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I need information about fertility treatments like IVF and birth defects?

I need information about fertility treatments like IVF and birth defects?

Birth defects & ART: Conventional ivf has not been convincingly linked to birth defects worldwide. There's some evidence linking micro-injection of sperm (ivf/icsi) to a possible slight increase in birth defects (2% or so;) this has not been proven conclusively, and is still being investigated. If an increased risk really does exist, it is a small one. ...Read more

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Dr. Ronald Krauser
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Ivf (Definition)

In vitro fertilization is an assisted reproductive technology. Ivf is a procedure used to treat fertility problems and assist with the conception of a child. During ivf mature eggs are retrieved from the ovaries and fertilized by sperm in a lab. A few days later, the fertilized egg (embryo) or eggs are implanted into the uterus. One cycle of in vitro fertilization ...Read more


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Wanting to get an IVF done in Texas? Need more information I am 36 will 37 in Jan!

Wanting to get an IVF done in Texas? Need more information I am 36 will 37 in Jan!

Do it!: You don't say "where" in Texas, but our state has great opportunities to pursue IVF in the major cities: San Antonio, Houston, Dallas, Austin and many others. In general, women age 36-37 are quite successful with IVF; it's not like being 25-30 but outcomes can be very good. I'd be delighted to help you (in San Antonio) but look at practices in the area you live or the nearest cities. Good wishes. ...Read more

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I know the IVF process is relatively common these days, but i'm not sure about all that is involved. Would you please give me some background information on ivf?

I know the  IVF process is relatively common these days, but i'm not sure about all that is involved. Would you please give me some background information on ivf?

Yes: Ivf is a very safe and effective treatment. In general the goal is for a woman to make woman eggs and then to see how the eggs fertilize (or unite) with sperm. Then the resulting embryos (early potential pregnancies) are monitored to see which ones grow better and then to use that information, which otherwise would not be know, to decide which embryo to place back into the uterus of the patient. ...Read more

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How long does an "egg" remain in the tube before it is transferred to a uterus? My wife and i are looking into ivf. Before seeing a doctor, we are trying to gather as much information as possible, and this site has been a great source over the past couple

How long does an "egg" remain in the tube before it is transferred to a uterus? My wife and i are looking into ivf. Before seeing a doctor, we are trying to gather as much information as possible, and this site has been a great source over the past couple

When : When ovulation occurs, the fallopian tube actually moves over and picks up the egg. It is then transported down the tube by little projections called cilia. The sperm survive in the tube for approximately 6 days. While there, they are attached to the cells of the lining of the fallopian tube and periodically attach and detach from these cells waiting for the egg. Fertilization normally takes place in the fallopian tube as soon as a sperm attaches to the shell of the egg. The fertilized egg then goes on to develop in the tube for about 5 days. It enters the uterus 5 or 6 days after ovulation. This process has lead people to conclude that it is important for fertilization and early embryo development to happen in the fallopian tube. Many studies have been done to see if sperm and egg or embryos should be transferred into the tube rather than the uterus. Most of them did not show a benefit to doing this. As we became better at growing embryos longer in the lab, the ability to select better embryos has outweighed any theoretical advantage to a tubal transfer. Embryos are now routinely cultured 5 or 6 days in the lab and transferred to the uterus. This is called "blastocyst transfer” proponents of this technique claim that pregnancy rates are better with this technique because the embryos are placed in the uterus at the time that they normally enter the uterus. There is still some controversy surrounding this claim, but more and more centers are moving to blastocyst culture because it allows us to select better embryos from a group of embryos for transfer. I hope this helps and good luck! ...Read more

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How long before i know if IVF worked?

How long before i know if IVF worked?

10-12 days post ET: The first reliable indicator is sensitive pregnancy tests will be positive about 10-12 days after an embryo transfer on day 3. Nothing before that is useful. ...Read more

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How is IVF done? I was born that way.

How is IVF done? I was born that way.

Fert egg out* body: The ovary is stimulated with medicine similar to that produced by the female master gland. Eggs are harvested under ultrasound guidance. Mature eggs are fertilized in the lab. Embryos are cultured for few days. One or more embryos are transferred into the uterus. ...Read more

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How soon can i get the ivf, and what's the cost?

See your gynecologis: You will need to consult with your gynecologist regarding the question. Your insurance carrier should have information about coverage of ivf. ...Read more

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I don't want to do IVF , do I have other choices?

I don't want to do IVF , do I have other choices?

Yes: Almost anyone has choices, unless a woman has 2 blocked tubes or unless a man's sperm needs to be surgically extracted. Those situations require ivf. In other situations, ivf may be preferable, but insemination (iui), pills, injections and even laparoscopy could help a couple become pregnant. ...Read more

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What can I do to increase IVF success probability?

Found a good clinic: Your previous history should not be a factor in an ivf cycle. Success will depend on the experience of the clinic, the skill of the embryologist, quality of the ivf lab and to some extend, whether you are "reproductively young or reproductively old". At 30, you should still have good success rates at an experienced and successful ivf clinic. Good luck. ...Read more

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I was adopted by ivf. How can I tell my future wife?

Embryo adoption?!: I believe you must be referring to embryo adoption. With ivf, the egg, sperm and uterus can all be from different people. If a couple adopts an embryo made by one couple and then places that embryo into the second female's uterus, the child born is not related genetically to the mother who delivers the child. The medical family history and genetics of the child is from the genetic parents. ...Read more

Dr. Gerard Honore
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Ivf Pregnancy (Definition)

In-vitro fertilization is a process where the egg and sperm are united outside of the woman's body, in a laboratory setting. Some of the resulting embryos are then implanted ...Read more