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Hope, in a Jar

I have been given the green light to start stimulation medication!

A blog by Megan Swanek, August 31, 2014

Remember as a child just how excited you were on Christmas morning, hoping that one of those presents under the tree was the one you really wanted? And how disappointed you knew you would be if you didn’t get what you had been hoping and wishing for over the last few months? That feeling pales in comparison to just how nervous and excited I was the other day waiting on the results of my blood test and estradiol level.

Improved Embryo Selection in IVF Cycles

A recent study aimed to determine if there are “kinetic differences” (the timing of different divisions in the embryo) that influence an embryo’s potential to to implant in an IVF cycle. Using time-lapse imaging, 648 embryos transferred on day 5 were analyzed. “The complete history of the embryo, rather than static observations once a day offers a unique insight in to the embryos’ potential,” says Dr. Nina Desai, IVF Lab Director at Cleveland Clinic Fertility Center, and lead author of the study. “Our job as embryologists is to critically examine the large amount of data now available through time lapse and to find the parameters most often associated with successful implantation.”

What Are the Advantages of Embryo Monitoring with IVF?

A blog by Caroline Phillips, August 18, 2014

More and more IVF clinics are offering time-lapse imaging of IVF embryos to couples going through treatment. Embryo monitoring, as it is known, can provide a wealth of information about your embryo that previously was unavailable. The equipment takes thousands of images of your embryos as they develop in vitro. This provides the embryologists with so much more information about how your embryos are developing.

First Canadian Pregnancy with New IVF Technology

Written in Partnership with Genesis Fertility

The EevaTM (Early Embryo Viability Assessment) Test is a new technology that fertility doctors and embryologists are using to aid in embryo selection. The Eeva Test analyzes early embryo development, allowing doctors to choose or transfer only the embryo or embryos that have the best development potential.

Twins Separated at Conception

A blog by Art Castelbaum, MD, Reproductive Medicine Associates of Philadelphia & Central PA, July 25, 2014

I frequently receive pictures and cards from patients who have successfully undergone fertility treatment. My favorite card to receive is a picture of an older and a younger child. In a sense, they were twins separated at conception. The older child was the product of a fresh In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) embryo transfer. The younger child was the result of a cryopreserved embryo from that same IVF cycle that was subsequently used in a frozen embryo transfer cycle.

My Journey to IVF Cycle Number Two

A blog by Megan Swanek, July 24, 2014

The journey to become pregnant is fraught with emotion and, as you know, can be quite the roller-coaster ride. Today, more so than ever before, many women put their education and career at the forefront of their lives during their prime fertile years, trusting that the rest will fall into place. When we finally meet the elusive “one” and get married, we expect the next step to come easily to us. After all, we have attained everything else we have set out to accomplish in life. But with trying to conceive, unlike grades in graduate school, there are no guarantees that your hard work and careful charting or planning will yield results. Instead, with fertility treatment, you enter a world where even “trying” can be seen as a negative. You’re given advice such as “just relax and it will happen” or told that it will happen “when you least expect it.”

Natural Cycle IVF for Low Sperm Count and Irregular Menstrual Cycles

a blog by Dr. Andrea Reh, Dominion Fertility, July 22, 2014

Dr. Reh here to share a success story of a lovely couple known to me since last year. W.S. is a 33-year-old woman with infertility for over two years. W.S. had irregular menstrual cycles, which had initially been the target of treatment from her OBGYN prior to our meeting. However, as with all couples, we encouraged them to have a comprehensive evaluation upfront to evaluate for all possible causes of infertility.

How Has Vitrification Improved Egg and Embryo Cryopreservation?

For decades, fertility clinics utilized a slow freeze technique for freezing of eggs and embryos. This method was successful with embryos, but frozen eggs showed only a 50% survival rate. It was clear that a more efficient and successful technique was needed. Today, vitrification allows for 90% or greater survival for both embryos and eggs.

Tubal Factor Infertility

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a blog by Dr. Mark Payson, Dominion Fertility, July 7, 2014

“Ana” started crying. We had just reviewed the results of her initial fertility evaluation and the results indicated that her fallopian tubes were blocked. Her husband’s sperm count was also a little low, but she focused on her own “failure” with “broken tubes.”

Tubal factor infertility – or any situation in which the fallopian tubes are nonfunctioning (blocked, absent, dilated, etc) is one of the most common causes of infertility. It can be due to an infection in the past, a history of appendicitis, the presence of fibroids, a prior surgery, even sometimes after delivery or cesarean section. Some women will have no history of any of the above and still have blocked tubes, or may have had an infection as a teenager that was never recognized.

Which IVF Protocol is Right for You?

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There are three main protocols that are recommended for in vitro fertilization (IVF) patients. However, each patient responds differently to the cycle and some may benefit from alternative protocols or additional treatments for greater ovarian response, increased number of eggs retrieved, and better quality embryos.

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