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Jumping In

A blog by Dr. Daniel Kort, Damien Fertility Partners, April 15, 2015
In this blog post, Dr. Kort's recent decision to dive headfirst into the cold Pacific ocean provides a good analogy for the decision on how to approach fertility treatment.

Advancing the Fertility Treatment Plan: Moving On to the Next Step

A blog by Dr. Daniel Kort, Damien Fertility Partners, April 9, 2015

Much of what I do on a daily basis is planning the next step in treatment for a fertility patient. While some patients know from the start what they want to do and when they want to do it, many eventually come to a crossroads in their care. The first line of treatment has not gotten results and and they are ready to take the next step. When, what, and how to proceed become the most important questions that we need to answer together.

Embryo Transfer

A blog by Dr. Daniel Kort, Damien Fertility Partners, March 18, 2015

I got a call from one of my favorite patients last week. She had recently undergone in vitro fertilization (IVF) and we had transferred 2 beautiful 5 day old embryos. She had been reading online and was concerned about our transfer technique. Why didn’t we use ultrasound? Where did we place the embryos within the uterus? Did we use the best technique and why?

IVF Success Rates in 2013

According to the newly released report by the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology (SART), over 63,000 Babies were born from in vitro fertilization (IVF) cycles performed in 2013.

Highlights from the report, which annually compiles data from its member clinics, include:

Safe and Successful IVF Treatment in Greece

A Blog by Chrysa Karakosta, Newlife IVF, Thessaloniki, Greece, February 24, 2015
Successful and safe IVF treatment in Greece is due to the facilities, laws, regulatory body overseeing IVF, and ISO certification.

Embryos Don’t Fall Out

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A blog by Dr. Laurence Jacobs, Fertility Centers of Illinois, February 9, 2015

Following an IVF embryo transfer, laughing, coughing, sneezing, peeing, pooping and walking will not cause an embryo to "fall out." The first 24 hours after an embryo is transferred are most likely the most critical. It is within this time frame that an embryo has to "attach" to the uterine wall before it can fully implant, which may take several days. Therefore, for the first one to two days, stay home and chill out.

Five Popular Misconceptions about IVF

A blog by Kara Nguyen, MD, MPH , Reproductive Medicine Associates of Philadelphia & Central PA, January 29, 2015

Today about 1.5 million cycles of assisted reproductive techniques (ART) are performed a year and 5 million babies have been born! Discussing infertility has become more mainstream and many people know someone who has struggled with it or have gone through treatment. Despite its increasing public attention, there are still many misconceptions about ART and IVF which I dispel here.

What are Alternatives to IVF and When are They Appropriate Treatment?

There are a number of fertility that should be explored depending on your personal situation, explains Dr. John Frattarelli, a fertility doctor with Fertility Institute of Hawaii, in this video.

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It Started with ICSI

A blog by Jane Newman, January 9, 2015

Our lives had been encapsulated by our attempts to have another baby, provide our daughter with a sibling, complete our family. Some days we could only aim to get through each day, the stress was so overwhelming. The waiting to hear whether our embryos had survived overnight, how many we had left. However, as with other who have secondary infertility, our reality check was the fact we had a child of our own.

Can Genetic Testing with Fertility Treatment Mitigate the Effects of Age?

According to Dr. Robert Anderson, a fertility doctor at Southern California Center for Reproductive Medicine, genetic testing with IVF can increase pregnancy rates, even in women whose egg quality has decreased due to age.

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