Invitro Fertilization (IVF)

AMH is not a predictor of elevated serum progesterone on the day trigger in IVF patients

Austin Fertility & Reproductive Medicine/Westlake IVF has an article, “Serum Antimüllerian hormone does not predict elevated progesterone levels among women who undergo controlled ovarian hyperstimulation for in vitro fertilization”, published in the journal Reproductive Biology and Endocrinology, April 2019.
“We were interested in investigating whether or not the ovarian reserve biomarker, antimüllerian hormone (AMH), can predict […]

Most recent take on endometrial scratching

To scratch or not to scratch:  that is the question.  Based on recent data, the current recommendation regarding endometrial scratching is not to scratch.

Endometrial scratching involves the use of an endometrial biopsy sampler such as a pipelle, which is a straw-like apparatus that is thought to increase the rate of embryo implantation by remodeling […]

What does the egg freezing process involve?

Although the following are highlights of the process that are hopefully helpful in terms of providing a general overview, consultation with a Reproductive Endocrinologist (RE) provides more detailed information regarding the oocyte cryopreservation (egg freezing) process.  Female age and ovarian reserve testing are the two most important predictors of a successful egg freezing cycle.  […]

FAQ: What is the waiting period between each IVF cycle?

According to our clinical experience as well as the existing medical literature, there is no difference in a patient’s IVF success rate whether or not there is a waiting period between IVF cycles.  This applies to fresh IVF cycles as well as FET cycles

FAQ: What happens post-IVF? What should a woman do to improve the chances of IVF success?

After embryo transfer (and prior to), it is best for the female patient to minimize daily caffeine intake as well as food rich in mercury. Although there are no reliable data to support bed rest after embryo transfer in order to improve IVF success rates, many medical practices ask that the patient consider bed rest […]

Embryo Freezing has Improved Significantly Over the Years

The main goal of embryo freezing is to cryopreserve the embryo for later use.  The first successful pregnancy that resulted from freezing a woman’s embryos was in the early 1980s.  Since then, the factors in the IVF laboratory, including culture media, the ability to grow embryos in vitro to the blastocyst stage at day […]

FAQ: How is the “best” embryo selected for transfer?

The “best” embryo for transfer is typically selected based on morphology (grading) and/or preimplantation genetic screening (PGS).  Morphologic grading of cleavage-stage embryos (Day 2 and 3 embryos) involves the cell count and “fragmentation” rate of cells. Morphologic grading of blastocyst-stage embryos (Day 5 and 6 embryos) involves assessment of a group of cells that line […]

Dr. Shahryar Kavoussi speaks at the BIT International Congress of Genetics 2016 Congress in Dalian, China

Dr. Shahryar Kavoussi was invited to speak at the International Congress of Genetics-2016 in Dalian, China.  The congress took place from April 25th through April 28th at the Dalian International Conference Center, and his presentation was about the first reported case of live birth which resulted from IVF/ICSI with donor oocytes of a donor […]

First Live Birth IVF/ICSI with Oocytes from IVF Conceived Donor

The physicians, clinical team, and embryology team at Austin Fertility & Reproductive Medicine helped a couple achieve a successful pregnancy by means of IVF/ICSI with donor oocytes from an oocyte donor who herself had been conceived via IVF.  The anonymous oocyte donor had previously delivered two children of her own that she had conceived […]

Study shows that AMH predicts surplus good quality blastocyst cryopreservation

Couples who proceed with IVF hope to achieve a live birth with their fresh IVF cycle and most also hope to have surplus embryos for cryopreservation in order to have the opportunity for future attempts at pregnancy. In prior studies in the medical literature, AMH has been shown to predict ovarian response to gonadotropins, […]