October 1, 2010
One of the reasons so many couples using in vitro fertilization wind up with twins – and even triplets – is that they choose to transfer multiple embryos into the womb to insure at least one of them will develop into a baby. But carrying multiples can be risky for mother and babies. If only there were a way to reliably predict which embryos are most likely to grow, perhaps couples would be more willing to follow the government’s recommendations and transfer only one or two embryos at a time.
January 5, 2011 |
Before embarking on a medically invasive, expensive and emotionally taxing effort to get pregnant through in vitro fertilization, it sure would be nice to get a good sense of whether it’s likely to work. After all, only about 1 in 4 attempts resulted in a live birth as recently as 2007. So researchers from England and Scotland scoured data from more than 144,000 IVF cycles in the United Kingdom and looked for factors that might predict which couples stood the best chance of having a baby with assisted reproduction and which faced long-shot odds.
December 1, 2008 |
Last month, the U.S. received a set of grades from the March of Dimes, the nation's leading organization committed to preventing preterm births, that were nothing short of horrible. The report card on premature births compared preterm birth rates with national objectives. Overall, the nation received a D. Not a single state merited an A, and only one, Vermont, earned a B. Eighteen states and Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C., received an F, and California squeaked by with a C.
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October 16, 1989 |
Most couples trying to conceive through artificial insemination probably should give up if the technique has failed after six attempts, researchers said last week. A study involving 50 women who underwent in vitro fertilization or IVF at the Beth Israel Hospital in Boston found that it was highly unusual for a successful pregnancy to occur after the sixth try.
July 28, 1992 |
A new procedure for in-vitro fertilization is less costly than traditional procedures and yields comparable pregnancy rates, advocates of the approach say. The technique is called Natural Cycle Ovulation Retrieval in In Vitro Fertilization, NORIF for short. There is no hormonal stimulation of ovulation, as in traditional IVF. Instead, ovulation is allowed to occur naturally.
June 25, 2007 |
Two weeks ago, Brianna Morrison gave birth to six babies in Minneapolis. Less than a day later, Jenny Masche delivered six babies in a Phoenix hospital. Both of the women had been treated for infertility and had used fertility-enhancing drugs. The two families expressed joy, but many fertility doctors were dismayed. For years, doctors have been pushing to lower the rate of multiple births due to fertility treatment.
September 25, 2006 |
The same genital wart virus that causes cervical cancer may also reduce a woman's chances of becoming pregnant at a fertility clinic. Only 23% of women infected with human papillomavirus, or HPV, became pregnant during in vitro fertilization, or IVF, treatments, compared with 57% of uninfected women, researchers reported last week in the journal Fertility and Sterility. "Sexually transmitted diseases are a major cause of infertility.
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November 19, 2012 |
Dr. Ernest Zeringue was looking for a niche in the cutthroat industry of fertility treatments. He seized on price, a huge obstacle for many patients, and in late 2010 began advertising a deal at his Davis, Calif., clinic unheard of anywhere else: Pregnancy for $9,800 or your money back. That's about half the price for in vitro fertilization at many other clinics, which do not include money-back guarantees. Typically, insurance coverage is limited and patients pay again and again until they give birth - or give up. Those patients use their own eggs and sperm - or carefully select donors when necessary - and the two are combined in a petri dish to create a batch of embryos.