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 […]
Why Egg Freeze?
Women are born with a finite number of eggs which continuously decline from birth. As women age the quality of these eggs also declines leading to fewer successful pregnancies and more chromosomally abnormal pregnancies and miscarriages. The concept of ‘fertility preservation’ arose from trying to halt the ‘biologic clock’ by freezing eggs until such time […]
ICSI and the Risk of Birth Defects
“IVF TURMOIL OVER SHOCK REPORT INTO BABY DEFECTS” was the headline of THE MAIL ON SUNDAY, a newspaper published in the UK, 6 May, 2012 in response to a recent study published in the New England Journal of Medicine (2012:doi,10.1056) reporting that Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI) causes a higher degree of birth defects than standard insemination […]
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. […]
Male Fertility: The Other Half
Approximately 40% of infertility is related to the male. Key to understanding male fertility is analysis of the semen. Semen samples can vary from month to month, or even day to day because it takes about 72 days for sperm to develop within the testicles. Unlike eggs, which are present since you were born, sperm […]