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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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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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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