Fertility Treatment

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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.

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September 19, 2017

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), infertility is not simply an inconvenience. It should be viewed as a disease of the reproductive system. In June, the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) authored a resolution supporting this perspective. It was joined by another influential organization, the American Medical Association (AMA) when delegates at the AMA Annual Meeting voted to adopt the designation of infertility as a disease.1

The ASRM resolution was co-sponsored by the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), the American Urological Association (AUA), the Endocrine Society, and the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists.1

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September 05, 2017

Compared with children born after natural conception—where no assistance is needed to become pregnant—how healthy are children conceived after the help of assisted reproductive technologies (ART)? What about long-term intellectual, language, and motor development? Until recently, those outcomes were not entirely clear.

Data about development. In 2013, a large review of more than 80 studies concluded that more data were still needed to truly understand whether or not fertility treatments had an impact on children’s outcomes.1

Although previous studies hadn’t shown a difference in the cognitive development of children born after use of ART, results for motor development were deficient or conflicting. But the biggest remaining question had centered on language development. By addressing shortcomings of previous research, a recent prospective study may have helped to lay some of this controversy to rest.2

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May 22, 2017

Pam Cook from Fox 2 KTVU features Pacific Fertility Center on a fertility story.

Watch the full story here.

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August 16, 2016

Timing is everything. . . . well, maybe not everything. But when it comes to getting pregnant, it’s clear that timing is crucial. A wide range of methods have been used to get the timing right—from taking basal body temperatures or assessing cervical mucus to using ovulation prediction kits. These all have certain advantages and disadvantages.

In the recent past, a wide range of websites and apps have also gotten in on the act, using programs to predict the fertile window—when conception is most likely to occur—by prompting a woman to enter her last menstrual period and the length of a typical cycle. Millions of prospective parents have accessed these apps and sites. Unfortunately, nearly 79 percent of fertility apps and 75 percent of websites inaccurately define the fertile window, according to findings reported by New York researchers from Weill Cornell Medical College in NYC and New York-Presbyterian in Queens.1