Thank You Dolce & Gabbana: You Have Inspired a Global Outcry In Support of the Non-Traditional Family and IVF Miracle Babies

Today at Gays With Kids™ (www.gayswithkids.com), Rhonda Levy, Founder & CEO of Empowered IVF™, responds to Dolce & Gabbana’s recent comments about the non-traditional family and IVF babies. https://gayswithkids.com/letter-to-the-editor-re-dolce-and-gabbana/

Why I Believe in Pre-implantation Genetic Screening (PGS)

pgs-imgIn a high quality fertility clinic, the most common reason why in-vitro fertilization (IVF) cycles fail is because the transferred embryos were aneuploid (chromosomally abnormal). The likelihood that this is the failure’s cause increases dramatically with the female partner’s age.

However, when a patient does IVF without pre-implantation genetic diagnosis (PGS) and the cycle fails, it is impossible for the physician to offer a precise reason for the cycle’s failure and, any reason offered is, in reality, speculation. Many of my clients have expressed frustration in response to their physicians’ inability to explain why their IVF cycles have failed. Read More

“How One of My Dearest Friends Told Me She Was Pregnant”: New Blog Post on “Own the Process With Empowered IVF™” on Fertility Authority

Check out my new post on my blog on Fertility Authority, Own the Process With Empowered IVF™:”How One of My Dearest Friends Told Me She Was Pregnant”  http://www.fertilityauthority.com/blog/rhonda-levy/2014/3/27/how-one-my-dearest-friends-told-me-she-was-pregnant

New Blog Post on Own the Process With Empowered IVF™

Check out my new post on my blog on Fertility Authority, Own the Process With Empowered IVF™: “It is Virtually Impossible to Interpret Fertility Clinic Success Rates”: http://www.fertilityauthority.com/blog/rhonda-levy/2014/3/20/it-virtually-impossible-interpret-fertility-clinic-success-rates

In-vitro Fertilization (IVF) With Pre-implantation Genetic Screening (PGS) Helps Recurrent Pregnancy Loss Patients Reduce Risk of Additional Miscarriages

The world of reproductive medicine has always been filled with conflicting opinions and fascinating debate. One debate that is at the forefront at the moment relates to the subject of pre-implantation genetic screening, also referred to as PGS. PGS involves the analysis of cells of the embryo to ensure that the embryo has 46 chromosomes and not a different number. It was developed to enable embryologists to identify chromosomally normal (euploid) embryos for uterine transfer in an IVF cycle because only they can become healthy babies.

Points of view vary clinic to clinic about the appropriate usage of PGS in the IVF process. The lack of a consistent viewpoint has been a source of stress, complicating the decision-making process for the patient using IVF, which is already fraught with anxiety. Read More

14 Facts Everyone Considering IVF Should Know About Pre-implantation Genetic Screening (PGS)

pgs-imgI thought I would share with you 14 important facts about Pre-implantation Genetic Screening (PGS), also sometimes referred to as Comprehensive Chromosome Screening (CCS), a new and important technology that has revolutionized the world of IVF. Every patient considering IVF should have PGS on their radar screen, so please take my (virtual) hand and let me walk you through it. Read More

Welcome to Empowered IVF™

On February 6th, 1996, the embryos that became our beautiful fraternal twin sons, Max and Lorne, were transferred into my uterus. Had you predicted on that life altering day that eighteen years later I would be launching Empowered IVF™, I would have looked at you like you were insane. After four failed IVF cycles, the only thing on my mind that day was hope.

But after eighteen euphoric (and exhausting) months of motherhood, my mind began to fill with new thoughts, thoughts of how I might be able to help other couples facing infertility. At first it was just a spark, but the the spark eventually grew into a fire, and today that fire is best described as a raging passion. In 1998, I began to work as an Infertility Consultant. With each phone call or email from a joyful client expressing thanks for the guidance that helped them achieve a desperately longed for pregnancy, I became increasingly hooked. I had never before felt such fulfillment and gratification, nor had I ever provided a service that made such a profoundly positive difference in the personal lives of others. It was addictive and I was in it for life! Read More

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