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Stress and Infertility: Cause or Effect?

Does stress affect fertility or is it infertility that has negative effects on psychology? Fertility experts indicate that there is a bidirectional relationship between stress and infertility. Most commonly, infertility is treated as a purely medical problem even though psychological aspects of it are perhaps equally important. Whether stress affects fertility or infertility itself is […]

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Damaged sperm. A significant role in recurrent miscarriage

Recurrent miscarriage is typically defined as the loss of three or more pregnancies in a row. Many factors apart from maternal health have a significant role in miscarriage risk.  According to researchers from Imperial College man’s sperm may sometimes be a factor. Total sperm motility, progressive sperm motility, and normal morphology were all reduced in the Recurrent […]

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IVF and Cancer: are they linked?

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IVF and cancer, is a sensitive subject that worries many women who seek for infertility treatment. How are they linked? Do women undergoing IVF have increased risk of cancer? These are some of the questions that researchers have been trying to answer for several years now, making quite a progress. According to worldwide scientific literature, […]

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The world’s first genetically edited babies

A Chinese researcher claims to have created the world’s first genetically edited babies. The scientist, He Jiankui of Southern University of Science and Technology in Shenzhen, said he altered embryos for seven couples during fertility treatments, with one pregnancy resulting so far. He told the audience he had worked on 31 eggs and implanted two […]

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Vitamin D is associated with increased likelihood of pregnancy, livebirth and reduced pregnancy loss

Vitamin D deficiency during pregnancy is associated with adverse pregnancy outcomes, although the association between preconception vitamin D concentrations and livebirth is unknown. The study aimed to assess the association between preconception vitamin D and pregnancy outcomes among women with proven fecundity. The findings were published in The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology and 1191 women had available […]

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Chemicals in sunscreen may cause infertility

A new study from the National Institutes of Health finds that chemicals in sunscreens and personal care products that filter out UV rays may lead to infertility issues among men. According to the study by the National Institutes of Health and the New York state Department of Health’s Wadsworth Center, researchers found that men with high exposure […]

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Male fertility. Are men under extinction?

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Are men under extinction and what does this have to do with the declining male fertility? Over the last 40 years the percentage of infertility has been quadrupled: from 4% in 1965 to 16% in our times. Nowadays, one of the most common cause of infertility is poor sperm quality and low sperm count. So […]

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Improved sperm quality and pregnancy outcomes with spermatozoa after a short ejaculatory abstinence.

Semen samples from men after a short ejaculatory abstinence show improved sperm quality and result in increased pregnancy rates of in vitro fertilization (IVF) cases. According to the study ejaculates from short (1–3 hours) compared with long (3–7 days) periods of abstinence showed increases in motile sperm count, sperm vitality, normal sperm morphology, acrosome reaction […]

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Severity of congenital heart defects associated with assisted reproductive technologies

Assisted reproductive technology (ART) has been associated with a higher incidence of congenital anomalies, including a specific increase in the rate of congenital heart defects (CHD). In this study, the rate of CHD in pregnancies resulting from ART at a single high-risk pregnancy referral center are compared to the published literature. Pregnancies were screened by […]

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Homosexual Couples: Do They Have Access to IVF?

Nowadays, there is a large debate going on regarding same sex couples and whether they should have access to IVF.  Bans on homosexual marriage are tumbled across the Western World and a growing number of same sex couples want to build a family, same way heterosexual couples do. It is not rare for homosexual men […]

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Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS). The researchers have found that the syndrome may be triggered before birth.

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) affects up to one in five women worldwide, three-quarters of whom struggle to fall pregnant. It can cause symptoms, from infertility to hair growth, pelvic pain, hair thinning or excessive hair growth, and hormonally induced sleep issues, because the cysts affect ovarian function and alter the body’s hormonal balance. Researchers at […]

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Male infertility tools: FISH analysis and DNA fragmentation test

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ART (Assisted Reproductive Technologies) advances have now provided couples with accurate genetic screening tests like FISH analysis and DNA fragmentation test, as diagnostic tools for male infertility aiding them in improving theirs chances of pregnancy. Infertility is not primarily a woman’s problem, as it is mistakenly believed. It is estimated that infertility for about half of […]

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Babies who look like their father at birth are healthier one year later

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“Fathers are important in raising a child, and it manifests itself in the health of the child,” said Distinguished Research Professor of Economics at Binghamton University Solomon Polachek. “We find a child’s health indicators improve when the child looks like the father. The main explanation is that frequent father visits allow for greater parental time […]

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167 million people owing their lives to assisted reproductive technologies will have been born by 2100

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According to present trends, fertility services will continue to grow robustly and the number of births is likely to be much higher than 167 million people. If the average annual increase is 10,000 or 20,000 births the numbers of people alive that year will rise to 236 or 315 million, respectively by 2100. At 30,000 […]

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Scientists discovered a new critical process for healthy embryo development

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Scientists have discovered a process during mammalian embryonic development that is critical for early embryos to develop into healthy blastocysts. Transformation from morula to blastocyst is a defining event of preimplantation embryo development. During this transition, the embryo must establish a paracellular permeability barrier to enable expansion of the blastocyst cavity. Using advanced microscopy techniques […]

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Frozen embryo transfer could be better than the fresh one

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A new study carried out by a research team at The University of Western Australia and Fertility Specialists of Western Australia has found that women undergoing IVF who have had embryos fail to implant have more success using frozen ones than fresh ones. “The study results demonstrate that a frozen embryo implantation is more successful […]

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Men with low sperm counts are likely to have important co-existing health problems

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Men with low sperm counts are more likely to have a number of health issues that put them at increased risk of illness, new research suggests. A study of 5,177 men found those with low sperm counts were 20% more likely to have more body fat, higher blood pressure and more “bad” cholesterol. They were […]

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A Second Baby Has Been Born Via Uterus Transplant in the U.S.

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A second woman in the U.S. born without a uterus has given birth to a baby, thanks to a uterus transplant. The birth took place at Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas.

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Pioneering treatment with stem cells therapy reverses the symptoms of menopause.

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Breakthrough raises the prospect of women having babies in their 50s with stem cells therapy. Pioneering treatment that reverses the symptoms of early menopause has raised hopes that women affected could go on to have children naturally. Stem cells from bone marrow were injected into the ovaries of 33 women suffering premature ovarian failure (POF) […]

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Complex structure at the tip of the sperm tail

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New study led to the discovery of a novel, complex structure at the tip of the sperm tail that has never been seen before. Since sperm motility and morphology are determinants of male fertility, understanding the functional role of the TAILS complex may have clinical implications relating to male infertility and contraception.

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