Fertility and Infertility News and Studies

Home Ovulation Tests and Stress in Women Trying to Conceive

Technology is constantly changing the face of fertility treatment. According to a new study published in the journal Human Reproduction, home ovulation tests don't change the stress level infertile women feel, but they may increase the likelihood of conception. ... 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 »

MTHFR and Unexplained Recurrent Pregnancy Loss

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

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 »

Carnitine Content in Follicular Fluid

Researchers from UNILABS in Paris, France, recently studied the role of carnitine in oocyte competence. According to the study, carnitine is released naturally and plays a part in the carnitine shuttle and lipid beta oxidation. ... read more »

Thrombophilia and Poor Ovarian Response

Researchers at Poriya Medical Center started the study into thrombophilia and ovarian response with 89 women seeking IVF-EF treatment. After the treatment, the women were placed in two groups. ... read more »

Can Emotional Screening Fit Into the IVF Process?

IVF treatment is an extremely emotional process, so preparing men and women for the possible outcomes could help ease the stress and pain associated with lengthy treatment protocols and failed pregnancies. ... read more »

ICSI and Newborn HCV Infection

There are procedures used in intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI), a form of assisted reproductive technology, that may increase the risk of infant hepatitis C infection (HCV) when mom is HCV positive. ... read more »

Uterine Tissue Grafting and Spontaneous Conception

Cancer treatments, including chemotherapy, often leave women sterile. In Italy, a woman was given the chance to conceive and give birth naturally via ovarian tissue grafting. ... read more »

ER-Positive Breast Cancer and Controlled Ovarian Stimulation

Patients with ER (estrogen receptor) positive breast cancer may choose to preserve fertility using cryopreservation. The process included COS (controlled ovarian stimulation) to harvest eggs for cryopreservation. ... read more »

Nimodipine Delays Spontaneous LH Surge

Fertility specialists currently use GnRH analogue injections to stop spontaneous surges in LH (luteinizing hormone) in female patients being treated with assisted reproductive technology. ... read more »

Progesterone Gel vs. Tablets after IVF and ICSI

A prospective randomized multicentre study comparing vaginal progesterone gel and vaginal micronized progesterone tablets for luteal support after in vitro fertilization and intracytoplasmic sperm injection. ... read more »

Adverse Pregnancy Outcomes and Infertility

Researchers are McGill University in Montreal, Canada recently published a study in Human Reproduction about a possible link between preterm birth and difficulty getting pregnant. ... read more »

First Cycle Poor Response and IVF Cancellation

Multiple fertility treatments are available for women facing infertility. Finding the right treatment reduces the overall cost and improve outcome. Clinical studies aim to aid fertility doctors in choosing the right treatment for select groups of women. ... read more »

Large Nuclear Vacuoles, Semen Quality and Male Infertility

Researchers from the Graduate School of Medicine and Pharmaceutical Sciences for Research in Toyama, Japan recently published a study on the possible correlation between large nuclear vacuoles and male infertility. ... read more »

Men: Watch Porn for Higher Sperm Quality

A group of 21 healthy men recently volunteered to masturbate while watching pornographic videos and they were doing it for free, in the name of science. ... read more »

Emerging 3-Parent IVF May be Harmful to Baby

About one person in every 4,000 is affected with a mitochondrialdisease, passed down through the mother's bloodline. Symptoms, including minor learning disabilities, can be mild but they can be tragicallysevere, too. ... read 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. ... read 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. ... read more »

Embryo Adoption Adds New Twist to Adopting a Child

The terms embryo adoption and embryo donation are often used interchangeably but some state laws attach specific definitions to them and require state-sanctioned regulations and uses. ... read 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. ... read 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. ... read more »

Latest IVF Goal: Singleton Births, Fewer Twins

In the pioneering days of in vitro fertilization (IVF), multiple births were common. Implanting more than one embryo was a way to ensure at least one of them would result in full-term pregnancy; often more than one embryo resulted in full-term pregnancy. ... read more »

Fertility Drugs Cause More Multiple Births Than IVF

In 1971, about 1.8 percent of all babies born in the United States were multiple births - twins, triplets, or more (higher-order births). By 2011, the multiple-birth rate had climbed to 3.5 percent. The popularity of medically assisted conceptions had risen, too. ... read more »

Donor-egg IVF Gaining Ground in US

Most couples seeking treatment for infertility hope conception and a viable pregnancy can occur using sperm and egg from the couple itself but there are some circumstances when an egg from a non-genetic donor produces a more favorable outcome. ... read more »

Psychological Vulnerability Linked to Hormone Levels

According to researchers from University College of London (UCL), women may be more psychologically vulnerable after a stressful experience during specific days of the menstrual cycle. ... read more »

"Biggest Loser" Contestant Hopes to Conquer Infertility

Season 15 of The Biggest Loser premiered on NBC on Tuesday,October 15. One of this season's contestants, Marie Pearl, wants a babyso badly she's willing to take the grueling challenge on TV for all the world to see. ... read more »

Fertility Workup in Women with PCOS

According to researchers in the Netherlands, women with PCOS undergoing fertility treatments may need to have tubal patency testing and partners may need to submit to a semen analysis to improve pregnancy rates. ... read more »

Sexual Motivation Linked to Estrogen Levels in Women

A new study published in Hormones and Behavior from researchersat the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences in Santa Barbaraclaims elevated estrogen levels could spark increased desire for sexualbehavior ' or that feeling of wanting to get frisky. ... read more »

Antioxidant Use May Not Increase Fertility

Research has not provided any high quality evidence that using antioxidants improves a woman's chances for becoming pregnant, according to a new systematic review published in the The Cochrane Library. ... read more »

Fertility Unaffected by Antioxidants

Antioxidants have been touted as a save-all with claims of weight loss, improved cellular health, reduced signs of aging and fertility-boosting effects, but according to researchers there is no connection between antioxidants and improved fertility. ... read more »

Fertility May be Linked to Circadian Rhythm

According to a new research study, circadian rhythm may have a lot to do with menstrual and fertility cycles. ... read more »

Fertility Treatment May Affect Fetus Size

A new study links fetal birth weight to type of conception. According to the study, infants conceived using fertility treatments are significantly smaller than infants born after natural conception. ... read more »

UK Gets DIY Sperm Count Test

Men in the United Kingdom can now turn to their local pharmacy to test their sperm count. Boots UK, a pharmacy chain numbering almost 2,500 retail outlets, just started carrying a do-it-yourself sperm count test. ... read more »

Swedish Womb Transplants Bring Hope to Transgender Women

It's been just a few days since the story broke about nine women inSweden undergoing womb transplants in the hope of bearing childrensomeday. Their story brings hope to many women around the world. ... read more »

Study Uncovers Genetic Cause of Premature Ovarian Failure

An in-depth study of the genomes of the members of a family who all share a common ancestor has revealed a genetic cause for premature ovarian failure (POF). ... read more »

Estimation of Ovarian Response

Researchers compared ovarian response to various factors, including anti-mullerian hormone (AMH), follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH), estradiol level (E2) and luteinizing hormone (LH). ... read more »

Sperm Are Not Graceful, Researchers Reveal

The latest information that researchers have discovered is that sperm are not the graceful creators some may have thought they were. ... read more »

Study: Seminal Fluid May Influence Baby’s Health

A new study indicates the health of a man's seminal fluid is an indicator for ease of conception as well as life-long health of offspring. ... read more »

Temozolomide and Gonadal Function in Brain Tumor Patients

Cancer treatments like radiation and chemotherapy are known to reduce or eliminate fertility, but medications can also have a negative impact on gonadal function, sperm production and fertility. ... read more »

Malaria Drug Enables Woman to Have Baby After 20 Miscarriages

Kelly Moseley was determined to become a mother. She'd had 20 miscarriages over a 10 year period and has now given birth thanks to new findings. ... read more »

Fertility Lab on a Chip Measures Sperm Health

Researchers at the University of Twente have developed a small chip to measure sperm health. The chip not only measures the number of sperm, but how motile the sperm are in the body. ... read more »

Assisted Reproduction May Lead to Psychological Trauma

Women who conceive via assisted reproduction are more likely to suffer psychological trauma after early pregnancy loss, according to a study published in BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. ... read more »

Better Sperm Due to Better Dieting Practices

When exploring the realms of male fertility, diet plays a crucial role in sperm mobility. A study highlighted at the 67th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) focused on two specific types of diets as they relate to better sperm. ... read more »

Harmful Effects of Junk Foods to Male Fertility

Eating junk food is one of the main reasons for rising obesity numbers. However, a new joint study conducted by American and Spanish experts showed that junk food can also affect the fertility of healthy young men. ... read more »

Woman Goes on Freezing Frenzy to Prolong Fertility

Sarah Elizabeth Richards shares how her desire to someday become a mother led to a year-long freezing frenzy in the hope there would be enough healthy eggs available when the right man came along. ... read more »

Marijuana Can Deform Sperm, Contribute to Infertility

Samples from men who were 18 to 30 years old who had used marijuana in the three months before producing sperm samples were more likely to be of poor quality. ... read more »

WHO Claims Infertility Rates Remain Same for Two Decades

Despite a worldwide increase in obesity and type 2 diabetes, metabolic conditions that affect fertility, infertility rates appear to be holding steady after 20 years, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). ... read more »

Study Shows Uneven IVF Results Across Ethnicities

Results from a recent study shows in vitro fertilization (IVF), results vary between ethnic groups. The results, published in BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology shows a relationship between a couple's ethnicity and the clinical success of their IVF treatments. ... read more »

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