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Week: 588.4 

Guest: Dr. Mark Perloe, Atlanta Reproductive Health Centre 

Topic: Tools to help fertility 

Host/Producer: Steve Girard 

NEMA: Getting help in making babies...coming up... 

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NEMA: Dr. Mark Perloe of the Atlanta Reproductive Health Centre considers the physical and emotional aspects when couples have trouble conceiving a child...one of the medical routes that offers success is in vitro fertilization...  

PERLOE: Using medication to get more eggs, with a simple procedure performed under local anesthetic, with sedation...mixing those eggs with the sperm, and translating a few of the embryos back into the uterus. That’s a wonderful technique if the tubes are bad, or if there’s unexplained infertility. ICSI is the procedure where a single sperm is injected into the egg. We are increasingly adopting this because we get such good fertilization rates, and good pregnancy rates with it.  

NEMA: Dr. Perloe says the highly individualized procedures can run between 8 to 15 thousand dollars. If you’re having trouble getting pregnant, you should check your general health with your doctor...then see an specialist experienced in infertility. I’m Steve Girard at The Heart of the Matter.