It is human nature to approach new technology with both excitement and trepidation. In vitro fertilization (IVF) and Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) is responsible for the generation of more than 5 million lives throughout the world. Harnessed in this large cohort size is the ability to assess long term outcomes of the offspring. National registries […]
Five Million IVF Babies Since 1978
On 25 July, 1978 a healthy baby girl was born to Lesley and John Brown of Bristol, UK following nine years of infertility. They named their new daughter Louise Joy Brown. Birth is a remarkable event, but what made this birth even more astonishing was that the Brown’s baby girl was conceived through In Vitro […]
In one of the largest studies to date to address the issue of whether reproductive technologies increase the risk of birth defects researchers came to the conclusion that the transfer of cryopreserved embryos does not increase the risk of birth defects. This research was published in the New England Journal of Medicine May 05, 2012. […]
Acupuncture and Infertility
In 2002, a fertility center in Germany published “Influence of acupuncture on the pregnancy rate in patients who undergo assisted reproductive therapy” (Fertil Steril 77(4):721-4). In this small study of 80 patients, those receiving acupuncture had a higher IVF pregnancy rate (42.5%) than those without acupuncture (26.3%). Since this publication, numerous studies have been published […]
What Are the Risks with IVF?
What are the true risks of in vitro fertilization? Often thought as “the great equalizer”, the internet is information-laden. However, not all sources are equitable. Deciphering amongst myth, opinion and truth, particularly in the field of Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ART) can be complicated and equally frustrating. When one is contemplating whether IVF is suitable for […]