Ready for Prime Time? Creating new eggs through stem cell technology.

Posted by on Sep 29, 2018 in Stem Cells
Ready for Prime Time? Creating new eggs through stem cell technology.

On September 20th, the journal Science published an article by Yamashiro et al titled:” Generation of human oogonia from induced pluripotential stem cells in vitro.” Oogonia are the cells that make eggs. Women generate 6- 7 million eggs while still in the womb, and no more after that (according to conventional thinking), so the production […]

Almost Pregnant? – The Fallacy of Recurrent Pregnancy Loss

Posted by on Aug 22, 2018 in Miscarriage
Almost Pregnant? – The Fallacy of Recurrent Pregnancy Loss

In the world of infertility, a community often exists among those trying to conceive.  This can be filled with support, understanding, information and often times…incorrect assumptions.  One of the most common is the belief that miscarriage is ‘almost pregnant’ and signifies an ability to have a child, much more so than those women who fail […]

Speed Vs. Substance Online and In Fertility

Speed Vs. Substance Online and In Fertility

We are in an age of high speed.  Lightning fast searches for information and the perception that this yields quick results.  John S. Rinehart MD, PhD and a Partner with Reproductive Medicine Institute with offices throughout the Chicago area, reminds patients “Efficiency doesn’t necessarily produce efficacy.  In medicine, the first answer is not always the […]

Surrogate mom has 3 sets of twins in the past 4 years

Posted by on May 12, 2016 in Surrogacy
Surrogate mom has 3 sets of twins in the past 4 years

Kirsten Langhammer has given birth to three sets of twins in the past four years. Not one of those babies is her own. With each pair of twins, Langhammer fulfilled the dreams of a couple wanting to become parents. She loved becoming a mom and being pregnant — even labor and delivery. Using her self-described […]

The Risks Associated With Sickle Cell Trait (SCT)

Posted by on Apr 14, 2015 in Sickle Cell Trait (SCT)
The Risks Associated With Sickle Cell Trait (SCT)

Shaunice Clark was a 21 year student and basketball player at California University of Pennsylvania, found dead in her dorm room this past January.  Initially, her death was attributed to inhaling chewing gum, but Washington County Coroner Tim Warco announced that Clark in fact, died of Sickle Cell Trait (SCT). While many are aware of the […]

Ovulation Induction In Infertility: Clomiphene Citrate (Clomid®) or Letrozole, Is There A Clear Advantage?

Posted by on Oct 14, 2014 in Infertility
Ovulation Induction In Infertility: Clomiphene Citrate (Clomid®) or Letrozole, Is There A Clear Advantage?

Recently there has been an increased interest in the use of a medication used for ovulation stimulation called letrozole (Femara ®). The standard medication used of this purpose is clomiphene citrate (CC) (Clomid®). Is one medication better than the other? Recently published research is beginning to answer some of the questions concerning the use of […]

The Probability Of Pregnancy

Posted by on Oct 9, 2014 in Statistics
The Probability Of Pregnancy

Today’s society is awash in masses of readily available information or data. This is a result of the ability to digitalize data, manipulate it through computer computations, and make it universally available via the internet. The vast amount of information that exists can be used to increase knowledge.  In turn, that knowledge can help improve […]

Settling In The Right Spot – Ectopic pregnancies in IVF

Posted by on Sep 21, 2014 in IVF
Settling In The Right Spot – Ectopic pregnancies in IVF

Jane was 40 years old and had been dealing with infertility for way to long. She and her husband finally decided to do IVF and her first pregnancy test was positive.  Yet, there was a hesitation in the nurse’s voice when she said the test was positive and Jane asked if there was a problem. […]

As The Clock Winds Down

Posted by on Jul 8, 2014 in IVF
As The Clock Winds Down

The importance of this criterion cannot be overstated, because a leading cause of infertility in women 38 and over is a decreased ovarian reserve.  With this factor in mind, it was predicted that the results obtained from this study would be better than if the same study was done for women with a reduced ovarian […]

PCOS – Getting you down?

Posted by on Jun 17, 2014 in PCOS
PCOS – Getting you down?

For some time, Reproductive endocrinologists believe that PCOS is associated with psychology problems. This general opinion was affirmed in the most recent edition of Human Reproduction (2011: 26: 1399). Deeks et al reported on a study involving 177 women with the diagnosis of PCOS. The authors tested the participants with a number of psychological tests […]