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7 New Facts About IVF + Assisted Reproductive Technologies That You Probably Didn’t Know

Having undergone numerous IVF cycles, FET cycles, and an IUI, I’m always on the lookout for the latest news about assisted reproductive technologies (ART). It amazes me how much exact and accurate science is involved, yet outcomes can be — and often are — so uncertain.

Every year, more and more babies are born with the help of ART. That also means that there are more and more women like myself who are submitting ourselves and our bodies to countless testings, injections, procedures, appointments — all with the hope of conceiving.

If you’re anything like me, you’ve Googled just about everything you possibly can and you’ve asked your doctors lists and lists of questions, just to arm yourself with knowledge. Well, I’m here to give you some more.

The info in this post has come to light within the last few months, so it’s quite possible you don’t yet know about it. Check it out!

And lots of babydust to you!

  • Ideal Number of Eggs Retrieved Is 15, Plus New Marker for Implantation Success 1 of 7
    The Latest IVF + ART News

    New research suggests that the ideal number of eggs retrieved for IVF is 15. Specifically, the research shows that "retrieving more than 15 oocytes [eggs] from a woman during IVF increases the risk of ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome with only a minimal increase in live birth rate." Additionally, researchers have discovered that mitochondrial DNA might help predict which embryos will be most likely to implant successfully. 

     

    Read the whole story from its source: MedPage Today


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  • New Technique Increases IVF Pregnancy by 20% 2 of 7
    New Info About IVF

    It might sound absolutely awful, but a technique called "endometrial scratching" has been shown to up the rates of pregnancy and live births among women undergoing assisted reproductive technologies. The procedure is medically assisted damage to the uterus, specifically the inner lining of it. Researchers say the timing of the procedure is key.

     

    Read the whole story from its source: Medical News Today


    Photo Credit: dizznbonn via Flickr Creative Commons 

  • ART Pregnancies Called ‘Precious Baby Pregnancies’ by Docs + Are Treated Differently 3 of 7
    The Latest IVF + ART News

    According to a new report, not all pregnancies are treated the same by medical professionals. In fact, the pregnancies of women who've conceived with the help of assisted reproductive technologies are sometimes given a special name by the medical field: precious baby pregnancies. And these pregnancies are often managed differently, even though they carry the same level of risk of "spontaneously conceived" pregnancies. The details behind this are fascinating, and I highly recommend you visit the source link below to read more.  

     

    Read the whole story from its source: Medical News Today


    Photo Credit: Daquella Manera via Flickr Creative Commons

  • No Excess Cancer in IVF Babies 4 of 7
    The Latest IVF + ART News

    Debunking what a previous — and smaller — study showed, a new study shows that there is no excess cancer risk among babies born via IVF. The new study confidently concludes that "overall, assisted reproduction was not associated with an increased risk of leukemia, neuroblastoma, retinoblastoma, central nervous system tumors, or renal or germ-cell tumors."

     

    Read the whole story from its source: MedPage Today


    Photo Credit: Jan de Graaf via Flickr Creative Commons

  • IVF Success Affected by Ethnicity 5 of 7
    The Latest IVF + ART News

    A research team has found that IVF success is affected by ethnicity, though they admit they have no idea why. Live birth rates, the study shows, are significantly lower for Asian and black women. At a specific fertility center, "35% of ethnic minority women successfully conceived and gave birth after IVF compared with 44% of white women ... This was despite all the women appearing to have favourable chances of having a baby, based on factors such as the quality of their egg reserves."

     

    Read the whole story from its source: BBC News Health


    Photo Credit: Daquella Manera via Flickr Creative Commons

  • Pregnancy Costs Much Higher With Multiples 6 of 7
    The Latest IVF + ART News

    Compared to singleton pregnancies, pregnancies involving multiples have much higher medical costs, according to a new report. Specifically, "Average health care costs were over $400,000 for triplets or more, $105,000 for twins and $21,000 for singletons. That means that the costs for triplets or more were 20 times higher than for singletons." 

     

    Read the whole story from its source: US News Health


    Photo Credit: Shardayyy via Flickr Creative Commons

  • More Young Women Are Donating Eggs 7 of 7
    The Latest IVF + ART News

    According to a new report, the number of young women donating their eggs to be used in IVF by other women jumped 70% from the years 2000-2010. The researcher who led the study says that the increase is "likely due to advances in assisted reproductive technology, and more acceptance of the idea culturally."

     

    Read the whole story from its source: NBC News


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