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DHEA for Increased IVF Success Rates?

DHEA hormone administration can significantly increase IVF success rates for women treated for infertility according to a study. This study showed that women who used DHEA hormone supplements during their treatment increased their chances of pregnancy compared to women who did not receive the supplement. There are many studies showed the value of DHEA supplementation to subfertile […]

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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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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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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

FISH analysis and DNA fragmentation test

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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Male Fertility Declines with Age

It now appears that women are not the only one who have to worry about their biological clock since male fertility declines with age as well, research reveals. Although, there are differences between male and female fertility, experts now advise male population wishing to have biological children, to avoid losing time. ’’Men too cannot afford […]

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Acupuncture help IVF success rates

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Nowadays, IVF has become the most common infertility treatment however its success rate is still relatively low. So how can the success rate of IVF be increased? Can acupuncture make a difference? Well according to research, acupuncture may actually be beneficial for couples undergoing IVF. Acupuncture is an ancient therapeutic method, used quite often as […]

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Pesticides may increase risk of endometriosis

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Pesticides may increase the risk of endometriosis research study warns. Study findings warn about the environmental effects on the health of women of reproductive age. Research conducted at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center revealed that two organochlorine pesticides are linked to endometriosis in women of reproductive age. Researchers collected data from two study groups: […]

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The top 10 superfoods that help you conceive

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If you have decided it is time to build a family, make sure you enrich your diet with the following superfoods that can help you conceive. The good news for all of you who are trying to get pregnant is that a balanced diet, rich in nutrients, vitamins and minerals, is directly linked to fertility. […]

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Intralipid infusion therapy: boosting IVF success rates

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Intralipid infusion therapy is now used by many IVF specialists as a treatment for boosting IVF success rates, reducing the risk of miscarriage. Nowadays, in vitro fertilisation (IVF) appears to be the most popular among fertility treatments. That is mainly due to its effectiveness and its relative simplicity as a medical procedure that couples can follow […]

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Could endometrial scratching boost IVF success rates?

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Could endometrial scratching boost IVF success rates? A simple scratch is capable of significantly increase, and even double, pregnancy chances through IVF, doctors believe. Even though IVF is an assisted reproduction technique with the highest success rates among other fertility treatment, sadly, repeated IVF failures are not uncommon. In some cases failed IVF treatments could […]

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Chemicals threaten male fertility?

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Research findings suggest that common chemicals threaten male fertility by affecting sperm quality. Chemicals commonly found in toothpaste, soaps and sunscreens could affect the sperm cells behavior, scientists warn. For the first time a study presents evidence of a link between chemicals contained in household products and sperm abnormalities. Researchers report that the chemicals found […]

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Endometriosis as a cause of infertility

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Endometriosis is a common pathogenic condition of women that, in the past, it has been associated with infertility. But is endometriosis a cause of infertility? Quite often women diagnosed with infertility happen to be diagnosed endometriosis with as well. Scientists ponder however whether there is indeed a link between the disease and infertility or endometriosis […]

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Do Women treated with donor eggs pass on DNA?

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Do women treated with donor eggs pass on DNA to their babies? According to new research the answer is positive. It has been previously shown by a study conducted at the University of Southampton that the environment in which an embryo grows, that is the womb environment, can affect the embryo’s development. According to experts […]

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