Protecting Fertility From Chemotherapy

One great advance in preventing loss of fertility and ovarian reserve from chemotherapy has been egg freezing.

But sometimes, for a variety of reasons, egg freezing may not be feasible for a particular individual. Prior to the advent of successful egg freezing I used to use a gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRHa) agonist to shut down the ovaries prior to chemotherapy, thereby …

How Long Can Embryos Stay Frozen?

On November 25, 2017, Tina Gibson, a woman in Tennessee gave birth to her daughter, Emma, who had spent 24 years as a frozen embryo.  This is the longest-frozen embryo to successfully come to birth.  Emma weighed 6 lbs. 8 oz. when she was born and is a thriving newborn.

Emma had initially been conceived via in vitro fertilization and …

Cancer Patients Unaware of Fertility Options

Now that cancer treatments help many more cancer victims to become cancer survivors it is important to consider life issues when planning cancer treatments. For younger cancer patients, future fertility is an important life issue.

Yet, up to half of cancer patients of reproductive age do not receive adequate information about the impact of treatment on their fertility, decreasing their …

State Laws to Cover Fertility Preservation

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 …

IVF Demand Increases in China

According to Bloomberg News, a paradox has emerged in China: As the country finally relaxes its one-child policy, factors like lower sperm counts, later pregnancies and other health barriers are making it harder for many to get pregnant. As a result, businesses from China to Australia, and even California are lining up to help — and profit from — …

Declining Fertility Rates in the U.S. May Create a Healthcare Crisis

According to the National Vital Statistics System, the general fertility rate in the U.S. is continuing to decline.  It seems that women are waiting longer to have children, a trend that has been recognized since the 1970s.  Over time, the cumulative effect of this may result in a “healthcare crisis” where more healthcare dollars will need to be put into …

Fertility Issues for Cancer Patients

It was not that long ago that this was a subject that was not even discussed because most cancer patients going into chemotherapy or radiation were focused on survival, not quality of life. Today, fortunately, cancer treatments have improved so much that people are concerned about quality of life; i.e. living with cancer rather than just living from cancer.

In …

Your Infertility and IVF Questions Answered Here…Free

Yes, that’s correct. You can ask a question about infertility or IVF and you will get a prompt answer. And it’s free. You do not have to be a patient of reproductive Partners or even a patient yet; you may just be starting your infertility journey and have not yet seen a doctor. This is a service that Reproductive Partners …

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 …