New Study Reports IVF Doesn’t Increase Risk for Childhood Cancer

A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine reported that children who were conceived via IVF have the same overall risk of developing childhood cancers as children who were conceived naturally. The study looked at more than 100,000 children conceived though IVF and compared cancer rates to those children of the general population. Although a slight increase was found for two rare childhood cancers, the risks for more common cancers stayed the same between the two groups. The study’s leader, Alastair Sutcliffe of University College London, commented that The main message about cancer is good news As the … Continue reading

Getting Pregnant with DHEA Supplementation and IVF

DHEA came on the infertility scene back in 2005, when a well-known infertility clinic (The Center for Human Reproduction, NYC) pioneered DHEA’s use for diminished ovarian reserve (or DOR). Over the last decade, DHEA’s use for DOR gained momentum – a survey of IVF centers in 2010 found that about one third of centers around the world use DHEA to improve the pregnancy chances of women with DOR. DHEA’s particularly effective when combined with IVF treatment – the two together can improve the pregnancy chances of young women with DOR and women of advanced maternal age. Both groups of women … Continue reading

3 Things Everyone Should Know When Interpreting IVF Success Rates

Annually, infertility clinics are required to report their IVF success rates to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and these figures are passed on to the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology (SART). Both organizations caution against using this data to measure the effectiveness of treatment in fertility centers because the data can lack reliability and credibility.  In fact, some centers have even been found to manipulate data by finding loopholes in the federally mandated reporting system. For these reasons, IVF success rates outcomes should be taken with a grain of salt. Unfortunately, people consulting prospective infertility centers continue to consider … Continue reading

$5,000 – The Average Amount Couples Pay Out-Of-Pocket For Infertility Treatment

A new study of patients attending San-Francisco area fertility clinics reported that, on average, couples starting fertility treatment can expect to pay more than $5,000. Office visits, medication and related expenses were found to be the most common expenses that attributed to this figure. Can these findings be generalized? According to Dr. Vitaly Kushnir, from the Center of Human Reproduction in New York, caution should be taken when interpreting these results. Kushnir commented: I don’t think you can extrapolate this study to represent what’s happening in the United States as a whole Read more about what fertility experts think of … Continue reading

Will DHEA Help Me Get Pregnant?

DHEA ( or dehydroepiandrosterone) is a hormonal supplement gaining attention and  momentum  in the infertility community as a new treatment that helps improve female egg quality, and consequently can help improve pregnancy rates via IVF. Is DHEA just another fad treatment, or can it actually help women with infertility get pregnant? DHEA use Fertility specialists mainly use DHEA to treat women with diminished ovarian reserve (also known as DOR).  Diminished ovarian reserve is caused by Premature ovarian aging (in younger women) Natural ovarian aging (in older women) A woman’s ovarian reserve (how well her ovaries produce mature, high quality eggs) … Continue reading