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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.

Is it Worthwhile to Test IVF Patients for Ureaplasma?

a blog by Dr. Michael DiMattina, Dominion Fertility, April 10, 2014

Hi everyone. Dr. DiMattina here to discuss the clinical issue of ureaplasma in infertility patients undergoing in vitro fertilization (IVF).

Studies show that this organism is often found on the cervix of 17 to 25% of patients with infertility. Cervical testing may be limited in detecting the presence of ureaplasma and many patients also have the bacterium present in the endometrial cavity regardless of whether or not it is present or detected on cervical testing. Detection of ureaplasma in the endometrial cavity is limited. Data from many studies suggest that untreated cervical or endometrial ureaplasma may lead to implantation failure or possibly spontaneous abortion but admittedly, much of the data comes from older literature.

IVF Doesn't Make "Designer Babies"

The term "designer babies" is misleading everyone on the benefit of pre-testing with in vitro fertilization (IVF). It cannot be applied to current medical techniques and is a theoretical term and connotes the idea that technologies can genetically engineer a child with specific and desired traits based on a preference for such characteristics as blue eyes, brown hair, and skin with freckles for example.

IVM and PCOS

In vitro maturation (IVM) is fertility treatment where a woman’s ovaries are minimally stimulated with fertility drugs to produce multiple eggs which are retrieved when they are not yet mature. Unlike IVF, the eggs are matured outside the ovaries, in the lab. The eggs are then fertilized by injecting one sperm directly into the egg – a process known as ICSI (intracytoplasmic sperm injection). The resulting embryos are transferred to the uterus.

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