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Is Spring the Best Time to Do an IVF Cycle?

Spring treatment

a blog by Claire, March 20, 2017

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.

Nine Frequently Asked Questions on Shipping Your Embryos to Another Fertility Clinic

There are a number of scenarios where you may find you need to ship your embryos to another fertility clinic. Make sure to ask your cryogenic shipping provider theses questions.

How Do You Prepare the Uterine Lining for Implantation?

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.

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IVF # 3 - in Prague

IVF Procedures are upwards of $20,000 in the United States. But did you know that in Prague it is $4,000?

A blog by Megan Swanek, May 6, 2016

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.

IVF Success Rates

Dr. Tina Koopersmith from West Coast Women's Reproductive Center discusses what effects the success of IVF.

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Dr. Tina Koopersmith from West Coast Women's Reproductive Center discusses IVF. She discusses how although it is one of the most aggressive treatments, the success rates are high which is why it can be the treatment of choice.

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Infertility Sperm Processing

Dr. Tina Koopersmith from West Coast Women's Reproductive Center discusses the process of processing the sperm that is collected in infertility treatment.

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Infertility Lab Egg Fertilization

Dr. Tina Koopersmith from West Coast Women's Reproductive Center discusses the process of creating an embryo via IVF or ICSI. This is necessary as it is what allows the process of fertilizing the egg to continue.

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The Importance of Single Embryo Transfers

Written in Partnership with New Hope Fertility Center, March 14, 2016

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.

Are There IVF Treatments Available That Don't Require Injections?

A blog by Dr. John Zhang, New Hope Fertility, March 8, 2016

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.


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