Fertility and Infertility News and Studies

Women with Asthma Could Face Delay in Becoming Pregnant

A new study suggests it may take longer for women with asthma to conceive than it does women without the condition. This research adds to mounting evidence that asthma has a negative effect on fertility. ... read more »

IVF Success Rate May Be Misleading

In vitro fertilization (IVF) is expensive but perhaps more important, it's an emotionally charged commitment with life-changing consequences. People considering this option undoubtedly want to work with the clinic that has the best track record. ... read more »

Progesterone-Induced Endometrial Withdrawal and IUI Outcome

According to a study published in the International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Pathology, progesterone-induced menses may have a negative effect on intra-uterine insemination (IUI) success. ... read more »

Effect of C-Section on Future Fertility

A study published in the journal Human Reproduction claims women who deliver via C-section may have more difficulty conceiving after delivery than women who birth vaginally. ... read more »

Some Women Seeking Fertility Treatments Too Early

According to research completed by the University of Utah'sDepartment of Family and Preventative Medicine, some women seek out andreceive fertility treatments before such treatment is clinicallyindicated. ... read more »

Your Personality Might Affect Your Fertility Rate

Men with neurotic personality traits are having fewer children than their ancestors, according to a study published in the European Journal of Personality. This study looked at the relationship between personality and the likelihood someone will have a child. ... read more »

Endometrial Development During Intrauterine Insemination

According to a study of more than 2,900 patients, endometrium development may plan a more important part in the success of intrauterine insemination than doctors think. ... read more »

Effect of Hyaluronic Acid Sperm Selection in ICSI Patients

Researchers from the Institute of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital in India recently published a study in the Journal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics on the impact of choosing sperm bond to hyaluronic acid (HA). ... read more »

ICSI Outcome: Extracted Sperm Vs Ejaculated Sperm

Researchers from Tel Aviv University recently published a study in the journal Fertility and Sterility comparing fertilization and pregnancy rates between extracted and ejaculated sperm in patients undergoing ICSI (intracytoplasmic sperm injection). ... read more »

Lab Surprise Hints at Improved Fertility Options for POI

Lab surprise hints at improved fertility options for POI, and it changed the scope of study for the pleasantly surprised scientist who discovered it. ... read more »

Micro-Vibration and Development of Human Embryos

According to a recent study published in the Journal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics, micro-vibration of human embryos may prove beneficial for poor responders. The procedure was assessed with mouse embryos and human embryos. ... read more »

Phyto-oestrogens, Ovulation and PCOS

The study shows an all-natural treatment works just as well as prescription clomiphene citrate at inducing ovulation and other positive changes to support conception in patients with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). ... read more »

Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia (CAH), Fertility and Pregnancy

CAH or congenital adrenal hyperplasia is a disease caused by gene mutation. The condition affects cortisol, cholesterol and adrenal gland function. All CAH patients have some level of impaired fertility. ... read more »

Coping with Fertility Postponement

Women are choosing to put off motherhood until later in life, typically the mid to late 30s. Researchers from Italy recently examined the coping styles and issues these young women deal with when they postpone fertility. ... read more »

Prevalence of Clinically Reported Fertility Problems

Infertility is a growing problem in the world. Researchers from the University of Nottingham aimed to find out just how prevalent infertility is based on age, socioeconomic status and geographic area. ... read more »

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 »

Occupational Causes of Decreased Male Fertility

There are occupational hazards that may lead to decreased male fertility, according to researchers from the University of Copenhagen, but research into these toxicants is inconsistent. ... 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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

$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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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