African American Women May Have Lower IVF Success

Several studies presented at the American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) 2018 annual Scientific Congress and Expo in Denver, Colorado, showed that African American Women may have lower in vitro fertilization (IVF) success rates than other races.

One study looked at the success rates of IVF procedures at a large Washington, DC area fertility center.  They compared the results of …

Age, Fertility and Twins or More

More American women than ever are having twins, triplets, quadruplets and even quintuplets, and it’s not just because some are using fertility treatments, new research shows. Since the 1980s, the number of multiple births has jumped from roughly 20 sets per 1,000 live births to almost 35 sets per 1,000 live births, the study found. To determine whether this was …

Fertility Drugs Not Associated With Cancer

Ever since fertility drugs were used to enhance egg production for IVF there have been rumors that they can increase the risk of ovarian cancer. The poster person for this concept was Gilda Radner who suffered from infertility and then tragically was discovered to have advanced ovarian cancer. Many blamed the fertility drugs she used in attempts to conceive with …

Ultrasound guided IVF transfer

Noiw it’s time for a history lesson.

The first successful IVF birth occurred in 1978. The specialty has made remarkable advances since then helping to make IVF a very successful procedure. Ovarian stimulation to produce a number of eggs, ICSI to make it possible for men with the most severe male factor issues capable of creating a healthy pregnancy and …

The Best Age To Freeze Eggs

Bottom line: there is no best age. It depends on a lot of individual factors.

There are two new articles on some surprising facts about to whom egg freezing is being promoted and how “older” fertility preservers are using their eggs.

The biggest surprise is that these days the market for fertility preservation is skewing younger, the result in part …

A New Way to Pick An Egg Donor

One of the more interesting issues with egg donation is how recipients select an egg donor. It’s a real dilemma. Do you go for looks; someone who resembles you, someone with strong academic credentials, someone who shares your interests or someone who has a strong record of effectiveness as a previous egg donor?

A number of years ago there was …

Why Women Freeze Eggs

If you did a “man on the street” interview, or more correctly a “woman on the street” interview, and asked “Why do you think a woman freezes her eggs?” the answer I would expect would be to avoid age related problems with her eggs. Maybe many women do fertility preservation for age reasons, but studies are now showing that the …

How Much Do Young Adults Really Know About Fertility?

Although most people know that fertility declines with age, a new study shows that many young adults don’t have a clear understanding of what age it actually becomes harder to get pregnant.

Researchers in Australia surveyed 1,215 university students with a 34-item online questionnaire regarding their expectations for future parenthood and their fertility knowledge.  Of the students surveyed, only 46 …

Happy 40th Birthday, IVF!

The world’s first in vitro fertilization (IVF) baby, Louise Joy Brown, was born in 1978 in the U.K.  Since then, approximately 8 million babies have been born world-wide as a result of IVF.  In the United States alone, approximately 1.5-2 percent of all babies born these days are conceived via IVF.

In the past 40 years, since the conception and …

Positive Trends in IVF

The latest data from the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology (SART) show that Assisted Reproductive Technology, basically IVF, (ART) usage in the United States is increasing, while the multiple birth rate from ART cycles is decreasing. SART’s Preliminary Clinic Summary Report for 2016 consolidates data from 377 member clinics, performing 242,618 ART cycles, resulting in the births of 71,296 babies.…