Why Genetic Testing?
At least one in 30 people are a carrier of a genetic disorder. Most carriers don’t have a family history of a genetic disease. Many patients ask us why genetic testing is important to consider? Being a carrier of a genetic disorder does not usually affect one’s individual health, but being a carrier does mean […]
A new study out of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) found that couples with obesity may have more difficulty conceiving than couples where both partners are at a normal weight. Specifically, obese couples were not even half as likely to conceive as couples with a normal body mass index (BMI). Additionally, couples where both […]
Is IUI a Waste of Time and Money?
We are often asked, “Is IUI a waste of time and money?” The answer is, yes, it is. With that being said, the pros and cons of Intrauterine Insemination (IUI) are controversial depending on the source of information. If the source is from a practice where the most advanced form of fertility therapy is an IUI then […]
What Happens After The Egg Retrieval?
Moving toward an IVF cycle can be both a nervous and exciting time. There are multiple ultrasounds and recurrent blood work. It is not uncommon to feel like a pin cushion – and partially expected. Frequent ultrasounds document the progress of growing follicles. Images that were difficult to assess by patients, become quite pronounced as […]
Is IVF Likely To Work For You?
When a patient or couple is pursuing fertility treatment, there is always an emphasis on success rates. Quoted success rates are largely based on a patient’s age, however, every patient is different. Is IVF likely to work for you? Researchers out of the UK have now developed a prediction model to estimate the chance of […]
Anti-Mullerian Hormone or AMH is secreted by ovarian granulosa cells and is a useful marker for the ovarian response to gonadotropin stimulation in women having IVF. A recent study reported that low AMH levels are associated with miscarriage following IVF. The study, which was reported at the October 2016 meeting of the American Society for […]
Vitamin D Deficiency Knows No Boundaries
It seems the Vitamin D deficiency knows no boundaries – racial, ethnic or geographic. One of the roles of Vitamin D in our cells is to be involved in Calcium regulation. Calcium-Vitamin D can be gatekeepers in intricate molecular pathways that turn on and turn off important processes. It can be compared to a Rube Goldberg […]
In the United States, approximately 1.5% of all births involve the use of assisted reproductive technologies or in vitro fertilization (IVF). Couples going through IVF understandably have questions about the short-term and long-term development of children conceived through IVF. A common question we hear is if IVF babies exhibit normal development as toddlers? A recent […]
Depression is the leading cause of disability for people between 15-44 years of age. Twice as many women experience depression versus men. Depression affects 8% to 16% of reproductive age women in the United States. Infertility is a major risk factor for depression. Antidepressants may reduce the probability of a women with a history of depression […]
Our success in fertility treatment is secondary to the ability to generate embryos. The generation of embryos is a result of our ability to stimulate the ovaries to produce more than one oocyte (which is what is achieved each menstrual cycle). The dominant follicle is the most responsive of the 200 or so candidate oocytes […]