Bleeding in Early Pregnancy
Vaginal bleeding in early pregnancy is a frightening experience and in the past was assumed to represent a threatened miscarriage. However bleeding in early pregnancy is quite common affecting up to 20% of pregnancies, yet the majority of these women, over 80%, go on to have a successful delivery. There are many causes of vaginal […]
Are Medications During Pregnancy Safe?
A question we often receive is “are medications during pregnancy safe?” So many women are faced with the decision of to continue medications during pregnancy compromising often their well-being for the promise of protecting this growing miracle within. Antacids and Tylenols are the mainstay of the home pharmacy. But what to do if a spoonful […]
A recent study published in Human Reproduction suggests that women with low vitamin D may experience less success with IVF than women with normal vitamin D levels. The findings came from a meta-analysis of 11 previously published studies including 2,700 women. Women with normal vitamin D levels were found to be 46% more likely to […]
People are waiting longer to have a family. The availability of donor eggs has allowed many older couples to also start or complete their families later in life. Advance paternal age greater than age 50 is associated with many epigenetic phenomena in children including autism, dwarfism and even premenopausal breast cancer in women whose fathers […]
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 […]