Happy April Fool’s Day: First Male Uterine Transplant in History Reported

Apr 01, 2015 | Fertility Care
In what's being calling one of the greatest breakthroughs in reproductive science history, doctors in California say they have performed the first uterine transplant to a man. The man, Mr. Gary Miller,  is hoping to give birth to his first baby in early 2016. "Whenever I'm at the gym, at the golf course, or at work, the conversation with the guys inevitably comes back to why women get to have all the fun and carry a baby. Why do they get to be the ones to nurture a fetus growing within them and establish a bond that we as men can never know?" Findings on this  breakthrough research project led by California physician, Dr. Aimee Eyvazzadeh, are being published in the British journal The Lancet.  "We are so excited to be able to help this family and hopefully so many more with this procedure," Eyvazzadeh tells the associated press. "I'm looking forward to helping men achieve their dreams of experiencing labor and delivery for the very first time in history." In order to prepare for the transplant, Mr. Miller had to take immunosuppressive medication for several weeks to get his body ready and to prevent organ rejection.  Surgery typically ranges from 7-9 hours and...

Are you at risk for an Ectopic Pregnancy?

Mar 31, 2015 | Fertility Care
Did you know that the FIRST ever IVF pregnancy conceived was actually an ectopic pregnancy that was removed at 13 weeks of pregnancy? It was published in Lancet in 1976. Ectopic pregnancy is one of the few but very serious emergencies a fertility doctor sees. The most common ectopic pregnancy symptoms are: abdominal pain and spotting. Luckily, most patients will call their doc in early pregnancy to report symptoms before a rupture occurs. Here's what fertility patients should know about ectopics: 1. Going through IVF doesn't mean you can't have an ectopic pregnancy. 2. Women going through IVF with a history of ectopic, blocked fallopian tube(s) or prior infection are at highest risk. Talk to your doctor about your personal risk factors for ectopic.  If you have any risk factors,  talk about what you can do to minimize your risk. Hope this helps!

Dr. Aimee on ABC’s Nightline Show Last night

Mar 28, 2015 | Fertility Care
Nightline did an excellent job covering eggfreezingparty.com. They debunked myths regarding the cost and did a superb job describing the procedure in a very short period of time. I was in just a few seconds of the story  but I was so happy to have even been included!  

Does IVF Double Your Autism Risk?

Mar 27, 2015 | Fertility Care
Not so fast! A recent article in the New York Daily News  reporting research findings from the American Journal of Public Health  has created unnecessary panic all across America today. I've received emails and calls from my  worried patients because of the news coverage. The study findings showed that IVF does not increase risk of autism. They found that the increased risk was associated with prematurity and other pregnancy complications. Any news story that brings attention to learning more about  IVF safety  is a story worth paying close attention to. The title should really have been: prematurity and pregnancy complications may increase risk of autism. But at the end of the day, we know that autism is a complex disease and we're learning more every day about how genes and proteins gone awry can be seen in the autistic brain. IVF patients should talk to their doctors about how they can minimize prematurity risk in pregnancy and how to minimize pregnancy complications. Talk to your doctor about: 1. Transferring less embryos. 2.  Your chronic medical problems and what you can do to be as healthy as possible during pregnancy. For example, diabetes in pregnancy has been associated with increased autism risk. This does...

OvaScience AUGMENT Fertility Treatment

Mar 26, 2015 | Fertility Care
The breakthrough technology that  OvaScience has developed could be one of THE biggest breakthroughs in fertility science. Many are probably wondering, why would a company reporting a 53% clinical pregnancy rate make headlines all over the world? What's so exciting about that? This is why their study findings are so exciting and important to me and my patients: When you have a patient who has gone through several cycles of IVF because of poor embryo quality, we often discuss using donor eggs among other options for parenthood. Imagine being able to offer a patient a technology that will give her a chance to use her OWN eggs with a high chance of success. The recent study  presented this week by Dr. Casper shows that their technology is helping women conceive who have gone through 1-3 prior failed IVF cycles. Giving a woman with that kind of a treatment history such a high chance of pregnancy is amazing. I hope that the AUGMENT treatment will be available to women in the US in the very near future. Right now, it's only available overseas. I've been anticipating the arrival of this technology in the US for years and can't wait to learn more about how...

Online predictor of IVF success available now

Mar 24, 2015 | Fertility Care
Online Calculator to predict Success with IVF This is a great tool meant for patients who have not done IVF before. I think it gives patients an idea about IVF success rates  before they even see a fertility doctor. Not everyone needs IVF to get pregnant. Learning more about your fertility issues first and what you could do to make things even better before any type of treatment is how I approach fertility care. Check out this new tool and see how it may help guide you. Read the article about it too.  

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