Tag Archives: IVF

RPMG’s Dr. Ambartsumyan featured on Popsugar

Written on September 18, 2017 at 3:36 pm, by Dr. Arthur Wisot FACOG

RPMG’s Dr. Gayane Ambartsumyan was featured in an online article on Popsugar in which one of her patients outlines her IVF experience in photographs.

The article, “1 Woman Documented Her IVF Treatment From Start to Finish With Photos, and We’re Exhausted Just Looking at It” states, “Like many other women trying to conceive, the thought of having a baby via …

The Evolution of Fertility Treatment

Written on September 15, 2017 at 2:57 pm, by Dr. Marli Amin

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approving the sale and marketing of clomiphene citrate (Clomid) for the “treatment of ovulatory dysfunction in women desiring pregnancy”.   At the time, this was a huge breakthrough for couples who were desperate to conceive their own child.  For many patients, it was a “wonder drug”.

Prior to …

Flame Retardants May Decrease IVF Success

Written on September 4, 2017 at 7:48 am, by Dr. Marli Amin

A new study from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health is showing that flame retardants may decrease the likelihood of pregnancy in women undergoing in vitro fertilization.  This is the first study to examine the association between organophosphate flame retardants (PFRs) and reproductive outcomes in women.

Urine samples from 211 women undergoing IVF between 2005 and 2015 at the …

RPMG Embryology Lab Re-accredited

Written on August 31, 2017 at 12:50 pm, by Dr. Arthur Wisot FACOG

Reproductive Partners’ laboratory has been re-accredited by the prestigious College of American Pathologists.

Unquestionably one of the most if not the most important determinant of IVF success is the quality of the embryo laboratory. They embryologists find the eggs at the retrieval, fertilize them, follow them in their development, prepare the embryo(s) for transfer and freeze the remaining embryos. The …

RPMG’s Dr. Rosen on Huffington Post podcast

Written on August 30, 2017 at 10:01 am, by Dr. Arthur Wisot FACOG

In the first episode of IVFML, a HuffPost podcast miniseries about infertility, health editor Anna Almendrala and her husband, comedy writer Simon Ganz try to make a baby, but things don’t go as planned.

The very definition of TMI, Anna and Simon use their own story to talk about all the hilarious, depressing, ridiculous, and expensive travails of trying …

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 …

Do IVF Babies Grow Up to be Healthy?

Written on August 11, 2017 at 4:11 pm, by Dr. Marli Amin

Although 1.5% of all babies now born in the United States are conceived via in vitro fertilization, we have to remember that this is still fairly new technology.  The first IVF baby was born in 1978, so children conceived via IVF are still relatively young.  Given this, we are just now finding out how IVF children are fairing as adults.  …

IVF Three Parent Embryos? Not!

Written on August 9, 2017 at 11:40 am, by Dr. Arthur Wisot FACOG

When doctors develop new radical procedures and especially they market them to the public, there are certain steps they must take or run afoul of the specialty and government regulators or both.

The so-called, “Three Parent Embryos” created in an IVF cycle is the latest example of a hyped procedure gone wrong.

The Food and Drug Administration is moving to …

Why Do Some Normal Embryos Fail to Implant?

Written on August 7, 2017 at 5:13 am, by Dr. Marli Amin

One of the hardest questions to answer for a fertility specialist is, “Why did a genetically normal embryo fail to implant?”.  With the increased use of preimplantation genetic screening on embryos, couples often have very high hopes of achieving a pregnancy when a genetically normal is obtained from an in vitro fertilization cycle. Unfortunately, not all genetically normal embryos will …

Sperm Counts of Western Men are Declining

Written on July 30, 2017 at 2:23 pm, by Dr. Marli Amin

A new analysis published in the journal, Human Reproduction Update, is showing that the sperm counts of men in North America, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand have markedly declined in the past 40 years.

Researchers from the Hebrew University of Jerusulem conducted a meta-analysis of 185 studies. The studies included data from sperm samples from almost 43,000 men from …