Invitro Fertilization (IVF)

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, […]

What are the stages of an IVF treatment cycle?

A fresh IVF cycle consists of a medication regimen also referred to as a “stimulation protocol”, during which the eggs within follicles in the ovaries are grown as is the endometrial lining of the uterus. Monitoring the growth of follicles and the endometrial lining is performed by transvaginal ultrasound and when the oocytes (eggs) […]

In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) Explained

While many couples struggling with infertility recognize that they have the option of pregnancy through in vitro fertilization, the specifics of the procedure can be a bit of a mystery.

What actually happens during IVF?

While every clinic has its own unique IVF technique, generally, a woman undergoing the procedure is first given a medication for […]

Is Protein Juno The Key to Understanding Fertilization?

The discovery of a protein vital to the complex dance that allows an egg and sperm to combine to form an embryo may lead to new options for fertility treatments.
Named for the Roman goddess of fertility, the newly discovered Juno protein is present on the surface of an egg cell. It binds with its […]