By Susan Conway M.D., M.P.H., M.M.Sc.©
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Sterilization is the most common contraceptive method utilized by couples in the United States. Approximately 27% of fertile women choose tubal sterilization as their method of contraception. About half of these surgeries are performed within 48 hours post-partum and the other half as interval procedures remote from a pregnancy. The procedures are meant to be permanent and most women enter into the decision with a sincere intention to prevent additional pregnancies.
As embryologists, one of the most common questions that we get from patients is “What do the grades of my embryos tell us about my chances of becoming pregnant?” The answer to this question is not a simple one. The objective of this article is to explain how we grade embryos and what those grades mean as far as an embryo’s potential for development.
Definition: A condition in which tissue that resembles the lining of the uterus (endometrium) is found outside the uterus. While the most common locations for the lesions are behind the uterus (cul-de-sac), on the ovaries, or on the bladder surface, lesions have also been found in the bowel, appendix, c-section scars, lungs, and even the eye.
Eli Reshef. M.D.
INTEGRIS Baptist Medical Center
3433 NW 56th, Building B
Oklahoma City, OK 73112
Ph: (405) 949-6060
A Journey through an In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) Cycle
Cameron John Mullinder’s birth in late 2006 was a milestone. His mother, Louise Brown, was the first in vitro fertilization (IVF) baby in the world, born in England in 1978. Her birth generated a firestorm of criticism. His birth was a mere curiosity. Louise Brown’s conception by combining sperm and egg in the laboratory caused great fear that science had outpaced morality, that humankind had exceeded forbidden boundaries. Yet now, 30 years later, IVF is part of the treatment options offered by most full-service infertility programs.
James Douglas, M.D.©
6300 W. Parker Rd. #G28
Plano, TX 75093
A condition affecting 5 million American women, endometriosis derives its name from the word endometrium, the lining in the uterus that your body produces each month in case of egg implantation. If conception does not take place during a given month, then your body will shed the endometrium and a menstrual period will occur.