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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.

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Video Transcription:

[INVOCell] OK. That’s where you take the eggs and you take the sperm you put them in a test tube, seal it up, and the woman puts it in her vagina as an incubator. Now, this is ridiculous. But I wrote about this in my second edition of How to Get Pregnant with New Technology. And so this was back in the 80s and it was invented by a wild Frenchman named Claude Renaud. So I think I’m more familiar with this than the company (I won’t mention the name of the company that is trying to make money off of this thing). So I know a lot about it. The interesting thing about it is that if you put it in a test tube with the media up to the top and sealed, you don’t have to worry about evaporation of carbon dioxide.

So you can keep the ph stable. It’s a cool interesting thing that you can keep a stable ph and it doesn’t have to be in an incubator. And then of course you want it to be warm. The easiest place is to put it in the vagina and that’ll keep it at body temperature. So it was interesting in the 80s people were trying to think of a simple cheap ways of doing IVF. The results are really terrible. I mean there are pregnancies with it and it’s cheaper, but it’s way too (they charge five thousand dollars for it.) Way too expensive for five thousand dollars plus the drugs so it probably adds up to about ten thousand dollars. It’s just way too expensive for how ridiculous it is. And I won’t mention the name of the company but it’s I’m disappointed that they’re actually marketing it because it can play into the feelings of patients that they’re paying less money and it’s more natural but it isn’t more natural. It’s pretty low yield. And I would be really against you doing it.