IVF treatment

Should I Try IVF First When Trying to Get Pregnant?

September 9, 2022

IVF (in vitro fertilization) is one of the most effective treatments for couples struggling to get pregnant. It involves selecting the healthiest sperm and eggs and completing fertilization in a petri dish. The fertilized embryo is then transferred to your womb for implantation. If you’re considering IVF, we recommend speaking to one our IVF specialists…

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Questions to Ask Your IVF Specialist

September 9, 2022

Scheduling an appointment with an IVF specialist can help you understand your fertility journey. Your treatment will depend on the doctor and facility. Before beginning your IVF treatment at MCRM Fertility, we encourage you to ask questions to understand the different approaches. Here are some of the questions to ask your IVF specialist during a…

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How Are Mature Eggs Collected for IVF?

September 6, 2022

People with difficulty conceiving naturally may have much better success with Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) techniques like In-Vitro Fertilization (IVF). A reproductive endocrinology and fertility physician will perform an egg retrieval, which involves collection of mature oocytes (or eggs). IVF involves fertilization of the eggs and transfer of an embryo back to the uterus. IVF…

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Why to Consider a Frozen Embryo Transfer Rather Than a Fresh Embryo Transfer?

September 6, 2022

People who experience difficulties conceiving naturally can opt to pursue Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) treatments like in-vitro fertilization (IVF). In a fresh (ET) or frozen embryo transfer (FET), reproductive endocrinology and fertility specialists transfer an embryo to a patient’s uterus to help patients conceive. FETs and ETs work differently and can have unique advantages depending…

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Role of Sperm DNA Fragmentation in Male Infertility   

August 9, 2022

By Peter M. Ahlering, MD Sperm DNA fragmentation is an advanced parameter measuring semen quality and refers to the percentage of sperm showing breaks in the genetic material.  It has been shown that 25% of men visiting fertility clinics that have normal semen parameters by the conventional testing, will have considerably high DNA fragmentation compared…

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Society for Maternal Fetal Medicine Guidelines for IVF Pregnancies

April 25, 2022

By: Vinita Alexander, MD The Society for Maternal Fetal Medicine (SMFM) recently updated guidelines for the management of pregnancies resulting from in vitro fertilization (IVF). Research has shown infertility and subfertility, and pregnancies conceived via IVF, can be associated with small for gestational age neonates and early delivery; thus, SMFM has made the following recommendations…

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Do I need to lose weight prior to fertility treatment?

March 7, 2022

By: Mira Aubuchon, MD A recent large study by Legro and colleagues found that women with obesity and unexplained infertility who proceeded straight to fertility treatment (consisting of clomiphene citrate and intrauterine insemination) had similar pregnancy and take-home-baby rates as women given weight loss therapy.  Certainly, there are numerous benefits to achieving a healthy body…

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Comparing perinatal outcomes of siblings conceived naturally versus with assisted reproductive technology: Is there a difference?

January 31, 2022

By: Vinita Alexander, MD Siblings conceived with assisted reproductive technology (ART) have similar perinatal outcomes according to a February 2022 AJOG study! Dr. Pelikh et al’s study of siblings conceived with and without medical assistance demonstrates that there are no significant differences in adverse outcomes between siblings conceived spontaneously versus with assisted conception. This study…

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Should Your Consider PGT-A with Your IVF Treatment?

January 13, 2022

By: Peter Ahlering, MD All humans, at any age, have some risk of producing aneuploid embryos; that is, genetically abnormal embryos with more than or fewer than 46 chromosomes.  We are able to detect whether an embryo is aneuploid or not through the use of pregenetic implantation testing for aneuploidy (PGT-A).  Generally, aneuploid embryos are…

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Should you consider the ERA test prior to your embryo transfer?

October 26, 2021

The egg retrieval is done, the embryos have been created and are frozen.  A patient may now ask, “Should we postpone an embryo transfer to do an ERA?”  To best answer that question one must understand the processes related to this test and weigh the benefits.  The Endometrial Receptivity Assay (ERA) test involves three weeks…

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