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Introducing Three-Parent IVF

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You've heard of sperm donors and surrogate mothers, but what about female mitochondria donors? It's only in the research stage right now, but it could be a new part of IVF in two years. The process is called mitochondrial replacement, or "three-parent" IVF. Why three? The baby will have genes from its mother, father,... Read more

Successful IVF Just Got Quicker and Cheaper

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If you're going through IVF, chances are you already know all about embryo screening. Doctors can comb through DNA to find risks for abnormalities and diseases prior to implantation, and pick the best embryos to transfer. The IVF process isn't cheap; one cycle typically costs $12,400. But a new screening process is looking to... Read more

Scientists Are Working on Ways to Help IVF Couples Cope With Infertility

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A brand new study led by Helen Rockliff analyzed more than 23 previous studies in order to identify  what types of coping strategies, personality traits and social circumstances are available to help couples going through IVF treatments. Turns out, all you really need is a friend. By taking a look at 23 previous... Read more

5 Million Babies — and Counting! How IVF Changed Fertility

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New reports from the International Committee for the Monitoring of Assisted Reproductive Technology noted that more than 5 million babies have been born due to alternative conception methods. Since 1978, Richard Kennedy, a committee board member, noted, more than 5 million babies have been born due to advanced reproductive medicine -- and IVF... Read more

Could IVF Costs Keep You From Starting a Family?

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New research presented at the International Federation of Fertility Societies/American Society for Reproductive Medicine found that for couples about to undergo IVF procedures, finances were a major concern.

According to research completed at an IVF program based in Brazil, more than 5,000 patients were asked to identify their biggest concern leading up...

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A Mom Shares: I Was So Proud to Watch a Couple Undergo IVF on Live TV

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“This is one of the coolest things you’re ever going to see.” That’s what Today Show medical correspondent Dr. Nancy Snyderman promised on yesterday’s show as the camera zoomed in on a needle injecting a single sperm into a freshly harvested egg. Touted as the first time conception has been shown on live TV, the... Read more

HBO Film: First Comes Love — Get Free Tickets to the Screening in NYC!

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What if you captured every big moment from the day you started trying to conceive to your first year as a parent on video? It would be some pretty exciting footage, huh? But still maybe not as dramatic as Nina Davenport's story. The filmmaker created the new HBO documentary, First Comes Love, along her journey... Read more

Why IVF Is Worth the Risk

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To date, millions and millions of babies have come into this world via in vitro fertilization (IVF), and recently, researchers have set out to document, define and understand the health effects and lasting influences the fertility treatment process has on a young child's early development. In previous studies, scientists found a correlation between IVF procedures... Read more

Incredible, New Low-Cost IVF Procedure Could Change the Future of Fertility Treatments

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In May, Marybeth Scheidts gave birth to a healthy baby boy with her husband, David Levy, thanks to a new technique using modern, low-cost DNA sequencing to check for whole chromosome abnormalities and specific gene defects before the embryo is implanted into a mother's womb. The new technique, used in in vitro fertilization... Read more

The Latest Scoop on How Acupuncture Could Help You Get Pregnant

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According to new research led by the University of Maryland School of Medicine and published in the journal of Human Reproduction Update, acupuncture, when used as a complementary or supplemental therapy for in vitro fertilization (IVF), may be beneficial for fertility. The process of IVF is done outside of the womb at first... Read more