Patient Friendly Monitoring Replaces Daily Blood Tests

For 25 years, Boston IVF has been caring for women and men throughout New England, with locations in Boston, Waltham, Quincy, Worcester, Framingham, Fall River, Cambridge, Cape Cod, Maine and New Hampshire

By Boston IVF
Published: Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2012 – 7:56 am

BOSTON, Jan. 25, 2012 — /PRNewswire/ — Boston IVF, a leading medical practice providing specialized infertility treatment since 1986, today announced it has introduced the first needle-free saliva test that will replace daily blood tests needed to monitor infertility treatment. Following nearly two years of research, Boston IVF has proven that the hormone estradiol, traditionally measured in the blood, can also be accurately measured in saliva, virtually eliminating the need for daily blood testing during a patient’s treatment cycle. A typical in vitro fertilization (IVF) cycle includes eight to 12 days of hormone therapy to stimulate a woman’s egg production and up to seven blood draws to measure estradiol levels.

Infertility treatment can be very stressful and physically demanding for patients. By replacing daily blood draws with a very simple, patient-friendly saliva test, we can eliminate some of the challenges and painful needle sticks and make treatment more convenient,” said Michael M. Alper, MD, Medical Director, Boston IVF. “Based on this new technology exclusively developed in our laboratory, our doctors can accurately monitor a patient’s hormone response to therapy and manage treatment without requiring invasive blood work.”

Patients can collect their saliva at home in less than five minutes, and drop off their sample for analysis each morning. Results from saliva testing are available the same day.

Research conducted at Boston IVF demonstrated that hormone levels found in saliva correlate with the hormone levels in the blood. Boston IVF further developed laboratory procedures, assays and the collection process that comprise this diagnostic breakthrough.

This new Saliva Monitor Test marks the latest in a string of “firsts” achieved by Boston IVF, including the first baby born in New England via IVF/ICSI, the first donor egg pregnancy and the first baby born in Massachusetts from a frozen egg. Boston IVF is the first IVF Center in the world to offer this needle-free option for blood monitoring.

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