Tag: IVF

5 REASONS TO CONSIDER IVF AS YOUR FIRST FERTILITY TREATMENT

1. IVF is dramatically more successful than ovulation induction with intrauterine insemination. Although many couples initially choose Clomid or Femara with intrauterine insemination, pregnancy rates are generally less than 12% per cycle. In world class IVF programs, women under age 35 transferring a single embryo can expect an IVF implantation rate (seeing a sac in […]

IVF: YESTERDAY, TODAY, TOMORROW

It has been 5 years since Dr. Robert Edwards’ landmark contribution to reproductive medicine was recognized with the 2010 Nobel Prize in Medicine, and a great time to reflect on how in vitro fertilization (IVF) has evolved from those early days to the present and also try to catch a glimpse of the future. As with most […]

FIVE POPULAR MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT IVF

Louise Brown was born 37 years ago as the first human ever conceived from in vitro fertilization (IVF). At that time, infertility was in many ways similar to cancer. It was rarely discussed openly, shattered hopes and dreams, and there were limited treatment options. Since then, major advances in fertility treatment have improved pregnancy success rates […]

THE CHRONICLES OF A FROZEN EMBRYO TRANSFER

I frequently receive pictures and cards from patients who have successfully undergone fertility treatment.  My favorite Christmas card 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 […]

WHY UNEXPLAINED INFERTILITY IS SOMETIMES EXPLAINED DURING IVF

It is humbling to put into perspective that even among fertile couples who have no issues getting pregnant, they only have a 20% chance of achieving pregnancy any given month they try.  In other words, they are unsuccessful 80% of the time!  This is what we see when we look at the success of thousands […]

INFERTILITY SUPPORT – SOMETIMES BUBBLE WRAP IS REQUIRED

I am a strong, powerful, willful woman who has been called a “force of nature” by many. Yet there are times that if I were to imagine myself as a vase, packed into a box for shipping – I would need extra bubble wrap around me so I wouldn’t break. I would need the card […]

NEW EMBRYO SCREENING TECHNIQUE RESULTS IN IMPROVED SAFETY AND CHANCE FOR SUCCESS IN IVF

Recently announced results of a newly released IVF study shows that delaying embryonic screening for chromosomal abnormalities until the fifth day of development – the blastocyst stage – significantly improved implantation rates and led to more successful pregnancies. The study was published online in the June edition of Fertility & Sterility. While many IVF patients […]

RESULTS OF “FAST TRACK” CLINICAL TRIAL YIELD MORE LIVE BIRTHS AND FASTER PREGNANCIES

Results of “fast track” clinical trial yield more live births and faster pregnancies. Researchers in New England published results of a major clinical trial which compared an accelerated treatment strategy for couples with unexplained infertility compared to a conventional approach using injectable gonadotropins. Results of the fast track and standard treatment trial (FASTT) indicate that […]