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May 3, 2010

UI infertility expertise featured in TV program May 8

University of Iowa expertise in treating infertility will be featured at 7:30 a.m. Saturday, May 8, in an episode of a television series called "The Fertility Chase." The program airs on the Women's Entertainment (WE) Network (check local listings for channel availability in your area).

Infertility affects nearly 12 percent of the reproductive-age population in the United States. The May 8 episode focuses on experts and patients at the Center for Advanced Reproductive Care at UI Hospitals and Clinics, which is considered a leader in single-embryo transfers through in vitro fertilization (IVF). The program is affiliated with the UI Women's Health program.

In IVF, a woman's eggs are fertilized in a lab dish by sperm, and the resulting embryo or embryos then are placed in the woman's womb. Research shows that single-embryo transfer contributes significantly to the health and safety of mother and child, and helps keep overall insurance and health care costs lower.

The IVF program at the UI has had a single-embryo transfer policy in place since 2004. The program consistently has success rates in the top 5 percent nationally.

As of June 2009, the IVF program at the UI had delivered 3,635 live babies, with an increasing number of babies being born after single-embryo transfer.

Currently, 65 percent of women who undergo single-embryo transfer at the UI deliver a child, said Bradley Van Voorhis, M.D., director of the UI's In Vitro Fertilization Program.

"We were delighted to share through 'The Fertility Chase' program our expertise in IVF. Single-embryo transfers can be very successful, and it has become the goal of many practitioners to follow our model at the University of Iowa and help families have one healthy baby at a time," Van Voorhis said.

For women younger than age 38, the quality program used at the UI promotes single-embryo transfers rather than multiple-embryo transfers. Women age 38 and older, and younger women who have exceptional circumstances, can have more than one embryo transferred.

Learn more about infertility treatment at

In addition to its Iowa City center, UI Health Care also has a Center for Reproductive Care in the Quad Cities:

Learn more about "The Fertility Chase" at

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Health Care Media Relations, 200 Hawkins Drive, W319 GH, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1009

MEDIA CONTACT: Jennifer Brown, 319-356-7124,; Becky Soglin, 319-356-7127,