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Boston IVF Pioneers World's First Needle-Free Saliva Test Used in Infertility Treatment; Patient Friendly Monitoring Replaces Daily Blood Tests
Date:1/25/2012

nter in the world to offer this needle-free option for blood monitoring.

"Our patients are very excited about saliva testing, as it saves them time, is more convenient and eliminates the anxiety and discomfort that we all know to be associated with blood draws," added Alper. "They now simply drop off their saliva sample in the morning on their way to work, and we call them in the afternoon with their results."

A typical infertility treatment cycle requires hormone therapy to stimulate the production of eggs (oocytes) in a woman's ovaries. By measuring female hormone levels, including estradiol (E2), doctors can monitor a patient's response to therapy. Previously, patients were required to have daily blood work throughout the treatment cycle to monitor these hormone levels.

Saliva testing is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and is already used in other areas of medicine, such as measuring the levels of the stress hormone, cortisol.

Pioneers in Infertility Care

Celebrating its 25th year of service to women and men experiencing infertility, Boston IVF has a history of pioneering important advances in infertility treatment and reproductive health, welcoming over 30,000 babies since 1986. Its renowned team of Board certified infertility physicians and researchers have achieved unmatched clinical success, including the first baby born in New England via IVF/ICSI, the first donor egg pregnancy and the first baby born in Massachusetts from a frozen egg.

About Infertility

Infertility is defined as the inability to conceive after one year of unprotected intercourse (six months if the woman is over age 35) or the inability to carry a pregnancy to term, and affects 7.3 million people in the U.S., or 1 in 8 couples. Approximately one-third of infertility is attributed to the female partner, one-third attributed to the male partner and one-third is caused by a combination of pr
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