The benefits of folic acid in preventing neural tube defects or abnormalities of the spine have long been known. A study published last month in the journal of Environmental Health Perspectives has shown that folic acid can reduce the risk of autism spectrum disorder in women who have been exposed to household or commercial pesticides. […]
Irregularly Formed Uterus
3-5% of all infertile women or women with recurrent pregnancy loss are found to have an irregularly formed uterus or a congenital anomaly of the uterus. While this may sound very worrisome, they can easily be treated or have only a small affect on reproduction. The human uterus develops as two half uterus which eventually […]
New study finds that preconception weight loss improves pregnancy success rates in women with PCOS. A randomized controlled trial, published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology Metababolism 2015:100:4048-58, found that delaying ovulation induction in women with PCOS until weight loss could be achieved significantly improved both ovulation and live birth rates in obese women with […]
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 […]
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 […]
Our patients frequently ask if fertility treatment poses any risk to their future offspring. In particular, they are concerned about long-term issues that could affect the health of their child. A common question is are children conceived through IVF at risk for developmental delays? A recent study published in JAMA Pediatrics reported very reassuring findings. […]
This week in the Wall Street Journal (August 17, 2015 Issue), there was an article about the growing popularity of family balancing. At FCNE, we have been performing this for over 5 years. With family balancing, a woman or couple need to have at least one child and desire a child of the opposite gender. […]
Why Are Chromosomes Important?
Pregnancy is an exciting time but the anxiety of a having a baby with an abnormal number of chromosomes can be overwhelming. Fear of miscarriage is also a common concern. Difficulty becoming pregnant occurs in 15% of couples trying to have a baby and miscarriages occur in up to 15% of all pregnancies. A major […]
Letrozole May Induce Ovulation
Ovulation is critical to achieving a natural pregnancy. Ovulation dysfunction is one of the primary causes of infertility. Clomiphene citrate (clomid) has been used for decades to induce ovulation in women unable to ovulate on their own so they may become pregnant. Clomid however has many adverse side effects. One such side effect is causing […]
When a patient or couple begins an IVF cycle, we are always hopeful that success will be achieved the very first cycle. Despite excellent pregnancy rates, some patients may require more than one cycle to achieve a healthy pregnancy. Most failed cycles occur because the embryo was genetically abnormal and not healthy enough to develop […]