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Inaugural FRM conference ends with success

The inaugural 2016 Translational Reproductive Biology and Clinical Reproductive Biology conference ended with tremendous success on November 20, 2016, with nearly 300 participants from all over the world learning the most up-to-date developments in the field from some of the leading scholars. We are looking forward to an even bigger success in 2017. Watch the highlights video... Read More

Who Is Misleading Whom? IVF for Women over 40

An article titled “The Misleading Promise of IVF for Women Over 40” in the October 17, 2016 issue of The New York Times, raised some eyebrows at CHR. Here is a short commentary from Dr. Gleicher, CHR's Medical Director and Chief Scientist, who has devoted a good portion of his career to improving the fertility prospects of women with low ovarian reserve, including women over 40, with... Read More

Women with BRCA1 mutations may be at risk of low ovarian reserve

Women who carry a BRCA1 mutation, a gene mutation that predisposes women to developing breast cancer, may also experience premature loss of eggs, according to a British study. The study analyzed the levels of anti-Müllerian hormone (AMH) in women who are carriers of BRCA1 mutation and those who are not. AMH levels are used to determine the level of ovarian reserve--each woman's ability to... Read More

Study Finds Lower IVF Success Rates in Women with Depression

According to a recent Swedish research, women undergoing IVF after a diagnosis of depression or anxiety, or had taken antidepressant, had lower success rates with IVF than women without this experience. The researchers compared women who are undergoing their first IVF cycle who either had been diagnosed with depression or anxiety, or had taken an antidepressant to women who did not. They found... Read More

Spotlight on Postpartum Depression

Two New York Times articles last week shed light on an important but often-overlooked issue around pregnancy: depression and premature births. Depression in both mothers and fathers during pregnancy increases the risk of "moderately premature birth," at 32-36 weeks' gestation, according to a Well article based on a Swedish study published in British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology (BJOG).... Read More

End of IVF? Not So Fast.

"End of Test Tube Baby," runs the title of an article in UK's Daily Telegraph about a tiny device for IVF that lets fertilization happen in the mother's uterus, rather than in the laboratory. The porous device, the size of a grain of rice, contains the eggs retrieved from the ovaries after ovarian stimulation and sperm. Instead of mixing them together in a glass dish in the laboratory, eggs and... Read More

ASRM Gives Dr. Gleicher Their Star Award

CHR Medical Director and Chief Scientist Norbert Gleicher, MD, is among the American Society for Reproductive Medicine's Star Award recipients this year.   The honor is awarded annually to recognize and thank members who have dedicated hours of time and service to shape ASRM into the leading Society for reproductive medicine.   Dr. Gleicher has presented during at least... Read More

End-of-Year Donation to Foundation for Reproductive Medicine

Dear Patient: It is thanks to people like you that our research continues to grow, and we are able to offer patients better care and better outcomes. Our treatments are dependent on research conducted within the walls of CHR and supported by The Foundation for Reproductive Medicine (FRM). The FRM has for decades supported research at CHR. If you are searching for a charity, where your... Read More

Here we go again: The politically correct but scientifically mistaken attack on twin pregnancies in association with IVF

It started in Europe but now has crossed the Atlantic. It has become the "politically correct" thing to say in the U.S. : "Twin pregnancies after infertility treatments, especially in association with IVF, represent an undesired treatment outcome and, therefore, should be avoided." The Economist, usually a well-informed publication when reporting on medical developments, fell into this trap in... Read More

Miscarriage – The Loss, Pain and Moving On

Now that my “IVF 101” series reached embryo transfer and the “two-week wait,” I wanted to touch on something that hopefully you won’t have to go through after a successful pregnancy via IVF: a miscarriage. The pain from a loss due to miscarriage is unlike anything like you might experience in your life – and it’s a unique experience to one’s infertility, or rather... Read More