Fertility and Infertility News and Studies

Serum HCG Levels Do Not Predict Oocyte Maturity

HCG (human chorionic gonadotropin) is the pregnancy hormone that triggers a positive pregnancy test. The hormone is used to help facilitate egg maturation and release. ... read more »

Converting Skin Cells to Stem Cells to Create Viable Sperm

A team of research scientists at Stanford University was able to convert skin cells of infertile men into human sperm cells. ... read more »

Effect of Surgical Correction of Septate Uterus on Fertility

A recent study published in the Journal of Minimally Invasive Gynecology reported safe improvements in reproduction after resection surgery to repair a septate uterus. Women in the study previously reported infertility and recurrent miscarriage. ... read more »

Girls’ Eggs May Be Different from Women’s Eggs

The results of a study on female mice might lead the way to improved treatments for human females experiencing certain reproductive difficulties. ... read more »

Smoking and High Fat Diet May Increase Infertility in Men

Smoking and consuming high fat diets may be responsible for infertility in men, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Newcastle School of Environmental and Life Sciences. ... read more »

Dad’s Biological Clock Just as Important as Mom’s

A major study that compared the psychiatric health and academicachievement of siblings gives strong support to the theory that dad'sbiological clock exists and may be just as important as mom's. ... read more »

Impact of Cancer Treatment in Childhood on Adult Fertility

Medical advances in the treatment of childhood cancers have increased survival rates to about 83%. With eradication of cancer comes a normal lifespan into adulthood when issues like fertility arise. ... read more »

Cystic Fibrosis and Fertility

Cystic fibrosis is a condition that can reduce overall lifespan. Recent medical advances have prolonged life of patients with cystic fibrosis and with increased lifespan come increased interest in the implications of the disease on fertility and reproduction. ... read more »

How Infertility Affects the Female Identity

Throughout the ages, women, especially newly married women, have been bombarded with the same questions: When are you going to start a family? What are you waiting for? I want grandchildren; when will you give them to me? What's wrong with you that you? ... read more »

$260 for a Test-Tube Baby?

A team of Belgium fertility doctors announced development of an in vitro fertilization (IVF) process that uses laboratory equipment much less expensive than traditional equipment. ... read more »

Psychiatric Disorders and Ineffective Infertility Treatment

Researchers in Denmark reviewed information collected during a Danish cohort involving more than 98,000 women in hopes of determining whether or not there was a connection between psychiatric disorders and ineffective infertility treatments. ... read more »

Cryotransfer of Embryos Developed from Vitrified Oocytes

Vitrification is a relatively new form of cryopreservation used to preserve sperm and oocytes. After warming, oocytes are fertilized and the resulting embryos are implanted using assisted reproductive technology (ART). ... read more »

Epididymitis and Reproductive Function

Epididymitis is the inflammation of the tube connecting the vas deferens and testicle. Sexually transmitted infections like chlamydia and gonorrhea can cause inflammation and reduction in reproductive function. ... read more »

Protein Important to Fertility and Risk of Miscarriage

Researchers have discovered that a protein enzyme may be responsible for some cases of infertility and recurrent miscarriage. The SGK1 enzyme needs to be carefully balanced to promote pregnancy and maintain pregnancy, according to research. ... read more »

Donor Recruitment Advertisements and Recommended Donor Age

The American Society for Reproductive Medicine suggests guidelines for egg donor qualification by fertility clinics and companies that recruit egg donors. ... read more »

Androgen Sensitivity, PCOS and Sexual Desire

Researchers from the University of Vermont recently published a study in the journal Hormones and Behavior, claiming high androgen levels may cause women to feel more sexual desire to mate rather than to connect with a partner. ... read more »

Coping After Recurrent Miscarriage

According to researchers at the University Medical Centre Utrecht in the Netherlands, after the first miscarriage, women remain more positiveabout future pregnancies, but two or more miscarriages changes thewoman's mental perspective. ... read more »

Pain Relief for Women Undergoing Oocyte Removal

A study review published in the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews claims no one pain relief method is better than another, but using multiple methods concurrently may reduce pain more effectively for some women. ... read more »

Fertility Perception in Young, Adolescent Girls with Cancer

While significant studies exist revealing how young female cancer patients feel about future fertility and impact of cancer treatment on fertility, little is known about fertility perception in the healthy, female adolescent population. ... read more »

Acupuncture and In Vitro Fertilization

According to the chart review, acupuncture does not reduce the chance of pregnancy or live birth and may, in some cases, actually increase the chances of live birth. ... read more »

D-Loop Genotyping May Predict Endometriosis Risk

Researchers in India recently published a study in the journal Fertility and Sterility supporting D-Loop genotyping to predict risk of endometriosis. ... read more »

Pregnancy After Kidney Transplant Possible

After recovering from a kidney transplant, some women may desire to start a family. According to a new study published in the American Journal of Transplantation, chances of pregnancy after kidney transplant are high. Nearly 74% of pregnancies end in live births. ... read more »

Ovarian Stimulation Protocols for Onco-Fertility Patients

Researchers from the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia, recently published a study in the Journal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics on the possible solutions for women facing cancer treatment. ... read more »

Big Breakfast May Aid Fertility for Some Women

Eating a big breakfast can boost fertility in women with PCOS, according to a new study published in Clinical Science. ... read more »

Patients Reflect on IVF Treatments in Online Forums

Researchers recently published a study in the journal Human Reproduction on how information about IVF treatments is shared. Patients primarily shared information on Internet forums, but not all information was openly shared. ... read more »

Hyperthyroidism, FSH and LH

Gonadotropin, also known as FSH (follicle-stimulating hormone) and LH (luteinizing hormone), could be a cause of infertility in women with hyperthyroidism. ... read more »

Oral Progestin for Endometrial Cancer: Sparing Fertility

Young women diagnosed with endometrial cancer may think pregnancy is out of the question, but researchers at the University of Ulsan College of Medicine in Seoul, Korea report otherwise in a study published in the European Journal of Cancer. ... read more »

High Anti-PLAC1 Antibodies and Implantation Failure

Diagnostic workups are a crucial part of fertility planning and treatment. According to researchers from the University of Foggia, the anti-PLAC1 antibody may prove to be an important part of future workups. PLAC1 antibody is a placenta-specific antibody. ... read more »

VEGF and Recurrent Implantation Failure

Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) is used in many IVF/ICSI treatments to facilitate implantation of embryos. Researchers from Poissey Saint German Medical Center wondered if women with recurrent implantation failure shared a common form of polymorphism. ... read more »

Enhancing Uterine Receptivity to Improve IVF Pregnancy Rates

Recent studies on genetics show that enhancing expression of particular developmental genes at certain periods in the uterus could help the success of In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) pregnancies. ... read more »

Do Blastocysts Facilitate Implantation?

Researchers from Prince Henry's Institute of Medical Research inAustralia recently published an in-vitro study that could hold the keyto increasing implantation success rates. The study was published in the journal Human Reproduction. ... read more »

Endometrial Injury to Improve Embryo Implantation

In some medical cases, embryo implantation may be improved by injuring the endometrial lining. Injury is defined as scratching the lining of the uterus though researchers in Leichester UK are not sure how effective the treatment really is. ... read more »

How Past ART Results Affect Future Attempts

At Tyho-Galileo Research Laboratories, researchers theorized that Moore's Law could be used to predict future IVF outcome just as it had predicted advancement in technology. IVF procedure success has steadily increased in a linear path over the last seven years. ... read more »

8-Cell Embryo “Hug” May Help Determine Best IVF Candidates

One of life's most endearing moments occurs when a new parent gives afirst hug to a newborn baby. Countless medical studies have documentedthe nurturing value of the human touch. ... read more »

Researchers Link Recurrent Miscarriage to Prolonged Fertility

Researchers from the Warwick Medical School have recently completed a study that correlates recurrent miscarriage with a possible flaw in the fertility window. ... read more »

The Choosy Uterus: Why Not All Embryos Implant

The uterus may perform quality control tests on a fertilized egg before determining if it wants to accept the embryo, according to new research. ... read more »

Should Anonymous Donors of Sperm and Eggs Remain Anonymous?

It's a question legislators in the Australian state of Victoria aregrappling with. Sperm and egg donation was a process cloaked inanonymity until 1998, when a new law allowed disclosure for all gametedonations beginning in 1998. ... read more »

New DNA Test Offers Miscarriage Clues

Twenty percent of all pregnancies end in miscarriage and recurrent miscarriage happens to about 5% of all couples trying to have a family. ... read more »

Galactosemia, Cryptorchidism and Low Semen Volume

There appears to be a direct correlation between galactosemia and male infertility, according to researchers from the Department of Clinical Genetics out of Maastricht University Medical Center. ... read more »

Is Chromosome Detection Necessary for All Infertile Couples?

A study published in the Journal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics reveals it may be necessary to complete karyotype analysis in all infertile couples. Research was completed at a reproductive center in Zhengzhou City, China. ... read more »

Reliability of Semen Analysis in Young Males

Young men at risk for infertility can submit a semen sample before moving from pediatric care to adult care as results of semen analysis in adult years are similar to those in pediatric years, according to researchers from the Naval Medical Center in San Diego. ... read more »

SNPs in KIT and KITLG Genes Play a Role in Oligospermia

The signaling system between KIT and KITLG genes is important in sperm production, which means it could play an important role in infertility and impairment of sperm production. ... read more »

Human Somatic Cells and Oocytes Age Differently - Study

Human somatic cells and reproductive cells use distinctive organic mechanisms that exhibit a thin line of similarities between the kinds of genes needed to keep oocytes strong and fertile and the genes that extend life expectancy. ... read more »

Post-Cancer Ovarian Tissue Transplant Delivers New Hope

Cancer. The word alone strikes fear in just about everyone. When it'sovarian cancer that will surely affect a woman's fertility before shehas the family she wants, there's a great deal of grief and heartachealongside that fear. ... read more »

New Method Gives Hope to Infertile Women

Researchers created a new technique that helps infertile women produce eggs. Using this technique, doctors at the St. Marianna University School of Medicine in Kawasaki, Japan, helped one woman give birth to a healthy baby boy. ... read more »

New Book Explores Biological Clock ‘Big Lie’

Baby bumps are one of the hottest fashion trends in Hollywood these days. ... read more »

Prenatal Exposures and Anti-Mullerian Hormone

A long list of studies has been published linking paternal and maternal habits prior to and during pregnancy with fetal and child health outcomes. Researchers recently published another study showing a link between pre-pregnancy habits and health to female offspring long-term health.  ... read more »

Letrozole Superior to HRT in Frozen-Thawed Embryo Transfer

Letrozole, a prescription medication commonly used to suppress estrogen in women with hormone-responsive breast cancer, may prove beneficial for women undergoing frozen-thawed embryo transfer (FET), according to researchers. ... read more »

Absence of DNA-Organizing Protein Affects Male Fertility

A study conducted in 2007 revealed a protein, Chd5, re-organizes the DNA of a cell in a way that stops development of cancerous tumors. ... read more »

Age and Female Fertility: New Discoveries

General medical knowledge for the past 50 years has maintained that a woman's fertility drastically declines after age 35. This has caused many women in their late 30's and early 40's to go running to a fertility doctor at the first sign of difficulty conceiving. ... read more »

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