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Most important decision of my life! please help me. Considering ovum donation?

Most important decision of my life! please help me. Considering ovum donation?

Receiving or giving?: If you want to donate your eggs it's a personal decision, but it can bring great joy to another woman struggling with infertility. If you are considering conceiving with donor eggs i wish i could send you a photo of one of our successful couples! the vast majority who choose donor eggs succeed & are happy with their decision. Your clinic may have some former patients who are willing to talk to you. ...Read more

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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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40yrs.Old, pcos, 1st IVF cycle w/genetic testing. Four day 5 embryos - all chromosomally abnormal. Worth another try? 39 eggs were retrieved, 19 fert.

40yrs.Old, pcos, 1st IVF cycle w/genetic testing. Four day 5 embryos - all chromosomally abnormal. Worth another try? 39 eggs were retrieved, 19 fert.

Talk to the prenatal: Genetic counselor at the fertility clinic. Age-related odds are greater than 50% that each of your embryos has aneuploidy, an abnormal number of chromosomes, many of which either won't implant or wion't be carried to term. Age-related risk of having a child with autistic spectrum disorder is also high. Discuss options with your tac doctor to make an informed decision. It's a personal choice. ...Read more

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Is 16 eggs fertilized out of 27 in IVF process a good fertilization rate?

Is 16 eggs fertilized out of 27 in IVF process a good fertilization rate?

Its ok: I would focus on the encouraging sign that you had 16 fertilized eggs. Hopefully they will continue to develop ...Read more

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38 y.O. Blocked tubes, icsi 3dt on 10/5/12. Quants: 10/17 (55.9), 10/19 (90), 10/22 (349), 10/25 (1854) are these numbers good? My chances giving birth?

38 y.O. Blocked tubes, icsi 3dt on 10/5/12. Quants: 10/17 (55.9), 10/19 (90), 10/22 (349), 10/25 (1854) are these numbers good? My chances giving birth?

Look good: Those numbers look pretty reasonable and good, congratulations. Early quants do not allow you to predict live birth, but they look upbeat - keep following your doctor's instructions. ...Read more

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How can I find information about in vitro fertilization procedure using donor eggs?

How can I find information about in vitro fertilization procedure using donor eggs?

Fertility office: Fertility practices can provide you with information regarding this procedure in detail. There are also egg donor agencies that can be found online. ...Read more

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What is fertility medicine? Rei? Reproductive health?

What is fertility medicine? Rei? Reproductive health?

Reproduction: All the terms are related to reproduction, especially female reproduction. A reproductive endocrinologist (rei) is an obstetrician gynecologist that has had sub specialty training in infertility and female hormonal management. ...Read more

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Ivf day 4 embryo transfer success rate?

Ivf  day 4 embryo transfer success rate?

Huge NumberVariables: including: age, person receiving, donors, those helping & their methods, food, emotional issues & the list goes on & on. All meaningful medical rates are after the fact data; not reliable future predictions. Why? The issues are far too complex & beyond everyone's reasonable understanding. Suggest studying: http://goo.gl/ubDC9h & http://goo.gl/FSjqDn for important issues not commonly covered. ...Read more

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Opinions on oocyte donation?

Opinions on oocyte donation?

Complex: As with any donated organ or tissue, concern for risk to the donor must be considered. In oocyte donation this does not seem to be well elaborated, perhaps because of the financial compensation that is legal in the us. Aside from very real ethical issues, the actual donation solves very real challenges in an incredible set of technical feats that are now taken for granted. Pretty darned amazing. ...Read more

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Frozen sperm. Fresh eggs. Both proven donors. Nulligravid 42 yo woman. Odds of conception after et with 3?

Frozen sperm. Fresh eggs. Both proven donors. Nulligravid 42 yo woman. Odds of conception after et with 3?

Very good: The odds are excellent as long as all other aspects of your workup have been negative. Pregnancy rate with 2 embryos can give a 70% chance. Replacing 3 embryos in this situation would not be suggested as long as the egg donor was 21-28. Most donors are not accepted over 30. The risk of triplets is quite high and would cause significant obstetrical issues such as prematurity, decreased fetal size.. ...Read more

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Gestational surrogacy--sick of hearing about rich nyc career women hiring poor women in rural america. Anyone?

Gestational surrogacy--sick of hearing about rich nyc career women hiring poor women in rural america. Anyone?

Can't judge: I imagine the couple is more interested in a healthy surrogate. It so happens that candidates in poorer areas may be more willing or interested in being a surrogate. If both parties benefit, i see no harm. ...Read more

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Controversies about college girls selling their eggs for infertility treatments?

Controversies about college girls selling their eggs for infertility treatments?

Not selling: Women can donate eggs but don't sell them. In the usa (not in canada, parts of europe) egg donors are often compensated for their time, discomfort, travel, taking shots etc. But we aren't paying them for their eggs, any more than a kidney should be sold. Compensation may help with college costs, won't pay their way. No money involved for known donors. All are giving a gift: a chance to be a parent. ...Read more

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In vitro fertilization? Will the catholics ever approve it?

In vitro fertilization? Will the catholics ever approve it?

Probably: I'm certainly not the religious expert, but, as long as one doesn't discard any embryos, i don't a conflict. ...Read more

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Take Clomid (clomiphene) befor1year.test result-Prolacting18.99ng/ml,TSH3.24ulU/ml,T41.30ng/dl & husband sperm test normal(6yers try4baby)IUI or IVF suit for me?

Take Clomid (clomiphene) befor1year.test result-Prolacting18.99ng/ml,TSH3.24ulU/ml,T41.30ng/dl & husband sperm test normal(6yers try4baby)IUI or IVF suit for me?

6y no baby: I would say after 6y of trying that you should have IVF. IUI can be tried, but less likely to work. You state you have been pregnant before, but if you can't sustain pregnancy pregnancy due to uterine factors, then your only option may be surrogate. See a fertility specialist regarding all these possibilities. ...Read more

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3 failed ivf. Blocked tube. Reports ok. Age factor so donor egg. Et cancelled - poor lining. Suggested cryocautery before FET in same cycle?Is it ok?

Cervical cryo?: In the same cycle as an fet? That would not be acceptable in the United States is all i can say. Or are you asking about another form of cryo? ...Read more

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Ivf babies healthy?

Ivf babies healthy?

Yes.: The vast majority of babies conceived via ivf are born healthy. Low birthweight and premature birth are more prevalent, but these are the direct result of multiple live births (twins, triplets, etc.) that can occur with ivf. Heart defects, cleft lips and other congenital anomalies are more common in ivf (5% general population vs. ~6.5% for ivf - based on study in the uk). ...Read more

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What's the biggest issue affecting IVF success for patients with endometriosis? Egg quality? Implantation?

Inflammation: Endometriosis is an inflammatory disease. Ivf avoids the problems with fertilization and egg transport, but there absolutely still could possibly still be issues with egg quality and with implantation. ...Read more

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Sperm count 66million with post wash motility of 50% is this good number for doing iui?

Sperm count 66million with post wash motility of 50% is this good number for doing iui?

Yes: Not bad. Successful pregnancies have been achieved with numbers much lower than this. Best of luck. ...Read more

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Is IVF art?

Is IVF art?

Yes: Ivf is art(assisted reproductive technology) that allows egg and sperm to be placed together in a petri dish either conventionally or with icsi where the sperm is placed directly into the egg. ...Read more

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Whats a IVF for woman?

Whats a IVF for woman?

Stands for: This stands for in vitro fertilization. This is where female eggs and male sperm are collected and fertilized outside of the body and then re implanted in the female. ...Read more

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Who qualifies for IVF?

See:: http://www.hullivf.org.uk/patient-area/information-pack/

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What are IVF statistics?

Go to SART.org: Ivf statistics in the usa are reported annually. You can see pregnancy rates, numbers of cycles, the number of ivf programs, etc. The federal government monitors the reporting so that patients have a good idea of how well their program is performing. We are luck here to have so many excellent ivf programs in this country. The statistics can be found at sart.Org and cdc.Gov. ...Read more

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Please explain me for ivf?

IVF: Ivf occurs after stimulating the ovaries with medications to increase the # of eggs produced. The eggs are removed when they are mature (size and lab tests done to confirm) and fertilized by placing the sperm into each egg or putting a number next to the egg inside the lab. The embryos generated can be transferred afterwards to create a pregnancy. Good quality embryos can be frozen for future. ...Read more

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What insurances cover ivf?

What insurances  cover ivf?

Depends on State: 13 states currently mandate coverage of infertility problems. See http://attainivf.Com/ivf-insurance for a listing ...Read more

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How dangerous is it to have ivf?

Very safe: Ivf is a safe procedure in all regards. The main statistical risk is chance of multiple pregnancies, which can be controlled to a point. Ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome is uncommon in most ivf practices. Complications with the egg retrieval are rare, and major complications are extremely rare. ...Read more

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What causes repeated IVF failure?

The most common: reason is aneuploidy ... Which is spontaneous abnormalities in chromosome development of the early embryo. ...Read more

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What are the pros and cons of IVF?

What are the pros and cons of IVF?

Main benefit is that: it overcomes most infertility issues and has the best chance of success. Main downside is the potential cost if your insurance does not cover it. ...Read more

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What happens at a first IVF consultation?

What happens at a  first IVF consultation?

Busy but exciting: Meet the doctor and staff for extensive review of your medical, surgical, and fertility histories. Most do this with both spouses present. Blood testing, physical exams, and imaging studies may be done at this visit or scheduled later. You might review medical consent forms. Most offices will offer (or may require) you have a brief financial consult with a staff member. ...Read more

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What r the foods recommended after IVF ET?

Fruits and veggies: What is most important are the things to avoid. Absolutely no alcohol, no smoking cigarettes. If you really need some caffeine then tea would be better than coffee. Two cups of tea in a day is reasonable. Other than that, a diet with emphasis on fruits and vegetables is good. If you are vegetarian then try to get some protein in the form of beans/lentils/tofu. ...Read more

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Is there any insurance that covers IVF services?

Is there any insurance that covers IVF services?

Yes, there are: some that cover. A big factor is the state you are employed in. If it is IL, MA, CT, Nj, RI, MD ... then you are in luck. These states have the best mandate to require insurance companies to provide IVF coverage. Otherwise, it is up to your employer. ...Read more

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Ivf babies healthy?

Yes.: The vast majority of babies conceived via ivf are born healthy. Low birthweight and premature birth are more prevalent, but these are the direct result of multiple live births (twins, triplets, etc.) that can occur with ivf. Heart defects, cleft lips and other congenital anomalies are more common in ivf (5% general population vs. ~6.5% for ivf - based on study in the uk). ...Read more

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Can IVF cause endometriosis?

Can IVF cause endometriosis?

No: Ivf does not cause endometriosis. Endometriosis can require ivf and can make ivf less successful. But endometriosis is common no one really understands the true cause. ...Read more

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Are chills normal after ivf?

Generally not: If you are getting chills after an egg retrieval, you should check your temperature and contact your reproductive endocrinologist. ...Read more

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Did octomom have babies from ivf?

Did octomom have babies from ivf?

Yes: She conceived her octuplets and 6 older children via in vitro fertilization. She started this off when she was 21 yrs old and dr. Michael kamrava assisted with the ivf. Dr. Kamrava's license has been revoked due to the issues surrounding implantation of 12 embryos-not the standard of care. The ivf resulted in the octuplets in 2009. ...Read more

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Ok to bleed on cycle day 8 of ivf?

Ok to bleed on cycle day 8 of ivf?

OK not great: I've seen patients have a small amount of bleeding on day 8 of stimulation and still go on to have a normal cycle. Sometimes bleeding can come from the surface of the cervix if it has been irritated by the ultrasound. This does not affect the cycle at all. Continued period bleeding through day 8 is a sign that the estrogen level is still low and that you may not be stimulating. That's not good. ...Read more

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Can IVF be used with endometriosis?

Yes: Ivf is sometimes used to treat infertility due to endometriosis, although the presence of an endometrioma can reduce ivf success. ...Read more

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Is herpes testing required for ivf?

Is herpes testing required for ivf?

Generally not: Some clinics will test herpes 1 and 2 prior to doing ivf. We do not because it does not effect the procedure or outcome of ivf. It does however effect the mode of delivery and if you have an active genital herpes infection then delivery would need to be by c/s. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Should women with low amh go for ivf?

Most likely: Amh is a test that checks for ovarian reserve. This means that the likelihood of using medication such as Clomid (clomiphene) to induce ovulation are likely to be unsuccessful. You should see a reproductive endocrinologist for further evaluation. ...Read more