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Current Studies

At USC Fertility, clinical studies are always underway as we are dedicated to finding new and responsible ways of solving reproductive health issues to help our patients build families.

Please take a moment to read about the current studies listed below, and feel free to contact us should you be interested in learning more about the study, joining the study, or applying study learning to your own medical treatment plans.

We invite you to visit this section of our site frequently to view new clinical study postings.

Natural Cycle IVF

This is USC Fertility’s fifth study devoted to the examination of natural cycle IVF. Previous studies on this treatment option were undertaken in 1989, 1990, 1992, and 1998.

The goal of the 2010 study is to prospectively investigate women undergoing natural cycle IVF and their pregnancy outcomes. Our objective is to determine if the advances in technology over the last 20 years have improved pregnancy rates in the setting of natural cycle IVF to further validate its use for patients of all ages and varying prognosis.

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ZIFT vs. Traditional Embryo Transfer for Women of Advanced Maternal Age
Led by Dr. Bendikson, this study is the first to examine the efficacy of zygote intrafallopian transfer (ZIFT) in women of advanced maternal age. The objective is to compare pregnancy outcomes in infertility patients of advanced maternal age undergoing ZIFT compared with those receiving standard IVF-ET.

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Ovarian Tissue Freezing Prior to Chemotherapy or Radiation Therapy
Led by Dr. Chung, this study will collect ovarian tissue for cryopreservation, examine the safety and efficacy of freezing, and test the feasibility of using a novel 3-dimensional system of maturation for immature follicles in the laboratory.

The Effects of hCG on Endometrial Receptivity During Assisted Reproduction
Led by Dr. Bendikson, this study will explore the endometrial response to human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG), which is known to have a role in preparing the endometrium for implantation.

Evaluation of Oocyte Vitrification (Egg-Freezing)
USC Fertility is already an expert at the method of slow-freezing human oocytes, and another live birth (triplets!) has occurred just recently. However, as we move ahead to optimize egg-freezing technology for our patients, we feel that exploration of the very rapid form of freezing (“vitrification”) is worthwhile. Therefore, the objective of this study, led by Dr. Bendikson, is to evaluate the safety and efficacy of this new egg-freezing system.