Last year, at the American Society of Reproductive Medicine’s (ASRM) annual meeting, mosaic embryos were a big discussion. Should we transfer them? This year, data was presented on comparing clinical outcomes from transfers of 1,000 mosaic embryos to a control group of 5,561 euploid embryos. What is a mosaic embryo you may ask? When […]
Subchorionic hematoma (SCH) is a blood collection that can be visualized at pelvic ultrasound and can be a source of first trimester bleeding and distress for patients. SCH has been found to be more common among pregnancies that are achieved via in vitro fertilization (IVF). The article at the link below was recently published […]
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 […]
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 […]
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. […]
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
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]