What a great turnout! Thank you to all who attended our March 31st free fertility education seminar in Dedham, MA hosted by Dr. Carol Anania. The attendance was fantastic and many fertility topics were reviewed. At the completion of our Dedham seminar, we offered a tour of our facility and all that makes Fertility Solutions the patient’s choice for all fertility options.
To mention a few key points from our tour: Our physicians perform all of the ultrasounds here in our offices, we utilize MD anesthesiologist in our OR, our laboratory is equipped with the latest technology in incubators – Micro Incubators, and the commitment to truly one-on-one treatment plans with your physician who will guide you each step of the way on the journey to family building.
We’ve re-capped some of the top Q&As from our last seminar below:
Why does BMI affect the IVF process?
As BMI increases, so does the risk of an unsuccessful pregnancy. A few points of concern in a person who has a high BMI are: gestational diabetes, preeclampsia and a higher chance of loss. As with all in life, moderation is the key to success and we strive to offer the largest opportunity for a healthy pregnancy for both the mother and child.
What are the benefits of the fresh donor egg cycle vs. frozen donor egg cycle?
The data for egg freezing is still in the early stages. Egg freezing has been only recently approved by the ACOG for two years, but the process of cryopreservation has been a documented success for over 20 years. At this time, there is a very little difference in the success rates but this outcome is not unexpected. When a cohort of frozen eggs is purchased through an egg bank, the number of eggs varies between 6 -8, which, on average, is fewer eggs then a traditional fresh egg cycle. Other variables that may affect the outcomes are: age of the eggs retrieved, age of the woman receiving the eggs, and the lab in which the eggs are thawed.
Is there an age limit for egg recipients?
Each person is unique, as a result, the decision is based upon the overall health of the recipient. Since there are so many factors in carrying a baby, the health of the mother as well as the child are the primary concerns.
What are the reasons for recurrent miscarriages (Recurring Pregnancy Loss – RPL) and what do you suggest for treatment?
This is a very difficult question to answer since the reasons for miscarriage vary. The definition of RPL is two or more pregnancy losses before 20 weeks that were clinically deemed a pregnancy. Some of the many reasons are: genetic, anatomic, lifestyle, medical and unexplained. Over 50% RPL are unexplained. Blood tests can show if a woman has certain medical, immune, or blood-clotting conditions that might cause RPL. The chromosomes of women and their male partners may be evaluated through a blood test called a “karyotype” and a type of x-ray (hysterosalpingogram) or ultrasound (sonohysterogram) can show if a woman has a problem with the shape of her uterus and if there is any other scarring issues.