Decisions When Undergoing IVF Treatment

In last Sunday’s NY Times style section, Carla Naumburg had a short piece about the stress of having to make  so many decisions when undergoing IVF treatment. One of the hardest decisions was whether to transfer 1 or 2 embryos into her uterus. Although she desperately wanted to get pregnant and  was aware of the […]

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Oxygen and Embryos

oxygen and embryos

A human embryo naturally develops within the confines of the fallopian tube before its implantation within the uterine cavity.  Since the first IVF cycle in 1977, efforts have been made to refine the lab incubator environment to mimic the natural environment of the fallopian tube.  This includes temperature and nutrients but also importantly the concentration […]

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BRCA Preimplantation Genetic Screening of Embryos at Increased Risk for Cancer

BRCA1 (BReast CAncer) and BRCA2 are human genes known as tumor suppressors. Harmful mutations of these genes can be linked to an increased risk of breast and ovarian cancer.  In the U.S., between one in 400 – 800 people in the general population carry a BRCA mutation.  Individuals with Ashkenazi Jewish background have an increased […]

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Revisiting Elective Single Embryo Transfer (eSET)

The transfer of a solitary embryo gains more support in North America. The idea is not new and was the focus of early IVF. Most often it has been applied to those patients with medical contraindications for multiple pregnancies. Ten years later, eSET (elective single embryo transfer) gains validity as a practice modicum in assisted […]

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FCNE Announces First Births in United States Using Embryoscope® Incubator

Fertility Centers of New England Announces World’s First Live Birth Using Previously Frozen Eggs Cultured as Embryos in the Embryoscope® Incubator System

The Fertility Centers of New England is proud to announce the first successful births following embryo culture using the Embryoscope® (Unisense/Fertilitech, Aarhus, Denmark), a new advancement for the IVF laboratory. The Fertility Centers of New England was also the first IVF center in the United States to use this system for research purposes under the […]

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Fertility After Cancer

For many, having a child is very much a part of the quality of life. Not all young cancer survivors are aware of the potential option for fertility preservation and many oncologists are similarly unaware. According to a national survey of physician practice patterns, less than half of cancer patients of childbearing age felt they […]

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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 […]

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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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