After several unsuccessful in vitro fertilization (IVF) cycles, Mary and Carlton Davenport were ready to give up on their dream to have a child.
But, the couple decided to give it another try. This time their fertility doctor, Kaylen Silverberg, M.D. suggested they try a new procedure called endometrial receptivity analysis or ERA, which evaluates a patient’s cells along the uterine lining to determine when a woman’s body is most receptive to implantation with an embryo.
The test made all the difference. Mary is now 34 weeks pregnant with a son.
This new fertility tool is aimed for patients like Mary who suffered multiple unexplained miscarriages with IVF.
Before this test, the general practice was to transfer the egg to the endometrium, or lining of the uterus, between days 19 and 21 of a woman’s menstrual cycle. It’s an “industry standard”. But, new research says this process is too early or too late for some women.
The ERA or Endometrial Receptivity Array test is the “game changer”. It’s a genetic diagnostic method that evaluates the best time to transfer an egg based on the particular cells of that woman.