Making IVF More Successful. What works?

A recent article in Newsweek looks at “add-ons” to the basic IVF cycle and comes to the conclusion that there is no evidence that many of them help except the endometrial “scratch”: biopsy in the cycle before the transfer.

These add-ons include blastocyst culture, where the embryo is allowed to grow in the lab for five days instead of the …

Chemicals in Women’s Diets May Affect IVF Success

Preliminary data from 2 new studies show that chemicals in women’s diets may affect IVF success rates.  This data was recently presented at the American Society of Reproductive Medicine’s Scientific Congress.  It showed that pesticides, artificial sweeteners, and sugar in women’s diets can negatively affect their chances of conceiving a pregnancy with IVF.

Researchers in Boston looked at their patients’ …

Is the recipient’s age a factor in egg donor cycle success?

This is one of a series of news items from abstracts of studies presented at the 2013 Annual Meeting of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine as complied by Dr. David Meldrum, formerly a partner and Scientific Director of Reproductive Partners. We appreciate the enormous amount of work it takes to compile and comment on these abstracts.


It is …

In IVF more (eggs) is not necessarily better

That’s one of the misconceptions (#7) in our book, “Conceptions & Misconceptions,” more is better.

And now a study reported from ASRM 2013 again shows that’s not true.

Retrieving more than 15 eggs from a woman during IVF increases the risk of ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome with only a minimal increase in live birth rate, according to Anish Shah, MD, of …

ASRM ABSTRACTS: Moderate exercise improves IVF success rates

This is one of a series of news items from abstracts of studies presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine as complied by Dr. David Meldrum, Scientific Director of Reproductive Partners. We appreciate the enormous amount of work it takes to compile and comment on these abstracts.


In this study reported at ASRM, 87 …

New Strategies to Boost IVF Success Rates

Here is a relevant article published in the Wall Street Journal regarding an additional option to possibly improve IVF outcomes.  It is a treatment option that RPMG has already provided.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10000872396390443862604578030600949336888.html

Especially with the recent advances in freezing techniques, this may be a very good option for couples who have not had previous successes.  Talk to your primary RPMG physician …

Study provides insight into why severely obese women have more difficulty getting pregnant with IVF

One third of American women of childbearing age are battling obesity, a condition that affects their health and their chances of getting pregnant. Obese women often have poor reproductive outcomes, but the reasons why have not been clearly identified. Now, a novel study gains further insight into the underlying mechanisms. The study was published online on September 11 in the …

IVF Live-Birth Rates Approach Those of Natural Conception

A new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine links data from the SART Clinic Outcome Reporting System to show that, with favorable patient and embryo characteristics, IVF live-birth rates approach those of natural conception.

The researchers reviewed data from 246,740 women, with 471,208 cycles and 140,859 live births, finding that live-birth rates declined with increasing maternal age and