Fertility and Infertility News and Studies

U.S. Fertility Scorecard by State

How does your state score? ... read more »

Season May Affect IVF Outcome

A team of researchers presented new data that could help some women conceive more quickly using IVF. According to the team presentation at ... read more »

Baby Born Healthy After Embryo Stored for 20 Years

After spending 20 years in deep freeze, an embryo implanted into a 42 year old woman results in a healthy, live birth. ... read more »

Women With Thrombophilia May Not Have More Miscarriages

Thrombophilia is a blood condition requiring treatment with blood thinners. According to a study published in Human Reproduction, women with this condition ... read more »

Children Conceived via IVF are Just as Smart as Their Peers

According to a report published by the University of Iowa, children conceived through in-vitro fertilization (IVF) are just as smart as their naturally conceived peers. ... read more »

Laptops May Negatively Affect Male Fertility

According to the medical journal Fertility and Sterility, men who use a laptop can experience negative effects due to the heat put off by the computer. ... read more »

HIV Positive Men Find Hope in Sperm Freezing

Men who are HIV+ cannot father children without running the risk of passing the virus onto the unborn fetus. Current sperm freezing techniques do not separate sperm ... read more »

Fertility Questions for Cancer Patients

Sandra Carson set out to create an environment where ovarian function could be studied in a lab. Thanks to a 3-D lab petri dish ... read more »

Fertility-Sparing Treatment with Megestrol Acetate

Patients with endometrioid carcinoma (endometrial cancer) may have a treatment choice that could spare fertility. According to researchers from the Fudan University Shanghai Cancer Centre, treating patients with megestrol acetate could spare fertility, but recurrence rates must be monitored closely.  ... read more »

Cell Phones May Reduce Male Fertility

According to a new study, cell phones increase testosterone levels, but decrease the quality of sperm and fertility.  ... read more »

Sperm Coating Could be the Cause of Male Infertility

A connection between the outer protein coating of sperm and male fertility has been found. A defective gene that inhibits the production of DEFB126, also known as the protein coating on sperm, has been found to effect fertility.  ... read more »

Mediterranean Diet May Improve Fertility

According to a new observational research study, the Mediterranean diet may include all the foods and nutrients the female body needs for optimal fertility. The connection between the Mediterranean diet and fertility is based on insulin. ... read more »

Kilt-Wearing Men are More Fertile

Wearing a kilt without underwear may be a better option for men who want to naturally increase sperm production and fertility. ... read more »

Bariatric Surgery, IVF and Obesity Fertility

In some cases infertility is traced back to body weight. Being overweight or obese can increase difficulty conceiving, so weight loss may be suggested to patients with ongoing infertility who fall into the overweight or obese classification. ... read more »

Acupuncture Increasing Fertility Rates

According to new research, women prescribed clomid or clomiphene, may have another secret weapon in the fight against infertility. It appears that acupuncture, when used with medication therapy, can increase fertility and pregnancy. ... read more »

Woman Shares IVF Treatment with the World, On Live TV!

A woman made history on September 24, 2013, when she became the first to undergo in-vitro fertilization (IVF), on live television. ... read more »

IVF TV Pioneer Now Pregnant

An ecstatic couple from Missouri recently revealed the latestdevelopment in their very public quest for a baby - they're pregnant!The joyous announcement was made on the Today show, where theirstruggle with pregnancy was first revealed to the world. ... read more »

Vitamin D Levels Affect IVF Success

According to the study, published in CMAJ Open, women with adequate vitamin D levels are more likely to conceive with IVF than women with lower than adequate levels. ... read more »

In-Vitro Maturation in Subfertile PCOS Patients

Researchers recently reviewed clinical trials and literature regarding the effects of in-vitro maturation on assisted reproduction success in women with subfertility associated with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). ... read 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. ... read more »

IVF and the Vatican

John-Henry Westen, editor-in-chief of the online news site LifeSiteNews, recently visited the Vatican to find out if the Catholic Church will ever sanction in vitro fertilization (IVF) as an accepted form of infertility treatment. ... read more »

Does Celiac Disease Cause Infertility?

There are many factors that play a role in affecting fertility, but one disease is gaining more attention as it becomes increasingly prevalent in the population. Celiac disease is a condition that millions of people have, but most don't know they have it, in part because symptoms can be so varied. ... 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 »

Mitochondrial Donation: Fears and Benefits

Lawmakers in the United Kingdom (UK) are on the verge of a final vote that will decide whether or not a specific form of in vitro fertilization (IVF) will be legally allowed in the UK. ... read more »

Like the Egg, Sperm Suffers Consequences of Aging, Too

The findings of a recent meta-analysis of studies of sperm quality and paternal age suggest DNA quality within the sperm is compromised as men age. ... read more »

Cell Phones in Pockets Linked to Diminished Sperm Quality

A growing body of scientific study indicates the front pant pocket may not be the ideal place for a man to keep his mobile phone if he wants to father children. ... read 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. ... read more »

Semen Quality Affects Male Lifespan

Just one study connecting male infertility and life expectancy has been conducted in the United States, making it only one of three ever conducted anywhere in the world. ... read more »

Father's Age Influences IUI Success

Scientific evidence reveals that men should also be concerned with their advancing age and reproductive health. ... read more »

High Cholesterol Compromises Male, Female Fertility

The findings of a recent study indicate high cholesterol levels in the bloodstream compromise a couple’s risk of conceiving a child. ... read more »

Body Purges Defective Eggs to Maintain Reproductive Quality

In humans and other mammals, this purging of the weakest links begins in the womb, where the budding eggs of a female fetus are eliminated to maintain reproductive quality years in the future. ... read more »

Stress Affects Sperm, Semen Quality; Fertility Suffers

A new study suggests too much stress does a lot more damage than merely taking fun out of life. It can affect a man’s fertility by diminishing the quality of the sperm and semen he produces. ... read more »

ART Increasingly Safe for Mother and Child

As assisted reproductive technology (ART) procedures have been perfected in recent years, the success rate of these procedures has risen admirably while safety concerns have diminished. ... read more »

Thyroid Disorders Linked to Female Infertility

A recent study makes a strong case for including thyroid health in the nation’s universal screening protocols. ... read more »

Varicocele Repair for Infertility

There is great controversy over varicocele repair and overall impact on pregnancy rate and fertility among men diagnosed infertile. ... read 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.” ... read more »

Immune System Encourages Pregnancy When Sex Life is Lively

Fertility is highest at in the days leading up to ovulation so intercourse is encouraged then, but new research indicates intercourse throughout the menstrual cycle promotes conception, too. ... read more »

One Baby Aspirin a Day Ups Conception Rate After Miscarriage

The findings of a 2013 study on aspirin’s effect on conception indicates taking one baby aspirin a day ups the chance of conception by as much as 17% for women who have a history of miscarriage. ... read 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. ... read more »

Clomid Does Not Increase Long-Term Breast Cancer Risk

Women who took Clomid during treatment for infertility are not at increased risk for developing breast cancer, even if they took the drug 30 years ago, according to a new study. ... read 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. ... read 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%. ... read more »

Sperm Requires Well-Aligned Support System for Optimum Health

Scientific studies on infertility in laboratory mice have shown that the absence of a certain transcription factor ' p73 ' leads to infertilityin both male and female mice. ... read more »

Unused Embryos: What Happens to Them?

Many happy new parents find themselves with an unexpected dilemma: what to do with unused embryos. There are several options but state law may limit them. Your fertility specialist is well-versed on the local laws governing all aspects of assisted reproduction ... read 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. ... read more »

Is Six the Lucky Number for IVF Success?

A study conducted at Harvard Medical School reveals the odds actually improve as cycles are repeated. By the sixth cycle, most women have the same odds of giving birth to a live baby as a woman of the same age with no fertility problems. ... read more »

Online Fertility Drugs: What Are You Really Buying?

The extreme ease of buying things, especially cheap things, on the internet has led one doctor in Ohio to send out the cry that buyers should beware, especially if fertility drugs are on the shopping list. ... read more »

Two Embryos More Viable Than One for First-Time Mothers

Researchers find two embryos are more viable for women who are attempting pregnancy with their first child. ... read more »

Baby on the Way for World's First Penis Transplant Patient

A unidentified young man in South Africa is expected to be a very proud papa soon. Six months ago, he underwent the world’s first successful penis transplant and now has fathered a child. ... read more »

Fertility Preservation in Cancer Survivors

It is estimated that 10% of all cancer diagnoses are made in patients during reproductive years. Cancer treatments can cause permanent loss of fertility, but patients may not be educated on currently available means of protecting fertility prior to cancer treatments. ... read more »

Pages