Is the season of chicks and bunnies better than the other three for in vitro fertilization? The study "Seasonal variability in the fertilization rate of women undergoing assisted reproduction treatments," which is published in the July 2012 issue of Gynecological Endocrinology found that for couples undergoing IVF with intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI), the fertilization — the joining of egg and sperm to form an embryo — rate was higher in the spring. Note: the season had no effect on pregnancy rates.
Dr. Richard Paulson, a fertility doctor with USC Fertility in Los Angeles explains how the hormones estrogen and progesterone can prepare the uterine lining for implantation of an embryo, even in women who have had ovarian failure or in menopause.
Right after our little girl was born, my husband booked our flights to Vienna, Prague and Budapest. He is amazing at the mileage game, and scored our business class tickets, valued around $7,000 each, for just $150. It was a huge leap of faith for first-time parents with a newborn to take, and we wondered if we bit off more than we could chew. We didn't yet know what a trip to the grocery store with a little one would entail, let alone spending three weeks trekking around three different cities.
One of the biggest shifts in IVF approaches is the number of embryos transferred during a cycle. In the beginning, multiple embryos were transferred. At that time, the belief was that transferring multiple embryos increased the chance of pregnancy. Modern research alters that thinking, by proving that the number of embryos transferred has no effect on pregnancy rates. Transferring multiple embryos does increase the chance of having a multiple pregnancy, which increases the risk to both mother and child. Knowing the importance of single embryo transfers can help you to have informed conversations with your fertility care team.
In its infancy, in vitro fertilization treatment relied heavily upon fertility medication. Conventional IVF protocols used as many as 60 injections per cycle. As the field of fertility medicine evolved, new, more holistic approaches to IVF treatment were created. It is now possible to undergo IVF without injections.