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Avoiding Disappointments in IVF

Summary: What are some tips to avoid disappointments in IVF?
Air Date: 6/26/15
Duration: 10
Host: Leigh Vinocur, MD
Guest Bio: Angeline Beltsos, MD
Angeline Beltsos Dr. Angeline Beltsos is board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility (REI), practicing medicine since 1991.

Dr. Beltsos completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Loyola University in 1995, followed by a fellowship in REI at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, completed in 1997.

Dr. Beltsos is also the FCI Clinical Research Division Director and participates in a number of research projects and scientific publications. She has received numerous awards in teaching and has been honored as 'top doctor' from Castle Connelly for several years.

She is a popular speaker both nationally and internationally, and a frequent media resource on the topic of infertility. She is the executive chairperson for the Midwest Reproductive Symposium, an international conference of fertility experts.
Avoiding Disappointments in IVF
In vitro fertilization can be a tricky process.

The new method of quick-freezing or sealing the egg in glass-like protection, is a technique less likely to disrupt the embryo.

However, mature eggs are very delicate and egg freezing is a much more sensitive procedure than you might have thought.

This procedure may take years before seeing if the thawed egg was actually successful.

What are some tips to avoid disappointments in IVF?
  • Don't freeze your eggs at the wrong lab—they might not last.
  • Beware of scams... unfortunately there's no "how-to" manual; no "egg freezing for dummies."
  • A good IVF program doesn't mean a good egg-freezing program.

Angeline Beltsos, MD, joins Dr. Leigh to discuss IVF and how you can avoid IVF disappointments.