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Infertile patients cannot afford to wait for treatment while their eggs get older.

Dr. Sherman Silber, Infertility Center of St. Louis, is offering video consultations for patients who need to plan now for their treatment while stay-at-home orders are in place. He is talking to and evaluating patients in their home to comply with social distancing measures.

Dr. Silber is discovering that patients actually prefer this method of telemedicine consultation over the conventional office visit. Patients have conveyed that “it is so much more convenient and less stressful” to have a telemedicine personal consultation than to take a day off from work to travel to the doctor’s office and sit with other nervous patients in the waiting room.

The COVID-19 pandemic is thus changing much of the way we will do things in the future, and for the better. “Our patients are surprisingly much happier with this approach. Of course, at some point we need to perform hands on treatment. But with this new manner of seeing patients, we can come to the right diagnosis and treatment plan for most patients more efficiently, quickly, and painlessly, with no loss of personal one-on-one communication.” This is a very welcome new era of telemedicine that has been forced on us by the current difficult times.

Dr. Silber Explains That ICSI Offspring Are Normal

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Dr. Silber Explains That ICSI Offspring Are Normal, And Are No Different From Naturally Conceived Children

There are some false myths that ICSI offspring have a greater risk of abnormality. But 20 years of follow up show that this is completely untrue. I am so sorry a journal would make such an egregious error.

We have studied this issue very extensively, prospectively, and published on it in scientific journals over the last 20 years. You can study all these scientific papers published by Bonduelle, Van Steirteghem, Devroey, Liebaers, and myself, and in my book “How to Get Pregnant” (easily downloadable for Kindle or from Amazon) for detailed discussion of all the studies. Scare papers have been shown to be totally flawed, uncontrolled, and retrospective. Careful prospective studies over the last 20 years, have consistently shown no difference at all between ICSI and IVF in the risk of congenital abnormalities, and no difference from a population of natural conceptions.

Furthermore, the ridiculous idea promoted in this flawed study alleging that twin pregnancies would have less congenital defects than singletons just serves to prove how invalid the whole retrospective methodology is of this “new” study.

Over 5 million babies have been born by IVF and ICSI, and they have been clearly shown to be no different than normal populations of naturally conceived babies. We have followed these ICSI and IVF babies into adulthood, and found no difference in any parameters of health or mental development.

Our IVF and our ICSI children have all been followed into adulthood for over 20 years, and we find nothing but happiness and joy.

–Dr. Sherman Silber


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