Fertility Clinic Meltdowns Destroyed Frozen Eggs and Embryos. What Happens Now?

Simultaneous refrigeration failures at two fertility clinics in San Francisco and suburban Cleveland have damaged or destroyed potentially thousands of frozen eggs and embryos in the biggest such loss on record in the U.S. The malfunctions have left parents-to-be heartbroken and baffled experts. Here are some questions and answers about the two cases. ___ What happened? In Ohio, University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center estimates 2,000 eggs and embryos may have been damaged or destroyed when an unexplained storage tank malfunction caused temperatures to rise on March 4. The medical center apologized. On the same day in San Francisco, an embryologist at the Pacific Fertility Clinic noticed the liquid nitrogen level in one tank was very low during a routine check, clinic president Dr. Carl Herbert told ABC. He said the tank was immediately replenished and the embryos were later transferred to a new tank. There’s no known connection between the two episodes, said Dr. Kevin Doody, lab director at the Center for Assisted Reproduction in Texas and past president of the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology. He said such breakdowns are extremely rare, and two at once is “beyond stunning.” “It’s two black swan events happening in the same day. One of them causes the beehive to buzz. Two? We’re all in shock,” Doody said. Officials have yet to say exactly what went wrong. Barbara Collura, president of the patient advocacy group RESO...
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Corporate chains of IVF clinics need to generate a profit, and in order to do so they need to drum up business.Rather than wait for infertile couples to come to them, they go out into the community in order to attract infertile couples to come to them !The best way of doing this is by holding free medical camps, and this is why infertility camps have become extremely popular - especially in tier two and tier three cities, where new IVF clinics want to grab as much market share as possible.They offer a free camp with a free consultation with an IVF specialist, but the purpose of the consultation is not really to help the in...
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Discussion and conclusionDamage ‐associated molecular patterns from DNA damage activate TLR signaling pathway in human fallopian tubes and result in the upregulation of inflammatory cytokines and chemokines. This situation may provide pathologic environment for capacitation, fertilization, embryo development, and implantation in female reproductive tract and can be one of the mechanisms of infertility in men with high DF.
Source: Andrology - Category: Urology & Nephrology Authors: Tags: Original Article Source Type: research
ConclusionsThis study did not detect a difference in implantation, clinical pregnancy or live birth rates; however, the lack of difference in this study may be because it was underpowered.Clinical trials registrationsgov: NCT01983423
Source: Archives of Gynecology and Obstetrics - Category: OBGYN Source Type: research
Evaluation of the effects of antioxidant treatment on sperm parameters and pregnancy rates in infertile patients after varicocelectomy: a randomized controlled trial, Published online: 18 January 2019; doi:10.1038/s41443-018-0109-4Evaluation of the effects of antioxidant treatment on sperm parameters and pregnancy rates in infertile patients after varicocelectomy: a randomized controlled trial
Source: International Journal of Impotence Research - Category: Urology & Nephrology Authors: Source Type: research
By Ruchika Tulshyan, Contributor, The OptimistJanuary 17, 2019Fatimata Sy  talks to The Optimist about her work, the future of family planning, and her own audacious personal goal.When it launched in 2011, theOuagadougou Partnership set an audacious goal for 2020: Increase the number of women using modern contraceptives by at least 2.2 million in nine francophone West African countries.Historically, not many women in the region used contraceptives because of socio-cultural factors and infrastructure challenges. But members of the Partnership were determined to prove that with the right approach, family pla...
Source: IntraHealth International - Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Tags: Ouagadougou Partnership Coordination Unit Family Planning & Reproductive Health Source Type: news
Publication date: Available online 17 January 2019Source: Academic RadiologyAuthor(s): Juanfang Liu, Liping Han, Xinwei HanRationale and ObjectivesTo report the effect of pregnancy on patients who have undergone pelvic vein embolization with pelvic congestion syndrome, which was suspected to be the only cause of infertility.Material and MethodsData from a total of 12 women (mean age: 36.5 ± 4.3 years, range: 29–45 years) were collected between May 2013 and June 2016. Transvenous embolization with fibre platinum coils combined with anhydrous alcohol was performed in unilateral or bilateral ovarian veins after t...
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Gynecologists refer infertile patients for IVF treatment to specialist IVF clinics ,because they can not offer this treatment themselves.One would logically expect them to send their patients to the IVF clinic with the best pregnancy rate because they want all their patients to get pregnant.This is why you would expect that when gynecologists meet IVF specialists, the question they would ask is, "What's your success rate?" or "How do you tackle with patients with a particular complex problem?"But interestingly, the commonest question gynecologists ask IVF doctors these days is, "What is your commis...
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There are many key medical issues related to pregnancy, from preconception to postpartum. This News&Perspectives provides the most current information related to fertility/infertility, pregnancy termination, prenatal care, labor, delivery, and more.
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Conclusionswe suggest that women with infertility may represent a subpopulation of patients with underhanded systemic autoimmune syndromes in which the main symptoms represented are obstetrical complications. We, therefore, recommend evaluating aPLs in all patients undergoing IVF with the aim of recognizing women at a higher risk of miscarriage or pregnancy morbidity.
Source: European Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Reproductive Biology - Category: OBGYN Source Type: research
DiscussionThe results of this study will provide evidence for the effect of preconceptional DHEA treatment on IVF outcome in POR.Trial registrationChinese Clinical Trial Registry,ChiCTR-IPR-15006909. Registered on November 9, 2015.
Source: Trials - Category: Research Source Type: clinical trials
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