In the United States, approximately 1.5% of all births involve the use of assisted reproductive technologies or in vitro fertilization (IVF). Couples going through IVF understandably have questions about the short-term and long-term impact of IVF. We know that couples with infertility have a slightly increased risk of obstetrical complications, specifically decreased birth weight and […]
Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) embodies all methods of conception outside of natural conception. It includes stimulation of ovaries and either intrauterine insemination or removal of the eggs and fertilization in the laboratory setting (IVF). In North America, there has been approximately a 50% increase in patients using these therapies over the last decade. We are […]
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 […]
Is IVF Likely To Work For You?
When a patient or couple is pursuing fertility treatment, there is always an emphasis on success rates. Quoted success rates are largely based on a patient’s age, however, every patient is different. Is IVF likely to work for you? Researchers out of the UK have now developed a prediction model to estimate the chance of […]
In the October issue of the British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology researchers from South Australia reported lower birth defects in women over 40 having IVF. Infertile women aged 40 and over who used IVF to conceive had less than half the rate of birth defects of fertile women of the same age, while younger […]
Can Dairy Help Increase IVF Success?
A recent study published in the journal Human Reproduction from the Harvard School of Public Health showed that women over the age of 35 who had diets high in dairy products had improved success rates with IVF. Women in this age range who had more then three servings of dairy per day were 2.5 times […]
Our patients frequently ask if fertility treatment poses any risk to their future offspring. In particular, they are concerned about long-term issues that could affect the health of their child. A common question is are children conceived through IVF at risk for developmental delays? A recent study published in JAMA Pediatrics reported very reassuring findings. […]
A team of researchers recently reported at the American Society of Human Genetics found that a common gene variant may be linked to both early pregnancy loss and failed In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) treatments. In a study analyzing over 46,000 embryos from 2,400 women having IVF, the gene variant known as rs2305957 was associated with […]
PCOS and Insulin Resistance
One of the of hallmarks of PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome) is ovulatory dysfunction. Excessive androgen (male hormone) production has not only an effect on the skin but also on the ovaries. This excess hormones causes the developing follicles (and eggs within) to arrest. It is this arrest that affords the very typical ultrasound pattern of […]
Which Is Best, Ovulation Induction or IVF?
Without a doubt IVF is the most effective method of achieving a healthy, successful, singleton pregnancy as long as it is performed in a ‘Center of Excellence’ where an elective single embryo transfer (eSET) is the norm. Nevertheless, ovulation induction (OI) with clomiphene, letrozole or gonadotropins followed by intrauterine insemination (IUI) remains a first line […]