IVF Studies

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Association of Clinical Traits and Ovarian Reserve Decreases with Subfertility in Patients with Autoimmune Arthritis

October 20, 2021

Reproductive endocrinologist, Vinita Alexander, MD, coauthored this study to evaluate the relationship between autoimune arthritis patients such as those with rheumatoid arthritis and ovarian reserve. This study was presented at the American Society for Reproductive Medicine annual conference in Baltimore, Maryland, Tuesday, October 19, 2021 Often patients with autoimmune arthritis and other autoimmune diseases may…

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Does transferring a good-quality embryo with a lower-quality embryo reduce the probability of success?

September 14, 2020

This is a good study that indicates when transferring a lower quality blastocyst with a high-quality blastocyst, at the same time, it does not result in a decreased probability of success. In fact, there is a small increase in the number of live births.

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Endometriosis and IVF

February 1, 2019

Does endometriosis result in a heightened prospect of embryonic aneuploidy?  This inquiry was the objective of a retrospective cohort analysis.  Endometriosis affects women during their reproductive years, is a chronic inflammatory condition that is estrogen-dependent and causes pelvic pain and infertility. Participants in this particular analysis were in an IVF cycle between 2009-2015 who were…

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Does Low Stimulation Make Eggs Better?

September 10, 2018

Low stim does not “make eggs better”.  If it did, everyone would use such a protocol for all patients; the idea is to use the lowest effective dose to get the ovarian response you are looking for.  These medications do not make eggs better or worse genetically or developmentally.  Click here to view more information…

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The Importance of Using Time-Lapse Incubators such as the EmbryoScope in IVF

July 28, 2018

Research continues to show the importance of why Time-lapse monitoring of developing embryos in the context of IVF. A recent study published online in 2017 investigated the relationship between the physical parameters of metaphase II (MII) oocytes (eggs) with morphokinetic variables (physical attributes) of embryos post ICSI for use in IVF. The study reviewed 334…

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Could Pre-Implantation (PGS) Testing Be Completed Non-Invasively?

July 12, 2018

Last week, the European Society for Human Reproduction and Embryology hosted their annual meeting in Barcelona. One of the interesting studies released was that from Igenomix, “Improved concordance rates for aneuploidy detection in spent culture media compared to trophyectoderm biopsies: a step forward towards non-invasive pre-implantation genetic testing.” Today, in order to complete the PGS…

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Understanding the Fertility Experiences of Women: Help Researchers at the University of Missouri

July 10, 2018

Are you a woman age 20-45 and would like to help other women? MCRM Fertility is wishing to assist researchers at the University of Missouri who are completing research evaluating the fertility experiences of women by sharing information regarding a  brief online survey that you may participate in. The purpose of this study is to…

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Could Magnetic Nanoparticle Selection lead to Sex Selection in IVF?

July 2, 2018

This may be a future reality.  Already, magnetic nanoparticles are utilized by some U.S. IVF Centers for deselection of unhealthy and DNA damaged sperm prior to sperm injection for fertilization. This methodology had its first use in veterinary medicine and today research is on-going in equine to evaluate the use of magnetic nanoparticles for the…

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Male Aging and the Decline in Fertility Potential

April 5, 2018

Studies assessing sperm deficiencies and the reduction in male factor fertility are numerous. More recently, studies have been investigating the effect of male aging and its association with reduced male fertility potential.  It’s no mystery that it requires both a woman’s egg and a man’s sperm to create a baby. Women are quite familiar with…

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Focus on Fertility: A New National, Fertility-Specific Podcast

March 23, 2018

As an individual, who myself along with my wife, struggled with infertility more than a decade ago, the one thing I sought the most was information and understanding. But all too often, what could be discovered was either the write ups available on fertility center’s website, what was presented in my Google search or simply…

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