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CDC Shares Q&A: Zika virus infection (Zika) and pregnancy
How is Zika virus (Zika) transmitted? Zika is primarily transmitted through the bite of infected Aedes mosquitoes. It can also be transmitted from a pregnant mother to her baby during pregnancy or around the time of birth. We do not know how often Zika is transmitted from mother to baby during pregnancy or around time of birth. Who is at risk of being infected? Anyone who is living in or traveling to an area where Zika virus is found who has not already been infected with Zika virus is at risk for infection, including pregnant women. What are symptoms of Zika virus infection (Zika)? About
Moving toward IVF without complications: OHSS
Over the past 2 years or so, I have managed my patients through roughly 400 IVF cycles, and 2 liters of intravenous (IV) normal saline is the grand sum total of the treatment required for that much-feared complication of IVF: ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS). 2 liters: That’s the size of one of those Coke bottles you buy at the supermarket for a party. Just 5 years ago it was a much different story. IVF patients with OHSS frequently received multiple infusions of intravenous fluids, they were given a variety of other medications to try to stave off OHSS, and not infrequently
The Advantages and Disadvantages of Genetic Testing with IVF
Genetic testing can greatly improve the chance of achieving a successful pregnancy. Our fertility experts outline the advantages and disadvantages of pre-implantation genetic testing below.   What is the difference between genetic testing, preimplantation genetic screening (PGS), preimplantation diagnosis (PGD), and preimplantation genetic testing (PGT)? Genetic testing can be confusing at first because of the various terminology changes over the past couple of years. Preimplantation genetic screening (PGS), formerly called Comprehensive Chromosome Screening (CCS), counts all 46 chromosomes of an embryo to look for "aneuploidy." Aneuploidy just means that the embryo is "abnormal" and has either extra or missing chromosomes. Aneuploidy embryos result in children
Reproductive Medicine Associates Of New Jersey comments on recent article “Children conceived via IVF have double the autism rates of other: study”
A recent study has been receiving a significant amount of media attention due to the reported link between autism and children born via IVF. A recent newspaper article warned, “Children conceived via IVF have double the autism rates of others: study” However, the headline of this story is quite deceiving given that the second sentence of the article highlights that researchers found no direct link between IVF and autism. As practitioners dedicated to the science of assisted reproduction technologies (ART),it is critical that when looking at associations and causes of such a sensitive condition as autism that we do so with
The Uterus Transplant: a risky procedure in search of an indication
There has been an extraordinary amount of media attention on what at first glance seems like an amazing medical breakthrough: the first baby born after a uterine transplantion. While there is reason to celebrate this medical breakthrough, some of the enthusiasm may be overstated. A recent news story from the UK, for example, reported that this procedure provides hope for "tens of thousands" of women to conceive. With a careful consideration of the relevant issues, it will become clear that uterine transplantation should rarely, if ever, be performed in the US, where many states permit the use of gestational carriers
Single Embryo Transfer in the eyes of an OBGYN – Dr. Allan Kessel
“Where you stand depends on where you sit.”  These words could not be truer for couples undergoing IVF treatments.  Some of these couples will have the opportunity to transfer one embryo (single embryo transfer, or SET) or two in what becomes one of the most important decisions of their entire treatment.  For many, there will be a significant temptation to have two embryos implanted.  This based on a desire to maximize the chances of at least one child, or to “get two pregnancies over with” at once.  However, there is one person who will be the most interested in a

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