Temporary Home of IVF Traveler

My apologies, but you have been redirected here from my main website – www.ivftraveler.com while it is undergoing some maintenance.   Please check back in a day or two and the website should be back with all of its content.

In the interim, if you need to reach me you can email me at info@ivftraveler.com

Why IVF in Czech?

I often get asked why people choose to go to the Czech Republic for IVF, donor egg IVF, and donor embryo treatments.  My friends Kathryn Kaycoff-Manos, MA and Lauri Berger de Brito over at Global IVF have recently been traveling in Europe speaking at a conference on cross border reproductive care. Their travels also included Prague and Brno and they kindly invited me to write a guest post for their blog on the subject of why people choose to go to the Czech Republic for their IVF Vacations.

Please stop by and let me know what you think, or tell me if I missed any key factors that made it appealing to you: http://www.globalivf.com/blog/?p=745


One last reminder…..this blog is has now been moved.  Please come over to our new home at www.ivftraveler.com/blog so you don’t miss out on new posts and hopefully many more lively discussions about traveling abroad for IVF treatments.

In case you haven’t yet found us at our new home, here are the most recent posts you have missed:

Comparing Clinic IVF Success Rates takes a look behind the statistics at what to ask a clinic to help you compare statistics and pick a clinic that is best for your case.

Will Transferring 2 Embryos Improve Implantation or Birth Rates talks about a new study suggesting that implantation and live birth rates may be higher from transferring two embryos due to a concept that suggests a stronger embryo might help a weaker embryo survive.  Controversial for sure.

To make sure you don’t miss any other updates, be sure to add the blog RSS feed to your favorite reader: http://www.ivftraveler.com/blog/feed    Or, just come by and visit the new site www.ivftraveler.com.

A Week Of Joyful Announcements

While everyone is still finding the blog in its new location, I thought I’d post links here for the next few weeks when a new blog post is published.

Here’s a link to today’s post: A Week Of Joyful Announcements 

Over the past month or maybe more, I’ve been in the process of moving this blog to new digs.  That’s why it has been so quiet here – moving and getting settled in my new online place was a lot more work than I had anticipated.  So thanks to those of you who stuck with me through the long pause.

I finally built a full IVF Traveler website, and now I have moved this blog into my new website home.   Now the move is done, and after lots of testing and tweaking, hopefully everything is working as it should.

So, please come join me over at my new place for a little open house – you can take a peek around and tell me what you think of my new website www.ivftraveler.com. I am offering some new services, and I’m very excited about how the business is growing.

I do plan to start more regularly blogging about IVF and egg donor IVF around the world on this blog.   The new blog URL is www.ivftraveler.com/blog I hope that you will stop by, and add my new RSS feed to your favorite blog reader.

A new non-invasive test for detecting Down syndrome was announced recently and reported in this NY Times article.  This new test by Sequenom tests for Down syndrome by testing a sample of the mother’s blood rather than the more invasive tests of amniocentesis or CVS (chorionic villus sampling) which are the routine tests currently performed to check for chromosomal abnormalities, both of which carry risk of miscarriage.

According to a recent study published by the journal Genetics in Medicine, this new test was 98.6% accurate in picking up Down Syndrome cases, with a less than .02% risk of a false positive.  However, in the cases where Down Syndrome is detected, further invasive procedures that test all chromosomes are often recommended for additional confirmation.

Because the test does not pose a risk to the fetus and because it can be used as early as 10 weeks of pregnancy (earlier than both other current tests) experts believe it may result in fewer of the more invasive procedures being performed.  The drawback is that the test is not able to detect other chromosomal abnormalities, including a few rare forms of Down Syndrome that do not have three copies of chromosome 21.

The controversy (and potential medical ethics question) that arises is whether tests such as these will lead to more pregnancy terminations when Down Syndrome is detected, which would lead to diminished support and services for those currently living with this condition.

Two other companies have announced plans to release similar tests in 2012, and with the technologies that are being utilized for genetic analysis in these tests, we can expect future tests that may make it possible to prenatally diagnose abnormalities that do not involve extra chromosomes.

Read more at:http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/18/business/sequenom-test-for-down-syndrome-raises-hopes-and-questions.html

Fertility Success Rates recently published their list of the top US clinics for Live Birth rates with Fresh Donor Eggs.  They are reporting that this data is based on the 2009 Society For Assisted Reproductive Technology (aka SART) IVF Success Rates data (note: not all reproductive clinics report to SART).

The top two clinics were no surprise since they have been on the top of most DE lists for several years.  However, a few other clinics who rounded out the top 10 were not who I expected, and a few that I expected to be there did not make the list.

Of course, this data is from 2009 cycles, so we know that the current statistics may be very different, and it is in the best interest of the patient to check with clinics for their most recent statistics.   When comparing recent statistics, I personally think that clinical pregnancies are a good indicator for recent comparisons before the live birth rate is available.  After all, the reproductive doctor gets you pregnant, but really has very little control over what happens after a clinical pregnancy is confirmed and you are no longer under their care.

And so without further ado, here is the SART 2009 IVF Success Rates for Fresh Donor Egg cycles at clinics in the US – listed with Live Birth Rates, and number of cycles:

  1. San Diego Fertility Center – 85.1% live birth rate per transfer, 67 cycles
  2. Oregon Reproductive Medicine – 82.2% live birth rate per transfer, 90 cycles
  3. Houston IVF – 80.5% live birth rate per transfer, 41 cycles
  4. Utah Center for Reproductive Medicine – 79.2% live birth rate per transfer, 24 cycles
  5. Advanced Fertility Center of Chicago – 74% live birth rate per transfer, 50 cycles
  6. Pacific NW Fertility and IVF Specialists – 73.1% live birth rate per transfer, 93 cycles
  7. Reproductive Specialty Medical Center (Newport Beach, CA) – 73.1% live birth rate per transfer, 26 cycles
  8. Center of Reproductive Medicine (Webster, TX) – 72.7% live birth rate per transfer, 33 cycles
  9. Colorado Ctr. for Reproductive Medicine (Lone Tree, CO) – 70.6% live birth rate per transfer, 204 cycles
  10. Center for Assisted Reproduction (Bedford, TX) – 70% live birth rate per transfer, 30 cycles