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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.

In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) Explained

In vitro fertilization (IVF) is a type of assisted reproduction technology (ART) in which a woman’s egg (or a donated egg) is fertilized in a laboratory with her partner’s sperm or donated sperm. The resulting embryo is then transferred to the uterus to develop naturally.

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Exercise and IVF

Everyone, everywhere is extolling the benefits of exercise for total body health and mental health. But what about when you’re undergoing IVF? Will abstaining from exercise during an IVF cycle or after embryo transfer help increase chances of IVF success?

IVF without Fertility Drugs

Natural cycle IVF mimics a regular IVF cycle, with one important exception: fertility drugs are not used to stimulate the ovaries. Instead, natural follicle development is monitored carefully and only Lupron or hCG is used to encourage the egg to final maturation. According to Dr. Frank Yelian, Director of Life IVF Center in Irvine, CA, natural cycle IVF is a good option for the following three groups of fertility patients:

Resolve to Know More About New Technology to Increase IVF Success

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a blog by Laurence A. Jacobs, M.D., Fertility Centers of Illinois, April 21, 2014

In honor of National Infertility Awareness Week’s theme of “Resolve to Know More …,” I think it is important for individuals and couples who are exploring fertility treatment to learn all they can about new technologies that have the potential to improve their chances of success. The “EmbryoScope” and the “Eeva” are two revolutionary technologies that my practice is currently using. The technology may be especially helpful for those couples who have previously failed IVF or suffered from recurrent miscarriages.

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