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June 2017 Blog

New Life from 3D-Printed Ovaries

Researchers from Northwestern University have successfully removed mouse ovaries and replaced them with 3D-printed ones. The mice were able to ovulate, mate, give birth to healthy pups, and nurse them.

This technique, or one similar to it, could one day be used to help women with infertility. read more
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May 2017 Blog

Tylenol in Pregnancy and Adverse Childhood Neurodevelopment

Tylenol may no longer be the “safe” drug for pregnant women.

Acetaminophen (the main ingredient in Tylenol) is used by a large proportion of pregnant women. A new study from England suggests that acetaminophen use in the second and third trimesters is associated with an increased likelihood of abnormal fetal neurodevelopment resulting in the subsequent occurrence of ADHD in the offspring.
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April 2017 Blog

Is It Time to Consider IVF?

Of all fertility treatments, In Vitro Fertilization provides the highest probability of conceiving with your own eggs and sperm.

If you have not been able to conceive on your own and need fertility treatment, you may not require In Vitro Fertilization. On the other hand, if one or more of the following IVF indications apply to you, In Vitro Fertilization should likely be your next step.
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March 2017 Blog

Gamete Embryologists - Guardians of the IVF Laboratory

The requirements of taking care of eggs, sperm, and embryos are extraordinary, and there is no margin for error. But as demanding as our work is, we cannot think of another profession we would rather have. We are your babies’ pre-nurses responsible for bringing about their actual manifestation.
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February 2017 Blog

Genetic Testing of Embryos: Should You or Should You Not?

Preimplantation genetic testing includes:

1. Preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) is used when one or both genetic parents carry a gene mutation, and testing is performed to determine whether that specific mutation has been transmitted to the embryo.

2. Preimplantation genetic screening (PGS) describes a procedure involving the removal of one or more nuclei from embryos to test for genetic abnormalities before embryo transfer.
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January 2017 Blog

Pre-pregnancy Stress May Lead to Babies with Low Birth Weight

A new study from the University of California Los Angeles provides the first evidence that a woman’s biological stress profile (particularly elevated levels of stress hormone cortisol) before she becomes pregnant may lead to lower birth weight babies.
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December 2016 Blog

The Scourge of Sugar

Eating too much sugar can not only lead to obesity but also to metabolic disease, fatty liver disease, hypertension, kidney disease, early onset of diabetes, and heart disease as well as general inflammation that may lead to other diseases like cancer.
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November 2016 Blog

Three Person Babies

More than 15 years ago, 17 babies were born after an experimental infertility treatment that gave them DNA from three people: Mom, Dad, and an egg donor.
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October 2016 Blog

Abnormal Semen Analysis Results Increase the Risk of Cancer in Men

A study out of the University of Utah looking at the incidence of common forms of cancer in males found that men with abnormally low semen analysis results are at a greater risk of developing testicular cancer.
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September 2016 Blog

Why We Sometimes Have to Freeze All Embryos

There are five conditions when transferring “fresh” embryos would be unlikely to result in a successful treatment outcome. Under these circumstances, all normally developing embryos will have to be cryopreserved (vitrified), and a Frozen Embryo Transfer procedure will be done at a later date.
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August 2016 Blog

IVF and Breast Cancer

Women undergoing in vitro fertilization have long worried that the procedure could raise their risk for breast cancer. The IVF treatment requires temporarily increasing levels of estrogen five to 10 times compared with the normal, unstimulated levels.
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July 2016 Blog

How Worried Should You Be About Zika

Zika virus infection has spread into most of the US states, and the CDC has issued new recommendations for men and women contemplating becoming pregnant if they have traveled to Zika virus-affected areas.
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June 2016 Blog

Two Week Embryos Grown Outside of Uterus

Up until now, the longest that human embryos have been grown in the laboratory was nine days, though seven days has been far more common.

Now, two teams of researchers in the US and the UK have created an experimental system that allows embryos to be cultured outside the uterus in the complete absence of maternal input for up to 13 days.
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May 2016 Blog

Male Partner’s Caffeine Intake Linked to Miscarriage

While pregnant women have long been warned about caffeine consumption during pregnancy, a woman's consumption before conception, as well as her partner's, can increase the risk of miscarriage, according to a new study.
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April 2016 Blog

IVF Does Not Contribute to Developmental Delays in Children

Patients commonly worry about the potential effects of fertility treatment on child development. Scarce data exist regarding infertility treatments and children’s physical and psychological development.
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March 2016 Blog

Zika Virus and Pregnancy

Zika virus can be spread from a pregnant woman to her unborn baby. There have been reports of a serious birth defect of the brain called microcephaly in babies of mothers who had Zika virus while pregnant.
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February 2016 Blog

Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome

OHSS is characterized by enlarged ovaries and fluid accumulation in the abdomen. A mild form occurs in 10% to 20% of In Vitro Fertilization cycles and results in some discomfort but usually resolves quickly without complications. The severe form occurs approximately 1% of the time.
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January 2016 Blog

Predisposition to Obesity May Be Carried in Sperm

A man's weight may affect the function of important genes in his sperm in ways that could be passed on to his future children, a new, small study suggests.
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December 2015 Blog

Progesterone Supplements Do Not Help Women with History of Miscarriages

Progesterone supplements have been used for more than 60 years, in hopes of avoiding another miscarriage. But a new study published in The New England Journal of Medicine shows these hormone supplements do not increase the chances of carrying a pregnancy to term.
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November 2015 Blog

Men’s Sperm Quality Declines with Age

While advancing female age is well known to have negative effects on fertility, reproductive success, and the health of offspring, the influence of male age on a couple’s fertility has been less defined.
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October 2015 Blog

Breastfeeding Diminishes the Risk of Breast Cancer

Many medical authorities, including the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, strongly recommend breastfeeding.
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September 2015 Blog

Processed Meat Consumption Is Not Good for Sperm

Boston researchers have found that, among infertility patients having IVF, men’s consumption of processed meat, like bacon, canned meat products, and sausages, was related to poorer fertilization rates in IVF.
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August 2015 Blog

How Many Embryos Should We Transfer?

Most human embryos, whether created through intercourse, artificial insemination, or In Vitro Fertilization, are not of a sufficient quality for implantation. Transferring (putting inside the uterus) more than one embryo in IVF treatment increases the likelihood that at least one embryo will implant. In the US, there is no law that would limit the number of embryos to transfer.
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July 2015 Blog

Do Fibroids Cause Infertility?

You may feel quite upset if you have received a diagnosis of uterine fibroids (myomas). Will the presence of fibroids keep you from getting pregnant? Will they cause a miscarriage? Can they endanger the developing baby? Could they be a problem during the delivery?
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June 2015 Blog

Age 35 or Older? The Impact of Advanced Maternal Age

Women are most fertile between the ages of 15 and 30, a time in which many are unwilling or unable to start a family. From a career perspective, the years from age 35 to 45 would make the most sense, but these years represent the final stages of decline in the female fertility potential.
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May 2015 Blog

Pesticide Residue and Fertility Potential

A study by Harvard University researchers found that consumption of fruits and vegetables that contain high levels of pesticide residue was associated with a lower sperm count and lower percentage of morphologically normal sperm.
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April 2015 Blog

IVF - The Nurses’ Perspective

IVF Nurse Coordinators are at the forefront of day to day interaction with patients undergoing their infertility treatments. In this blog, we share with you nursing tips for concerns we frequently encounter.
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March 2015 Blog

Infertility and Adverse Perinatal Outcome

A new birth outcomes study published in Fertility and Sterility compared birth outcomes associated with infertility (Infertile births), birth outcomes associated with infertility treated with ART- Assisted Reproductive Technology (In Vitro Fertilization and related treatments), and birth to mothers without infertility (Fertile birth).
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February 2015 Blog

Eat More Fish!

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have recently increased the recommended weekly amount of seafood for pregnant women, breastfeeding women, and those who might become pregnant.
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January 2015 Blog

ICSI – What Is It, Do We Need It, and Is It Safe?

Intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) was introduced in 1992 to improve fertilization in couples with male factor infertility undergoing In Vitro Fertilization treatment (IVF).
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December 2014 Blog

Sunscreen May Be Tied to Male Infertility

Certain sunscreen chemicals used to protect against ultraviolet rays may impair men’s ability to father children, according to a study by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the New York State Department of Health’s Wadsworth Center.
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November 2014 Blog

Frozen Donor Eggs – Your Shortcut to a Baby

Oocyte quality factor (low egg quality, diminished ovarian reserve, unresponsive ovaries) is a surprisingly common cause of infertility. It can be diagnosed at any age, but becomes more prevalent past the age of 38, and with few exceptions, most women 42-years and older will need to use donor eggs to have a baby.
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October 2014 Blog

How to Choose an IVF Clinic

You just found out that you need “in-vitro” to conceive. You might feel upset, your head is spinning with implications of what it all means, and you start wondering about the treatment cost, whether it will be successful, and where to go for your IVF treatment.
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September 2014 Blog

I Have Very Regular Menstrual Periods, I Must Still Be Fertile, Right?

The vast majority of women whose menstrual cycle length is between 21 and 35 days, do release eggs (ovulate). The average age of menopause in the US is 51.6 years and most women will continue to ovulate into their early fifties. Yet the ability to conceive a successful pregnancy (pregnancy not ending in a miscarriage) for most women ends around the age of approximately 40 years.
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August 2014 Blog

Riding Bicycle Does Not Increase Risk of Infertility in Men

Despite the health benefits of bicycle riding (reduction in the risk of type II diabetes, coronary heart disease, and stroke), fears have been raised regarding its effects on male fertility and erectile dysfunction.
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July 2014 Blog

IVF Children Do Not Have Increased Risk of Cancer

The possibility of an increased risk of cancer in children conceived with In Vitro Fertilization has been suggested in a Swedish study of 26,692 children born after assisted conception.
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June 2014 Blog

Preconception Stress Increases Risk of Infertility

This study examines the relationship between the level of stress in women and the length of time it took to conceive.
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April 2014 Blog

Health Risk of High Levels of Acrylamide in Food

U.S. health officials announced that high levels of acrylamide have been found to cause cancer in animals, and scientists say it is likely to cause cancer in humans.
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February 2014 Blog

How We Decide When to Transfer Embryos

The goal of accurate timing of embryo transfer is to maximize the probability of a successful outcome whether from “fresh” (unfrozen) or cryopreserved embryos and to minimize the likelihood of an undesirable multiple pregnancy.
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January 2014 Blog

Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) Surveillance

Since the first U.S. infant conceived with Assisted Reproductive Technology was born in 1981, both the use of advanced technologies to overcome infertility and the number of fertility clinics providing ART services have increased steadily in the United States.
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December 2013 Blog

Female Weight and Fertility

Many studies have shown that increased female weight can negatively affect the chances of success from IVF treatment. Until now, it has not been clear whether this increased weight impacted on the quality of one’s eggs, the receptivity of the uterus, or both.
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November 2013 Blog

Plastics and Fertility

Exposure to environmental hazards can have a significant impact on one’s fertility potential. Studies presented at the American Society for Reproductive Medicine conference in Boston last month (October 2013) suggest that high levels of common chemicals BPA and phthalates may increase the risk of infertility and miscarriage.
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October 2013 Blog

Coital Practices

Postcoital routines may become ritualized for couples trying to conceive. Although many women think that remaining supine for an interval after intercourse facilitates sperm transport and prevents leakage of semen from the vagina, the belief has no scientific foundation.
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September 2013 Blog

Optimize Your Fertility

Environmental factors have a significant impact on reproductive health and your probability of success. It is very important that both partners (if applicable) adhere to these recommendations. You should start following the reproductive health recommendations as soon as possible, as it may take several weeks before there is an improvement in your fertility potential.
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August 2013 Blog

Why Embryos Do Not Implant?

It happens all the time: gamete embryologists assess embryo quality just before embryo transfer and judge them to be excellent. One or more of the embryos are transferred into the uterus and – two weeks later – the pregnancy test is negative. What happened? What went wrong with the uterus that it prevented the embryos from implanting?
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July 2013 Blog

What Makes a Patient a Good Candidate for Advanced Reproductive Treatments?

There are patients whom we barely get to meet. They “fly” through their treatment, conceive, and are referred back to their OB/GYN for prenatal care. Are there some factors these patients have in common?
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