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  1. Orlando Family Magazine’s Top Physicians of 2019

     

    We are pleased to announce that Brown Fertility’s Dr. Rafael A. Cabrera was voted one of Central Florida’s Top 2019 Physicians by Orlando Family Magazine readers! 

    Read the full issue here.

  2. Brown Fertility Announces New Physician

    JACKSONVILLE, FL (July 31, 2019) – Brown Fertility is pleased to announce the addition of new physician, Fernando Gomez, M.D. who begins with the practice in August.

    Dr. Gomez joins Brown Fertility with over 20 years of experience and is an acknowledged leader within the field of Reproductive Endocrinology. He is dually board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and Reproductive Endocrinology.

    “We are excited to welcome Dr. Gomez into the Brown Fertility organization.  He comes to us with an incredible amount of infertility experience from the Orlando area that will undoubtedly enhance our practice.  Dr. Gomez brings a warm heart and compassion for infertility patients and we welcome him in August of 2019”, said Dr. Samuel E. Brown.

    Dr. Gomez completed his undergraduate studies Cum Laude in both Biology and Chemistry at Boston University in Boston, MA.  Obtained his doctoral degree from Tufts University School of Medicine and completed his residency training in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia, PA.  Subsequently, he went on to complete his sub-specialty training in Reproductive Endocrinology, Infertility and Genetics at the Medical College of Georgia (MCG) in Augusta, GA.  At MCG, he was both Instructor and Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology/Reproductive Endocrinology, Infertility and Genetics.

    Dr. Gomez is fluent in Spanish and in his spare time he enjoys spending time with his family, traveling, biking, and reading.

    New Appointments with Dr. Gomez will be available in September.  Please call us at 904.260.0352 or request an appointment online.

    About Brown Fertility: With more than 30 years of combined experience and the management of more than 5,000 IVF cycles, Dr. Samuel E. Brown, Dr. Rafael A. Cabrera, Dr. Lori Hollins and Dr. Bruce Rose are dedicated to Conceiving Miracles™. Brown Fertility offers a fully comprehensive array of fertility treatments, including in vitro fertilization, egg donation and artificial insemination and is home to Florida’s most state-of-the-art IVF center, which produces some of the highest pregnancy rates in the country. Brown Fertility has earned a reputation for not only producing excellent outcomes and offering affordable treatment options, but also for providing patients with the one-on-one attention and the compassionate care they deserve. Visit www.BrownFertility.com for more information.

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    Nicole Haggerty, Director of Marketing

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  3. In Vitro Maturation: IVM

    The eggs a woman is born with are kept in an immature state, meaning a sperm cannot fertilize them, until ovulation.  Most medications used in IVF are intended to enable the patient to develop multiple eggs that are mature.  It is now possible to take eggs from a woman’s ovaries and mature them in the laboratory.  This means it is not necessary to treat women with high doses of stimulating hormones for two weeks before retrieving eggs.  Technically, eggs can be retrieved at any time. These eggs can be matured in the laboratory (IVM). They are then capable of being fertilized and embryos can be created using the normal IVF tools.

    This was always the dream of the creators of IVF, but it proved to be more difficult than IVF.  It was not until 1991, that the first birth occurred using IVM, by Dr. Cha in Korea.  He obtained a donor egg from a woman during her Caesarian Section and used it to help a couple have a baby.  Once IVM was shown to be possible, physicians and scientists in IVF programs throughout the world began working on the details of how best to use this technology.  Several thousand babies have now been born using IVM, but there is no uniform agreement on how to best use IVM techniques in humans.

    Although IVM is practiced in centers throughout Europe and Asia, it has limited availability in the United States.  IVM is easier for the patient than IVF, but is harder on the physician and laboratory.  Dr. Bruce Rose at Brown Fertility has one of the larger experiences with IVM in the United States, having performed more than 200 IVM cycles and published a half dozen papers on related topics

    IVM is not a replacement for IVF, but it is a more gentle approach to high tech reproduction than IVF, which in selected patients has almost as high a pregnancy rate as IVF.  Traditionally, physicians treat medical problems by using the least invasive, lowest side effect treatment first and then moving on to more aggressive treatments if they are needed.  This is the way we should view the relationship between IVM and IVF.  Patients at high risk for significant side effects with IVF, could use the simpler, safer IVM approach; and if that fails them, then turn to IVF.

    The best candidates for IVM are those patients with a large number of small cysts or antral follicles (2-10 mm) in their ovaries.  These patients are at highest risk for the most severe common complication of IVF- ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome OHSS.  Even without development of OHSS, patients with a large number of resting follicles in their ovaries will experience significant bloating and abdominal discomfort for several weeks after IVF as the ovaries and the pelvis return to normal.  Patients with polycystic ovaries are the candidates most likely to benefit from IVM, but most young women will also have a large number of small follicles in their ovaries.  A subset of older women not meeting the clinical criteria of PCOS will also be good candidates.  The only way to determine who is a good candidate is to perform a transvaginal ultrasound and evaluate the ovaries.

    The cost of this procedure is lower than IVF in that limited medications are used and IVF medication costs usually consititute about 40% of the cost to undertake IVF.  Laboratory and physician costs are similar.  Except for egg harvesting (the same setting as IVF), IVM is minimally disruptive to our patients.  It even works for patients who either struggle to ovulate or fail to ovulate with clomid, femara, or gonadotropins.  We have performed IVM in patients a week before their getting married or while breast feeding.  Brown Fertility offers an effective, more natural alternative to conventional IVF.

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