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How Long Does Surrogacy Take?

Posted On October 16th, 2019

Good surrogates are hard to find! They need to be thoroughly vetted before they are matched with intended parents. This first step takes an average of three months, then the whole process takes about a year (to get to the baby’s birth). Kathy Benardo from the Northeast Assisted Fertility Group explains the steps.

 

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How Much Does it Cost to Use Donor Eggs?

Posted On October 7th, 2019

There is a base cost of about 15K for an IVF cycle but beyond that, there is a range of costs for donor eggs depending on which option you choose. Frozen eggs are generally cheaper than fresh but the selection is limited.

 

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Is Freezing Your Eggs Worth it?

Posted On October 1st, 2019

Egg freezing for fertility preservation is aggressively marketed to young women, but is it worth the cost? I discuss the statistics in this week’s video.

 

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Couple sues fertility clinic after sperm mix-up

Posted On September 13th, 2019

https://www.cnn.com/videos/us/2019/09/12/nj-couple-fertility-clinic-lawsuit-orig-vstop-bdk.cnn/video/playlists/top-news-videos/

I used to reassure worried intended parents that gamete mix-ups and losses were exceedingly rare and not something to be stressed over [there are so many more common disruptions with assisted reproduction cases to be more legitimately on guard about]. But we have seen, much to my and many other people’s dismay and shock, more than just one isolated instance recently of an IVF lab making a critical mistake in labeling and/or transfer of eggs/sperm/embryos, along with several large-scale cases of embryos being destroyed due to technological failure. These devastating situations are deserving of further scrutiny and evaluation of safeguards and protocols to determine what measures need to be implemented in order to eradicate them from happening.

Interesting to note that racial disparity is often the cause for suspicion with intended parents in a sperm, egg or embryo mix-up case. I am concerned about Caucasian gametes which may be inadvertently substituted for other Caucasian gametes, with less of a visual indicator as a result. Lab policies and redundancies are strict and careful across the board – these catastrophic results should just not be happening with this level of frequency.

 

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What are the Risks and Complications with Egg Donation?

Posted On September 10th, 2019

Don’t be scared by crazy internet stories! Egg donation is safe if done properly: there are tens of thousands of these types of procedures (not only for egg donors but for women who do IVF to have children using their own eggs) done in the US every year. Here i explain the most common complication, called ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS), which has been less common as protocols have evolved.

 

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