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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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Why choose IVF? 10 + 1 reasons

Why choose IVF

Why choose IVF? 10 + 1 reasons IVF is likely to be recommended for the following fertility problems: 1. Damaged or blocked fallopian tubes, which stop the sperm from reaching the egg. 2. Ovulation disorders, which result in fewer eggs available for fertilization. 3. Premature ovarian failure (loss of normal ovarian function before the age […]

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Big Breakfast improves pregnancy chances

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A big breakfast in the morning improves pregnancy chances by helping women dealing with their reproductive health problems. Women struggling to conceive would be wise not to neglect eating their morning meal and have a big nutritional breakfast daily. This is what a study suggests, as it appears that consuming more calories in the morning […]

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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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Novel IVF technique gives hope to older women

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Novel IVF technique gives hope to older women by rejuvenating the old oocytes according to recent preliminary data provided by scientists in the US. British fertility scientists have applied to the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority for permission to use a novel treatment which they claim to boost pregnancy rates for women with poor egg […]

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Χημικές ουσίες σε έπιπλα και στρώματα γυμναστικής θα μπορούσαν να καταστήσουν τις γυναίκες υπογόνιμες.

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Χαμηλότερα ποσοστά επιτυχίας στην εξωσωματική γονιμοποίηση – IVF έχουν συνδεθεί με τα επιβραδυντικά φλόγας που απαντώνται συνήθως στα οικιακά αντικείμενα. Τα ευρήματα αυτά προέρχονται από μελέτη που δημοσιεύτηκε ώστε να βρεθεί η σχέση μεταξύ επιβραδυντικών φλόγας οργανοφωσφορικών (PFRs) και αναπαραγωγικών αποτελεσμάτων στις γυναίκες. Τα PFR θεωρούνται ασφαλέστερη εναλλακτική λύση έναντι των επιβραδυντικών φλόγας, τα οποία […]

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