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frozen donor eggs Let’s talk about donor egg.  When a woman’s eggs are too low in number or quality to produce a healthy child, using donated eggs is an option.  You can obtain donated eggs from a woman you know or from an anonymous woman through an egg bank.  The use of egg banks has exploded over the past few...
when it doesn't work IVF works most of the time in couples where the female age is under 40.  When it doesn't work we ask: is it the embryo or is it the woman?  With more widespread use of chromosome screening of embryos, called Comprehensive Chromosomal Screening (CCS) or Preimplantation Genetic Screening (PGS),  the...
uterus transplant I try to adapt to new thinking, technologies and ideas but this time I'm struggling.  The topic is uterus transplantation.  Some women have a very unhealthy uterus or don't even have a uterus because they were born without one or had surgery to remove it.  Those women need a uterus.  Those women...
endometriosis and pregnancy Infertility doctors rarely care for women after the first few weeks of pregnancy.  This is because it's hard to master the science of infertility and also master pregnancy care.  So, like that jerk who got your friend-of-a-friend pregnant in high school, we get women pregnant and then leave them...
egg freezing - what happens? Saturday night and instead of having tapas at some cool restaurant, attending the opera, or dancing at a club I am in my pajamas reading the latest edition of Fertility and Sterility.  Something happened when I hit 40. Since turning 40, reading or watching TV in my pajamas is exactly how I like to...
Zika Just when we thought we had enough things to worry about...the Zika virus. We've known about the Zika virus since the 1950s.  It's found in certain mosquitoes in warm climates.  If you get bitten by a Zika virus-carrying mosquito you'll likely have no symptoms.  About 20% of those bitten will...
Bravelle Recall The drug Bravelle has been used for years throughout the world in IVF treatment. There has been a recall of the drug from 2014-2015.  Please read this letter if you took Bravelle between June 29, 2014 and October 23, 2015. The reassuring news is that we did not observe any ill effects from the...
Time-lapse embryo assessment I consider us "cautious early adopters" of techology. We don't adopt every little technology that comes along promising to improve IVF pregnancy rates.  We adopt the ones that have good studies on large populations that show reproducible benefit.  If we weren't cautious we'd also have driven the PT...
HSG Let's talk about the HSG.  The hysterosalpingogram (HSG) is a test of the inside of the uterus (uterine cavity) and the tubes.  The test is done on women to determine if there are any polyps, fibroids, scar tissue, or abnormalities of the shape of the inside of the uterus. It's inside the uterus...
progesterone One percent of couples trying to conceive with have 3 or more miscarriages.  Miscarriages are hard on women and couples, emotionally and physically. Most miscarriages are caused by a chromosome abnormality in the fetus.  Fetuses with chromosome problems often implant/stick in the uterus for days to...