Fertility and Infertility News and Studies

“Black Box” of Embryo Implantation Discovered and Filmed

In spite of a wealth of medical knowledge surrounding reproduction, one aspect of embryo development, implantation, has remained a mystery. But researchers now say they've filmed it in action. ... read more »

Adolescent Laparoscopic Varicocelectomy on Fertility

Based on a recent study published in the European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences, adolescent boys treated surgically for varicocele have a good chance of fertility in reproductive years. ... read more »

Risk of Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome

Elective cryopreservation of all embryos with subsequent cryothaw embryo transfer in patients at risk for ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome reduces the risk of adverse obstetric outcomes: a preliminary study. ... read more »

Drug During Chemotherapy Spares Fertility

Approximately 25% of breast cancer patients in the United States are younger than 50. The chemotherapy used to treat breast cancer often causes these young women to experience symptoms of menopause. ... read more »

The First Ever Complete Human Sperm in Lab

A biotech company based in France has recently announced their ability to grow human sperm cells in the lab, a breakthrough expected to help many couples overcome male-related infertility issues. ... read more »

Chemotherapy Has Bigger Impact on Fertility

New research indicates that chemotherapy has a bigger impact on female fertility than many reports reveal. The new research results could give doctors and patients more appropriate and realistic information on the long-term effects of chemotherapy on fertility. ... read more »

Cytokines Responsible for Infertility in Men

Leucocytospermia is a condition where leucocytes affect male fertility, but men with metabolic syndrome may suffer infertility even if they do not suffer from leucocytospermia, according to researchers. ... read more »

Choosing Embryos for Transfer in IVF

One of the biggest issues in in vitro fertilization (IVF) is knowing which embryos have the best chance of implantation and normal development during pregnancy. ... read more »

Assisted Reproductive Outcomes

A new study published in the European Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Reproductive Biology claims difficult embryo transfers may lower clinical pregnancy rates, but blood on the transfer catheter does not impact success. ... read more »

Understanding of Sperm Function May Improve IVF

Scientists now have a better understanding of how sperm function in two discoveries that could someday improve in vitro fertilization (IVF), success rates and male contraception. ... read more »

Connection Between Physical Activity and Becoming Pregnant

While scientists know that physical activity reduces the risk for many conditions, such as heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and depression, researchers are not clear about the connection between exercise and female fertility. ... 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 »

Lifestyle Determinants on Anti-Mullerian Hormone Levels

Anti-mullerian hormone (AMH) is commonly used in a clinical setting to measure fertility or ovarian reserve. While AMH is widely used and accepted as a viable marker, little research shows how lifestyle factors affect age-specific AMH levels. ... read more »

Flame Retardant Associated with Decreased Semen Quality

Thirty years ago a flame retardant called chlorinated tris was used on children's clothing. The flame retardant was removed from the market, but it continues to be used in polyurethane foam often found in office buildings. ... read more »

Fetal Exposure to Household Phthalates with Male Infertility

A new study strengthens the case for health risks associated with a common household chemical found in plastic products and packaging. ... read more »

Endometriosis Cellular Could Lead to Speedier Diagnosis

This discovery could signal the beginning of speedier diagnosis and improved treatment for endometriosis, which is painful and often misdiagnosed. ... read more »

Teen With Cancer Chooses Cryopreservation to Retain Fertility

One day when Hailey was playing with her baby sister, she realized how important it was for her to become a mother herself someday. ... read more »

Functional Vaginas May Bring Fertility to Girls Born Without

With Mayer-Rokitansky-Küster-Hauser syndrome (MRKH), girls are born without vaginas. ... read more »

Pregnancy Outcomes and Deliveries Following Myomectomy

Researchers from the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University Hospital of Pointe-a-Pitre in France recently published a study in the journal Archives of Gynecology and Obstetrics on the long-term reproductive effects of myomectomy. ... read more »

Yoga and Meditation Genetically Tame Stress of Infertility

A psychiatrist is using modern genetic technologies to track changes in the body that occur when individuals engage in yoga and meditation for just a few minutes a day. ... read more »

Healthy DNA Delay Menopause Extend Fertile Years

An extensive international study found that how the body handles DNA repair throughout a lifetime affects the timing of fertility decline and the onset of menopause. ... read more »

Microscope Shows Sperm's Final Push to Fertilization

No one had ever witnessed this event before but it could become instrumental in improving the success rate of in vitro fertilization (IVF). ... read more »

Freezing Sperm Before Treatment for Hodgkin's Lymphoma

Men with a Hodgkin's lymphoma who want to have children after cancer treatment stand a better chance of fatherhood if they have their sperm frozen and stored before beginning treatment. ... read more »

Hepatitis C Virus Discordant Couples and ART

When couples require assisted reproductive technology (ART) to conceive, fertility specialists must take the health of both patients into consideration before choosing the best course of treatment. ... read more »

Will New IVF Procedure Re-Energize Older Women’s Eggs?

A new in vitro fertilization (IVF) procedure is said to re-energize the egg so conception occurs more readily but the procedure is still experimental and controversial. ... read more »

Infertility Treatment, Pregnancy and Endometrial Cancer

When a young patient is diagnosed with endometrial cancer, fertility may come into question. Women without children may be skeptical about having a hysterectomy before parenting at least one child. ... read more »

Contraception and Fertility Awareness Among Women With Solid Organ Transplants

About 300 women were telephoned for a survey based on contact information listed at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. All women were between 19 and 49 years of age and had received single or multiple organ transplants at the medical center. ... read more »

Increase in Multiple Sclerosis After ART

Researchers at the Institute for Neurological Research in Buenos Aires report a clear and significant connection between multiple sclerosis (MS) symptoms and assisted reproductive technology (ART). ... read more »

Obesity Doesn't Affect Pregnancy with Donor Eggs

Many studies suggest that obesity decreases a woman's chance of becoming pregnant through IVF but most of this research has focused on women who use their own eggs. ... read more »

New Study: Brain Function and Fertility

A recent study brings scientists a step closer to understanding the critical connection between brain function and fertility. ... read more »

Morphometric Analysis and ART

Morphometric analysis is used to determine embryo volume. Researchers from UZ Leuven Campus Gasthuisberg recently completed a study using morphometric analysis to determine if embryo volume played an important part in clinical pregnancy rates. ... read more »

Promising Pregnancy Outcomes After Childhood Cancer

New research gives hope to countless women who survived childhood cancer and think they cannot have children of their own. ... read more »

New Extraction Technique For Low-Sperm-Count

A new treatment for male infertility is bringing hope to many men who suffer low-sperm-count male infertility. ... read more »

Healthier Babies in Overweight Women With Diet & Exercise

An important new study -- the world's largest -- indicates that counseling the mother on healthier lifestyle choices during pregnancy often results in the delivery of a baby of healthy weight. ... read more »

Key to Sperm-Related Male Infertility

Many factors determine male fertility. The exact mechanisms resulting in poor sperm quality have been elusive but a team of California physiologists may have discovered the key. ... read more »

Placenta Accreta: Novel Approach Saves Lives

Dr. Patrick Nicholson used a novel, two-step approach to treat placenta accreta, whereby mothers’ lives are saved, their fertility spared, and no babies suffered ill effects of treatment. ... read more »

Chances of Natural Conception in Subfertile Couples

Researchers from The Academic Medical Center in The Netherlands recently reviewed interclinic variations of natural conception in subfertile couples using pooled and cohort data. The review was published in the journal Human Reproduction. ... read more »

Fertility and Young Male Cancer Patients

Fertility preservation is important to cancer patients, no matter the age, according to a new study published in the journal Fertility and Sterility. Parents of young male patients treated for cancer said they would take part in fertility preservation. ... read more »

Endometriosis Surgery: Is Bowel Resection Necessary?

Women undergoing radical excision of endometriosis (with and without bowel resection) have comparable clinical outcomes, according to a study published in the Annals of Surgery. ... read more »

Patient-Centered Care in Fertility Clinics

A new study suggests that patient-centered care can improve well-being during fertility treatment. Fertility patients place value on different aspects of care than their doctors. For example, a fertility patient tends to value information, communication, and access to care. ... read more »

Restorative Proctocolectomy Impairs Fertility

Restorative proctocolectomy (RPC) may have adverse side effects on fertility and pregnancy, according to a study published in the journal Colorectal Disease. ... read more »

Assisted Reproductive Technology Procedures and Risks

Thanks to ART treatments couples that would not have otherwise been able to parent are now happily raising children. However, despite the benefits associated with ART, there is some risk of birth defect according to researchers from the University of Adelaide. ... read more »

New Study on Chromosome Errors in Human Eggs

As many as 60% of a woman's eggs are thought to be defective by errors in chromosomal division. These errors represent the number-one cause of infertility. ... read more »

Industrial Chemicals and Ovarian Response to IVF

Exposure to some types of industrial chemicals can adversely affect reproductive health for both males and females. ... read more »

Combination Approach for Oncology Infertility Patients

According to a new study from Erlangen University Hospital in Germany suggests a combination approach to improving fertility for oncology patients. ... read more »

How Dad's Job Affects Son's Fertility

A study completed by researchers in Denmark aimed to inspect a possible correlation between paternal job one year before birth and infertility of offspring. Participants in the study (offspring) were born between 1965 and 1984. ... read more »

OB-GYN Group Urges Weight Loss Before Conception

One subject that many obstetricians and gynecologists (OB-GYNs) find uncomfortable is the issue of excess weight when a patient is having difficulties conceiving. ... read more »

Reproductive Breakthrough: Sperm Developed From Cells

Researchers at Ben-Gurion University have developed normal sperm from mouse cells. The cells were extracted from the testicles of mice. ... read more »

"Family Jewels" Cooling Product Aids Fertility

Gentlemen, heat is your enemy. That's the message behind a new product said to enhance a man's fertility by cooling down the family jewelsto promote healthier sperm. ... read more »

Mediterranean Diet: Impact on IVF Success

A recent study involving mice demonstrated a "major impact" on the success rate of IVF when the mice were fed a Mediterranean diet before implantation. ... read more »

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