When you are considering in vitro fertilization (IVF), one of the first questions that comes up is of what the cost of treatment may be. Below, we will take a look at what contributes to the cost of IVF treatment, as well as what you can expect for a regular IVF cycle cost.
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A woman who said she is pregnant with a record-breaking 12 babies has been exposed as a fraud, according to reports.
Health officials in the woman’s home country of Tunisia have investigated the claims and concluded that she “has psychological problems and is unlikely to even be pregnant,” Britain’s Daily Telegraphreports.
An infertility doctor from Ireland presented research at the 25th annual conference of the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology in July 2009 that appears to show that IVF success may partly depend on genetic factors. […]
Patients who come to a fertility specialist want to become pregnant as soon as possible. There are various treatment options now available for infertility; some have higher pregnancy rates and some have lower pregnancy rates. These treatments have markedly different costs and differing levels of complexity.
Very commonly patients may start with a less effective treatment because it is easier to do or less expensive. It is not unusual to see a couple first try treatment with clomid , perhaps combined with IUI (intrauterine insemination) for three or four attempts. […]
A study was done in 2009 to determine whether a policy of elective single-embryo transfer (e-SET) in IVF lowers the rate of multiple births (twins, etc.) without compromising the live birth rate. Elective single-embryo transfer (e-SET) is the transfer of one embryo into the uterus during IVF as compared to two.
IVF and Babies: Background
In Vitro Fertilization has been around for 30 years now. Many studies have been performed to try to discover any possible effects on children born through IVF . A new study suggests that IVF does not increase the risk of developmental disorders in children.
Many questions have been generated in the past about IVF and child development because of the higher instances of premature birth and lower birth weights. Generally in IVF, there is a higher chance for multiple pregnancies. As with any multiple pregnancies, there are greater risks involved. Some of those risks include premature birth and lower birth weights. These and other IVF treatment complications could be attributed to the higher chance for multiple pregnancies and not necessarily the IVF treatment itself.
Female weight is an important factor in determining fertility and infertility . Physicians view weight in terms of body mass index or BMI. A BMI between 20 and 24.9 is considered normal for adults. A BMI between 25 and 29.9 is considered overweight. A BMI of 30 or more is considered obese. A number of studies have suggested that women who are obese have numerous reproductive problems.
An Australian company released results of a preliminary study evaluating a new device to isolate healthy sperm for IVF cycles. The device, known as the SpermSep CS10 uses an electrical field to separate normal sperm from damaged sperm.
Normal thyroid hormone production is though to be important for reproduction. A slightly underactive thyroid gland does not affect the success of IVF according to a recent study that was presented at the annual meeting of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine in 2007.
A 31 year old woman in Manhasset, New York. apparently gave birth to identical triplets. This is despite the fact that only a single embryo was transferred (or so we are told). The press release from the the AP quoted a doctor who is a “specialist in multiple births” as stating that this was “an event so rare that it might happen just once in 200 million births.”
Miscarriages after infertility treatment are common. Numerous studies have shown that most of miscarriages are due to abnormalities in the number of chromosomes in the embryo. This is called aneuploidy. Normally, an embryo should have 46 chromosomes or, more precisely – 23 pairs of chromosomes. In two-thirds to three fourths of all miscarriages, the embryo has something other than 46 chromosomes. In addition, it seems that certain chromosomes are present in abnormal numbers more frequently. a recent study found that eight chromosomes (X, Y, 13, 15, 16, 18, 21, and 22) accounted for 83% of the abnormalities found in miscarriage specimens. […]
Pregnancy complication rates seem to be higher in pregnancies that occurred as a result of in vitro fertilization cycles. Many theories have been put forth as to the underlying reason for the higher complication rates.
A recent study suggests that preimplantation genetic diagnosis – PGD may be ineffective as a means for increasing the live birth rate in older women with infertility and, in fact, may actually decrease the live birth rate. […]
PGD reveals cause for IVF implantation failure During in vitro fertilization – IVF, embryos are chosen for transfer based on two separate criteria. In all IVF cycles, the microscopic evaluation of the embryo is carried out at varied stages to identify those with the best overall appearance and development characteristics. In some IVF cycles, preimplantation genetic diagnosis – PGD is performed to also identify those embryos with abnormalities in the number of chromosomes present. These abnormalities are known as aneuploidies. Embryo chromosome abnormalities such as aneuploidies are thought to be responsible for implantation failure, miscarriage and birth defects. […]
Measurement of ovarian reserve is an important part of any infertility evaluation. In addition to identifying those women that may have a very poor chance for success, measurement of ovarian reserve is useful for determining the correct dose of fertility drugs to use in treatments such as in-vitro fertilization – IVF.
Previously, a number of different hormone blood levels and ultrasound measurements have been used for ovarian reserve testing. These include age, day 3 FSH, inhibin B, antral follicle count, ovarian volume assessment and the clomid challenge test.
Metformin ineffective for IVF
Metformin (Glucophage) is a commonly used treatment for polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) . Metformin is used to treat insulin resistance which is commonly found in women with PCOS. There is sufficient data currently to state that metformin use in PCOS patients can result in ovulation and thus increased fertility in PCOS patients. […]