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

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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

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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

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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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National Infertility Awareness Week

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 […]

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Can Dairy Help Increase IVF Success?

Dairy Consumption and Increased Fertility

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 […]

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LGBT Family Building Options

LGBT Family Building Options

New laws are being passed across the country that protect gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people from discrimination; yet, much work remains to change the hearts and minds of those who believe that LGBT individuals should not have equal rights. The Supreme Court decision granting same sex couples the right to marry has fostered […]

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SSRI Use In Pregnancy

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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. […]

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