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 […]
What Happens After The Egg Retrieval?
Moving toward an IVF cycle can be both a nervous and exciting time. There are multiple ultrasounds and recurrent blood work. It is not uncommon to feel like a pin cushion – and partially expected. Frequent ultrasounds document the progress of growing follicles. Images that were difficult to assess by patients, become quite pronounced as […]
Embryo Transfers: Timing is Everything!
For the first 2 decades of IVF, we always transferred embryos on the 2nd or 3rd day after egg retrieval. We were unable to routinely grow the embryos beyond this time. At this stage, the embryos were usually 4-8 cells and because at this stage it was difficult to choose the best embryos, we would often […]
Infertility Stress is Stressing Me Out
Misnomer or not, the belief that infertility is a psychologically driven condition exists. It is true that extreme circumstances of stress such as famine and in times such as war, fecundity rates decrease. However, whether the psychologic stress imparted by our hectic lives coupled with the added stress of improving fertility contributes to infertility is […]
Reproductive Freedom: Why Freeze Your Eggs?
When pregnancy is desired, success is expected immediately. Yet, the ability to have a baby is age related and the ‘Biologic Clock’ may run out before the right partner appears. Egg freezing offers young women the potential to preserve their fertility regardless of the age they decide to try and become pregnant. Unfortunately, by the […]
Your IVF Protocol
If you and your physician have decided that you need IVF, you will be given a protocol of your upcoming IVF cycle. A protocol is a schedule or blueprint of how your cycle will be done. It includes the medications you will be taking, the instructions on how to take these medications, and the procedures […]
Natural and Minimal IVF: Caveat Emptor
Environment friendly business promotions have a receptive audience. Cost consciousness together with ‘green’ polices embracing such terms as ‘small is beautiful’ and ‘less is better’ can be a good thing. However, when these neologisms are applied to In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) using terms like, “Natural Cycle IVF” or “Minimal Stimulation IVF” under the guise of […]
Progesterone Support in IVF
Progesterone is critical for the establishment and continuation of a successful pregnancy. Exogenous progesterone has been given in IVF since IVF’s inception. The reason was thought to be due to the removal of cells from the ovary that produced progesterone at the time of egg retrieval. Later when IVF cycle stimulation included drugs such as […]