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USC Fertility Presenting Research at ASRM 2019

We’re presenting exciting fertility research at ASRM 2019

We’re presenting exciting fertility research at ASRM 2019

The team at our Los Angeles fertility center believes in the importance of performing fertility research. We’re able to directly treat patients at USC Fertility every day and indirectly improve treatment for patients around the world with our leading-edge research. The residents and fellows at USC Fertility are presenting seven posters and giving three oral presentations at ASRM 2019.

A look at ASRM 2019 fertility research from our fellows

The fellows at our Los Angeles fertility center have a commitment to advancing the field of reproductive medicine with groundbreaking research. Here’s a look at what they’re presenting at ASRM 2019.

Rachel Danis MD, a second-year fellow, is presenting posters on male quality of life and infertility.

  • Does Duration of Infertility Affect the Male’s Quality of Life? found that infertility slowly begins to affect a man’s quality of life after two years, showing the toll of long-term infertility.
  • Motivating Factors and Quality of Life for Male Partners of Infertile Couples looked at survey answers to questions like why a man was pursuing treatment and whether he wanted children. Interestingly, 9% of men doing IVF didn’t want children.

Michael Awadalla MD is a second-year fellow who created a mathematical model to predict the risk of multiples, which he will present as a poster.

  • Evidence Based Quantitative Prediction of Risk of Multiple Gestation Resulting from the Transfer of Multiple Embryos looked at untested embryos across patients of all ages. Clinics can use this model to predict the risk of multiples at their center, which can be beneficial when counseling patients.

Meggie Smith MD is a third-year fellow who will present two posters based on gestational carrier database research.

  • Incidence of Preterm Birth (PTB), Low Birth Weight (LBW), Very Low Birth Weight (VLBW), and Macrosomia in Gestational Carrier Pregnancies found only the risk of pre-term birth was a little higher. This was especially true if the gestational carrier had already had a pre-term baby.
  • Mode of Delivery in Gestational Carrier (GC) Pregnancies in Women With and Without a History of Cesarean Section surprisingly found carriers who had never had a C-section were more likely to have one with a surrogate pregnancy. In contrast, carriers with a C-section history were more likely to deliver vaginally.

A look at ASRM 2019 fertility research from our residents

The residents at our Los Angeles fertility center are also sharing some of their research findings at ASRM 2019.

Katie McDaniel MD is a resident who is doing an oral presentation with Brittany Klooster on price transparency on fertility clinic websites.

  • The Price is Right? Analysis of Price Transparency in Assisted Reproduction found most clinics nationwide do not post pricing on their website. This limited price transparency could be a barrier to access for patients who think they can’t afford IVF.

Rachel Mandelbaum MD is a resident who has two oral presentations and two posters.

  • Progestin Therapy for Women with Complex Atypical Hyperplasia: Levnorgestrel Intrauterine Device Versus Systemic Therapy found that the rates of regression were higher with IUDs, which allows patients to avoid a hysterotomy and later conceive.
  • Conservative Surgery for Ovarian Torsion in Young Women: Perioperative Complications and National Trends found information from a database showed women still have good surgical outcomes if a doctor does not remove the ovary.
  • Decreasing Rates of Multiple Gestation and Number of Embryos Transferred in Gestational Carrier Pregnancies: A Longitudinal Analysis looked at data from 2008 to 2019 and found the rate of multiples and multiple embryo transfers has declined.
  • Can Birth Weight and Gestational Age at Delivery of Singleton Gestational Carrier Pregnancies Be Predicted by the Gestational Carrier’s Own Previous Singleton Pregnancies? This study found that birth factor is affected by both genetic and environmental factors because the birth weight of carrier’s last biological child was correlated with the birth weight of the baby from the surrogate pregnancy.

Contact us if you’d like to learn more about the fertility research that we’re doing at our Los Angeles fertility center.

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