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Last week I discussed issues that fertility clinics need to work on to improve services for patients. This week, I wanted to explore some things that patients (that’s right, the patient and her partner) need to know when beginning their fertility journey.

I’m More than a Number

IVF Patients are More than Numbers

Yes, we fertility patients would like more personal oversight from our clinics, as well as more attention paid to our schedules but before I move on (yes, I will be covering other items!) the last issue I’d like to discuss is how we patients can be treated as individuals.

New IVF Technology Available in North America

Genesis Fertility Centre, a Vancouver, B.C., fertility clinic, is the first clinic in Canada and North America to commercially offer a new patented technology for use with in vitro fertilization (IVF). The Early Embryo Viability TestTM (Eeva) uses proprietary software that provides information to help select the right embryos for implantation.

Hey Doc, Where’s My Life?

IVF waiting

Sometimes when I’m sitting in the IVF clinic waiting room – okay, it’s a lot of time – I plot how they could be doing their job better. I’m not going to even bother talking about the waiting time: IVF is all about waiting, from the hours spent waiting for your first appointment to waiting till the two week wait for a pregnancy.

Hello, In-Vitro: Intro to This Blog


Amy Klein welcomes you to her new blog In Vitro, where she talks about medicine, health and people in general, in addition to what’s going on in the news of IVF around the world.

How to Interpret IVF Success Rates

IVF Success Rates

Dr. Timothy Hickman with Houston IVF has a few pointers on how to analyze IVF success rates from the CDC and SART.

Define IVF Success

Eric Surrey M.D., a fertility doctor at the Colorado Center for Reproductive Medicine defines a successful IVF cycle as having a healthy child. Twin pregnancies are not an ideal IVF outcome, increasing the potential risk of complications during a pregnancy.


Natural IVF Information

Dr. Frank Yelian, medical director of Life IVF(Irvine, CA) explains the procedure for natural IVF. It is an approach in which, only a single egg is retrieved, through natural selection. No fertility medication or is involved in natural IVF. The patient is monitored for hormone level and follicle size, and then a trigger shot is given prior to egg retrieval.

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Mini-IVF for Fertility Treatment

Dr. Frank Yelian, medical director of Life IVF Center (Irvine, CA) explains the advantages of Mini-IVF for fertility treatment. In general, natural Cycle IVF is a good option for a women with poor ovarian reserve. One major advantage is that you use less medications, the patient has a much lower chance of developing any complications. Between ages 35-40, a mini- IVF, using 3 or 4 eggs, is a much better option.

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Advantages to Natural Cycle IVF

Dr. Frank Yelian, medical director of Life IVF Center (Irvine, CA) explains the advantages of natural cycle IVF. Conventional IVF is expansive and involves lots of medications and daily injections.Younger individuals with fertility problems only due to fallopian tube blockage or low sperm count are excellent candidates for natural IVF cycle, using one follicle and one egg.

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