Fertility and Infertility News and Studies

Day 3 Embryo Transfer for Poor Ovarian Response

D3 embryos may be the best viable option for women younger than 35 with a poor ovarian response. ... read more »

Slight Alteration in IVF Could Boost Success for Older Women

Dr. Yan-Guang Wu and his research team found the timing of egg retrieval is a key to success when treating older women. ... read more »

Implantation Failure: When Embryos 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. ... read more »

Stress Could Reduce Fertility

A study was done linking stress levels to infertility. According to the report, women who have higher than normal stress levels could have more difficulty conceiving. ... read more »

Teenagers’ Sperm Cells Exhibit High Rate of Mutations

A recent study suggests the children of teenage fathers may exhibit higher rates of low birth weight as well as greater risk for autism, schizophrenia, and birth defects that include spina bifida. ... read more »

NIH Panel: Change PCOS Name and Commit More Research

PCOS, or polycystic ovary syndrome, is a medical condition that affects up to five million women in the United States alone. The condition can cause pain and infertility, but PCOS affects more than the ovaries. ... read more »

Most Virile Sperm Ejaculated First; May Improve IVF Outcome

A study finds that the most virile sperm are ejaculated first and the remainder of the ejaculated fluids may actually hinder fertilization. ... 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 »

Gluten Intolerance Linked to Unexplained Infertility

Dr. Feel suggests the autoimmune response to gluten may affect fertility; missed periods and infertility are complications of celiac disease. ... read more »

Customizing Genes Through Designer Sperm

Scientists have brought us a step closer to stopping genetic diseases before they pass from one generation to the next. ... read more »

Critical Fertility Enzymes

A new discovery may shed light on the problem of human infertility. Whilst sperm differs in appearance and movement across different species, there are key enzymes, although few in number, essential for the promotion of quality sperm and sperm motility. ... read more »

Treatment for Ovarian Cancer May Preserve Fertility

A new study suggests conservative treatment for recurrent ovarian cancer may preserve a woman's fertility, especially if cancer stubbornly returns in the reproductive organ. ... read more »

Commentary Raises Ethical Concerns about Fertility Loans

Some lenders now offer loans to make paying for fertility treatments easier, but a commentary published by The Hastings Center raises ethical concerns about the practice. ... 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 »

300 Year-Old Fertility Statistic is Still Cited Today

One out of three women over the age of 35 will not conceive after one year of trying to conceive (TTC). While that statistic may sound about right to most people, it may not necessarily be true in the present day. ... read more »

Effects of Emergency Contraception on Tubal Environment

Researchers recently completed a study examining the effects of emergency contraception on tubal environment. Levonorgestrel (LNG) was the emergency contraception used in the study. ... read more »

Fertility in People with Childhood-onset Type 1 Diabetes

The Hjelt Institute in Finland recently completed and published a cohort study of 2,307 women and 2,819 men with type 1 diabetes. The purpose of the study was to determine the fertility outcome of patients living with child-onset diabetes. ... read more »

Cancer Now, Babies Later - Advance Planning Pays Off

Women are surviving cancer in rates higher than ever before and many of them long for babies once cancer is history. As a result, women of childbearing years who have cancer can expect to discuss with their oncologist their plans for children ... read more »

Big Breakfasts Help Lean Women Overcome Reproductive Problems

A new study published in Clinical Science suggests eating a relatively larger breakfast and smaller dinner can have a positive effect on fertility. Proper meal timing could have special benefits for women with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). ... read more »

World's First Baby Born from Ovarian Tissue

A young girl in Belgium faced a lifetime of debilitating pain and organ damage due to sickle cell disease. Doctors proposed a stem cell transplant, which would save her life but destroy her ovaries. ... 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 »

Study: Endometriosis Treatment After Surgery

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 »

Hawaii Considers Expanding Insurance Coverage for IVF

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. ... read more »

Reversing Damaged Eggs Due to Cancer Treatments

Researchers at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, have found a way to reverse the damage done to the immature eggs (oocytes) of female mice exposed to radiation. ... read more »

The Changing Shape of Female Fertility

According to research data compiled over 55 years, natural selection is moving from short, stout women to tall thin women ' a change that could have global implications, according to researchers. ... read more »

Fertility Therapy for Endometrial Hyperplasia and Cancer

A recent study from researchers in the United Kingdom shows that fertility-sparing treatment is a viable option for some patients, resulting in live births and fulfillment of reproductive wishes. ... read more »

Fertility Increasingly Possible After Childhood Cancer

Improvements in cancer therapy throughout the years have made chemotherapy and radiation treatments less invasive and less destructive than they were a few decades ago. These therapies attack with a vengeance and often leaves the child infertile. ... 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 »

Primary Ovarian Insufficiency Linked to Gene Mutation

A team of researchers at Tel Aviv University in Israel has recently discovered a link between premature ovarian failure (POF) and a specific gene mutation. ... read more »

Exposure to Pesticides Linked to Endometriosis

Endometriosis affects about 10 percent of women during their reproductive years. A new study shows a link between endometriosis and two pesticides once used widely in the U.S. for pest control and agriculture. ... 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 »

Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals Affect Animal Fertility

Researchers have previously found a negative effect of endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) on fish. ... read more »

Findings on Egg-Sperm Recognition May Help Infertility

Researchers at Cambridge University in England have unlocked the secret of attraction between sperm and egg at the exact moment of conception. ... read more »

The Effect of Cryopreservation on Sperm

The process of cryopreservation allows human sperm carrying DNA to be frozen in time until the sperm is ready for use. Protecting the integrity of sperm and DNA is important to the success of fertility treatments. ... read more »

Sperm Perfusion and IUI in Non-Tubal Infertility

Researchers from The University of Auckland in New Zealand recently published a study in the journal Human Reproduction comparing pregnancy rates between sperm perfusion and intrauterine insemination in women with non-tubal infertility. ... read more »

Common Cause of Female Infertility and Ovarian Cancer

A recent study indicates there may not be a cause-and-effect association between infertility and ovarian cancer but a common cause instead that leads to both. ... 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 »

IUI Success Influenced by Uterine Contractions

Medical researchers have published a study that demonstrates a higher IUI success rate when there are more uterine contractions per minute during the procedure and when the sperm comes from a donor. ... read more »

Safer Conception for HIV Patients

In couples with one partner who's HIV-positive, safe conception and birth can be a topic of concern. With advances in medical treatment for HIV, lifespan can be barely affected by the virus, leaving couples to raise children as successfully as HIV-negative parents. ... 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 »

Taste Receptors on Testicles Linked to Fertility

Sometimes the most well-laid scientific plans can take a surprising turn. That happened recently at Philadelphia's Monell Chemical Senses Center, where a team of researchers was experimenting on mice and their taste receptors. ... read more »

Male Infertility, Cholesterol Drugs, and a Better Mousetrap

In a surprising twist of discovery, scientists at a research lab devoted to the study of taste and smell may have stumbled upon an environmental link to male infertility. ... read more »

Research Brings Male Contraceptive Pill a Step Closer

Scientists may be a step closer to developing a new male contraceptive. Scientists from the Monash Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences found they could block two proteins that trigger sperm transport. ... read more »

Terrorism and Fertility

You don't have to experience a terrorist attack firsthand in order to feel its effects profoundly. It touches every element of life, often with lasting effects. ... read more »

Study Suggests BPA Linked to Miscarriage

Bisphenol-A (BPA) has been the subject of much study lately. This industrial compound is in the urine of almost all Americans and it's nearly impossible to avoid. It lines the cans of canned foods, is part of plastic wrap and many containers made of plastic. ... 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 »

Low Birth Weight Baby Girls May Face Future Fertility Woes

The findings of a Swedish study of infertility indicate a linkbetween a woman's size and weight at birth and an increased risk forfertility difficulties once she's of childbearing age. ... read more »

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 »

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