New Hope for Couples Struggling With Infertility

A new report in the Journal of the American Medical Association says in-vitro fertilization may be better at helping women get pregnant than previously believed.
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A new report if "The journal of the American medical association" says in vitro or ivf may be better at helping you get pregnant than was previously believed which can why I'm joined now by Dr. Jennifer Ashton and this is great news. Explain the finding. This is the actual study and this may be the first time that a study looked at what the estimates are for a successful live birth after sequential ivf topics. If you look at this graph it's a very busy curve. There's a lot going on here but I want you to may attention to is the shape of the curve and what you see here, bottom line is as a woman or a couple does more ivt cycles the overall success rate goes up so the likelihood of a live birth goes up, perseverance pays off. I know we don't have a ton of time but why? Can you tell me? I think a lot of couples will drop out of ivf after three or four cycle because they think not true. Now, we have to remember there's a lot that goes into this on the couple's level. This is an individual decision. There's costs involved. It's expensive. Emotional and physical tolls but if you want to keep trying the odds are actually in your favor. It's sort of the tried and true, you know, you keep trying you don't this is really good news and so I ask you as an ob/gyn what advice are you giving? This will vary based on where they live in the cup and how old she is but for the average recommendation, number one, if you feel you need to see an infertility specialist go to a board-certified reproductive endocrinologist. If you get work there get copies of all tests and treatments in case you need to bring them to another doctor for a second opinion and, again, be realistic, but be optimistic because it only takes one successful time to go home with a live baby. All right, I love giving this happy news. Dr. Jennifer Ashton, we thank you. Jen will take your questions. Tweet herssdrjashton. Thank you. Now we talk about a new social media trend not in the

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