Fertility and the MIND & BODY connection

David Kreiner, MD FSH, Infertility Information, Mind-Body Fertility Connection, Stress Relief 0 Comments

by: Bina Benisch, M.S., R.N. At East Coast Fertility, we understand the emotional aspect that accompanies infertility, and we believe it is equally important to support our patients emotionally as well as physically. It is important to understand fertility holistically. In addition to treating the various physical etiologies of infertility, we must take into account the effects of stress and …

What Are My Odds?

David Kreiner, MD Age Related Infertility, Assisted Reproductive Technologies, Co-culture of Embryos, Embryo Glue, Infertility Information 1 Comment

One of the first questions that most people ask is “what is the chance for success?”  In 2002 about 28% of cycles in the United States in which women underwent IVF and embryo transfer with their own eggs resulted in the live birth of at least one infant. This rate has been improving slowly but steadily over the years.  Patients …

Co-Culture of Embryos Offered at East Coast Fertility

David Kreiner, MD Co-culture of Embryos, FSH, Infertility Information, IVF 4 Comments

In the past 30 years great strides have been made in the field of in vitro fertilization (IVF). The use of ovulation induction to recruit multiple eggs increased the IVF success rate in the late 1970’s. The addition of FSH and a GnRH agonist (such as Lupron) to the stimulation protocol  increased success rates even more. Ultrasound-guided retrievals made the …

Reaction to The California Octuplets

David Kreiner, MD Cryopreservation, News, Regulation of IVF, Single Embryo Transfer 0 Comments

The American public has been stunned by the news of a mother of six giving birth to octuplets. This shocking news is compounded by the stories broadcast by the mass media regarding the woman’s family situation and that she used IVF for these pregnancies. Physicians have known for many years the dangers of multiple pregnancies and have worked steadily to …

Fertility Drugs Do Not Increase Risk for Ovarian Cancer

David Kreiner, MD Research 1 Comment

I am often asked whether the medications we use in our fertility treatments can cause ovarian cancer. In the past, conflicting stories have been published mainly in the newspapers and non medical magazines. Recently, a scientific forum, Medscape Medical News, reviewed research on this topic and the good news is summarized below. On February 10, 2009 — It was concluded …

Sperm Meets Egg – Why Doesn’t It Work Every Time?

David Kreiner, MD Age Related Infertility, ICSI - Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection, Infertility Information, IVF 0 Comments

Why me? My wife never had any infections, surgery or any other problem? I have no difficulty ejaculating and there’s plenty to work with so why can my friends and neighbors and coworkers get pregnant and we can’t? I hear these questions daily and understand the frustrations, anger and stress felt by my patients expressing these feelings through such questions. …