in vitro fertilization (IVF)

    Top Reasons/Causes for Infertility

    The three major causes of infertility covering over 80% of cases include ovulation problems, sperm problems, and fallopian tube problems, while 15% of couples have unexplained infertility. ... more »

    7 Things You Did Not Know About Getting Pregnant

     1)  It takes a sperm and an egg Might seem obvious but it was a mystery until 1784.  That’s when Catholic priest / biologist / physiologist Lazzaro Spallanzani put two and two together.  He performed in vitro fertilization (IVF) on frogs and artificial insemination on a dog to prove the point.  Before that, nobody truly knew where babies came from. ... more »

    Semen Boosts Pregnancy Health, Improves IVF Success Rate

    At the International Congress of Immunology held in Australia this year, Sarah Robertson, from the University of Adelaide, presented the results of her recent study that found semen to be valuable in boosting the health of pregnancy and improving in vitro fertilization (IVF) success rate.  Frequent sex with a familiar partner seems to ensure the healthiest pregnancy, even while IVF is in progre ... more »

    Embryos in IVF Lab Can’t Get Enough Barry White Love, Baby

    Some people claim music is the rhythm of life.  At an Irish fertility clinic, the deep-throated romantic sounds of 1970s superstar Barry White seems to be the music favored by the embryos in the lab being cultivated for implantation for in vitro fertilization (IVF).  When the soulful purring of White’s voice is pumped into an incubator, the embryos thrive, developing more rapidly and robu ... more »

    IVF Birth Defect Myth Debunked in Twin Studies

    A general perception exists that places the risk for birth defects higher in babies conceived via in vitro fertilization (IVF) and other forms of assisted reproductive technologies (ARTs) than for babies conceived naturally.  Two studies on twins and birth defects, recently published by various members of the same research team, have effectively debunked that myth.  The studies revealed w ... more »

    10 Things Nobody Told You About Infertility

    When a couple struggles with conceiving a child or carrying a pregnancy to term, it is generally understood the woman has fertility issues.  In some cases, this is true but it is equally a problem of male reproductive health.  Each year in the US, approximately 4 million men age 45 and younger seek treatment for infertility.  A significant number of them are diagnosed with male-related infertil ... more »

    Men: Hold Off On Bacon Till After IVF Success

    The findings of a recent study suggests men who are part of a couple undergoing treatment for infertility may fare better if they hold off on the processed meats until a pregnancy is confirmed. ... more »

    IVF's 37-Year Evolution: From “Test Tube Baby” to Today

    Louise Joy Brown was born on July 25th, 1978, and was the first baby born of in vitro fertilization (IVF). She is less known by name than by her claim to fame: the world’s first “test tube baby.” ... more »

    Will Controversial New IVF Procedure Re-Energize Older Women’s Eggs?

    A new in vitro fertilization (IVF) procedure is said to re-energize the egg so conception occurs more readily but the procedure is still experimental and controversial. ... more »

    Secret to Successful IVF Embryo Implantation Revealed

    Ongoing research of IVF is raising the success rate of the procedure but one aspect of the technique has remained mysterious - the frequent inability of an embryo to implant in the uterine wall. ... more »

    When Egg Meets Sperm: Let the Fireworks Begin!

    A new study discovered a sparkling fireworks show that ignites when egg meets sperm and they’ve got the video to prove it. ... more »

    Study Calls for Improved Fertility Testing of Obese Men

    Improvements may be needed in assessing male infertility. Obese men may face fertility challenges not routinely measured at this time. ... more »

    Utah’s Gardner Quadruplets One in 70 Million

    On December 28 the "Quad Squad" was born. These two sets of identical twins were born to Ashley and Tyson Gardner, who tried to conceive for eight years with no luck. ... more »

    My Story Begins...

    My story begins 14 years ago, when I was 31. I was married, happy and owned my own company. My husband was successful as well. The world was ours. But one day we looked around us and realized most of our friends were having kids. We took a step back and said "Ok, It's time." ... more »

    hCG Calculator and hCG Levels Chart Tool

    Our hCG Calculator and hCG levels chart assess whether your hCG levels in pregnancy rise normally by using this hCG Calculator.  Ask your hCG questions here. ... more »

    Conception After 40: Choose IVF First

    The latest study on infertility and older women suggests the most effective approach to fertility treatment when the cause of infertility is unknown is to choose IVF first. ... more »

    Hawaii Considers Expanding Insurance Coverage for Infertility Treatment

    In Hawaii, state law requires insurers to cover the cost of in-vitro fertilization (IVF) but only to a select few. State legislators are considering proposed upgrades to the legislation. ... more »

    Public Funding for IVF Spreading Across Canada

    Ontario is the latest Canadian province to consider public funding for in-vitro fertilization (IVF) treatments regardless of the cause of infertility. ... more »

    Study Underway to Test Mediterranean Diet Effect on IVF Success; Couples Wanted

    A recent study involving mice demonstrated a "major impact" on the success rate of IVF when the mice were fed a Mediterranean diet before implantation. ... more »

    Mindfulness Training Might Ease Loneliness of IVF Emotional Roller Coaster

    A British researcher thinks mindfulness training might prove instrumental in easing the loneliness and emotional stress associated with IVF. ... more »

    Study: Adjust IVF Med Dosage to Woman’s Weight for Greater Success

    A recent study suggests that customization of the IVF process may lead to greater success when the dosage of some IVF medications are adjusted to the weight of the woman. ... more »

    Should Emerging Technologies Allow Parents to "Design" Their Babies?

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

    Fertilization More Likely When IVF Eggs Dance to the Music

    Fertility specialists in Spain discovered that fertilization rates are higher when eggs being prepped for in vitro fertilization (IVF) can dance to the music being piped into their incubator. ... more »

    12 Reasons Why This Blogger Mom Loves Her C-Section

    Kathryn Kefauver Goldberg describes herself as a "writer, blogger, twin mom" and she suggests that cesarean-section deliveries (C-sections) are misunderstood. ... more »

    UK Invites Public Comments on Proposed Three-Person IVF Law

    The United Kingdom is deciding whether or not to add legal provisions to national law that will allow a new form of in vitro fertilization (IVF) to become a standard option for infertility treatments. ... more »

    Does a Woman’s Testosterone Level Affect Egg Development?

    We know androgens are vital to a man’s fertility but a new steady says androgens might actually be doing something useful for a woman’s fertility, too. ... more »

    3-D Video Tracking System Identifies Healthiest Living Sperm for IVF Success

    A multinational, multidisciplinary team of European researchers has devised a three-dimensional (3-D) video tracking system that allows the observer to watch living sperm in motion. ... more »

    2012 Sets Record for US IVF Births

    In its 2012 annual report, the medical society says it was a record-breaking year for babies born from assisted reproductive technologies (ART). In vitro fertilization (IVF) accounted for 99%. ... more »

    Implantation Failure: Some Embryos Just Don’t Pass “Entrance Exam”

    Recently, in an examination of the reproductive process, medical researchers in England discovered that we must pass the most important exam of all long before our birth. ... more »

    Boost Fertility Naturally with These 5 Foods

    Baby-making can be as delicious as it is fun. These five foods are not just yummy, they deliver nutrients that boost a woman's fertility and create optimum health during pregnancy and breastfeeding. ... more »

    You Simply Will NOT Believe the Story of These Triplets!

    Sarah and Bill Imbierowicz wanted to be parents but it proved to be a mission easier said than done. They turned to in vitro fertilization (IVF) but that didn't really work as expected. ... more »

    Woman Uses IVF, Genetic Testing to Ensure Children Won’t Inherit Fatal Brain Disease

    A 27-year-old woman wanted to have children but she did not want her children to live as she does, knowing she is genetically inclined to develop a very rare crippling brain disease. ... more »

    IVF Success Strengthens Relationships

    When IVF is successful, and a baby is born from the experience, the bond between the parents is strengthened, according to a recent study from Denmark. ... more »

    Journalist Ponders Egg Donation and Motherhood

    Amy Klein and her husband, Solomon, want to have a baby but they'refinding out that actually having one isn't as easy as merely wantingone. ... more »

    Womb Transplants Becoming Viable Reality in Sweden

    Nine young women in Sweden recently received uterus transplants in ground-breaking surgery that may allow them to bear children. ... more »

    My Infertility Journey: The Red Raspberry Leaf Extract (Part 52)

    When I decided to go the natural/semi-natural way of getting pregnant one more time before going "all the way" with IVF, one of the things I wanted to try was a product I found. ... more »

    IVF Produces Very Low Risk of Pregnancy Complications, Headlines Overhyped, Says NHS

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

    58-YO Woman To Give Birth to Daughter’s Daughter

    Fifty-eight-year-old Julia Navarro of Provo, Utah, is about to become a grandmother for the first time. ... 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? ... more »

    New Method Could Double IVF Success Rates

    About one in 15 couples worldwide are unable to have children after at least a year of trying, but new research promises to double the success rate of one type of fertility treatment. ... more »

    New Process of Detecting Genetic Defects in Egg Cells Discovered

    Infertility can devastate some couples, but advancements in IFV have been able to give many families the children they’ve always wanted. ... more »

    My Infertility Journey: Moving Forward With Good Things (Part 48)

    I've found it's always best to trust one's intuition. It rarely leads you astray. I've gotten strong feelings before about whether or not I should do something, and they've always proven to be correct. Intuition is a powerful thing. Everyone has it.  ... more »

    My Infertility Journey: The Visit (Part 47)

    Seeing as there was no way for me to avoid seeing my step-sons the day after Christmas, other than to simply leave the house (and my husband would have been upset if I'd made such an obvious display of my resentment toward them), I had to grit my teeth and accept it.  ... more »

    My Infertility Journey: Time to Deal With Some Emotional Baggage! (Part 46)

    With the holidays coming up, I knew there was going to likely be some kind of get-together with my step-sons. This was a real problem for me, because I was still very resentful of their lack of support or compassion during my IVF fundraiser.  ... more »

    My Infertility Journey: Feeling Groovy (Part 45)

    I let myself quiet my financial concerns and clear my mind for the first time in a long time. I couldn't help but feel that the financial pressure buying all of those fertility medicines was putting on me was the universe's way of saying now wasn't the time to be doing this. ... more »

    My Infertility Journey: Looking at Alternatives Again (Part 44)

    It seemed like I was on the road to IVF, and I was eager to do it. However, the sudden declaration that I would have to pay thousands of dollars in medications that weren't covered by the package price I paid was putting me under a lot of pressure. ... more »