Archive for the ‘Fertility Preservation’ Category

Why infertility insurance for everyone matters

November 13, 2016Carole 2 Comments »

If you have been reading this blog, you probably need help building your family.  There are many reasons you might turn to IVF or other infertility services: you are infertile and sex won’t make you or your partner pregnant. you are in a same-sex relationship and sex with your partner won’t make you pregnant. you […]

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Financial Assistance Grants for Infertility Patients

October 17, 2015Carole 2 Comments »

As the technology for infertility treatments improve more and more- the bigger issue for many couples is not finding a good treatment option for them but finding a means to pay the costs of those treatments. Did you know that there are foundations and organizations that offer grants to patients with financial need to help […]

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Egg freezing is no guarantee for future fertility

October 19, 2014Carole 5 Comments »

In 2013, the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) declared that egg freezing was no longer experimental. Here is a link to the professional guidelines, which say in part: “There is good evidence that fertilization and pregnancy rates are similar to IVF/ICSI with fresh oocytes when vitrified/warmed oocytes are used as part of IVF/ICSI for […]

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Q from U: Is testicular stem cell transplantation real or a hoax?

April 11, 2013Carole 2 Comments »

Recently, I received this question from a blog reader, ” I want to ask you about testicular stem cell transplantation– is it true or hoax?”. The short answer is, “No, it is not a hoax, but it is not a clinical treatment yet either”.  I found this review article, “Restoring Fertility in Sterile Childhood Cancer […]

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Egg freezing lost “experimental” label but still not routine for all labs

January 12, 2013Carole No Comments »

You have probably heard by now that egg freezing is no longer defined as “experimental” by ASRM. What does this mean to patients? It means that the process of egg freezing, especially when vitrification is employed, can yield as good as fresh results. It does not mean that every lab can deliver those “good as […]

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Future Therapies: Eggs from stem cells

October 5, 2012Carole 7 Comments »

Many years ago, I had a conversation with a patient that stuck with me. One of our IVF patients wistfully asked me, “Can’t you just knock two eggs together to make a baby?” She was in a lesbian relationship and like most people in love, wanted to share a genetic link with her partner via […]

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Future Therapies: Uterus Transplant

September 21, 2012Carole 1 Comment »

There’s been a lot of “firsts” in reproductive technology recently and I will cover another one of them today.  Last weekend, at Sweden’s University of Gothenburg, two moms donated their uteri to their daughters in uterine transplant procedures. In each case, the hope is that by surgically transplanting the mother’s uterus into her daughter, the […]

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Can ovarian stem cell technology replenish ovarian reserve?

July 3, 2012Carole 17 Comments »

The short answer to the title question is, that Yes!, we are getting considerably closer to achieving therapeutic applications of stem cell technology to replenish ovarian reserve. Dr. Jonathan Tilly and his colleague Dr. Dori Woods recently summarized the dramatic advances in ovarian stem cell technology in their paper “The next  (re) generation of ovarian […]

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Personhood Bills Threaten IVF

May 2, 2012Carole 1 Comment »

You might think that the infertility community has nothing in common with the ProChoice community, but you would be very wrong. Both groups risk access to reproductive health care if the numerous personhood bills pending in various states are actually passed. If you haven’t already run across these personhood bills, they all have in common […]

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Social security benefits for posthumously-conceived IVF children

March 19, 2012Carole 2 Comments »

IVF frequently upends old law that existed before IVF was created. Original laws regarding who is eligible for social security survivor benefits may be a case in point. The 1939 Social Security Act states that Social Security survivor’s benefits go to any child of a covered deceased individual. To further complicate things, social security looks […]

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