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IVF, PGD, Embryology, and IUI


Reading Between the Line in the CDC IVF Clinic Reports by Sam Thatcher, M.D., Ph.D.
What you need to know about IVF statistics right now! The Fertility Clinic Success Rate and Certification Act of 1992 was supposed to be for consumer protection... but does it. Get the "skinny" on what you need to know about statics before you select a clinic!

Genetic Counseling by Michael Doyle, M.D.
Genetic counseling offers tests to assess the risks for passing on various genetic diseases.

IUI by Richard Sherbahn, M.D.
Studies have shown that intrauterine insemination can be effective for some cases associated with poor sperm quality. If the total motile sperm count at the time of insemination is less than five million, the chances for pregnancy are significantly lower than with higher counts.

Press Release: New Survey Reveals Most Patients Are Unaware That Slaughterhouse-Derived Animal Products Are Used in a Majority of IVF Procedures 
While over 82 percent of the 168 survey respondents are generally aware that there are a number of procedures performed on their eggs after retrieval, only 8 percent are aware that many IVF clinics use slaughterhouse-derived animal extract products (from bovine and ovine sources) to treat eggs prior to the ICSI procedure.

Preimplantation Genetic Testing by William Kearns, Ph.D.
Preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) is a state of the art procedure used in conjunction with in vitro fertilization (IVF) to select embryos free of chromosomal abnormalities and specific genetic disorders for transfer to the uterus.

How IVF patients may be impacted by embryonic stem cell research. A private choice in a public controversy By K.D. Oakley, PR Manager, NEDC and Jeffrey Keenan, MD, FACOG, HCLD
The fertility industry is on the verge of challenges and changes brought about by the international controversy of embryonic stem cell research. The central issue is the 400,000 excess frozen embryos from in vitro fertilization awaiting a patient’s decision.

Achieving a Successful Outcome Through Intrauterine Insemination and Ovulation Induction by Scott M. Slayden,MD, Joe B. Massey, MD
IUI is a technique that addresses the inefficiency associated with many of these natural hurdles by increasing the probability that appropriate numbers of sperm

Choosing the Optimal Day for Embryo Transfer by Dlugi, MD

Selecting the correct time for embryo transfer is not always easy. Historically, embryo transfers were initially performed two days after egg retrieval when the embryo(s) had reached a 2-4 cell stage. Read more

Finding Your Assisted Reproduction Program by Diane Michelsen, J.D., M.S.W.
The idea that it takes a village to raise a child has now been supplemented with the concept that with assisted reproduction, it takes a village to create a child. This article gives suggestions on finding a good program.

Viagra and the Endometrial Lining by Geoffrey Sher, M.D.
Pre-ovulatory endometrial thickness and ultrasound appearance, is predictive of potential embryo implantation. While some viable pregnancies may occur with a lining of 8-9mm, very few will occur when the endometrium is less then 8. Find out how viagra could help some people achieve this.

Embryo Interaction May Be Key to Diagnosis and Treatment of Immunological Implantation Failure by Geoffrey Sher, M.D.
Recently there has been recognition that implanting embryos engage in a “cross talk” allowing it to develop unhindered in the uterus rather than be rejected. The embryo, upon arrival in the uterus, relays its desire to enter into a “dialogue” with the endometrial immune system. What this might mean to implantation is discussed by Geoffrey Sher,M.D.

Can Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD) Reduce the Risk for Recurrent Pregnancy Loss? By Serena Chen, M.D.
Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis or PGD is an exciting new technology that can detect some genetic abnormalities. PGD may also be an option for women who suffer recurrent first trimester pregnancy loss, for women with a history of a chromosomally abnormal pregnancy, and for women with age-related infertility.

Historical Implications for Today’s Embryo Transfer: Day 3 Vs. Day 5 by G. John Garrisi, Ph.D.
Which is better for success? A day 5 transfer of embryos or a day 3 transfer?

The Risks of Multiple Pregnancy Associated with IVF By Angie Beltsos, M.D.
The risks of multiple pregnancy with infertility and IVF treatment are discussed by Dr. Angie Beltsos.

Embryo Adoption by Theresa Erickson

Pregnancy and Multiple Gestation Rates after Transfer of Two Versus Three Blastocysts
Two-blastocyst transfer has similar pregnancy rates and a decreased multiple gestation rate compared with three-blastocyst transfer

Infertility and Multiple Pregnancy: Can you have too much of a good thing? by Serena Chen, M.D.

A History of IVF

Overview of the history and statistical outcome of IVF in the United States. In order to understand why insurance is reluctant to cover infertility and in particular IVF (in vitro fertilization), you must first look at the history of IVF and how statistics are gathered and presented.

IVIg for ART and Implantation Failure Controversy by Geoffrey Sher, M.D.
An essay by Geoffrey Sher, M.D.

PGD: The Next Step in Pregnancy Enhancement and Disease Prevention or the Search for the Holy Grail of Infertility Treatment 
by Carlene W. Elsner, M.D., Z. Peter Nagy, M.D., Ph.D, and Amy E. Jones, M.S.

This technology offers potential for improvement in outcomes of IVF treatment, including improved pregnancy rates, reduced miscarriage rates, and avoidance of some genetic abnormalities.

GIVF's MicroSort: Technology separates the boys from the girls by Keith Blauer, M.D. and David Karabinus, Ph.D., H.C.L.D. 
The Genetics & IVF Institute (GIVF) started investigating gender selection technology in the early 1990s. And now the FDA has approved a clinical trial for GIVF's preconception gender selection process, called MicroSort.

Criteria in selecting an IVF Clinic
A chart showing the importance of certain criteria when shopping for a clinic

Criteria for Selecting an Infertility or IVF Clinic
This series of charts will help in determining the best criteria for you in the selection of a full service treatment facility for infertility

Cytoplasmic Transfer