A blog by Neway Fertility, December 16, 2014
While a multiple birth can ultimately be a blessing, there are undoubtedly many risks associated with carrying more than a single baby. These risks include a higher rate of delivery by cesarean section, preeclampsia, and miscarriage, among others.
The couple that decides upon in vitro fertilization (IVF) to make their dreams of a family come true have so much to think about. But something important you may have overlooked throughout the process are your sleep patterns. You may already be among the statistics from the National Sleep Foundation in which 30% to 40% of adults report occasional insomnia or, even worse, be among the 10% to 15% of Americans that report having trouble sleeping all the time. Perhaps the “counting sheep” strategy to fall sleep has become a regular pattern due to stresses of fertility treatments. Whatever the reason you are tossing and turning, a recent study shows that you need to do something now to achieve at least seven hours of sleep a night if you want to increase the chances of a successful IVF outcome.
There is no doubt that due to increasing popularity of IVF treatment abroad, more and more IVF clinics in Europe are opening their doors to people from other countries. Just last year a new IVF clinic opened in Prague, and some established clinics in other countries are moving into modern buildings as they expand the services they offer. There has never been a greater choice if you are considering Europe for treatment. But how do you choose the right place to go? Let’s take a look at what some of the countries have to offer.
There are a number of standard steps in an IVF cycle: taking fertility drugs; monitoring via blood work and ultrasound; egg retrieval; fertilization; and embryo transfer. Your IVF cycle may also include cryopreservation (freezing your embryos) for a frozen embryo transfer or to preserve excess embryos. There are a number of situations where your frozen embryos may be shipped to another clinic.
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.
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.”