Women Over 40 Show a Rise in Conception Rates

The latest data from the National Center for Health Statistics shows that although the birth rate in the United States continues to fall overall, there has been a 4 percent increase in conception among women over 40 years old.  Having children later in life has become more common, but we must remember that as women get older, it becomes more …

When Should Endometrial Receptivity Testing be Done?

Endometrial receptivity testing is a way to narrow down a woman’s window of implantation prior to an embryo transfer, but is this test appropriate for every woman who has undergone an IVF cycle?  When the test was first developed, its primary indication was for women with recurrent implantation failure.  As we learn more about the test though, we’re finding that …

Five RPMG Docs Named LA Top Doctors

Five RPMG doctors have been named L.A. Top Docs 2018 in the April issue of Los Angeles Magazine. According to the magazine these are “the physicians who’ve been voted the best by other physicians.”

Included under the category of Reproductive Endocrinology/Infertility are Gayane Ambartsumyan, M. D., Andy Huang, M. D., Gregory F. Rosen, M. D., Arthur L. Wisot, M. D. …

Fertility Treatment Options After Tubal Ligation Surgery

Many women who have had tubal ligation surgery regret the decision and desire future fertility.  Women who have had this surgery can often still conceive a pregnancy either through in vitro fertilization or after tubal reversal surgery.  The decision about which of these options to choose needs to be based on each woman’s particular situation.

Factors that need to be …

The Dilemma of Mosaic Embryos

Since physicians have been performing preimplantation genetic testing for aneuploidy (PGT-A) biopsing several cells from a blastocyst and using more advanced genetic tests, Reproductive Endocrinologists been at a loss for how to deal with embryos with cells with more than one chromosomal arrangement, one normal and others with a variety of abnormal configurations. Mosaic embryos weren’t easily detectable until about …

Low Sperm Count May Be a Marker of General Health

A new study presented at ENDO 2018, the Endocrine Society’s 100th annual meeting in Chicago, IL, found that low sperm count may not only be a problem for fertility, but is also a marker for a man’s general health.

The study looked at 5,177 male partners of infertile couples in Italy and found that low sperm counts were associated with …

Fresh or Frozen Embryo Transfer? That is the Question.

For some time now our experience has shown us that when we do all-freeze cycles and only tranfer embyos in frozen embryo cycles we get better results. This phenomenon occurs whether PGS is performed to help us select chromosomally normal embryos or in non-PGS cycles when we select embryos by morphology.

However in contrast to our experience, results from two …

How to pay for IVF

IVF is great technology but like many forms of advanced technology it can come with a hefty price tag. A small proportion of couples may have insurance to cover at least some of the cost of IVF. But for the rest the dilemma is how to pay for it. According the National Conference of State Legislators, only 15 states require …

More Companies May Be Offering Fertility Benefits

Based on a new research by Willis Towers Watson, a global multinational risk management, insurance brokerage and advisory company, there is expected to be a 10% increase in employer-offered fertility benefits over the next two years.  The research suggests that employers are viewing coverage of fertility treatment as an important tool to recruit and retain skilled employees.

A prior Willis …