Fertility and Infertility News and Studies

Exposure to Pesticides Linked to Endometriosis

Endometriosis affects about 10 percent of women during their reproductive years. A new study shows a link between endometriosis and two pesticides once used widely in the U.S. for pest control and agriculture. ... read more »

Reversing Damaged Eggs Due to Cancer Treatments

Researchers at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, have found a way to reverse the damage done to the immature eggs (oocytes) of female mice exposed to radiation. ... read more »

The Effect of Cryopreservation on Sperm

The process of cryopreservation allows human sperm carrying DNA to be frozen in time until the sperm is ready for use. Protecting the integrity of sperm and DNA is important to the success of fertility treatments. ... read more »

Cancer Now, Babies Later - Advance Planning Pays Off

Women are surviving cancer in rates higher than ever before and many of them long for babies once cancer is history. As a result, women of childbearing years who have cancer can expect to discuss with their oncologist their plans for children ... read more »

Big Breakfasts Help Lean Women Overcome Reproductive Problems

A new study published in Clinical Science suggests eating a relatively larger breakfast and smaller dinner can have a positive effect on fertility. Proper meal timing could have special benefits for women with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). ... read more »

Fertility in People with Childhood-onset Type 1 Diabetes

The Hjelt Institute in Finland recently completed and published a cohort study of 2,307 women and 2,819 men with type 1 diabetes. The purpose of the study was to determine the fertility outcome of patients living with child-onset diabetes. ... read more »

Effects of Emergency Contraception on Tubal Environment

Researchers recently completed a study examining the effects of emergency contraception on tubal environment. Levonorgestrel (LNG) was the emergency contraception used in the study. ... read more »

Treatment for Ovarian Cancer May Preserve Fertility

A new study suggests conservative treatment for recurrent ovarian cancer may preserve a woman's fertility, especially if cancer stubbornly returns in the reproductive organ. ... read more »

300 Year-Old Fertility Statistic is Still Cited Today

One out of three women over the age of 35 will not conceive after one year of trying to conceive (TTC). While that statistic may sound about right to most people, it may not necessarily be true in the present day. ... read more »

Most Virile Sperm Ejaculated First; May Improve IVF Outcome

A study finds that the most virile sperm are ejaculated first and the remainder of the ejaculated fluids may actually hinder fertilization. ... read more »

Commentary Raises Ethical Concerns about Fertility Loans

Some lenders now offer loans to make paying for fertility treatments easier, but a commentary published by The Hastings Center raises ethical concerns about the practice. ... read more »

Actual Costs of Fertility Treatments

Demand for fertility treatments are rising but the cost may deter some couples. Up to 24 percent of couples have trouble conceiving a baby. Rates of infertility, which is a couple's inability to become pregnant after unprotected sex for one year, range anywhere from 6 to 24 percent. ... read more »

Gluten Intolerance Linked to Unexplained Infertility

Dr. Feel suggests the autoimmune response to gluten may affect fertility; missed periods and infertility are complications of celiac disease. ... read more »

NIH Panel: Change PCOS Name and Commit More Research

PCOS, or polycystic ovary syndrome, is a medical condition that affects up to five million women in the United States alone. The condition can cause pain and infertility, but PCOS affects more than the ovaries. ... read more »

Critical Fertility Enzymes

A new discovery may shed light on the problem of human infertility. Whilst sperm differs in appearance and movement across different species, there are key enzymes, although few in number, essential for the promotion of quality sperm and sperm motility. ... read more »

Teenagers’ Sperm Cells Exhibit High Rate of Mutations

A recent study suggests the children of teenage fathers may exhibit higher rates of low birth weight as well as greater risk for autism, schizophrenia, and birth defects that include spina bifida. ... read more »

Day 3 Embryo Transfer for Poor Ovarian Response

D3 embryos may be the best viable option for women younger than 35 with a poor ovarian response. ... read more »

Slight Alteration in IVF Could Boost Success for Older Women

Dr. Yan-Guang Wu and his research team found the timing of egg retrieval is a key to success when treating older women. ... read more »

Implantation Failure: When Embryos Don’t Pass “Entrance Exam”

Recently, in an examination of the reproductive process, medical researchers in England discovered that we must pass the most important exam of all long before our birth. ... read more »

Borderline Ovarian Tumors And IVF

According to a study published in the journal Gynecologic Oncology, women who undergo in-vitro-fertilization (IVF) treatments may be at increased risk of borderline ovarian tumors. ... read more »

Customizing Genes Through Designer Sperm

Scientists have brought us a step closer to stopping genetic diseases before they pass from one generation to the next. ... read more »

Shift Work May Affect Fertility

Shift work may increase a woman's risk for fertility and menstrualproblems, according to new research. Researchers found that women who performed shift work had a 33 percenthigher risk for menstrual issues and an 80 percent higher risk forfertility problems. ... read more »

Stress Could Reduce Fertility

A study was done linking stress levels to infertility. According to the report, women who have higher than normal stress levels could have more difficulty conceiving. ... read more »

Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals Affect Animal Fertility

Researchers have previously found a negative effect of endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) on fish. ... read more »

ART Could Lead to More Baby Boys

Research published in BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, suggests certain forms of assisted reproductive technology could lead to a male / female imbalance. ... read more »

A Better Night’s Rest Could Improve Pregnancy Rates After IVF

Women who take melatonin may see an increased chance of pregnancy after IVF treatments. ... read more »

Present Concept of Unexplained Infertility

Unexplained infertility is the failure to conceive of a couple in whom no definitive cause for infertility can be found and it has an incidence of 10-20% in all infertile couples. ... read more »

How Acupuncture Enhances ART

Men and women undergoing assisted reproductive therapies (ART) may find that acupuncture enhances the effort. ... read more »

Fertility Preservation for Childhood Cancer Survivors

About 1 in every 500 children is diagnosed with cancer. Roughly 75% of these children beat the disease, but aggressive treatment protocols leave many of these children infertile. ... read more »

Clomiphene, Metformin, or both for Infertility in PCOS

Clomiphene is superior to metformin in achieving live birth in infertile women with the polycystic ovary syndrome, although multiple birth is a complication. ... read more »

Aspirin Won't Improve Pregnancy Chances in IVF

There is no evidence to guide use of aspirin for women undergoing in vitro fertilisation. Aspirin is often prescribed for women undergoing in vitro fertilisation to help improve their chances of achieving a successful pregnancy. ... read more »

Iron Intake Diet and Risk of Ovulatory Infertility

Consumption of diet with iron supplements and nonheme iron from other sources may decrease the risk of ovulatory infertility. ... read more »

Polar Body Analysis Increases Fertility

Researchers have found a means of detecting an egg's ability to produce a fetus in women with monogenic diseases. ... read more »

Cervical mucus assessment can be useful to time intercourse

Assessment of cervical mucus can help identify your fertile days ... read more »

Worms May Hold Key to Fertility

Worms (nematodes) had a surprising gift to reproduce sex cells and viable eggs. ... read more »

Timing of Sexual Intercourse in Relation To Ovulation

Among healthy women trying to conceive, nearly all pregnancies can be attributed to intercourse during a six-day period ending on the day of ovulation. ... read more »

Acupuncture Eases Pain of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)

According to a new study from the Sahlgrenska Academy in Sweden, exercise and acupuncture could help ease the effect of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS). ... read more »

Birth Control Pill Affects Partner's Choice

There could be a link between birth control and a woman's ability to secure and keep her selected partners. This link could lead to difficulty reproducing. ... read more »

Carbohydrates and Infertility

The amount and quality of carbohydrate in diet may be important determinants of ovulation and fertility in healthy women. ... read more »

Protein Intake and Ovulatory Infertility

Replacing animal sources of protein with vegetable sources of protein may reduce ovulatory infertility risk. ... read more »

Best Sperm Test Developed to Increase Male Fertility

Male sperm tests typically measure number and health of sperm in a semen sample. If there are a lot of sperm and those sperm are healthy and highly mobile, ... read more »

BPA Could Harm Healthy Sperm

Bisphenol A or BPA is a compound which is part of many plastics and used in a variety of products such as baby and water bottles, and other devices. Experts have noted ... read more »

Fertility Treatments Less Effective Over Time

When the same fertility treatment is used for a prolonged period, the effectiveness of the treatment could diminish greatly according to new research published in Fertility and Sterility. ... read more »

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