Fertility and Infertility News and Studies

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Trending: Clinics Financing Fertility Treatments

Even though the array of procedures interests more people, the cost of assisted reproductive treatments (ART) can be daunting to some candidates. One encouraging trend, however, may make the price tag easier to live with. ... read 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. ... read more »

Cost Analysis: Tubal Reconstruction vs IVF

The cost analysis compared the cost of tubal reconstruction after tubal ligation and IVF treatments as means of conception and pregnancy. According to the analysis, tubal reconstruction is less costly than IVF treatment. ... read more »

Secondhand Smoke and Prolactin Levels

Researchers at Montana Tech University knew there was a correlation between smoking, prolactin levels and thyroid stimulating hormone levels, but no real research had been completed on the effect of secondhand smoke on these hormones. ... read more »

Wi-Fi Laptops Could Be Frying Your Sperm

Men who usually rest their Wi-Fi laptops on their laps are much more vulnerable to reduced sperm motility and degeneration of the sperm DNA lowering the possibility of men to become fathers. ... read more »

DNA Methylation and Spontaneous Abortion After ART

At the Center for Reproductive Medicine at Nanfang Hospital in the People's Republic of China, researchers believed there was a possible link between assisted reproductive technology (ART) and spontaneous abortion caused by improper DNA methylation. ... read more »

Psychiatric Disorders and Effective Postpartum Contraception

Researchers from the Preventative Medicine Department in Sao Paulo recently published a study in the journal Contraception on the possible link between postpartum psychiatric disorders and choice of contraception. ... read more »

Current State of Vasectomy Reversal

Surgical vasectomy used to be viewed as a permanent means of sterilization, but advancements in microsurgery have changed the playing field. ... read more »

Stem Cells Provide Fertility Hope for Pre-Pubescent Boys

Cancer treatments like radiation and chemotherapy have advanced dramatically in the last few decades. Cancer survival rates in children, teens and adults are higher than ever, but for pre-pubescent boys, those treatments often leave them infertile. ... read more »

The Role of Bacterial Agents in Infertility

Researchers suggest infertile women be tested for multiple bacterial agents, especially Chlamydia trachomatis, Ureaplasma urealyticum and Mycoplasma hominis. ... read more »

Preserving Fertility Should Become a Priority in Cancer Care

Infertility is one of the most distressing long-term effects of cancer treatments for adolescents and teenagers. ... read more »

Egg Donation Through the Eyes of the Donor

Egg donation isn't a decision to be taken lightly. It requires a greatdeal of dedication and determination on the part of the donor and itleaves lasting scars. ... read more »

Cost is Biggest Anxiety for IVF Patients

Of all the things couples could worry about during in-vitro fertilization (IVF) procedures, money tops the list. Research showed finances were a major concern for couples using IVF. ... read more »

Prostate Cancer, Sexuality and Infertility

The treatments currently used for patients with prostate cancer will affect overall sexuality and fertility. Different treatment options have different effects on overall health, sexuality and vitality, but all treatments affect fertility. ... read more »

Fracking and Infertility: Is There a Link?

Fracking is one of the hottest trends in the energy business right now and it's a word that keeps environmentalists plenty busy, too. As it grows in popularity and more wells are drilled across the country, the health aspects of the process are being closely examined. ... read more »

Neighbor’s Family Size May Affect Family Planning

The majority of participants in a recent study in Nepal claimed two children was the ideal number (73%), but more than half of the women continue to have children beyond the second child. ... read more »

Long vs Short FSH Stimulation for Optimal IVF

Researchers at the University of Torino in Torino, Italy recently published a study comparing short and long-term follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) stimulation in high-response women seeking IVF treatment. ... read more »

Matrix Metalloproteinases and In-Vitro Fertilization Outcome

Predicting the possible outcome of in-vitro fertilization (IVF) before the procedure takes place is a manik goal of reproductive research. ... read more »

Fever in Women May Interfere with Follicular Development

IVF and ICSI treatments are costly and time-consuming, so researchers are constantly looking for small details that can impact overall conception, pregnancy and live birth outcome. ... read more »

Patient Selection Criteria and Blastocyst Transfer

A total of 420 participants were included in the study completed at the Fertility-Centro de Fertilizacao Assistida in Brazil. All participants were having ICSI fertility treatments. In all, 2,781 graded blastocysts were involved. ... read more »

Semen Characteristics and Sperm Length

Researchers from Brown University recently published a retrospective study on correlation between semen qualities and sperm length in humans. ... read more »

Racehorse Secretariat Inspires Extreme Infertility Treatment

Making babies is another record-setting claim to fame attributed to Secretariat. Today, Dr. Atilla Toth is helping fertility-compromised humancouples make babies by using pregnancy preparations inspired bySecretariat's breeders. ... read more »

Restorative Medicine, Endometriosis and Restored Fertility

Growth of endometrial tissue on external reproductive genetalia can result in extreme pain and infertility. Surgical removal of the endometrial tissue can reduce pain, but post-surgical therapy is needed for optimal recovery and outcome. ... read more »

Fibroid Removal May Prevent Recurring Miscarriage

Many women with fibroids are told the small growths are harmless, butthat's not what researchers recently reported in the journal HumanReproduction. It appears fibroids growing inside the uterus can cause recurrent miscarriages. ... read more »

How Does Infertility Affect Relationships?

Infertility is the prolonged inability to conceive naturally or with assisted reproductive technology. Some couples wait years to seek professional fertility help and then face months or years of treatment. ... read more »

PCOS Impact on Reproduction

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) is often associated with impaired fertility. Patients may suffer from reduced or absent ovulation, irregular menstrual cycles and difficulty conceiving as a result. ... read more »

MTHFR and Unexplained Recurrent Pregnancy Loss

Studies have indicated a possible connection between blood homocysteine levels and unexplained recurrent pregnancy loss (URPL). ... read more »

How Frequently are Males Evaluated for Infertility?

Women were once blamed for 100% of infertility problems, but science and medical research soon reported that both men and women were equally to blame. ... read more »

Effect of Heparin on the Outcome of IVF Treatment

The Assisted Conception Unit at Guys Hospital in the UK recently completed a study into the effect of heparin on IVF outcome. The report used previously collected data to render an overall analysis of treatment outcome. ... read more »

Dietary Folate Impact on Reproductive Function

Folic acid should be part of the prenatal regime to dramatically reduce the risk of neural tube defects in the developing fetus. ... read more »

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