Fertility Business Booming. Why?

According to an article in the Washington Post, the multibillion-dollar fertility industry is booming, and experimenting with business models that are changing the American family in new and unpredictable ways. Would-be parents seeking donor eggs and sperm can pick and choose from long checklists of physical and intellectual characteristics. Clinics now offer volume discounts, package deals and 100 percent guarantees …

Low ovarian reserve in older women

We always worry when a patient in her late 30’s or early 40’s has biomarkers such as early-follicular-phase serum antimullerian hormone (AMH), serum and urinary follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) and serum inhibin B indicating a low ovarian reserve. But for some a new study indicates that low ovarian reserve may not indicate a problem conceiving.

Lab tests showing that women have …

Perceptions of egg freezing for fertility preservation

Egg freezing for fertility preservation is relatively new and there is not a lot of information available about how women perceive this technology. This information will help doctors counsel their patients on the wisdom of pursuing this procedure in the context of their lives. It can also help others make the decision to consider fertility preservation at an age when …

Why Women’s Fertility Declines with Age

A new study out of Montreal Hospital Research Center is providing a new explanation for why women’s fertility declines with age.  The study compared the eggs of 6-12 week old mice to those of 60 week old mice.  They found that the microtubules in older eggs behave abnormally.  Microtubules help with chromosome segregation during cell division.  In older eggs, the …

How Many Eggs Should a Woman Freeze to Have a Baby?

A new tool may help women, who are considering freezing their eggs, understand their chance of having a baby based on the number of eggs they freeze.  Researchers from Brigham and Women’s Hospital recently published this prediction model in the journal, Human Reproduction. They used data from over 500 IVF cycles and genetic testing results from 14,500 embryos to …

Is Egg Freezing An Effective Way To Delay Motherhood?

A Forbes Magazine article calls into question whether egg freezing, which is being done in increasing numbers, lacks scientific evidence of its effectiveness. Egg freezing isn’t new. In fact, the first baby conceived with an egg that had been frozen and then thawed was born 30 years ago.

But it was only a little more than four years ago, in …

Fertility Myths – What You Should Know

Whether you’re trying to get pregnant now or want to conceive in the future, there are certain things every person should know about their fertility.

As a fertility specialist, I read lots of fertility articles in different publications and on social media.  I pay attention to what’s out there in the media because I want to know what my patients …

An inspiring frozen egg donation story

This is an inspiring story about a successful pregnancy in a 48 year old created by frozen eggs obtained at Donor Egg Bank USA and fertilized and transferred at RPMG:

I wanted to reach out to other women who have made this decision, wherever you are in the journey. Please be encouraged by our story: We tried for over three …

Older Moms May Live Longer

A new study shows that women who start having children later in life may live longer.  This study, which was recently published in the American Journal of Public Health, showed that women who were older than 25 when they first gave birth were 11% more likely to live to age 90.  Over 20,000 women enrolled in the Women’s Health Initiative …