Assistance for Fertility Medications During the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic

Assistance for Fertility Medications During the Coronavirus Pandemic

One of the many concerns that has arisen from patients is if there is any assistance for fertility medications during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Patients are asking questions like: What happens to my fertility drugs if my cycle is canceled? Will my fertility medications be covered by insurance if I try to cycle again? Can […]

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What Happens During Embryo Transfer?

What Happens During Embryo Transfer?

An embryo transfer is the last part of the in vitro fertilization (IVF) process. At Fertility Centers of New England, all embryos are grown for 5 days to the Blastocyst stage prior to transfer into the uterus. Many patients ask what happens during embryo transfer? What Happens During Embryo Transfer? Early in the morning, on […]

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What to Expect During and After an Egg Retrieval

What to Expect During and After an Egg Retrieval

Many patients wonder, “what happens to my eggs during and after their egg retrieval?” The following is a brief outline of what to expect during and after an egg retrieval. During the egg retrieval, the fluid in the follicles, which are small sacs that contain the eggs (like a small grape) is removed with small […]

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Reciprocal IVF

Reciprocal IVF

What is reciprocal IVF and how does it work? Reciprocal IVF (in vitro fertilization) is a method of family building used by couples who have female reproductive organs. The eggs of one partner are inseminated with sperm and a resulting embryo is transferred into the uterus of the other partner. Additional embryos can be vitrified […]

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Does Stress Impact Success With IVF?

Does Stress Impact Success With IVF?

The majority of couples going through infertility treatment report some degree of stress. Both infertility itself and the treatment required to overcome it can be incredibly stressful. Understandably, patients worry that stress may be adversely impacting their probability of success. Previous studies on this subject have been mixed and patients often ask does stress impact […]

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Louise Brown’s Birthday and the Evolution of IVF

Louise Brown's Birthday and the Evolution of IVF

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 […]

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Is IVF Likely To Work For You?

IVF success rates

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 […]

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IVF Babies Exhibit Normal Development As Toddlers

Flying children

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 […]

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Fertility after Vasectomy

vasectomy and pregnancy

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 […]

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Study Confirms Safety of Using Vitrification Method

cryopreservation

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 […]

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