A recently published study determined that endometriosis does not lead to increased aneuploidy in embryos. Researchers at Reproductive Medicine Associates of New Jersey (RMANJ) took a retrospective look at patients who had their first IVF cycle with comprehensive chromosomal screening (CCS) and had surgical or ultrasound diagnosed evidence of endometriosis. More than 1,000 blastocysts produced by 253 patients with endometriosis were compared, by age, to general IVF patients undergoing CCS. The rate of aneuploidy was equivalent compared to their age matched controls, says Dr. Marie Werner, a reproductive endocrinologist with RMANJ, and a researcher in this study.
Caffeine consumption is a common concern amongst women who are trying to conceive or are newly pregnant. Medical opinions on the subject do vary, but in general it seems consuming caffeine in moderation is safe. But in a country where everything is super-sized and we need an espresso just to get out of bed, what exactly is “moderation”?
Fertility Authority wishes to extend condolences to the family, friends, colleagues, and patients of Dr. Kevin Lederer on his passing, January 8, 2013. Dr. Lederer was the President and Managing Partner of Fertility Centers of Illinois (FCI). He was passionate and dedicated to the field of reproductive medicine and inspired his peers with his commitment to patient-centered care. He is remembered as a “larger-than-life” presence with an unforgettable laugh and compassion for his patients. He is survived by wife Frances; sons Kevin Jr., Stephen, and Eric; brothers Matthew and Jonathan; and extended family. Dr. Lederer, most recently of Frankfort, Illinois, was a former resident of Cliffside Park, New Jersey.
“Adrienne is one of the most compassionate and helpful people I'd worked with during my infertility journey. Not only did she take the time to respond to my calls and emails while I was her patient, but even more recently when I'm feeling very blessed for my twins and send a little update or hello, she still responds. It is obvious that Adrienne really loves her job. I'm so glad I had the opportunity to work with her during such a fragile time in my life.” – Former IVF patient
The American Society for Reproductive Medicine has just declared that freezing your eggs prior to egg-destroying cancer treatments is no longer considered experimental. However, they did not recommend that all women bank eggs for the future in case the right time to have a baby happens after their eggs are too old.
As a fertility specialist who uses frozen eggs on a regular basis to help women conceive, I recommend that some women with fibroids should consider freezing their eggs before they have their fibroids removed (myomectomy). Fibroids are very common in women in their child-bearing years. They can affect up to 30% or more of women in this age group. Many fibroids do not cause problems, but when they do, they can profoundly affect a woman’s health and her chances of having children.