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Frozen Embryo Transfers (FETs) have been transformative for many individuals and couples facing infertility, offering an additional opportunity for pregnancy. This approach provides significant benefits, such as greater flexibility in scheduling the embryo transfer within an IVF cycle and the option to undergo genetic testing.

In this episode of the Time to Talk Fertility podcast, Fertility Centers of Illinois Laboratory Director Dr. Juergen Liebermann dives into his groundbreaking research that could revolutionize the world of frozen embryo transfer (FET) protocols. Dr. Liebermann will be discussing his latest study, Fast and Furious: Pregnancy Outcome with a Rapid Warming Protocol, where he and his team explored the efficacy of a novel, one-step rapid warming protocol for thawing embryos.

Whether you’re a fertility specialist, a patient, or someone interested in the latest advancements in reproductive medicine, this episode is packed with valuable insights you won’t want to miss!

  • What inspired you to be an embryologist?
  • What is a typical day like for you and your team?
  • You not only lead a team of embryologists, but you also contribute ongoing research to the world of embryology. Can you provide an overview of your recent study “Fast and Furious: Pregnancy Outcome with a Rapid Warming Protocol?”
  • Could you explain the difference between the one-step rehydration protocol and the standard multi-step rehydration protocol?
  • Can you explain what survival rates are and discuss the survival rates observed between the one-step and multi-step protocols?
  • What were the clinical pregnancy rates for both protocols, and why are these results significant?
  • Your findings indicated a higher ongoing pregnancy rate with the one-step protocol. Can you elaborate on this result?
  • The miscarriage rate was lower with the one-step rehydration protocol. Can you discuss potential reasons for this finding?
  • What do these findings mean for clinical practice and patients at Fertility Centers of Illinois?
  • Did the outcomes differ for embryos that had undergone preimplantation genetic testing (PGT) compared to those that had not?
  • Were there any unexpected findings in your study?
  • What are the potential implications of your findings for the future of assisted reproductive technologies?
  • How might the one-step rehydration protocol improve the workflow in clinical settings?
  • Are there challenges for implementing the one-step rehydration protocol in different clinics?
  • How do you see the one-step rehydration protocol evolving over the next few years?
  • Is there anything you would like to add?

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