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Orlando Doctor Achieves Medical First through IVF with Successful Delivery to 46-Year Old Woman

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Woman's own eggs and in vitro fertilization result in healthy son, new family

WINTER PARK, Fla., May 13, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Fertility C.A.R.E. (Center of Assisted Reproduction & Endocrinology) and the Vivere-Winter Park Fertility Laboratory have announced the first successful delivery of a healthy baby by a 46-year-old woman through in vitro fertilization (IVF) using her biological eggs and specialized reproductive hormone therapies.

The Orlando-area woman had never had a child, but she and her husband very much wanted to be parents when she became a patient of Mark P. Trolice, M.D, founder of Fertility C.A.R.E. and medical director at Vivere-Winter Park Fertility Laboratory.

"Generally speaking, options for women with infertility in their mid-forties and beyond have been limited to IVF treatments involving donor eggs or adoption," said Trolice, whose groundbreaking work was recently published in Fertility and Sterility, a publication of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM). "But many women would prefer to conceive a biologically-related child."

The percentage of women delaying childbearing has steadily increased in recent decades. A report issued just this month by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) stated there were more than nine times as many first births to mothers 35 and older in 2012 than there were in the 1970s.  Since fertility for women begins to decline in their early 30s – a trend that dramatically accelerates when a woman reaches her late 30s and early 40s – the delay can pose significant challenges for women who postpone motherhood. The ASRM reports a less than 5% chance of pregnancy per month in women above age 39 and nearly one-third will miscarry.

As part of the Orlando woman's quest to become a mother, she underwent IVF by Dr. Trolice using traditional egg-harvesting and embryo implantation, coupled with innovative hormone therapies and careful monitoring.  Ultimately, she successfully conceived but her obstacles continued.  The pregnancy was complicated by incompetence of her cervix requiring emergency suturing (cerclage) to maintain the baby inside her uterus until maturity.  This was followed by hospitalization for 10 weeks.  At 31.5 weeks, she underwent cesarean section with delivery of a healthy baby boy, who remains thriving at eight months of age.

"Playing a role in the life of my patient and her son was a real honor," said Trolice. "Though against the odds, we employed IVF techniques that now may provide some women the chance to become mothers and grow their families."

Dr. Trolice cautions that conception for women of advanced reproductive age remains highly challenging and is not without risks.  His collaboration with the Vivere-Winter Park Fertility Laboratory provides some of the highest IVF success rates and offers hope for women with a difficult prognosis.   

About the Fertility Center of Assisted Reproduction & Endocrinology
Fertility C.A.R.E. in Orlando, Fla., is the most comprehensive fertility center in the Southeast offering patients a broad array on-site services in a convenient, comfortable setting and a state-of-the-art CAP-certified IVF laboratory.  With the latest in female and male fertility technologies, C.A.R.E services range from egg harvesting and IVF to fertility medications, genetic testing, reproductive counseling, embryo cryopreservation and adoption services. Learn more at www.myfertilitycare.com.

About Mark Trolice, M.D.
Mark P. Trolice, M.D., FACOG, FACS, FACE, is the Director of Fertility C.A.R.E. as well as Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology (OB/GYN) at the University of Florida in Gainesville and the University of Central Florida in Orlando. A prolific writer, researcher and speaker, Dr. Trolice is Board-certified in both REI and OB/GYN. His fellow physicians have selected him for Best Doctors in America® annually since 2007, honoring him as one among the top 5% of doctors in the U.S. In 2004, he founded Fertile Dreams, Inc. a non-for-profit organization dedicated to increasing fertility awareness and granting scholarships for those unable to afford fertility treatment. He is currently writing "Finding Your Way to Family - The Realities and Options for Becoming a Parent in the 21st century" due at the end of 2014. Follow Dr. Trolice on Twitter @drmarktrolice.

About Vivere Health, LLC
Vivere Health is the leading expert in the nation for building, managing and enhancing multi-specialty Ambulatory Surgery Centers (ASCs) and laboratories for comprehensive reproductive health and more. Founded in 2010, the company partners with physician specialists nationwide to develop Centers of Excellence, which are customized to the individual needs of physician partners and their patients. Along with its physician partners, Vivere Health is dedicated to the highest quality patient care and outcomes and is helping shape the future of women's health and reproductive medicine. For more information about Vivere Health, please visit www.viverehealth.com.

CONTACT: Koreen Hart, MHA
Vivere-Winter Park, Marketing Manager
khart@viverehealth.com
321.662.1660

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