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44 Year Old Trying IVF For A Baby For The First Time: Can I Use My Own Eggs?

Posted On: May 17, 2017 1:17 pm

Dear Dr. Ramirez, WOW!!!! I am so glad I found your blog “Women’s Health & Fertility“. You have given lots of great information that is very straight forward. Thank you for that. There are many sites out there and the more you read, the more unreasonable they sound. Here is my question: I am 44 years old, never had kids, and now I want to start a family, and I live in Florida. I did the Fallopean tube test (yes they are clear)and here are the results of my blood work from Jan. 2010 and March 31, 2010: 1st test=FSH [...]

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Pregnancy at 48–Natural or Donor Eggs?

Posted On: January 11, 2017 1:20 pm

Question: This question is actually about my mother and not me. My mom is 48 years old. She has 2 grown up children but she wants to have another child. She knows that her chances of getting pregnant naturally are extremely remote and she knows that egg donation is her only real option. If she uses donor eggs, what are the odds of success? Also are there any medical reasons that she shouldn’t try to get pregnant? I would describe my mom as a healthy person. Thank you! M. from the U.K. Answer: Hello M. from the U.K. Your Mom’s [...]

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What Is A Frozen Embryo Cycle “FET” And Why Should I Consider It?

Posted On: October 14, 2016 12:59 pm

At Monterey Bay IVF, we routinely have patients who undergo a Frozen Embryo Cycle or FET. How this happens and why: For example, while undergoing In Vitro Fertilization (IVF), a predetermined number of quality embryos are normally transferred directly to the woman’s uterus in a fresh cycle. If there were any embryos left over, they can be considered for cryopreservation for one or more future Frozen Embryo Transfer (FET) procedures. The success of FET has increased over the past few years making it a viable option for the woman who has frozen her embryos, before moving on to another fresh [...]

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Egg Maturity and HCG Trigger: Why Do I Have Immature Eggs?

Posted On: September 19, 2016 12:52 pm

QUESTION: I’m 39 years old and have done 3 IVFs. During the first two IVFs, half of my eggs were immature. I had 25 retrieved (age 37) the first time, and 16 retrieved (age 38) the next time with 50 percent maturity in both cases. However, I just had an egg retrieval where 15 were retrieved and only 2 eggs were mature. They used generic HCG in this case, and the doc seems to want me to try the transfer the pretty crappy embryos that resulted from this retrieval. He is offering no answers as to why just 2 eggs [...]

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Can I get pregnant again at 46?

Posted On: May 2, 2016 8:23 am

Hi Doctor, I recently visited a reproductive endocrinologist because I was having issues with my period (heavy clotty periods).  They did an sonohysterogram and found a 2 cm uterine polyp.  I am due to have that removed in May.  However, they also did blood work to determine how far away from menopause I am.  I had an FSH test done actually 3 years ago and it was a 7.6 .  The current FSH level they did was an 8 and my estradiol was 94.  Doc says I’m pretty far from menopause. She also says that the polyp was acting like [...]

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Is There Any Way To Improve Egg Quality?

Posted On: November 4, 2015 2:00 pm

Hello Dr Ramirez. I am writing to you from Nebraska.  I have had 2 fresh IVF cycles and 2 FET cycles.  Only one pregnancy  – from the first IVF 5 years ago.  We have been trying to have a baby through various methods for over 14 years – with only one successful pregnancy.  I am 36 and have had a laproscopy and been diagnosed with endometriosis.  Other than that it was explained infertility until recently.  After my last IVF my RE said that she feels our issue is egg quality – as only one out of 12 embryos made it [...]

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“How In Vitro Fertilization Works”

Posted On: July 14, 2015 8:43 am

Infertility affects 1 in 8 couples worldwide. But in the last 40 years, more than 5 million babies have been born using in vitro fertilization (IVF). How does it work? Nassim Assefi and Brian A. Levine detail the science behind making a baby in a lab.

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Failed IVF: Empty Follicle…Should I Try Again?

Posted On: August 22, 2014 12:51 pm

QUESTION: Hi Dr. Ramirez,  I had an failed IVF attempt last week. It was my first attempt. I am 41 yoa. My estrodial was 1950 and I had 5 follicles (14, 16, 20, 20, and 25). No eggs retrieved. My injections included Lupron 20, menopur 250, and Gonal 250. My dr. flushed my follicles 3 times. My FSH is 6 with low AMH and endometriosis. My dr. is perplexed and has told me to move to DE. I on the other hand believe we just need more HCG or I probably should have come back the next day for another [...]

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Spaniard Has Questions About IVF Medication Protocol

Posted On: August 14, 2013 6:08 pm

Question: Hello Doctor Ramirez, I´m  almost 34 years old, from Spain but living in Mexico City for 8 years now.  I´ve been reading you a lot your blog and you´re questions and answers here. First of all thank you for taking your time, and beeing so patient. We´ve been TTC for over 5 years now. First naturally for 2 and a half year. Then i had a cloded tube, got it fixed and continue trying. At that time my husbands sperm exams where perfect. Then did 6 months of Clomid with no success at all. Then we went with a [...]

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Should You Worry About That First Six-Week Ultrasound?

Posted On: July 15, 2013 4:20 pm

Question: Hello Dr. Ramirez, I’m writing to you from Ontario in Canada. After conceiving via IVF, my wife and I are scheduled for a 7 week ultrasound. At first we were looking forward to this, but after reading around on the internet, we want to cancel this until later when an abdominal ultrasound would work. Although the medical community believes these ultrasounds to be safe, it isn’t proven and should be done only when medically necessary.  Especially the internal ones as there is some belief that the heat from ultrasound may harm the growing baby.  We’re just reading too many stories [...]

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