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Natural Cycle IVF Top 7 Patient Tips

Natural Cycle IVF tips

Dominion Fertility’s Medical Director Dr. Michael DiMattina taps into what you never thought of and suggests 7 tips to keep in mind before, during and after your NCIVF treatment.

Considering IVF?

<b>Think about what you'll do with the extra frozen embryos.</b>

If you’re considering in vitro fertilization (IVF) - you may ask, “What will happen to our extra embryos?” In fact, your embryos (fertilized eggs) can be frozen and then transferred to your uterus, or to another woman’s, years later.

Embryo freezing, called embryo cryopreservation, has helped thousands of infertile couples have healthy babies since the mid-1980s. The process of unthawing frozen embryos and implanting them into a women’s uterus is called frozen embryo transfer (FET). Candidates for this process are:

    Cross Border Reproductive Care: Is it for you?

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    Why it's not fertility tourism and, if you're in the U.K., why it may be for you.

    Why it's not fertility tourism and, if you're in the U.K., why it may be for you.

    “There are no palm trees or hammocks,” begins lawyer Amy Demma, Founder and Principal of Prospective Families, an egg donor agency in Wellesley, Massachusetts, “so let’s not call traveling to another country for infertility treatment ‘fertility tourism’ or 'reproductive tourism.'” It’s a medical procedure, she emphasizes, which is why she’s adamant about calling the emerging trend “cross border reproductive care.” A word of advice from Demma, “If you’re being offered treatment that’s being portrayed as any kind of a vacation, be skeptical.”

    Advantages of U.S. Treatment

    While U.S. residents have been enticed by promises of inexpensive, less-restrictive fertility treatments abroad, cross-border reproduction is also occurring as patients from other countries travel to the U.S. for treatment. Because regulations in the U.K. restrict egg donors from being paid for their services, for instance, the small pool of available eggs is forcing British women to come to the U.S. for treatment.

    In addition to having a larger supply of egg donors, there are several other reasons a U.K. patient would choose treatment in the U.S.:

    Infertility 101: The Fertility Workup

    <b>Learn about the tests that help determine the causes of infertility.</b>

    Infertility is often defined as not being able to get pregnant after one year of steady, unprotected intercourse if a woman is under the age of 35; or six months if she is over 35. Infertility affects both men and women equally. In approximately 1 in 5 infertile couples, both partners have contributing problems, and in about 15 percent of couples, no cause is found, called "unexplained infertility."


    Mini-IVF. Micro-IVF. Low Stim IVF. Minimal Stimulation IVF. All can be described as in vitro fertilization (IVF) protocols in which women take oral fertility medications with no or very minimal use of the injectable gonadotropins.

    Benefits of Mini-IVF

    • Cost Effectiveness. Mini-IVF is about 40 percent to 60 percent cheaper than traditional IVF. Because the high-priced fertility medications are either not used at all or used very sparingly, this saves a lot of money.

    Grants and Aid for Infertility Treatment

    Fertility treatment costs, particularly IVF, can add up. IVF Grants can help you meet IVF Costs.


    Trying to Get Pregnant? Progesterone Support May Help

    How the "pregnancy hormone" supports your uterine lining or endometrium

    Progesterone is often referred to as the pregnancy hormone. Produced naturally by the body, progesterone is responsible for thickening the uterine lining to prepare for the fertilized egg (embryo). Progesterone supports pregnancy through the first trimester; it is responsible for a healthy uterine lining, and also prevents the lining from shedding.

    Good News for Patients! IVFs are Routine, Successful Procedures

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    How the fertility doctor has evolved from surgeon to producer

    a blog by David Kreiner, M.D., F.A.C.O.G., East Coast Fertility, June 2, 2010

    My son is starting his second year residency in obstetrics and gynecology. Like I was 30 years ago, he’s turned on by reproductive medicine and enjoys performing gynecologic surgery. When I decided then to specialize in reproductive endocrinology and infertility (REI), I was looking forward to being on the frontier of fertility medicine. The details of reproductive physiology were being unraveled in real time and IVF had just reported its first successful pregnancies. In those days, microsurgery of the fallopian tubes was commonly performed by REIs, as well as endometriosis and fibroid surgery.

    During my fellowship, surgery was a huge part of my training. I trained with one of the world’s experts in laser laparoscopy. Each week, I practiced tubal microsurgery on anesthetized rats in a plastic surgical lab and assisted on several cases of reproductive surgery every week throughout my fellowship.

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    Can Embryo Co-Culture Improve IVF Success?

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    Feeding and bathing your embryos can help them go the distance

    a blog by David Kreiner, M.D., F.A.C.O.G., May 10, 2010

    IVF success is dependent on many factors: egg and embryo quality, the placement of the embryo into the uterus, and the environment surrounding implantation. These factors are all paramount to the ultimate goal of creating a pregnancy that leads to a live baby.

    Typically, patients present with their own gametes (eggs) so the genetics and pregnancy potential of the eggs and sperm is usually predetermined when patients first walk in the door to an IVF program. As an REI and IVF specialist, I have dedicated my career to optimizing those other factors that we may influence.

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    Fertility Myth #4: Using Injectable Egg-Producing Fertility Drugs Can Cause Premature Menopause

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    Do they age your body early?

    It’s National Infertility Awareness Week (NIAW).

    All week, we’re highlighting fertility myths and facts. We’ve asked fertility doctors what myths they see perpetuated, and we set the record straight. Here's today's myth:

    Fertility Myth #4


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