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 […]

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Buyer Beware! A Patient’s Guide to Asking the Right Questions When Paying for Fertility Treatment

For many in the United States, advanced treatments for infertility (for example, In-Vitro Fertilization, or IVF) is not covered by their health insurance.  This means that those needing advanced treatment have to pay for the related expenses “out of pocket” if they want to build their family.  The cost of treatment can range from $10,000-20,000 (USD) and is often the […]

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When an IVF Cycle is Not Successful

When an IVF cycle is not successful it is important to try and understand why given the fact that the odds of success are generally not favorable when it comes to pregnancy success regardless whether IVF is done or not, except in the very best of circumstances when the odds of IVF success are approximately […]

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What Makes a Good Endometrium and How is it Monitored?

Historically, we have been limited the means of assay endometrial receptivity.  It is a dynamic organ that needs to be evaluated  as such.  Embryo implantation occurs when the endometrial receptivity is precisely well orchestrated.  When the window of receptivity does not meet optimal implantation timing of the embryo, pregnancy will not occur. Endometrial biopsies where […]

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New Technology Could Increase Chances of Success for Patients Undergoing IVF

The Fertility Centers of New England  has introduced a novel incubator system which allows continual harmless observations of developing embryos. In a clinical Assisted Reproduction practice (ART), the best methods of embryo selection are those that do as little harm to the embryos and which also rely on the basic biology of the oocyte and […]

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How the Fertility Centers of New England Selects Embryos for Transfer

Just as our physicians treat patients as individuals, the embryologists at The Fertility Centers of New England treat embryos individually. Similar to the physician who uses the patient’s history, physical examination, and laboratory assessment to obtain a specific profile of that patient, we obtain an embryo profile at specific time points following egg retrieval, insemination, […]

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Elective Single Embryo Transfer (eSET): Rethinking the "One Pregnancy and Done" Philosophy

Many couples with infertility both desire and welcome the birth of twins, thus affording an instant family often after years of frustration, disappointments and inability to conceive adopting a “once and done” motto. Limitations of insurance coverage and increasing competition amongst infertility centers demands that pregnancy be achieved in as few cycles as is possible. […]

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