Intrauterine Growth Restriction Guideline Study

IUGR or intrauterine growth restriction is when the fetus is too small, usually less than the 10th %tile. ... read more »

2013: Interesting Things We Learned About Making Babies

On the agenda was the science of preconception, conception, pregnancy, and childbirth. From that agenda, these 8 'most interesting things' were identified about making babies in 2013. ... read more »

Do IVF Pregnancies Attract or Merit Special Attention?

When pregnancy requires medical intervention via in vitro fertilization (IVF) and other assisted reproductive assistance, do those pregnancies attract special attention? ... read more »

Actual Costs of Fertility Treatments

Demand for fertility treatments are rising but the cost may deter some couples. Up to 24 percent of couples have trouble conceiving a baby. Rates of infertility, which is a couple's inability to become pregnant after unprotected sex for one year, range anywhere from 6 to 24 percent. ... read more »

What are Donor Insemination Kids?

On a recent trip around various dad blogs, I stumbled on a term I’d not heard before – donor insemination kids. The dad who ran the blog was a father to children who’d been conceived using donor sperm. ... read more »

Bill to Allow ART for Veterans

Senator Patty Murray (D-Wash) drafted a bill that would allow veterans rendered infertile by combat injuries, their spouses, and surrogates to obtain assisted reproductive technology (ART). ... read more »

Fatty Acids May Improve ART Outcomes

The role of fatty acids in cardiovascular and overall health is well-established with supportive clinical research, but not everything is known about the vast roles these healthy fats play in the human body. ... read more »

ART Outcome in Menopausal Women with Endometriosis

The idea of the study was to investigate the impact of endometriosis on assisted outcome in menopausal women with endometriosis. ... read more »

ART Could Lead to More Baby Boys

Research published in BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, suggests certain forms of assisted reproductive technology could lead to a male / female imbalance. ... read more »

Analysis of Birth Defects After ART

A new study published in the journal Birth Defects Research Part A, Clinical and Molecular Teratology reports birth defect status three years after birth via assisted reproductive technology (ART). ... read more »

Delivery Rates with a Restricted Number of Embryos

Restricting the number of embryos transferred during fertility treatments does not decrease national birth rates, according to new research from Belgium, as long as the government combines the restriction with a policy to reimburse patients for six rounds of these treatments. ... read more »

Risk of Stillbirth Found Higher After ART Use

According to a research study by Morbidity in ART (MART), the rate of stillbirth is higher in pregnancies conceived with assisted reproductive technology (ART) than those naturally conceived. ... read more »

IVF Produces Very Low Risk of Pregnancy Complications

The Australian study compared birth outcomes of babies born of assisted reproductive technologies (ART) and spontaneous conception (without medical intervention). ... read more »

Assisted Conception: Childhood Cancer Risk

Children born as a result of assisted conception do not have a greater risk of cancer than are children conceived by spontaneous conception. ... read more »

ART and Birth Defects in Western Australia

According to a retrospective analysis of data collected on major birth defects associated with ART (assisted reproductive technology), overall birth defect rates are down but remain high compared to those reported after natural conception. ... read more »

Infertility and Fertility Issues - Clomid Pregnancy

babyMed provides fertility and infertility information and tips to couples trying to get pregnant. We also provide fertility tools to improve your chances of having a healthy pregnancy. ... read more »

Factors Affecting Low Birthweight After ART

Factors affecting low birthweight after assisted reproduction technology: the difference between transfer of fresh and cryopreserved embryos suggests an adverse effect of oocyte collection ... read more »

Should Technology Allow Parents to "Design" Their Babies?

Is modern science approaching the point where designing the baby of one's dreams becomes a reality? ... read more »

Reproductive Breakthrough: Sperm Developed From Cells

Researchers at Ben-Gurion University have developed normal sperm from mouse cells. The cells were extracted from the testicles of mice. ... read more »

Assisted Reproductive Technology Procedures and Risks

Thanks to ART treatments couples that would not have otherwise been able to parent are now happily raising children. However, despite the benefits associated with ART, there is some risk of birth defect according to researchers from the University of Adelaide. ... read more »

Morphometric Analysis and ART

Morphometric analysis is used to determine embryo volume. Researchers from UZ Leuven Campus Gasthuisberg recently completed a study using morphometric analysis to determine if embryo volume played an important part in clinical pregnancy rates. ... read more »

Increase in Multiple Sclerosis After ART

Researchers at the Institute for Neurological Research in Buenos Aires report a clear and significant connection between multiple sclerosis (MS) symptoms and assisted reproductive technology (ART). ... read more »

How Acupuncture Enhances ART

Men and women undergoing assisted reproductive therapies (ART) may find that acupuncture enhances the effort. ... read more »

Hepatitis C Virus Discordant Couples and ART

When couples require assisted reproductive technology (ART) to conceive, fertility specialists must take the health of both patients into consideration before choosing the best course of treatment. ... read more »

Choosing Embryos for Transfer in IVF

One of the biggest issues in in vitro fertilization (IVF) is knowing which embryos have the best chance of implantation and normal development during pregnancy. ... read more »

The First Ever Complete Human Sperm in Lab

A biotech company based in France has recently announced their ability to grow human sperm cells in the lab, a breakthrough expected to help many couples overcome male-related infertility issues. ... read more »

Assisted Reproductive Outcomes

A new study published in the European Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Reproductive Biology claims difficult embryo transfers may lower clinical pregnancy rates, but blood on the transfer catheter does not impact success. ... read more »

Fertility Medications Overview

Infertility is one of the most complex medical specialties. It comes with a language all its own. It comes with an array of medicines all its own, too. ... read more »

Tumors May Be Linked To IVF Treatment

In-vitro fertilization is one of the treatment options to increase fertility and conception rate, yet according to new research, IVF treatment may be associated with ovarian tumor growth later in life. ... read more »

How Past ART Results Affect Future Attempts

At Tyho-Galileo Research Laboratories, researchers theorized that Moore's Law could be used to predict future IVF outcome just as it had predicted advancement in technology. IVF procedure success has steadily increased in a linear path over the last seven years. ... read more »

Donor Recruitment Advertisements and Recommended Donor Age

The American Society for Reproductive Medicine suggests guidelines for egg donor qualification by fertility clinics and companies that recruit egg donors. ... read more »

Pain Relief for Women Undergoing Oocyte Removal

A study review published in the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews claims no one pain relief method is better than another, but using multiple methods concurrently may reduce pain more effectively for some women. ... read more »

$260 for a Test-Tube Baby?

A team of Belgium fertility doctors announced development of an in vitro fertilization (IVF) process that uses laboratory equipment much less expensive than traditional equipment. ... read more »

How Infertility Affects the Female Identity

Throughout the ages, women, especially newly married women, have been bombarded with the same questions: When are you going to start a family? What are you waiting for? I want grandchildren; when will you give them to me? What's wrong with you that you? ... read more »

Cryotransfer of Embryos Developed from Vitrified Oocytes

Vitrification is a relatively new form of cryopreservation used to preserve sperm and oocytes. After warming, oocytes are fertilized and the resulting embryos are implanted using assisted reproductive technology (ART). ... read more »

Cystic Fibrosis and Fertility

Cystic fibrosis is a condition that can reduce overall lifespan. Recent medical advances have prolonged life of patients with cystic fibrosis and with increased lifespan come increased interest in the implications of the disease on fertility and reproduction. ... read more »

Serum HCG Levels Do Not Predict Oocyte Maturity

HCG (human chorionic gonadotropin) is the pregnancy hormone that triggers a positive pregnancy test. The hormone is used to help facilitate egg maturation and release. ... read more »

Micro-Vibration and Development of Human Embryos

According to a recent study published in the Journal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics, micro-vibration of human embryos may prove beneficial for poor responders. The procedure was assessed with mouse embryos and human embryos. ... read more »

IVF Success Rate May Be Misleading

In vitro fertilization (IVF) is expensive but perhaps more important, it's an emotionally charged commitment with life-changing consequences. People considering this option undoubtedly want to work with the clinic that has the best track record. ... read more »

Serum Beta-HCG Testing Needed with Multiple Treatment Cycles

Researchers from Yale University School of Medicine recently published a case study on a woman of 36 years who underwent two cycles clomiphene citrate with the second cycles occurring after an undetected pregnancy resulting from the first study. ... read more »

Effect of Hyaluronic Acid Sperm Selection in ICSI Patients

Researchers from the Institute of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital in India recently published a study in the Journal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics on the impact of choosing sperm bond to hyaluronic acid (HA). ... read more »

Assisted Reproduction May Lead to Psychological Trauma

Women who conceive via assisted reproduction are more likely to suffer psychological trauma after early pregnancy loss, according to a study published in BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. ... read more »

Egg Donation Pregnancy Risk the Same for All Age Groups

There are significant pregnancy risks for women over the age of 50 who use assisted technologies to achieve pregnancy, though the risks are no greater for women over 50 than women under 50. ... read more »

Latest IVF Goal: Singleton Births, Fewer Twins

In the pioneering days of in vitro fertilization (IVF), multiple births were common. Implanting more than one embryo was a way to ensure at least one of them would result in full-term pregnancy; often more than one embryo resulted in full-term pregnancy. ... read more »

Fertility Drugs Cause More Multiple Births Than IVF

In 1971, about 1.8 percent of all babies born in the United States were multiple births - twins, triplets, or more (higher-order births). By 2011, the multiple-birth rate had climbed to 3.5 percent. The popularity of medically assisted conceptions had risen, too. ... read more »

Assisted Conception Increases Risk for Birth Problems

A new study suggests babies born as the result of assisted reproduction are at least twice as likely to suffer serious complications as those born after spontaneous conception. ... read more »

Test-Tube Babies: Five Million and Counting

Louise Brown couldn't have known it but she made history when she was born in 1978. Her birth marked the beginning of a new baby boom that is gaining momentum every year. Louise was the world's first child born as a result of in vitro fertilization (IVF). ... read more »

Nimodipine Delays Spontaneous LH Surge

Fertility specialists currently use GnRH analogue injections to stop spontaneous surges in LH (luteinizing hormone) in female patients being treated with assisted reproductive technology. ... read more »

Infertility Treatment and Male Spinal Cord Injury

Researchers from the Institut de readaptation Gingras-Lindsay-de-Montreal in Quebec wanted to find out just how effective assisted reproductive technology (ART) is for men with spinal cord injury (SCI). ... read more »

ICSI and Newborn HCV Infection

There are procedures used in intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI), a form of assisted reproductive technology, that may increase the risk of infant hepatitis C infection (HCV) when mom is HCV positive. ... read more »

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