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December 11, 2017

An increasingly important aspect of clinical care in reproductive medicine involves medical genetics and, specifically, how to test for and avoid genetic diseases or chromosome abnormalities in offspring.

To advance this discussion, Carolyn Givens, MD, and PFC Genetic Counselor Lauri Black were invited to present and moderate an interactive session at the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) annual meeting in San Antonio, TX at the end of October. The title of the session was “Follow the Double Helix: How to Intertwine Genetic Counseling and Your Practice.”

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December 08, 2017

A Jeopardy answer, an entry in the Guinness Book of World Records, the first “test-tube baby”—Louise Joy Brown has been a household name for decades.

From Bristol, England, Brown was born in 1978 to Lesley and John Brown who tried to conceive for nine years before becoming the first to successfully undergo in vitro fertilization (IVF).

“There aren’t many people that can say they were world famous within hours of being born,” said Brown. Conducting interviews and appearing on countless television programs, Brown’s parents took her around the world before she was two—but they soon took their daughter out of the spotlight, seeking a normal life for her.1

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December 06, 2017

Which type of transfer—fresh or freeze-only—leads to higher implantation and ongoing pregnancy rates (OPR)? A recent study was the largest to make this comparison, finding that freeze-only transfers are often the clear winners.1 Why is this so? It may have something to do with the delicate “dance” between the embryo and the lining of the uterus (endometrium).

Reproductive synchrony. For implantation to be successful, this embryo-endometrial dance must be well choreographed. The embryo must bring the right complement of chromosomes to its “dance partner,” and the endometrium must establish an environment that’s welcoming for the embryo. A receptive endometrium depends upon endometrial gene expression as well as responses to hormones throughout different phases of the menstrual cycle.

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December 05, 2017

Facebook employee does 3 rounds of egg freezing – all covered by the company.

Read the full article here.

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December 01, 2017

As they age, many women postpone pregnancy, but some may be leaning a little too heavily on results of certain tests to predict their ability to become pregnant. Perhaps they’re gaining a false sense of security—or insecurity, for that matter.

According to a recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), the number of remaining eggs in your ovaries (ovarian reserve)—as revealed through blood and urine tests—don’t necessarily predict fertility.1 So what exactly do these tests reveal and what’s the best way to make use of the study results?

What AMH, FSH, and Inhibin B Tests Can Tell Us
Levels of certain hormones change with aging and can be useful indicators of ovarian reserve.