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Improving your IVF outcome

June 28, 2015 No Comments

What is the contribution of sperm quality to overall embryo quality and IVF success?

Just as poor-quality oocytes produce poor-quality embryos, it is also possible that poor-quality spermatozoa may lead to the production of poor-quality embryos. Several factors contribute to sperm DNA damage, including cigarette smoking, ... Keep Reading

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June 28, 2015 No Comments

Improving IVF results – Hydrosalpinx

Hydrosalpinx is a Fallopian tube filled with  fluid . It is now recognized that IVF results of patients with Hydrosalpinx undergoing IVF is only one-half that of women who do not have Hydrosalpinges  Moreover, in ... Keep Reading
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June 10, 2015 No Comments

Should couples have sex around embryo transfer time?

One of the most common questions coming from my patients who are about to have an Embryo Transfer or just had one, is whether sex is allowed.  Many couples decide ... Keep Reading
June 8, 2015 No Comments

The role of ultrasound in embryo transfer – can it improve IVF results?

The main principle of successful embryo transfer is the atraumatic, gentle placement of high quality embryos within the endometrial cavity. These goals are best achieved with an ultrasound-guided transfer,  avoiding any contact of the catheter ... Keep Reading
Embryologist perfoming intra cytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI)
June 6, 2015 No Comments

When ICSI doesn’t work – what are the options?

IVF ICSI has revolutionized the management of male infertility. It involves the injection of a single sperm into the egg . IVF ICSI can be used with almost any live sperm ... Keep Reading
June 6, 2015 No Comments

Mediterranean-style diet – improve your IVF chances

Women who follow Mediterranean-style diet rich in vegetables, fruits and lean proteins may improve their chance to conceive naturally and with an IVF treatment. Establishing a healthy eating pattern and ... Keep Reading
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June 6, 2015 No Comments

AMH testing – Egg timer

Anti-Mullerian Hormone (AMH) is a hormone produced by small follicles in the ovary which contain eggs. The amount of AMH gives an indication of the number of eggs being produced, ... Keep Reading
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June 6, 2015 No Comments

Sperm DNA fragmentation and IVF results – what do we know?

Although the mechanism of DNA fragmentation is not completely understood, some reports suggest that most of this damage happens after the sperm’s release from its supporting Sertoli cell. The loss ... Keep Reading
June 1, 2015 No Comments

varicocele – what do we need to know?

Approximately 30-35% of men in my Melbourne IVF clinic who are evaluated for infertility will have a varicocele, a much higher rate than that found in the general population (15%). ... Keep Reading
May 3, 2015 No Comments

Day 5 (blastocyst) embryo transfer

Transferring embryos at the blastocyst stage may be an option for patients in an IVF cycle. A fertilized egg reaches the blastocyst stage usually 5 days after fertilization. If a ... Keep Reading
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May 3, 2015 No Comments

How does endometrial scratching help implantation?

New research and evidence suggests that scratching the uterine lining causes a ‘repair reaction’ which may increase embryo implantation rates and improve IVF outcome: the repair process releases growth factors, hormones and chemicals. The new ... Keep Reading
May 3, 2015 No Comments

Varicocele repair and IVF success

Varicocele remains the most common clinical finding in infertile males. Although the exact mechanism remains unknown, there is convincing evidence that varicoceles have an increasingly harmful effect on testes ... Keep Reading