Archive for September, 2010

Female Infertility Diagnosis: Plumbing Problems

September 29, 2010Carole 1 Comment »

In part two of female infertility diagnosis, I thought I’d put on my plumber’s hat- well, sort-of- and talk about the glorious female reproductive tract – the plumbing that gets the egg to sperm and the embryo to the uterus for implantation and pregnancy. When dear Mrs. Cannon taught our 7th grade sex education class […]

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Female Infertility Diagnosis: Ovarian Reserve

September 28, 2010Carole 9 Comments »

For men, it all boils down to sperm. Do they have enough? Can sperm swim to and attach/penetrate an egg? Is the DNA inside the sperm intact and normal? For women, it’s much more complicated. Because we do more of the heavy lifting in reproduction, we have more parts that can go “wonky”. So in […]

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IVF patients may also benefit from embryonic stem cell research

September 23, 2010Carole 1 Comment »

Usually when embryonic stem cells and infertility are discussed, it’s about how embryonic stem cells, derived from donated IVF embryos can be used to treat various non-reproductive diseases. Recently, in a “proof of concept” breakthrough, researchers announced the results of a rat study in which stem cells restored ovarian function. Premature ovarian failure was chemically […]

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Just Released: CDC videos on getting ready for ART

September 16, 2010Carole No Comments »

The CDC just released a series of three short videos and accompanying fact sheets about Preparing for Assisted Reproductive Technology that are definitely worth a look. “Infertility: Preconception Health” does a very nice job of reviewing some things that women and men can do to optimize their chances that ART procedures will result in a […]

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New study on IVF Insurance in the US

September 15, 2010Carole 3 Comments »

Just when I thought that insurance coverage and IVF were banished from the 2010 public health care discussion, a new study, “Insurance coverage and in vitro fertilization outcomes: a US perspective” was published on-line in the  journal Fertility and Sterility. Actually, there results were first released in abstract form at the 2009 ASRM meeting. Basically, […]

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Common practices of the best IVF programs

September 10, 2010Carole 12 Comments »

I was happy to find an article in Fertility and Sterility which held more than academic interest to IVF geeks like me but might be directly useful to patients. In their article entitled “What do consistently high-performing in vitro fertilization programs in the US do? “, four IVF providers (Dr. Bradley J. Van Voorhis and […]

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What do semen analysis, Glen Beck and aerial photography have in common?

September 9, 2010Carole 1 Comment »

Thankfully, Nothing!- most of the time. But I ran across this interesting article about how semen analysis and crowd counting utilized the same principle to estimate a number from a small sample. Glen Beck, socially conservative pundit, held a rally in Washington, DC on the mall recently and the estimates of the number of people […]

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Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis

September 6, 2010Carole 2 Comments »

Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD) is a technical procedure that was invented to determine if an embryo is likely to carry a genetic disease or other gene of interest. Based on this information, embryos without the genetic mutation are selected for transfer.  PGD can only be done a part of an in vitro fertilization cycle because […]

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