George M Grunert MD, Reproductive Endocrinologist, HFS IVF Program Director

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  • Steroid treatment for IVF problems may do more harm than good

    Researchers are urging doctors and patients to refrain from using a specific steroid treatment to treat infertility in women unless clinically indicated, because of its links to miscarriage, preterm birth and birth defects.

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  • Congress allows IVF coverage for wounded vets, with limits

    WASHINGTON - Wounded veterans hoping to start families appeared to win a significant victory Thursday with a new law allowing coverage of fertility treatment through the Department of Veterans Affairs.

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  • After IVF, Some Struggle With What To Do With Leftover Embryos

    When Scott Gatz and his husband decided to become fathers several years ago, pursuing parenthood meant finding both an egg donor and a surrogate to help them conceive a baby. Their first round of in vitro fertilization produced seven healthy embryos. One of those embryos was successfully transferred to their surrogate's womb, resulting in their son Matthew, who is now 6-years-old.

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  • What Not to Say to Someone Struggling With Infertility

    We've all been in the position at one point or another where we have a friend going through tough times and we're not quite sure what to say. Sometimes we give unsolicited advice or offer what we think are helpful thoughts. Even though these words (most often) come from a place of genuine support and care, they can inflict unintended pain. It's really hard to find the best way to connect with or show love to someone going through something you've never gone through.

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  • Three in four women starting fertility treatment will have a baby within five years

    Three in four women starting fertility treatment will have a baby within five years, whether as a result of the treatment or following natural conception. The figures emerged from a large cohort study analysing the birth records of almost 20,000 women having fertility treatment in Denmark between 2007 and 2010.

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  • Benefits from freeze-all embryo strategy in older IVF patients

    A novel approach to improving IVF outcomes has recently emerged in which all embryos generated from an egg collection cycle are electively frozen and transferred in a subsequent cycle.

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  • How lifestyle intervention for weight loss affects birth rates in women with a high BMI

    Women who are overweight or obese pose an ongoing challenge for the fertility clinic. Many studies show that these patients are at increased risk of infertility and are less likely than normal-weight women to conceive after fertility treatment.

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  • Smoking may have negative effects on sperm quality

    A recent study found that that sperm of men who smoke has a greater extent of DNA damage than that of non-smokers.

    Researchers also assessed 422 proteins in participants' sperm. One protein was absent, 27 proteins were underrepresented, and 6 proteins were over-represented in smokers. Analyses of these proteins suggest that cigarette smoking may promote an inflammatory response in the male reproductive tract.

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  • 8 things I wish I'd known about infertility

    So there I was - sitting in the doctor's office, thinking about how awkward it is to sit on the table with my shirt on and only some paper covering my bottom half.

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  • 9 Things Women Trying IVF to Get Pregnant Want You to Know

    Don't hate me if I skip your baby shower.

    A few years ago, after not getting my period for almost a year and not getting pregnant either, I went to my ob-gyn and some basic hormonal screening showed that something was amiss. I was referred to a fertility specialist, a reproductive endocrinologist (RE), and after another month of testing, I found out not only did I have fertility issues, but I was also a carrier for a rare genetic disorder.

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