Category Archives: Education

The Evolution of Fertility Treatment

September 15, 2017 at 2:57 pm, by Dr. Marli Amin

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approving the sale and marketing of clomiphene citrate (Clomid) for the “treatment of ovulatory dysfunction in women desiring pregnancy”.   At the time, this was a huge breakthrough for couples who were desperate to conceive their own child.  For many patients, it was a “wonder drug”.

Prior to …

Miscarriage Misinformation on Twitter

September 13, 2017 at 3:55 pm, by Dr. Arthur Wisot FACOG

Losing a pregnancy because of a miscarriage can be a difficult and painful experience, one that people often don’t talk about even among friends and family. Women who suffer miscarriages can feel shame and isolation. Some even blame themselves.

There are also many public misperceptions of miscarriage. For example, more than half of the respondents to a 2015 survey incorrectly …

Low Carb Diets May Increase Fertility

September 10, 2017 at 12:47 pm, by Dr. Marli Amin

One of the most commonly asked questions by women who are hoping to conceive is, “What can I do or eat to increase my fertility?”  There are now multiple studies that may be providing some answers to this question.  There is a growing body of evidence that shows that diets high in protein and low in carbohydrates may lead to …

Flame Retardants May Decrease IVF Success

September 4, 2017 at 7:48 am, by Dr. Marli Amin

A new study from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health is showing that flame retardants may decrease the likelihood of pregnancy in women undergoing in vitro fertilization.  This is the first study to examine the association between organophosphate flame retardants (PFRs) and reproductive outcomes in women.

Urine samples from 211 women undergoing IVF between 2005 and 2015 at the …

Common Household Products May Reduce Fertility

August 26, 2017 at 11:32 am, by Dr. Marli Amin

A new study is showing that ingredients in common household products may reduce fertility.  Researchers from University of California, Davis found that quaternary ammonium compounds, also known as “quats”, inhibit mitochondria and estrogenic functions in cells that were studied in vitro.

Quats are used as antimicrobial agents in many common household products, including antiseptics in toothpastes, mouthwashes, shampoos, lotions, household …

Stress Linked to Miscarriage Risk

August 24, 2017 at 3:32 pm, by Dr. Arthur Wisot FACOG

Women who have experienced more psychological stress might be at greater risk of having a miscarriage, according to a review of studies. Researchers from universities in the United Kingdom and China found that women who reported a history of these emotionally taxing experiences increased their risk of miscarriage by up to 42 percent.

For the review, the team included eight …

Can At-Home Tests Predict Fertility?

August 20, 2017 at 1:52 pm, by Dr. Marli Amin

A new startup company, developed by former Uber and 23AndMe executives, is offering at-home fertility testing for women.  The company, Modern Fertility, has the goal of offering a low-cost alternative for fertility testing compared to testing through a standard laboratory.  Their test costs $149 and measures up to 10 fertility hormones via finger-prick blood samples.

According to their website, the …

State Laws to Cover Fertility Preservation

August 16, 2017 at 11:41 am, by Dr. Arthur Wisot FACOG

There has been some recent activity in state legislatures in providing coverage for procedures such as egg freezing for fertility preservation for women who are planning to undergo gonadotoxic medical treatments.

Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy signed into law in June, legislation (HB 7124) to require insurance coverage of fertility preservation for insured individuals diagnosed with cancer, or whenever this treatment …

Do IVF Babies Grow Up to be Healthy?

August 11, 2017 at 4:11 pm, by Dr. Marli Amin

Although 1.5% of all babies now born in the United States are conceived via in vitro fertilization, we have to remember that this is still fairly new technology.  The first IVF baby was born in 1978, so children conceived via IVF are still relatively young.  Given this, we are just now finding out how IVF children are fairing as adults.  …

IVF Three Parent Embryos? Not!

August 9, 2017 at 11:40 am, by Dr. Arthur Wisot FACOG

When doctors develop new radical procedures and especially they market them to the public, there are certain steps they must take or run afoul of the specialty and government regulators or both.

The so-called, “Three Parent Embryos” created in an IVF cycle is the latest example of a hyped procedure gone wrong.

The Food and Drug Administration is moving to …