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February 12, 2015
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At the ASRM meeting in October in Honolulu, HI, PFC Embryologists sat down for updated vitrification training using a new technology from Cryotech, Japan.  Although we have been vitrifying eggs and embryos since 2006, and are therefore one of the most experienced labs in the world, there are always opportunities for improvement.  Here we are exploring a new method for egg vitrification that claims to give better survival than current methods.  

Pictured from left to right:  Amy Kittleson (PFC Embryologist), Maria Guadalupe (Cryotech trainer), Joe Conaghan, PhD (PFC Lab Director) and Sergio Vaccari, PhD (PFC Embryologist).

February 09, 2015
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In the recent past, more than one research team has reached similar conclusions: A higher body mass index (BMI) leads to lower fertility treatment success rates. Reporting at the 70th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), the researchers presented findings from three different studies.1

One donor, several recipients. Investigators from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) looked at records of fresh, shared donor cycles performed between 2004 and 2012. These included cases where one donor’s eggs went to women with different BMIs. Among all 4,000 recipients:

February 06, 2015
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A new study from Australia brings good news for women who’ve previously undergone tubal sterilization and unsuccessful reversal, and wish to become pregnant: In vitro fertilization (IVF) is just as likely to be successful for them as for women who are challenged by other types of infertility.1 Recently reported in the journal Contraception, the results are consistent with previous studies looking at similar data.

Also known as tubal ligation, tubal sterilization involves clamping and blocking or severing and sealing a woman’s fallopian tubes, which prevents eggs from reaching the uterus.

Researchers from the University of Western Australia in Crawley analyzed 178 IVF cycles performed between 1996 and 2010 in Western Australia. The women were 20 to 44 years old at the time of the first embryo transfer.

February 03, 2015
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Reporting in the journal Human Reproduction, Scandinavian researchers have found that babies born through assisted reproductive technology (ART) are healthier than ever.1

The researchers looked at data from Denmark, Finland, Norway, and Sweden for about 92,000 children born through ART in the years 1988 to 2007. They compared the health of these babies at birth and during the first year of life with about 362,000 conceived without ART during the same 20-year period.

A few study highlights

January 30, 2015
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More than five million children have come into the world thanks to assisted reproductive technology (ART).1 Will they—or their mothers—have any increased long-term health risks?

The picture is still somewhat incomplete—largely because it’s difficult to tell whether other social, environmental, or medical factors such as multiple births are influencing outcomes. However, studies presented at the recent 2014 Annual Meeting of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) provided mostly reassuring findings—for both children and mothers.

Low overall birth defects. Between 2004 and 2008, researchers examined more than 300,000 births in Massachusetts—including 11,000 children (3.8 percent) conceived with the help of reproductive technology. These ART-conceived children had slightly higher rates of cardiac and non-cardiac birth defects than children, but their overall rates of birth defects were low.2

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