Meet Jen Christensen, Patient Service Representative

Something we think is of critical importance is that everyone who steps through our doors feels welcome. Jen takes great pride in making sure every patient, on their way in, and on their way out, has the information and resources they need. But do you know what Jen’s favorite part of her job is? Find out by watching her I Am The Center video, part of the ongoing series featuring our employees at the Center. We’re so proud of all our employees. And we hope these videos help you get to know us just a little bit better. Our employees truly are The Center.

World IVF Day

Today we are celebrating the accomplishments of our embryologists on World Embrologists Day–it is also referred to as World IVF Day. Intended as a day to celebrate the scientists in our field, this specific day was chosen because it is the birthday of Louise Brown, the first IVF baby.

To learn more about the contributions our embryologists make to patients success, please watch their I Am The Center videos on our video page. As a start, here’s Cynthia McAllister’s:

 

Meet Ami Chokshi, Outreach Coordinator & Health Coach

As our patient advocate and health coach, Ami makes sure that our patients get all the support they need, from the moment they make contact with us, throughout their entire time with us. Living a healthy lifestyle is Ami’s mantra. Find out more by watching Ami’s I Am The Center video, part of the ongoing series featuring our employees at the Center. We’re so proud of all our employees. And we hope these videos help you get to know us just a little bit better. Our employees truly are The Center.

Our new magazine is out!

Want to learn more about, well, everything at the Center? Check out the most recent issue of our Fertility Factors magazine. Special features include “When men have fertility issues,” HealthCircle, Meet Dr. Engmann, and more!

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Blastocyst vs. Day 3 Embryo

Do you know the difference between a blastocyst and a day 3 embryo? Maybe more importantly, do you know why it’s relevant to IVF treatment? Alison Bartolucci, the Center’s Operational Lab Director, explains in this short video, part of our Fertility 101 series. Check out our video page to watch additional videos in this series.

SART Patient Evaluation

Before you begin fertility treatment, it’s important to do whatever you can to maximize your chances of success. SART, the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology, has some great information on this topic. Weight, as one example, is an important consideration, and can definitely affect your ability to conceive. Find out more on the SART website.

Single Embryo Transfer

As a result of expert clinical management such as eSET (elective single embryo transfer), the overwhelming majority of the Center’s IVF births are singleton deliveries. This results in more healthy mom’s and babies. More information on single embryo transfer and our success rates can be found at the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology’s website.

 

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SART Patients Guide

Besides reporting clinic results, SART is a great resource for those individuals in the early stages of fertility treatment. Within their Patients Guide, you’ll find information on medications, injection techniques, fertility testing, and helpful hints. And of course, information on success rates.

Success varies with many factors. The age of the woman is the most important factor, when women are using their own eggs. Success rates decline as women age, specifically after the mid-30’s. Part of this decline is due to a lower chance of getting pregnant from ART, and part is due to a higher risk of miscarriage with increasing age, especially over age 40. Success rates also vary with the number of embryos transferred; however, transferring more and more embryos at one time does not increase the chance of live birth significantly, but may only increase the risk of a multiple pregnancy, and its associated risks.

More information can be found here.

Current Outcome Data

All week, we have focused on learning more about SART.org, the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technologies. We hope that you have found our posts interesting and informative. SART reports outcome data for our Center, among others. However, there is a two-year lag in the final reports, so the numbers we are seeing in 2016, actually represent data from two years prior. We do, however, have on our website more current data, representing 2015 and 2016 (to date). We encourage you to view them by clicking here.

 

The Center’s Live Birth Rates

Did you know that the Center’s live birth rates for new IVF patients under the age of 37 are 9-14% better than the national average? What does this mean? It means that new IVF patients under the age of 37 will have a 62-66% success rate of getting pregnant within the first year of IVF treatment. Please view the full Center’s statistics on the Society of Assisted Reproductive Technology’s website here.

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