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As Many as 30% of Fertilized Eggs have an Abnormal Number of Chromosomes
24Oct, 2016

At one time, twin sightings were a rare occasion, but due to the rise of both IVF and the use of fertility drugs, twins and even triplets are a much more common occurrence and it isn’t unusual to now know of families with a set of twins or to see parent’s pushing double strollers down the street along with their first-born toddlers. The increase in twins and triplets is partly the result of the multiple-embryo transfer (MET) approach to IVF which leads to multiple gestations, though some patients are sometimes […]
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23Dec, 2015

There was a really interesting article published in New York Times this morning. We would like to highlight a really important point of this research study which confirms our approach to IVF treatment. “Some clinicians also believe that women who do not produce any eggs — or produce just two or fewer — after stimulation of the ovaries are less likely to become pregnant via future cycles of I.V.F. The new study found no evidence for this. “We found that just isn’t the case,” said Dr. Debbie A. Lawlor, an […]
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13Nov, 2015

A retrospective study of the Quebec pregnancy registry indicated no successful IVF pregnancies in patients > 44 y/o in Canada from 2010-2012. The conclusions from the authors is that IVF in woman> 44 y/o is pointless and expensive. We have been involved with dozens of successful IVF pregnancies in woman older than 44 years (their own eggs, of course). Not many, but enough to show it isn’t “pointless”. Our conclusion is that high stimulation protocols (which tends to be used) will NOT optimize these women’s chances. By decreasing medication and […]
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22Oct, 2015

People.com, among numerous other news sites, recently posted a picture (shown left) that has been getting some attention around the web: http://www.people.com/article/photo-baby-syringe-heart-captures-ivf-struggle-facebook It’s a great image for sure to represent all of the needles and medications that are part of a Traditional IVF protocol. It certainly caught our attention. We thought we’d post our take on the image, something to represent the needles needed with our minimal stimulation, Japanese IVF protocols (shown right).
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12Jun, 2015

SW was 38 years old and had never been pregnant before. After a normal workup and multiple failed IUI cycles using a combination of oral and injectable meds, SW was diagnosed with infertility of unknown origin and started IVF treatments. Dr. A, at a very well respected center in San Diego, chose a classic “antagonist” protocol for stimulation but took the “shotgun” approach, meaning that the plan was designed to include as many different treatments as possible in 1 cycle with the hope that “everything” could be covered: estrogen prime, testosterone prime, 300-450 U FSH+HMG injections for […]
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25Mar, 2015

Hooray! Our Clomid-only IVF egg retrieval from last week resulted in a Blastocyst! I guess I shouldn’t be too surprised. Our patient is still relatively young (i.e. not yet 40) and , even though Hanabusa IVF is a new center in San Diego, our mother center Hanabusa Women’s Clinic is the second largest center in Japan performing over 8,000 IVF cycles per year. Between my embryologist from our mother center in Kobe and myself (and my work at New Hope Fertility Center), we have thousands of cases of experience between […]
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