Preimplantation Genetic Screening (PGS) and Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD) Now Have New Names
Preimplantation Genetic Screening (PGS) and Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD) now have new names. In order establish consistency across infertility clinics, the International Glossary on Infertility and Fertility Care recently published new terminology related to the genetic screening of embryos. PGS and PGD are terms we have used to describe genetic testing of embryos before a […]
Is ICSI Safe?
Women having IVF are at increased risk for obstetrical and neonatal complications. When deciding between ICSI and conventional IVF, we are often asked is ICSI safe? Most agree that increased complications are not due to the procedures themselves but rather due to inherit risk factors in women and couples having IVF that are different than […]
A new study finds that there is no need to delay conception after a miscarriage. Historically, many women were instructed to wait to conceive after a miscarriage. A recent study published in Obstetrics and Gynecology examined whether the interpregnancy interval after a miscarriage impacted the risk of another miscarriage. This study included a group of […]
Couples going through IVF have questions about what they can do to have a healthy pregnancy and how to prepare for it. A recent study published in the BMJ found that multivitamins during pregnancy may reduce a child’s risk of autism. These findings are based on a Swedish cohort of 273,107 mother-child pairs. The children […]
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. […]