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2072 questions answered by 135 top IVF experts.

Recent questions from patients asked during live online events

Can adenomyosis be a cause for concern?

In my opinion, adenomyosis is an important factor and should be considered. In order to explore, to rule out or to confirm adenomyosis, a 3d scan is mandatory because this will give us the correct diagnosis. It’s very accurate in diagnosing adenomyosis, which can negatively impact assisted reproductive technique outcomes. This negative impact is seen in own gametes IVF, but also in egg donation IVF. If we are talking about own eggs IVF, adenomyosis can impair implantation rates, decrease implantation rates, and can increase the miscarriage rate. If we are talking about egg donation, there is a very nice publication coming from Spain, exclusively focused on egg donation treatment cycles in patients with adenomyosis and they clearly showed that in these patients, it can the rate of miscarriages. So, yes, we consider this an important topic. Adenomyosis, especially a severe degree of adenomyosis, may negatively impact the subsequent success of these treatments, including egg donation cycles. The correct treatment, in this case, is a prolonged blockage of the variant function for at least three months before proceeding with the actual treatment cycle.

My IVF history and treatments are in German. Are the staff at the IVF clinic fluent in German?

Yes. We have an international department. All patients have a patient care assistant assigned and we do have native German speakers at the clinic as well. We have Dutch, Russian, Italian, and French: nine languages at the moment.

What do you think is the best solution, to do NGS on our own embryo when adoption embryo already has NGS?

An adoption embryo does not have your genes and if you have another adopted embryo, NGS will be better for chromosomes. If you want the child to have your genes, it would be better to check your own embryo with NGS.

Is the window of a patient measured from the first day of the cycle, or the first day of progesterone?

I’ll measure the window of implantation from the first day of the progesterone.

What is the link between morphological quality and likely genetic quality e.g. is a 5AA more likely to be genetically normal than, say, a 4BC?

Sometimes we’re surprised because we have embryos which are AA-quality and they look perfectly fine and however they are the embryos of the pool which are not genetically normal. So there is not always a correlation. If it is a very severe chromosome problem and a lot of chromosomes are altered, this will show in the early embryo development. But if for example, you have had trisomy of chromosome 21, even when you have a fetus in the sixth month of development it will be difficult to detect. So imagine an embryo which is just 5 days old. It will not show so easily on the outer side.

It’s a follow up to my first question regarding the use of alternate lab techniques instead of ICSI. I have had three failed IUIs and now a complete failed fertilisation of eggs with ICSI this month. I used donor sperm which was good, so sperm is not the issue.

Well, it could be a failure of egg activation and this is not always due to the sperm. So calcium ionophore could be an alternative. It can also be due to bad egg quality. Right now I think that the only thing that could solve it is the calcium ionophore. Or otherwise the egg quality is so bad that it’s preventing the fertilisation.

I would like to try an adoption but my husband doesn’t want it. Should I try to convince him?

It’s hard. It has to be a joint decision for the sake of your relationship. You both need to be fully engaged in it and have made that decision together. From what I believe, the adoption process is not an easy process to go through so you would need to be fully engaged in that. I think it’d be worth trying to work out what the reasons are that he’s reluctant to it. It’d be good to know if he would be willing to look into it and – at least – do more research on it and find out more information just so that he’s not ruling it out straight away. Would he be willing to look into the different options? What would it mean? How would it affect you? What does the process involve? A good idea could be speaking to other people and hearing stories from people who’ve adopted. How did they find the process and how are they finding it now, living with an adopted child? It’s very difficult if one of you wants one thing and the other one doesn’t. So I’d say, it’s just about the communication and asking the questions. The reason he might not want to try it might be something that’s quite easy to answer – or, on the other hand, it might be a really deep-seated reason. You could maybe work it through. If he’s willing to start looking into it, then he might be able to make a decision and you’ll both feel like you’ve made the effort to consider it as an option. So I’d say: yes, encourage him to at least hear more about it so that you can rule it in or out. Tell him that you just would like to have more information so that you can make a decision and ask whether he will support you in researching it. You might find out that he’s more open to it once he knows more. When we were going through it, my husband wouldn’t even want to adopt. But I know somebody who’s a foster parent and when we went out somewhere together, she had one of her fostered children with her. After he’d seen this child and realised that it was a little boy who just needed somebody to love him, he changed his mind and his view on why he would adopt. I think he probably had ruled out adoption at the start, without really thinking about it. So when he actually realised that there are children there who do need loving parents and support, it changed his mind a bit. So it might just be that he doesn’t know enough about it. Just ask him if he will support you in researching it. Hopefully, that helps.

How does the paperwork look, and what kind of documents would I have to sign to proceed? Would it be possible to sign them without a personal visit to the clinic?

We can send you all the documents that are necessary for us. However, you will have to come to us for the first visit on your own, so that we can also sign all those documents.

What is the stem cell treatment you can offer? I’m 42 and have had one pregnancy after 9 failed cycles. I’ve just tried for a sibling and had another failed cycle. The feedback is that my eggs are poor quality due to my age. Would this stem cell treatment help me with an own eggs cycle?

Autologous stem cell treatment using stem cells from the period blood is an innovative and promising treatment but is still experimental. We have seen some good outcomes in many female patients, but we have to wait to have more results in the future. Egg donation is, in this case, the most promising option at the moment.

What is the difference between endometriosis and adenomyosis and their implications in egg donation outcome?

Endometriosis is a disease that is causing painful periods, pain during intercourse and is usually in the pelvis, in the ovaries, and inside the womb. Adenomyosis means “thick wall” of the womb – it can be related to fibroid tissue as well as endometriosis. Both of them can play a role in egg donation outcomes – if we are talking about severe endometriosis, then this can affect the chances of pregnancy, as well as adenomyosis – if it affects the endometrium, then it can play a big role, but if it is restricted to the muscle of the womb, they shouldn’t really affect chances of pregnancy unless it co-exists with endometriosis.

What is the success rate of embryo adoption? If I want to choose this treatment, what should I consider?

Regarding the embryo adoption, it is around 45-50% pregnancy rate. What is more important is to consider also if you can ask for blastocyst stage because many embryos in our banks are day 2 or day 3 embryos so not all the clinics have blastocysts to do the embryo adoption.

We are planning to travel to Cyprus for IVF. Can I start the process locally before we travel for the embryo transfer?

Yes. The process, from beginning to end, is approximately 17 to 20 days and not all patients are able to stay in Cyprus for so long. Generally, patients start their treatment in their own country or city and come here for the final days, for ovulation induction or for egg collection, and wait until the egg transfer.

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What #IVFWEBINARS attendees say

Diana
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Jo
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#IVFWEBINARS presenters' opinions

Luciano Nardo, MD MRCOG
Luciano Nardo, MD MRCOG
Clinical Director at Reproductive Health Group - UK
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It is a great platform for patients to gather information from experts whilst treatments remain on hold in most countries worldwide.
Nina Barnsley
Nina Barnsley
Founder & Director of Donor Conception Network - UK
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It was better than I’d expected. I hadn’t done anything like that before and was a little nervous. I’m sure I can learn more and improve but it was a good first try! Questions were great. Really interesting and clear that participants were very engaged.
Dr. Raul Olivares
Dr. Raul Olivares
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Dr Àlex García-FauraSicentific Director at Institut Marquès
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Dr. Stavros Natsis
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Dr. Maria Arqué
Dr. Maria Arqué
International Medical Director - Fertty International - Spain
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Being a presenter of #IVFWBEINARS is a very good way to spread very important message for all the people that struglle with infertility and who might have some questions. I think that it's great opportunity for people and patients to interact with us (doctors) and have some engagement and address their concersns. So I like to do it, I have to say 🙂
Chrysa Karakosta
Chrysa Karakosta
Lab Director, International Patient Manager Newlife IVF Greece
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I believe that the "Stronger Together" initiative, by the Egg Donation Friends group, is extremely beneficial to people seeking to learn more about their infertility issues by various fertility specialists all over the world. It is a great opportunity for us to also communicate directly with these people and explain how we can assist so together we can reach their goal of having a child. A special thanks to Caroline Kulczycka that made the whole experience so easy for me!
Dr. Juliya Voznesenskaya
Dr. Juliya Voznesenskaya
Head of Reproductive & Prenatal Medicine at European Medical Centre - Russia
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Thank you very much to the organizers for such an amazing opportunity - to hear patients from different countries !! Wonderful, thoughtful questions. It was very interesting to try to answer them as completely as possible. It is also very cool that this is just an information project, not an advertising one, not moving some kind of technology.Thank you for this experience!
Dr. Valentina Denisova
Dr. Valentina Denisova
Fertility Specialist at International Centre for Reproductive Medicine (ICRM) - Russia
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'I think #IVFWEBINARS is a good opportunity for experts to share their experience with patients and probably with some colleagues. And the Stronger Together initiative is especially important for both patients and doctors when we can not contact by our usual way, but anyway we are keeping in touch with our patients trying to find other opportunities. And such projects can be very useful!'
Laura Bicker
Laura Bicker
Acupuncturist & Chinese Medicine Practitioner - UK
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This was a huge step outside my comfort zone, but such an amazing experience. I think the online patient meetings are a fantastic way to support people during such difficult and isolating times. There was a real sense of connection.
Jose Luis Pablo Franco
Jose Luis Pablo Franco
IVF Laboratory Director at Fertility Madrid & ART Vitoria
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It’s always a pleasure to be able to help patients answering their questions. I think they really appreciate this opportunity because they need answers while time flies being isolated. This well-organized initiative called Stronger Together allowed us to do so. Thank you very much for your attention, kindness and good work, in my particular case, thank you Caroline for make it so easy.
Kelly Saynor
Kelly Saynor
Director at The Fertility Pharmacy
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'I think the IVFWebinars are an essential addition to a world so fraught at times with uncertainties...it allows a clear path through your confusing IVF journey before it may have even begun and a steadying hand to navigate all of the possibilities whilst you are going through it, with industry experts on hand. The Stronger Together initiative, at last, unites both experts and IVF communities, providing a safe, informative and positive environment for patients.
Guillermina Alonso
Guillermina Alonso
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If there is something that characterizes the webinar organized by IVF Media is it’s the professionalism, great team and specially their individualized care of each patient and great support between the clinic and the patients.
Dr. Oksana Babula
Dr. Oksana Babula
Gynecologist-reproductologist of Clinic EGV
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A huge thank you to the organizers for Stronger together initiative! Excellent opportunity to meet with the target group patients and present ourselves. I am sure webinars will be very helpful for the infertile couples to find answers to all their questions and successfully get pregnant when quarantine is over.
Gad Lavy, M.D., F.A.C.O.G
Gad Lavy, M.D., F.A.C.O.G
Medical Director and Founder of New England Fertility
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 Dr. Fernando Sánchez
Dr. Fernando Sánchez
Clinic Director at Ginemed
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A huge thanks to myIVFanswers for inviting us to participate in the #StrongerTogether initiative they’ve launched. With so many people spending more time at home due to current circumstances we’re seeing that an increasing number of patients have been using their extra time to make plans for the future and the family they want to have. Thanks to the #StrongerTogether initiative, men and women can learn more about several different topics from the comfort and safety of their own homes, and when the time is right they’ll be better informed when it comes to fertility and reproduction treatment. We hope that viewers enjoyed our webinar on "Reproduction for women over the age of 45" on Thursday 23rd April and don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions you may have!
Anastasia Herman
CEO, "Parens-Ukraine" IVF Clinic
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MyIVFanswers is a unique, modern, and emotional platform we are happy to work and grow together with. The team is very professional, intelligent, and what is very exciting we both absolutely share the same valuas and passion to help people to feel secure and comfortable on their path to parenthood! We highly recommend this platform for people who seek answers about their fertility, as well as to professionals who are ready to share the best knowledge and guidelines for intended parents. We sincerely treasure fruitful cooperation, ideas, and passion, which indeed make all of us #StrongerTogather!
Dr. Nadia Caroppo
Dr. Nadia Caroppo
Head of the International Medical Team at Equipo Juana Crespo
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Stronger Together is a very good initiative for physicians and patients in this hard time we are going through, where many couples have had to delay or interrupt their IVF treatments due to COVID-19.  These online talks bring us together and offer a soothing balsam for all those patients who have doubts about their treatments and who will have to eventually face them in the near future.  Giving advice and answering questions is a good way to feel at ease, accompany couples and being present even with virtual calls.  Uncertainty is one of our worst “enemies” and, therefore, being able to clear all doubts regarding any issue is utterly important.
Elena Pardo
Elena Pardo
Head of International Patient Unit
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I loved it! A new experience that I very much enjoyed preparing and presenting, with great support from the organisation all along, thank you! Definitely feel more ready for the next one! It is a great initiative that sets the patient communication standard on a new level. It is essential to stay connected and give support to all the people struggling with an infertility problem, to provide them with top line information from experts around the globe, so that they have tools to choose the best team and treatment option for them.
Dr. Alejandra Aguilar Crespo
Dr. Alejandra Aguilar Crespo
Gynecologist at Equipo Juana Crespo
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I would like to share my feelings regarding the online meetings, I personally think that it is a very positive initiative for both patients and doctors. In fact, answer several doubts makes us more accessible to patients and it makes ourselves closer to them. I felt very comfortable speaking about an interesting topic and then answering some questions. I think it is a good idea to answer questions that many patients have, and they would not ask because of fear or embarrassment. Many times, these meetings serve to finally decide to take the step to carry out a treatment o decide a clinic. In summary, I encourage you to really continue with this initiative.
Claudia Mika
Claudia Mika
Founder & CEO of Temos International Healthcare Accreditation
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Thank you so much for the “certificate of appreciation”! This is much appreciated 😊. My opinion about the initiative: we already discussed it personally and… I am one of the ambassadors! 😊
Dr. Elias Tsakos, FRCOG
Dr. Elias Tsakos, FRCOG
Medical Director at Embryoclinic
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It was a great pleasure to participate in the webinars organized by “ivfanswers” and communicate with patients seeking guidance and advise! The interaction with fertility patients was also revealing issues that are most important to them and help us, fertility medical doctors, form a personalized approach.
Kanelina Bimpa
CEO, Embryoclinic
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The online events as organized by ivfanswers are very satisfying regarding patient education and patient engagement! They totally promote direct communication and in the field of fertility this is valuable regarding valuable time and guidance.
Dr. Anna Galindo Trias
Dr. Anna Galindo Trias
Medical Director at Gravida International Center of Assisted Human Reproduction
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Gravida thanks IVF Answers for the initiative they have offered to all people concerned about their situations and their treatments in this period of Covid-19. This space has been a great help to be able to calm and inform about the repercussion and the possible secondary effects that this will have in our lives. With the great idea of the platform, many people have obtained the necessary information to decide their treatments and have been able to interact with professionals in the sector in a very effective way. So they have made many professionals and clinics known.
Kate Davies, RN, BSc (Hons)
Kate Davies, RN, BSc (Hons)
Founder of "Your Fertility Journey"
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It has been such a pleasure to be involved with MyIVFanswers fabulous initiative. This resource has enabled patients to hear directly from experts, during a time when communicating evidence-based information and providing much need support has been critical. These events have been organised with perfection, and I look forward to being involved in more in the future. Thank you for everything you are doing for the IVF community.
Dr. Vladimiro Silva
Dr. Vladimiro Silva
Embryologist, CEO, Founder & IVF Lab Director at Ferticentro
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This was one of the best ideas ever since it really brings together patients and specialists during these times of uncertainty. The Stronger Together initiative created a sense of union (we’re all in the same boat), patients felt that they’re not forgotten and we’ve all been able to keep their hopes and dreams alive. Now that things are back to normal we can have a look back and understand how important it was to stay in touch - and especially how strong we can get if we stay together! Congratulations for the brilliant organisation!
Sarah Banks
Sarah Banks
Fertility Coach and Mentor
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Thank you for organising the #StrongerTogether initiative and for inviting me to be involved. The sessions have given a lot of comfort, advice and support to patients during this difficult time. The sessions are always really well organised and the presenters instantly put everyone at ease.
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