Alan Copperman, a fertility doctor with RMA of New York introduces patients to the world-renowned, full service fertility center, its Reproductive Endocrinologists, Urologist, Complementary Care team and highly qualified staff. RMA of New York specializes in in vitro fertilization (IVF), intrauterine insemination (IUI), egg donation, egg freezing, fertility surgery, and male factor infertility treatments.
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Lisa Schuman, LCSW and Psychotherapist at RMA of New York, discusses ways to cope with the stress of infertility. Infertility causes patients to feel overwhelmed and may become depressed. Working with a therapist who specializes in infertility will help patients to feel more control over their infertility and the fertility treatment process. Lisa explains how acupuncture, massage, and exercise offer instantaneous stress reduction.
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Dr. Jeff Klein, a fertility doctor at RMA of New York- Westchester, discusses the effects of age on fertility and getting pregnant after age 35. Dr. Klein reveals the importance of ovarian reserve testing before beginning fertility treatment, and other considerations like desired family size.