A Defense of PGS

An article recently published in The Cut column of New York Magazine has captured the attention of the fertility and genetic testing community. Titled “A New Last Chance”, the article questioned the utility of preimplantation genetic screening (PGS) – a technique which data from the CDC and SART, along with the results of several randomized controlled trials (RCTs), have all …

Genetic Testing of Embryos May Cause Ethical Dilemma

There is an emerging ethical morass in the field of reproductive medicine: what to do when patients seeking to get pregnant select embryos with DNA that could lead to a disease or disability. Should clinicians’ desire to help their patients have children override concerns about possibly doing harm to those children? And what about cases in which patients end up …

Fertility Business Booming. Why?

According to an article in the Washington Post, the multibillion-dollar fertility industry is booming, and experimenting with business models that are changing the American family in new and unpredictable ways. Would-be parents seeking donor eggs and sperm can pick and choose from long checklists of physical and intellectual characteristics. Clinics now offer volume discounts, package deals and 100 percent guarantees …

New Fathers’ Age is Rising

Maybe this is why we are seeing more cases of male infertility and many cases of IVF are requiring ICSI.

Researchers at Stanford University reviewed data on 168,867,480 live births from 1972 to 2015, making statistical adjustments for missing paternal records. The average age of the father of a newborn in the United States, the investigators found, has risen to …

The Role of Preimplantation Genetic Screening in IVF

Over the past 2 decades, preimplantation genetic screening (PGS) has fallen in and out of favor among fertility specialists.  The benefits of performing PGS with in vitro fertilization have been hugely debated.  While the techniques and technology for PGS have advanced during this time, it’s still unclear whether PGS provides a benefit and that should be determined for each individual …

Why Do Some Normal Embryos Fail to Implant?

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 …

Questions to Ask if Your IVF Cycle Fails

Although IVF has a high chance of success, not all couples conceive with their first IVF cycle.  Patients who don’t conceive with IVF often ask, “What happened?  Why weren’t we successful?”  These can be difficult questions to answer, but after an unsuccessful cycle, it’s important for both the patients and the physician to review how the cycle went.  For patients, …

Computers May Help Choose the Best Embryos for IVF

Researchers in Brazil are developing a new software tool that may help physicians and embryologists choose the best embryos for transfer after an IVF cycle.  The computer technology is supposed to recognize 24 characteristics of embryos, some of which are not detectable to embryologists using even the most sophisticated microscopes.  These characteristics include the size of the embryo, the texture …

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