ARC® Fertility Blog

Pregnancy Over 50: Ethical Considerations

From Medical Daily,  “How old is too old to give birth? The answer to this question would have been obvious 30 years ago, but recent advancements in fertility treatments mean that in 2015, a woman’s biological clock can be permanently put on hold. Thanks to science, a 55- or even 65-year-old woman can do what was once unthinkable: become pregnant and give birth to a healthy child. However, just because a woman of this age can physically become pregnant, is the decision to do so ethical?”

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Maternal Age: How Old Is Too Old To Give Birth?

From Science 2.0, Dr. Adamson writes, “I read a sad story in the news recently. A Baltimore mother died a week after giving birth to two twin sons, leaving her husband to raise the two boys on his own. As tragic as the news was, the reason that it made national headlines was that the mother was 56 years old.”

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Egg freezing is no longer deemed “experimental”

From OBG Management

Update on fertility
Egg freezing is no longer deemed “experimental.” Here are current protocols, fertility expectations, and safety outcomes as well as ethical considerations for oocyte cryopreservation.

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OBG Manag. 2015;27(2):32-34,36-39
Mary E. Abusief, MD  and G. David Adamson, MD

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The Past, Present, and Future of Baby-Making and Morality Debates

From IVF to three-parent babies to…

Women’s Health Magazine reports,

“Old-fashioned baby-making is definitely more fun. But for many couples struggling with infertility, high-tech treatments are the only way to get sperm and egg together.

Couples now have surrogacy, in vitro fertilization (IVF), and perhaps soon, three-parent IVF, as viable baby-making strategies. The British Parliament recently approved the use of three-parent technology. Granted, three-parent IVF has to pass some red tape before it becomes available in the U.S., but experts believe that it may soon be an option for couples stateside.”

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PGD and PGS = healthy pregnancies and healthy babies

PGD and PGS = healthy pregnancies and healthy babies

As reproductive science advances, fertility scientists, embryologists and doctors are constantly developing new techniques to help families have healthy pregnancies and healthy children. Recent technologies that offer promise include preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) in which a day 5 embryo (blastocyst) is tested for a specific known genetic abnormality, and preimplantation genetic screening (PGS) in which a blastocyst is screened to determine if the chromosomes are normal. PGD is used to increase our ability to prevent specific, known disease, often in couples who are not infertile but carry a risk of passing on genetic disorders, while PGS is generally used in infertile patients or those with recurrent pregnancy loss to identify the most normal appearing blastocysts for transfer back into the uterus.

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FSH Levels

Chances are that if you are trying to get pregnant you have probably been overwhelmed by many acronyms and abbreviations. It’s important to track this “alphabet soup,” because a number of tests and procedures play a critical role in determining the ability to get pregnant. One term that you may have heard – and if you haven’t, you should definitely familiarize yourself with it – is FSH.

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Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome

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Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome

One of the most common causes of infertility in women is that eggs are not released as frequently or regularly as needed for the woman to become pregnant. As a result, many treatments involve using hormones to “kick start” or stimulate the ovaries to release eggs so that they may become fertilized by sperm. It’s a marvelous approach to fixing a complicated problem but, like all medical procedures, it has potential drawbacks.

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Pregnancy after age 40

Can I have a baby after 40

Pregnancy after age 40

As a reproductive endocrinologist who specializes in fertility, I have the opportunity to answer a lot of questions from many individuals and couples trying to get pregnant, but one that always comes up is, “Can I have a baby after age 40?” 40 seems to be a milestone year – perhaps because it is a nice round number – but does it really have any significance when it comes to the ability to get pregnant and carry a baby to term?

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Infertility Comes Out Of The Shadows

Jimmy Fallon came to national prominence as a member of the Saturday Night Live cast, and has parlayed his success into one of the most coveted positions on television: host of the legendary Tonight Show on NBC. Like his predecessors Jay Leno and Johnny Carson, what Fallon says is instantly heard by millions of Americans, and quickly becomes fodder for water cooler banter throughout the country.

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Night of Hope

Few things are as discouraging as a diagnosis of infertility, but over the last 35 years, the treatment of infertility has undergone a radical transformation thanks to medical innovations, changing attitudes about fertility, and trailblazing leadership by reproductive endocrinologists. One of the leading organizations supporting these advancements is RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association.

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How Freezing Eggs Can Affect Your Estate Plan

When Apple and Facebook made news recently for paying the expenses of their female employees to freeze their eggs, chances are you didn’t think it would have any effect on your estate plan. But if you have a daughter or a granddaughter, you may be mistaken.

If either decides to use assisted reproductive technology and freeze her eggs, you’ll need to consider whether to include unborn descendants in your estate plan.

By Joan M. Burda, Next Avenue Contributor, Forbes Magazine

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ARC is Excited to Welcome its Newest Member – Fertility Institute of Texas

ARC is Excited to Welcome its Newest Member into its Network

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Why Choose Fertility Institute of Texas & Dr. Susan Hudson?

At Fertility Institute of Texas, Dr. Susan Hudson is dedicated to giving you personalized, compassionate fertility care. She understands that each patient has unique needs, concerns and circumstances. Her office is a calm, serene atmosphere and Dr. Hudson personally takes the time to listen and finds the answers you need to develop a successful treatment plan. The goal at Fertility Institute of Texas is to not only help you have a baby, but to support you throughout this personal journey.

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Learn More About Our Network Member OHSU – Fertility Consultants

About this practice:

OHSU Fertility Consultants offer the latest options in fertility treatment and diagnosis. Their team is committed to providing high-quality, cost-effective care to individuals and couples seeking services for infertility and menopause disorders.

Consistently recognized as one of the top ten fertility services in the nation, they are distinguished from other academic care facilities by dedicating board-certified reproductive endocrinologists with more than six decades of combined experience working with patients with reproductive and fertility challenges. They will receive the full-time, individual and personal attention from our reproductive endocrinologists.

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University Hospitals Fertility Center – ARC Network Member

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About this practice

Through innovative treatments, physicians of University Hospitals Fertility Center have helped to build families for over 30 years. Our medical director has been responsible for Ohio’s first IVF birth (1983), the world’s first IVF/surrogate birth (1986) and Ohio’s first birth from Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis (2003). Our goal is to exceed patients’ expectations by offering the highest technology in a new, patient-friendly suburban location at the University Hospital Ahuja Medical Center in Beachwood. (Conveniently located at the intersection of Interstate 271 and Harvard Road).

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Fertility Treatment Center

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About this practice

Fertility Treatment Center is the only full service fertility clinic in Arizona, integrating the entire spectrum of fertility evaluation and treatment, advanced In Vitro Fertilization technology, on-site lab and Surgicenter, and cutting edge fertility research. The physicians and staff at FTC strive to achieve a patient friendly environment with our mission of building families in a competent, cost effective fashion.

Our clinical and laboratory specialists have the training, expertise and extensive experience in all areas of reproductive medicine, including IVF (In Vitro Fertilization), ICSI (IntraCytoplasmic Sperm Injection), assisted hatching, embryo and sperm cryopreservation, and preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD).

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