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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

January 27, 2015
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Comprehensive chromosome screening (CCS) is one of many cutting-edge technologies Pacific Fertility Center (PFC) offers. This type of screening doesn’t just look for one type of genetic disease. Using highly sensitive molecular genetic techniques, CCS reliably detects all 23 pairs of chromosomes. Embryos with normal chromosomes, euploid embryos, produce very high pregnancy rates at very low risk.

CCS can benefit you in many ways.

By identifying embryos with missing or extra chromosomes, CCS reduces miscarriage and chromosomal abnormalities such as Down syndrome. 

Selecting the healthiest embryos, CCS improves implantation, pregnancy rates, and the health of babies. It also allows for transfer of a single embryo, which reduces risks linked to multiple gestation.

January 23, 2015
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The first large study of its kind has found that in vitro fertilization (IVF) procedures are relatively safe and pose a low risk to women. Rarely fatal, complications occurred in fewer than 10 in 10,000 pregnancy attempts. That’s a 1 percent complication risk—reassuringly small. 1

For those requiring more than one IVF cycle, there’s even better news: The frequency of complications decreased with each IVF cycle.2

Published in the January 6 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), the study used data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention National ART Surveillance System (NASS).

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