Archive for February, 2013

High estrogen at transfer may be responsible for some poor obstetrical outcomes

February 27, 2013Carole 2 Comments »

IVF practitioners have long recognized that extremely high estrogen levels from ovarian stimulation cycles can result in a syndrome called ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome or (OHSS) which, if severe, can cause serious complications. Rarely, OHSS has caused patient deaths. In these high E2 cycles, the resulting embryos are often frozen and transferred in a later cycle […]

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IMSI vs. ICSI: Does high magnification sperm selection improve outcomes?

February 25, 2013Carole 2 Comments »

Selecting the best sperm for ICSI is not a big deal if most of the sperm are normal.  Where it becomes more tricky is when you are hard pressed to find a normal appearing sperm in the sample. Some defects like sperm with two heads, huge heads, two tails, kinked tails are easy to detect […]

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DNA repair gene mutations may explain declining ovarian reserve

February 17, 2013Carole No Comments »

Poor DNA repair may be the key to both cancer and egg aging, according to a new study.  “I think we have found a general theory of reproductive aging,” said Kutluk Oktay, a fertility specialist at New York Medical College and co-author of  “Impairment of BRCA1-Related DNA Double-Strand Break Repair Leads to Ovarian Aging in […]

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Useful embryo pictures for both patients and embryologists

February 11, 2013Carole 1 Comment »

Sometimes a picture really is worth a thousand words, especially when you want to understand the microscopic world of embryology. The European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE) recently published the Atlas of Human Oocytes and Embryos and have made it available for free on-line in either HTML or PDF form. Click on the […]

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Personhood Initiatives Spreading

February 4, 2013Carole 1 Comment »

The College of Reproductive Biology is a professional society associated with the American Association of Bioanalysts whose members include embryologists, andrologists and other ART professionals. Last week, members received this update about new Personhood Initiatives. Letter copied below: “Personhood Bill Introduced in  House of Representatives  Legislation that would give full legal rights to human zygotes […]

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