If you and your partner are struggling with infertility – you are not alone. According to the CDC, fertility rates in the United States have dropped to historic lows. Since 2007, the overall fertility rate in the U.S. has fallen more than 10%. There are many reasons that fertility rates have declined. People are starting […]
When a patient or couple begins an IVF cycle, we are always hopeful that success will be achieved the very first cycle. Despite excellent pregnancy rates, some patients may require more than one cycle to achieve a healthy pregnancy. Most failed cycles occur because the embryo was genetically abnormal and not healthy enough to develop into a baby. […]
Why Wait Any Longer?
When you are ready to start a family, you shouldn’t have to wait. Most couples with infertility have already been trying to conceive for at least 6 to 12 months before they see a fertility specialist. Each month can feel like an eternity as couples ride the emotional roller coaster of hope and disappointment. At […]
One Healthy Child At a Time
The mantra “one healthy child at a time” echoes in our actions and our words. Dissolving are the days of generating as many embryos as are feasibly in an IVF stimulation cycle and the transfer of 2-3 embryos to maximize pregnancy. Obviously, the risk of higher order pregnancy, twins and triplets was the greatest risk […]
Acupuncture and Infertility
In 2002, a fertility center in Germany published “Influence of acupuncture on the pregnancy rate in patients who undergo assisted reproductive therapy” (Fertil Steril 77(4):721-4). In this small study of 80 patients, those receiving acupuncture had a higher IVF pregnancy rate (42.5%) than those without acupuncture (26.3%). Since this publication, numerous studies have been published […]