Tag Archives: fertility preservation

State Laws to Cover Fertility Preservation

Written on 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 …

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

Written on July 16, 2017 at 2:01 pm, by Dr. Marli Amin

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

Written on June 6, 2017 at 1:22 pm, by Dr. Arthur Wisot FACOG

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 …

Perceptions of egg freezing for fertility preservation

Written on April 26, 2017 at 10:23 am, by Dr. Arthur Wisot FACOG

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

Written on April 10, 2017 at 9:04 am, by Dr. Marli Amin

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?

Written on February 17, 2017 at 3:58 pm, by Dr. Marli Amin

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?

Written on February 16, 2017 at 3:56 pm, by Dr. Arthur Wisot FACOG

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 Preservation Bill May Ease Burden for Patients with Cancer

Written on February 8, 2017 at 8:20 am, by Dr. Marli Amin

New legislation may help patients with cancer and other aggressive diseases afford fertility preservation treatment.  California state Senator Anthony Portantino has recently introduced a bill that would require insurance companies to cover fertility preservation treatment for patients undergoing medical treatments that may cause infertility.  Per Senator Portantino, “It just doesn’t seem right that anyone should have to choose between fighting …

Egg Freezing – What You Need to Know

Written on January 27, 2017 at 1:45 pm, by Dr. Marli Amin

Making the decision to freeze your eggs is difficult, but now there are two new educational sites to help you evaluate your need to consider this option. A Fertility Estimator and several Egg Freezing Education Modules have been developed by the Frozen Egg Bank Network to help you make the decision .

Egg freezing allows women to maximize their chances …

Fertility Preservation and Breast Cancer

Written on January 11, 2017 at 8:15 pm, by Dr. Arthur Wisot FACOG

According to a 2011 study reported in the journal Fertility & Sterility, most women who develop invasive breast cancer under age 40 will be advised to undergo chemotherapy with or without extended antihormonal therapy to reduce the risk of recurrence and death from breast cancer. Chemotherapy particularly with alkylating agents such as cyclophosphamide is toxic to the ovaries and markedly …