On July 25, Louise Joy Brown, the first baby born utilizing in vitro fertilization (IVF), turns 40. Louise’s parents, John and Lesley Brown, were referred to Patrick Steptoe, a British Obstetrician and Gynecologist who was an early pioneer of laparoscopic surgery for infertility. Steptoe had partnered in 1966 with Robert Edwards, an English biologist and […]
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 […]
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 […]
Fertility after Vasectomy
Vasectomy is an elective surgical sterilization procedure involving removal or obstruction of a portion of the vas deferens preventing sperm from being transported from the testicles to the ejaculatory ducts. Approximately 500,000 vasectomies are performed each year in the United States and many more around the world. Due to change in circumstances about 5% or […]
A European study of nearly 3000 patients confirmed the safety of freezing using the vitrification method and transferring cryopreserved embryos. The study of over 1000 live births from frozen embryo transfers and nearly 2000 live births from fresh embryo transfers revealed no differences in outcomes for the offspring. The study particularly focused on major congenital malformations […]
National Infertility Awareness Week
In honor of National Infertility Awareness Week, we would like to address some of the most common questions we receive at Fertility Centers of New England: 1. How long should a couple try on their own before meeting with a fertility specialist? For women under 35 years of age, it is reasonable for a couple […]
Can Dairy Help Increase IVF Success?
A recent study published in the journal Human Reproduction from the Harvard School of Public Health showed that women over the age of 35 who had diets high in dairy products had improved success rates with IVF. Women in this age range who had more then three servings of dairy per day were 2.5 times […]
SSRI Use In Pregnancy
Many women with infertility suffer depression and are treated with a class of antidepressants called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). The most commonly prescribed antidepressant of this class is Sertraline whose brand name is Zoloft. Increasing evidence suggests that the use of SSRIs during the first trimester of pregnancy is associated with major congenital malformations. […]
One Healthy Child At a Time
The mantra “one healthy child at a time” echoes in our actions and our words. Dissolving are the days of generating as many embryos as are feasibly in an IVF stimulation cycle and the transfer of 2-3 embryos to maximize pregnancy. Obviously, the risk of higher order pregnancy, twins and triplets was the greatest risk […]