Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) embodies all methods of conception outside of natural conception. It includes stimulation of ovaries and either intrauterine insemination or removal of the eggs and fertilization in the laboratory setting (IVF). In North America, there has been approximately a 50% increase in patients using these therapies over the last decade. We are […]
Endometriosis May Cause Infertility
Endometriosis is a chronic disease whose etiology is not completely understood. Endometriosis is prevalent affecting 25% to 50% of infertile women and approximately 30% to 50% of women who have endometriosis are infertile. Endometriosis may cause infertility by: distorting pelvic anatomy causing endocrine and ovulatory abnormalities inhibiting implantation impairing egg and embryo quality altering peritoneal […]
Does Freezing Embryos Affect Success Rates?
On occasion during an IVF cycle the doctors may decide to forego an embryo transfer with fresh embryos and freeze all the embryos for a future embryo transfer. This can cause a lot of stress for the patients as they are anxious to move forward with the embryo transfer. There are two main reasons that […]
We spend much effort to preserve and incubate these bundles of promises. Joy of pregnancy can be subdued, especially when Mother-to-be is not feeling well. Standing in a pharmacy, surrounded by magnitudes of medications. A common question we are asked is which medications are safe to take while pregnant? Obviously, the benefits should always outweigh the […]
The Male Influence
Let not the male counterpart be the forgotten part of the equation in looking at fertility health. The male influence does affect IVF outcome. In a report by Eisenberg et al, researchers have analyzed over 5000 IVF cycles over a ten year mark. They assessed IVF pregnancy rates as well as how the fetuses and […]
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 […]
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 […]
In the October issue of the British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology researchers from South Australia reported lower birth defects in women over 40 having IVF. Infertile women aged 40 and over who used IVF to conceive had less than half the rate of birth defects of fertile women of the same age, while younger […]