Here is an interesting patient of mine who used PGS, taking advantage of the cutting edge reproductive technologies available today to have a healthy baby. Now, she is gearing up for her second pregnancy again using IVF and PGS. Here’s her very fascinating story.
“Ana” started crying. We had just reviewed the results of her initial fertility evaluation and the results indicated that her fallopian tubes were blocked. Her husband’s sperm count was also a little low, but she focused on her own “failure” with “broken tubes.”
Tubal factor infertility – or any situation in which the fallopian tubes are nonfunctioning (blocked, absent, dilated, etc) is one of the most common causes of infertility. It can be due to an infection in the past, a history of appendicitis, the presence of fibroids, a prior surgery, even sometimes after delivery or cesarean section. Some women will have no history of any of the above and still have blocked tubes, or may have had an infection as a teenager that was never recognized.
Sperm banks rely on parents via sperm donation to report successful pregnancies and births to track the number of families attributed to each donor. There are numerous ways to report: call, email, online forms, etc. Almost all sperm banks now have an internal limit on the number of families per donor, but the only reliable way to track that is through recipient self-reporting. Your information is confidential; it will not be released to the donor or anyone else.
One of the questions I am asked most frequently is, “Is the donor sperm safe?” Women want to ensure that the sperm sample being used for their insemination is safe and will not put them or their potential child at risk.
Hi everyone. Dr. DiMattina here to discuss the clinical issue of ureaplasma in infertility patients undergoing in vitro fertilization (IVF).
Studies show that this organism is often found on the cervix of 17 to 25% of patients with infertility. Cervical testing may be limited in detecting the presence of ureaplasma and many patients also have the bacterium present in the endometrial cavity regardless of whether or not it is present or detected on cervical testing. Detection of ureaplasma in the endometrial cavity is limited. Data from many studies suggest that untreated cervical or endometrial ureaplasma may lead to implantation failure or possibly spontaneous abortion but admittedly, much of the data comes from older literature.
New information is available about the limitations of the current assay for serum Antimullerian Hormone (AMH) for determination of your ovarian reserve.
A recent study published in the February, 2014 journal of Fertility and Sterility evaluated the current assay used to determine serum AMH and found that the values obtained in the newer current assay may be flawed, resulting in significant clinical implications for patients who are told they have decreased ovarian reserve when, in fact, they may not.
Legislation regarding health care and fertility benefits for veterans was approved by the U.S. Senate and is on its way to the House of Representatives. The “Women Veterans and Other Health Care Improvements Act of 2012” mandates coverage of fertility counseling and fertility treatment by the Department of Veterans Affairs.
This week is National Infertility Awareness Week, and the theme for this year is “Don’t Ignore Infertility”. Although I have been blessed to reach the other side by being surprised with a miracle pregnancy, infertility is still something I think about on a daily basis.
I think most people think that once you achieve a pregnancy, all of the heartache and trauma of infertility automatically disappears. But I have learned that’s not the case. The memories are still fresh, and although the pain has been softened and replaced with joy, the scars remain and a layer of guilt has been added.
I feel guilty for seeing my dream come true, because my heart still aches for those still waiting. There are times I walk around in public noticing all of the other pregnant women around me, and wish I had a pin or something to wear saying “I have been there, and understand your pain” to encourage all of the friends and strangers still longing for a family.
In 2007 my husband and I began our journey into parenthood with no idea what we were in for. Like most couples, we didn't expect it would lead us down the road of infertility. After I was diagnosed with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), we went through years of fertility treatments until my body finally gave out in 2010, and we were told conceiving a child of our own just wasn't possible. The news was devastating, but eventually we accepted it and moved on. We began exploring our options for adoption, but after almost two years of research and prayer, we simply didn't have peace in knowing that was God's ultimate plan for our family.
So we continued to wait, not knowing if we would ever become parents. I began my infertility blog Fresh Conceptions, and after a year, was asked to begin professionally blogging for FertilityAuthority.