The newest breakthrough to improve IVF pregnancy rates?

Jan 18, 2010 | Infertility News
Researchers at University of Michigan (where I did my infertility training) have shown that gently rocking embryos while they grow before an embryo transfer could possibly improve pregnancy rates. They used a device that mimics the motion that embryos experience naturally as they travel down the fallopian tube into the uterus. Click here to watch the video: http://www.ns.umich.edu/podcast/video2.php?id=1184 After egg retrieval, the sperm and egg come together and an embryo is formed. Currently, the embryo sits in a culture dish in an incubator. The incubator doesn’t move. Researchers found that when using this device with mouse embryos,  pregnancy ratet went up by 22%. (more…)

Introduction to IVF

Jan 09, 2010 | Fertility Care
I wrote this article as a sort of “IVF for beginners.” Even if you’ve been through IVF before, reading this may help you understand why we do what we do. What is IVF? IVF is a type of treatment that involves taking eggs from a woman’s body, creating embryos with sperm and putting embryos into a woman’s uterus. That sounds kind of complicated, I know. I’m going to break it down in the simplest terms possible. IVF stands for in vitro fertilization. It means fertilization outside of the body or in a controlled environment. In vitro = within the glass (in Latin). Every woman has a set number of eggs that she can potentially ovulate every month. We ovulate 1 and the rest die. You can never use them again. Every woman’s “potential” number of eggs that she can ovulate declines as she ages. This number (more…)