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Should we cut back on IVF?

Posted by Lara Salahi January 29, 2014 09:19 AM

In vitro fertilization (IVF) has given about 5 percent of couples who suffer from infertility a shot at parenthood. But are we overusing the technology without clearly understanding its risks? Yes, say a group of European researchers who came to the conclusion by reviewing studies on women who underwent the procedure and the health of children born using the technology.  

IVF was originally approved for use in women with fallopian tube disorders and men who suffered with infertility. Today IVF is used with couples with other types of infertility-related disorders -- including unexplained infertility. In their analysis published Tuesday in the British Medical Journal, the European researchers say we may be overusing IVF to treat an expanded list of conditions without clear evidence that it will be effective. Even if it does work, the procedure is performed without knowing what the risks may be for the women or IVF-born children later on.


Reproductive services under Obamacare: 5 things you should know

Posted by Lara Salahi October 30, 2013 07:46 AM

President Obama is scheduled to visit Boston Wednesday to talk about the Affordable Care Act and use Massachusetts’ experience – which passed its health reform law in 2006 -- as encouragement for Americans to sign up for health care. Given the fact that, the website Americans will need to sign up for health care has been a navigation nightmare for many, he may need the positive energy the Bay State has built up from the anticipated Red Sox win tonight to get a few good cheers.

The slow start and partisan bickering about the health care law that shut down the government seems to have only added more confusion about the health care law. If you’re a woman who is pregnant or planning to become pregnant or in need of reproductive health services such as fertility procedures, what the ACA offers – and doesn’t – should matter to you.

Here are 5 important aspects of the Affordable Care Act women need to know when it comes to their reproductive health:


How chemicals in our environment threaten fertility

Posted by Lara Salahi October 3, 2013 11:28 AM
Every pregnant woman in the U.S. is exposed to at least 43 different chemicals during their pregnancy. 

That statistic by the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey means that babies too are coming into contact with these same chemicals. 

Sounds scary, right? Not necessarily. For one, “chemical” does not always equate to “harmful.” What’s concerning, however, is how much we don’t know about these chemicals and their potential level of harm to our reproductive health. 

One thing’s for sure: Over the past two decades, medical studies have found that regular exposure to some agents—such as plastics and pesticides -- over a prolonged period of time can have a profound impact not only on an unborn baby, but on both men and women’s abilities to reproduce. 

Live Chat Thursday: Infertility (Part II)

Posted by Lara Salahi April 29, 2013 07:15 PM

Did you miss last week's chat on infertility?

Here's another chance to get your questions answered by Boston IVF's Dr. Alison Zimon.


Live Chat Thursday: Infertility

Posted by Lara Salahi April 23, 2013 02:29 PM

Join me and Dr. Alison Zimon, a reproductive endocrinologist at Boston IVF, this Thursday at 12p.m. EST as we discuss your questions related to infertility.

Dr. Zimon received her undergraduate degree from Harvard University and her medical degree at Yale. She came to Boston to train with Boston IVF through a residency in obstetrics & gynecology and a fellowship in reproductive endocrinology & infertility at Boston IVF/Harvard Medical School/Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

She works with patients who are seeking assistance with reproductive and childbearing options. This includes evaluations and treatment for preconception, subfertility, infertility, recurrent pregnancy loss, ovulation induction, insemination, IVF, genetic disorders, embryonic genetic screening, as well as use of donated sperm, eggs, embryos and childbearing through a gestational carrier.

She has an appointment at Harvard Medical School and is a member of both local and national reproductive endocrinology & infertility societies. Her major interest outside of reproductive medicine is art -- particularly painting and photography. She also loves sports and plants. Dr. Zimon sees most patients at the South Shore (Quincy) office, as well as Fall River and Yarmouth, MA for consultations.

About the author

Lara Salahi is an award-winning multimedia journalist whose specialty is reporting health and medical stories. She has worked in local, network, and cable television, international print, and documentary film. She More »

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