Fertility and Infertility News and Studies

A Better Night’s Rest Could Improve Pregnancy Rates After IVF

Women who take melatonin may see an increased chance of pregnancy after IVF treatments. ... read more »

Women Feel Positive About Egg Banking

A new study shows that women feel positive about saving their eggs, although many women think they will never use the eggs they have stored. ... read more »

Probability of Spontaneous Pregnancy: Day-Specific

In an attempt to increased fertility and chance of conception, equations and medical history are used to evaluate optimal fertility windows for women seeking IVF/ICSI treatment. ... read more »

Preterm Birth Rates in Blastocyst

Researchers from the Create Fertility Center in Ontario, Canada, recently published a study comparing preterm birth rates in pregnancies conceived with blastocysts versus day 5/6 embryos. ... read more »

Genetic Testing to Prevent Fatal Brain Disease in Children

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. ... 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 »

Testicular Tissue to Preserve Fertility for Boys with Cancer

An increasingly important aspect of cancer treatment in children is how cancer treatment today affects the child's ability to reproduce as an adult. ... read more »

Do Raspberries Boost Fertility?

Two newspapers in the United Kingdom recently reported that eating raspberries could boost fertility; scientists now call these reports 'misleading.' ... read more »

Wealthy Chinese Couples Turn to Overseas Surrogacy

With more than 40 million Chinese now diagnosed as infertile, surrogacy is an attractive solution but the practice is illegal in China. ... read more »

Urinary BPA in IVF Patients

Researchers have provided a long list of potential side effects of bisphenol A exposure and consumption, but researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health wanted a better understanding of this chemical's impact on ovarian response and embryo quality. ... read more »

Too Many Infertile Black Women Overlooked

Infertility affects women of all races, every socioeconomic situation, every culture and religion. Most of the research being done on infertility in the US, however, involves affluent white couples. ... read more »

Thoracic Endometriosis Syndrome and Infertility

A small study from researchers associated with Chaim Sheba Medical Center shows an association between TES, pelvic endometriosis and infertility. TES is also known as thoracic endometriosis syndrome. ... read more »

Proliferation Capacity of Human Sperm

Vitrification is a relatively new freezing method commonly used to preserve unfertilized eggs to preserve fertility. Vitrification, unlike other freezing methods, does not produce ice crystals on eggs. ... read more »

Mediterranean Diet: Impact on IVF Success

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. ... read more »

Things We Just Don’t Know About Making Babies

A group of researchers at the Yale University School of Medicine used the internet to find out what American women of reproductive age think they know about making babies. ... 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 »

"Family Jewels" Cooling Product Aids Fertility

Gentlemen, heat is your enemy. That's the message behind a new product said to enhance a man's fertility by cooling down the family jewelsto promote healthier sperm. ... read more »

Clinical Trial to Test Benefits of Sticky Sperm

Sticky spermatozoa may hold the key to greater success rates among couples undergoing in vitro fertilization (IVF) treatments. IVF is a procedure in which scientists inject spermatozoa, commonly referred to as sperm, into an egg. ... read more »

Male Diseases Affecting Male Fertility

Researchers in the United States and Mexico recently completed a study on the impact of male diseases that cause various sperm-related issues that affect fertility. The study was published in the journal Current Opinions in Obstetrics and Gynecology. ... read more »

Post Surgery Treatment of Endometriosis May Prevent Recurrence

Endometriosis can be detrimental to fertility. After surgery, treatment may be suggested to prevent recurrence of the condition, especially in women who want to achieve pregnancy post surgery. ... read more »

Male Infertility: Scientists Insert Nanoparticles into Sperm

Researchers at Oxford University have developed a new way to insert special nanoparticles into sperm. This new technique could someday help doctors discover, diagnose and treat the underlying causes of infertility. ... read more »

Restorative Proctocolectomy Impairs Fertility

Restorative proctocolectomy (RPC) may have adverse side effects on fertility and pregnancy, according to a study published in the journal Colorectal Disease. ... read more »

Exposure to BPA May Decrease Fertility in Women

The chemical BPA may cause infertility in women, according to a new study by Brigham and Women's Hospitals (BWM). The study, published online in the journal Human Reproduction, is the first research of its kind. ... 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 »

Endometriosis Surgery: Is Bowel Resection Necessary?

Women undergoing radical excision of endometriosis (with and without bowel resection) have comparable clinical outcomes, according to a study published in the Annals of Surgery. ... read more »

Promising Pregnancy Outcomes After Childhood Cancer

New research gives hope to countless women who survived childhood cancer and think they cannot have children of their own. ... read more »

Placenta Accreta: Novel Approach Saves Lives

Dr. Patrick Nicholson used a novel, two-step approach to treat placenta accreta, whereby mothers’ lives are saved, their fertility spared, and no babies suffered ill effects of treatment. ... read more »

Patient-Centered Care in Fertility Clinics

A new study suggests that patient-centered care can improve well-being during fertility treatment. Fertility patients place value on different aspects of care than their doctors. For example, a fertility patient tends to value information, communication, and access to care. ... read more »

Fertility and Young Male Cancer Patients

Fertility preservation is important to cancer patients, no matter the age, according to a new study published in the journal Fertility and Sterility. Parents of young male patients treated for cancer said they would take part in fertility preservation. ... read more »

Healthier Babies in Overweight Women With Diet & Exercise

An important new study -- the world's largest -- indicates that counseling the mother on healthier lifestyle choices during pregnancy often results in the delivery of a baby of healthy weight. ... read more »

Industrial Chemicals and Ovarian Response to IVF

Exposure to some types of industrial chemicals can adversely affect reproductive health for both males and females. ... read more »

Combination Approach for Oncology Infertility Patients

According to a new study from Erlangen University Hospital in Germany suggests a combination approach to improving fertility for oncology patients. ... read more »

Obesity Doesn't Affect Pregnancy with Donor Eggs

Many studies suggest that obesity decreases a woman's chance of becoming pregnant through IVF but most of this research has focused on women who use their own eggs. ... read more »

OB-GYN Group Urges Weight Loss Before Conception

One subject that many obstetricians and gynecologists (OB-GYNs) find uncomfortable is the issue of excess weight when a patient is having difficulties conceiving. ... read more »

New Study on Chromosome Errors in Human Eggs

As many as 60% of a woman's eggs are thought to be defective by errors in chromosomal division. These errors represent the number-one cause of infertility. ... read more »

New Extraction Technique For Low-Sperm-Count

A new treatment for male infertility is bringing hope to many men who suffer low-sperm-count male infertility. ... 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 »

How Dad's Job Affects Son's Fertility

A study completed by researchers in Denmark aimed to inspect a possible correlation between paternal job one year before birth and infertility of offspring. Participants in the study (offspring) were born between 1965 and 1984. ... read more »

New Study: Brain Function and Fertility

A recent study brings scientists a step closer to understanding the critical connection between brain function and fertility. ... read more »

Key to Sperm-Related Male Infertility

Many factors determine male fertility. The exact mechanisms resulting in poor sperm quality have been elusive but a team of California physiologists may have discovered the key. ... read more »

Chances of Natural Conception in Subfertile Couples

Researchers from The Academic Medical Center in The Netherlands recently reviewed interclinic variations of natural conception in subfertile couples using pooled and cohort data. The review was published in the journal Human Reproduction. ... read more »

Infertility Treatment, Pregnancy and Endometrial Cancer

When a young patient is diagnosed with endometrial cancer, fertility may come into question. Women without children may be skeptical about having a hysterectomy before parenting at least one child. ... 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 »

Present Concept of Unexplained Infertility

Unexplained infertility is the failure to conceive of a couple in whom no definitive cause for infertility can be found and it has an incidence of 10-20% in all infertile couples. ... read more »

Contraception and Fertility Awareness Among Women With Solid Organ Transplants

About 300 women were telephoned for a survey based on contact information listed at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. All women were between 19 and 49 years of age and had received single or multiple organ transplants at the medical center. ... read more »

Will 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. ... read more »

How Acupuncture Enhances ART

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

Healthy DNA Delay Menopause Extend Fertile Years

An extensive international study found that how the body handles DNA repair throughout a lifetime affects the timing of fertility decline and the onset of menopause. ... read more »

Freezing Sperm Before Treatment for Hodgkin's Lymphoma

Men with a Hodgkin's lymphoma who want to have children after cancer treatment stand a better chance of fatherhood if they have their sperm frozen and stored before beginning treatment. ... read more »

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