Category Archives: IVF


Explaining the Benefits of Various Fertility Treatment Options

Many people begin fertility care unsure of where they should begin.  Although there are a vast number of fertility treatment options available, they are not well suited for everyone.  Knowing the benefits of various fertility treatments can help you start a dialogue with your fertility care team.2015-7

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How Does Ovary Removal Work?

Ovary removal, or oophorectomy, may be performed for a number of reasons to address medical issues.  When only one ovary is removed, a woman is still able to become pregnant as her remaining ovary will continue to produce eggs and ovulate.  If fertility issues exist, a woman with one ovary can receive treatment just like any other woman.  Understanding the process of ovary removal and its impact on your fertility may make undergoing this procedure less stressful.

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How Does Embryo Banking Work With Staggered IVF Treatments?

For older women and women with a diminished ovarian reserve (DOR) time can be the greatest factor in the ability to become pregnant and have a healthy baby.  Embryo banking and staggered IVF provides a way for women to take full advantage of viable eggs while they care.

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Breaking Down IVF Treatment Options For Older Women

Biologically, women are best equipped to become pregnant before age 35.  After this point, a woman’s natural fertility begins to decline.  However, fertility treatment methods such as IVF make it possible for women to have children even after age 35. couple
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Endometriosis Awareness Month 2015: Stop Living in Pain, Here are Possible Treatment Options

Endometriosis has the ability to substantially impact a woman’s fertility.  Getting diagnosed early and following a personalized treatment plan allows women with endometriosis to have the families they’ve dreamed of. Enjoying the sun

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PGD Offers Hope To Couples With a High Risk of Genetic Disease

For couples at a high risk for genetic disease, the decision to have children is not a simple one.  Couples must weigh their desire for children with the likelihood of a chromosomal defect.  Thankfully, preimplantation genetic diagnosis, commonly referred to as PGD, allows genetic diseases to be identified in embryos as a part of in vitro fertilization.  The embryos are tested prior to transfer and implantation to ensure healthy embryos are transferred.

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The Evolving World of Fertility – The Increasing Embryo Transfer Rates

In vitro fertilization, commonly referred to as IVF, treatment concludes with the transfer of embryos directly into a woman’s uterus.  From there it is a waiting game to see if the transferred embryos implant, resulting in pregnancy.  In traditional IVF treatment, multiple embryos are transferred with the belief that increasing the number of embryos also increases the chance of pregnancy.  However, research shows this is not the case.  Transferring multiple embryos does not increase pregnancy rates.  What does increase is the likelihood of conceiving multiples which can result in significant health risks to both mother and child.2015-8

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Dr. John Zhang Discusses In-Vitro Maturization

Today I would like to discuss In-Vitro Maturization.

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In-Vitro Maturization (IVM) is a technique that allows an egg that was not fully developed at the time of egg retrieval, to continue to mature in the lab. An immature egg takes more time to fertilize, therefore a woman’s ovulation time is around 14 days to insure that the egg will be at the proper stage for insemination. A culture medium is used to mature the egg, which contains important amino acids. Occasionally the amino acids can be supplemented with follicular fluid from the donor eggs to enhance egg maturation in the lab.

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DR. JOHN ZHANG COMMENTS ON THREE-PARENT EMBRYO TECHNIQUE

On Monday, members of the UK’s House of Commons approved an IVF technique called Mitochondrial DNA transfer, which uses the DNA from three parents in order to prevent serious genetic diseases like muscular dystrophy passing from mother to child.

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Trying To Conceive? – Don’t Lose Hope, You Still Have More Options

The journey to starting a family isn’t always easy. As many as one in every eight couples will have trouble trying to conceive. Seeing a negative result when you’ve done everything “right” can be stressful and heartbreaking. If you’ve been trying to get pregnant without success, do not give up hope!  There are many treatment plans available to address a number of medical causes of fertility issues.

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