Fertility Treatment Options Won’t Cause Development Delays

Couples who choose fertility treatment options like intrauterine insemination, egg donation or IVF don’t have to worry about their child having developmental delays, thanks to a study by the National Institutes of Health. The study was published in January 2016 in the online journal JAMA Pediatrics, and was conducted by researchers at the NIH, the New York State Department of Health and other institutions. The findings refute longstanding beliefs among some that fertility treatment can affect embryos at a sensitive stage which causes in development delays or disabilities in children. “When we began our study, there was little research on the potential effects of conception via fertility treatments on U.S. children,” said Edwina Yeung, Ph.D.,…

Success Rates for Minimal Stimulation IVF Will be Released in 2016

To this point, the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology (SART) hasn’t broken out the success rate for minimal stimulation IVF compared with the traditional method of in-vitro fertilization. But this year, when the society releases its 2014 statistics compiled from member clinics, mini IVF figures will be extrapolated so couples can determine just how successful the milder method of IVF really is. Nationally, IVF has a success rate (meaning a normal weight singleton birth occurred) of about 30 percent when using fresh embryos. The national success rate for frozen embryos is about 24 percent. Those are 2013 success rates, the latest year for which data is available. The stats combine data from 190,773 cycles reported by the 467…

In Vitro Fertilization via Blastocyst Culture

For women suffering recurrent pregnancy loss, a blastocyst culture and transfer procedure is capable of maximizing their chances of becoming pregnant while minimizing the risk of having a multiple pregnancy. A blastocyst culture and transfer differs from other in vitro methods because of the length of time embryos are cultured before being implanted into the uterus. In addition, embryologists can be more selective regarding their choice of advanced-stage embryos. This raises the potential for a successful implantation during transfer. What is a Blastocyst Culture? Blastocysts are developed embryos that have divided repeatedly and are almost ready for implantation onto the uterine wall. An advanced blastocyst culture offers high rates of…

When Gestational Surrogacy is Necessary

When another woman’s uterus is “borrowed” for the purpose of carrying an embryo and delivering a baby for another woman or couple, this procedure is called a gestational surrogacy. Gestational surrogacy, or simply surrogacy, primarily utilizes in vitro fertilization or intrauterine insemination techniques, depending on health circumstances surrounding those involved with the surrogacy. Who Should Consider Surrogacy? Surrogacy is considered a viable option if: You still have your ovaries to provide eggs but have had your uterus removed You have a medical condition that puts your health at risk if you were to become pregnant (polycystic ovary syndrome, autoimmune diseases, being over 35) You and your partner have suffered repeated…