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Host Dawn Davenport, Executive Director of Creating a Family, the national infertility & adoption education and support nonprofit, interviews Dr. Brian Kaplan, a Board Certified Reproductive Endocrinologist at Fertility Centers of Illinois.

Highlights of the show (click to expand)
  • What does the very large study qhwew you were involved evaluating 66,051 transfers over 6+ years tell us about whether it is best to transfer a single embryo or two or more embryos if your aim is to have the best chance at pregnancy?
  • Why not try for twins if you are fine with having two children? Why not get two for the price of one?
  • Single embryo transfers are increasing. Is this because of the push we’ve heard in the last 5-10 years or other reasons?
  • What are the reasons a doctor or patient might want a double embryo transfer?
  • How many embryos are frozen in one straw?
  • Can embryos be thawed and then refrozen?
  • Day 3 or Day 5 transfer? Impact of recent research presented on the changes this field has seen in the day of transfer based on a woman’s age and diagnosis.
  • Why would you choose to transfer on Day 3? Why not wait until Day 5?
  • Frozen embryo transfer vs. fresh embryo transfer.
  • Are there advantages to doing a frozen embryo transfer over a fresh embryo transfer?
  • Use of PGS to improve quality of embryos being transferred with the hopes of increasing live birth rates and decreasing miscarriages. How effective is it?
  • High cost has made it a hard choice for some patients. How much does preimplantation genetic diagnosis cost? How much does NGS (Next Generation DNA Sequencing) cost?
  • How effective is NGS (Next Generation DNA Sequencing)?

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