Reproductive Endocrinology: Then and Now

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My son is starting his second year residency in obstetrics and gynecology. He, like I was 30 years ago, is turned on by reproductive medicine and enjoys performing gynecologic surgery. When I decided then to specialize in reproductive endocrinology and infertility (REI) I was looking forward to being on the frontier of fertility medicine. The details of Reproductive physiology were …

There’s No Business Like Show Business, Except Fertility

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The Fertility news is constantly highlighted in sensational headlines, the most recent of which was, “49 year old woman conceives with own egg through IVF”. In the past several months, readers have been entertained with “Octomom”, “a woman pregnant with a supposed dozen”, “Jon and Kate plus eight” and “a 62 year old mother through IVF” not to mention the …

How to Make Single Embryo Transfer a Reality

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It’s been so long since you first dreamed about having a baby. If you’re like many fertility patients, by now you’ve had a few thoughts that an adorable set of twins might be challenging — but a fun relief after all of your waiting! The sobering truth: multiple pregnancies — even with ‘just’ twins — are sometimes dangerous to the …

The Gift of Life and Its Price

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IVF has been responsible for 1 million babies born worldwide who otherwise without the benefit of IVF may never have been. This gift of life comes with a steep price tag that according to the NY Times article, “Gift of Life and Its Price” Sunday, October 11, 2009, hits $1 Billion per year for premature IVF babies. This price tag …

A Dozen Embryos!?$#… Who will stop this madness?

David Kreiner, MD Cryopreservation, High order Multiple Births, Octomom, SART, Single Embryo Transfer 2 Comments

Just when I thought it was safe to go back to my office at East Coast Fertility, a little over 5 months post Octomom, I was confronted once again with shocking news. This time it was a record breaking 12 embryos implanted. Eight is alarming and wrong, a dozen just five months later makes me wonder how such a horrific …

New Media for Information and Communication

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I was at a meeting with one of the insurance companies when I was asked, “How do you educate patients regarding the risks of multiple pregnancy?” I realized that as much as I try to counsel patients and teach them that we had limited written materials and no audio visual. It was at that point that we decided to create …

No More “Jon and Kate” Casualties

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Jon and Kate Plus Eight has brought the tragedy of the high order multiple pregnancy to the American living room. This is a subject that I was first introduced to when I entered the field of reproductive endocrinology and infertility in 1985 at the Jones Institute in Virginia. In those days, fertility treatments, like IVF were inefficient and we needed …

Cryopreservation of Embryos

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In 1985, my mentors, Drs. Howard W. Jones Jr. and his wife Georgeanna Seegar Jones, the two pioneers of in-vitro fertilization in the USA and the entire western hemisphere, proposed the potential benefits of cryopreserving or freezing embryos following an IVF cycle. They predicted that cryopreserving embryos for future transfers would increase the overall success rate of IVF and make …

Reaction to The California Octuplets

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The American public has been stunned by the news of a mother of six giving birth to octuplets. This shocking news is compounded by the stories broadcast by the mass media regarding the woman’s family situation and that she used IVF for these pregnancies. Physicians have known for many years the dangers of multiple pregnancies and have worked steadily to …