Infertility

Can Med Diet Improve Likelihood of IVF Success?

January 30, 2018

Women in the lowest versus the highest tertile of the MedDietScore had significantly lower rates of clinical pregnancy (29.1 versus 50.0%) and live birth (26.6 versus 48.8%).

Adverse Events Examined for Hysteroscopic vs. Laparoscopic Sterilization

January 23, 2018

The researchers found that the risk of surgical complications was lower for hysteroscopic sterilization during the hospitalization for sterilization (0.13 versus 0.78%; adjusted risk difference, −0.64).

Iodine Deficiency May Impact Fertility in Women of Childbearing Age

January 16, 2018

Those with moderate-to-severe deficiency (iodine-creatinine ratios <50 μg/g) had a 46% reduction in fecundity versus those whose iodine-creatinine ratios were in the adequate range (adjusted fecundability odds ratio of becoming pregnant per cycle, 0.54).

Stair-Step Protocol Assessed for Time to Ovulation in PCOS

December 11, 2017

The researchers found that the time to ovulation was decreased in the stair-step versus the traditional protocol (23.1 ± 0.9 versus 47.5 ± 6.3 days).

First Flushable Pregnancy Test Cleared for OTC Use

By December 05, 2017

The Lia Pregnancy Test is made with the same plant based fibers as most toilet paper and weighs less than 6 squares of the leading 3-ply toilet paper.

Vitamin D and Reproductive Treatment Outcomes: What's the Link?

November 17, 2017

The researchers found that live birth was more likely in women replete with vitamin D versus those with vitamin D deficiency or insufficiency.

FDA Approves New Version of Gonal-f Prefilled Pen

By November 13, 2017

GONAL-f (follitropin alfa injection) is a recombinant human follicle-stimulating hormone (r-hFSH) approved for the treatment female infertility and a rare form of male infertility.

HPV Vaccination May Protect Fertility for Some Women

By September 20, 2017

The data indicated little association between vaccination in females (FR 0.98, 95% CI: 0.90, 1.08) or males (FR 1.07, 95% CI: 0.79, 1.46) and fecundability.

The Stork OTC, an FDA-Cleared, At-Home Conception Device

By June 13, 2017

Cervical cap insemination has demonstrated a pregnancy success rate of up to 20%.

Century Old Infertility Tx Should Be Tried Before IVF, Say Researchers

May 19, 2017

The study included 1,119 women being treated for infertility who had their fallopian tubes flushed with either iodized poppy seed oil or water.

Researchers Look to Restore Fertility with 3-D Printed Ovaries

May 17, 2017

"This is the first study that demonstrates that scaffold architecture makes a difference in follicle survival," said one of the lead researchers Dr. Ramille Shah.

Endometrial Microbiota Variation May Affect IVF Success Rate

December 15, 2016

The presence of a non-Lactobacillus-dominated microbiota in a receptive endometrium is associated with poor reproductive outcomes for women undergoing in vitro fertilization (IVF).

Single- vs. Double-Dose Methotrexate Protocols Examined in Ectopic Pregnancy

November 02, 2016

Similar initial hCG levels with single-, double-dose protocols; more rapid decline with single-dose

What Effect Does Alcohol Consumption Have on Fertility?

September 02, 2016

Consumption of up to 14 units per week had no effect on fertility for women trying to conceive

High Levels of Clinical Depression Often Ignored in Infertility Patients

August 12, 2016

Patients undergoing fertility treatment often suffer symptoms of depression or anxiety, but few get any formal help, according to research published in Fertility and Sterility.

Novel Wearable Device Detects a Woman's Fertile Days

By July 26, 2016

A bracelet that can track a woman's fertility has been launched today by the medical technology company Ava. In clinical trials the bracelet (which is worn only at night), detected an average of 5.3 fertile days per cycle with 89% accuracy.

No Increased Breast Cancer Risk With IVF Treatment, Study Finds

July 20, 2016

Women who undergo in vitro fertilization (IVF) are not at increased risk of breast cancer, according to a study published in the issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

IVF Outcomes May Be Influenced by Race, Ethnicity

February 18, 2016

However, limitations exist in studies analyzed, especially for Asian, Hispanic women

Does Conception via ART Increase the Odds of Maternal Morbidity?

December 17, 2015

For singleton pregnancies, increased odds of severe maternal morbidity, although rate down since 2008

Study Supports Relaxing Age Restrictions for Donor Eggs in IVF

October 21, 2015

Results of in vitro fertilization (IVF) cycles using eggs from older donors are as good as those using eggs from younger women.

Sex May Boost Female Immune System to Aid Fertility

October 13, 2015

Effect appears to work regardless of when in a woman's cycle sex occurs

Common Gene Variant May Raise Miscarriage Risk

October 13, 2015

Also linked to failed fertility treatments

Ovarian Tissue Transplant Can Up Fertility Post Cancer Tx

October 08, 2015

For cancer survivors, ovarian tissue transplants are safe and effective and pose little risk of cancer recurrence, according to a report published in Human Reproduction.

Clomiphene vs. Letrozole: Live Birth Rates Compared

September 24, 2015

Use of letrozole (Femara) may reduce a couple's risk of having a pregnancy with multiple embryos - but it might also slightly lower their chances of a live birth, a new clinical trial suggests.

Weight Changes in Adulthood Linked to Fecundity

September 11, 2015

Body mass index (BMI) at age 18 years, weight change since age 18, and weight in adulthood correlate with fecundity.

Earlier Oocyte Retrieval May Aid Older Women Undergoing IVF

August 14, 2015

Early retrieval can help avoid premature follicular luteinization in older women undergoing IVF

Outcomes for Fresh vs. Cryopreserved Oocytes in IVF Compared

August 12, 2015

In vitro fertilization (IVF) with cryopreserved donor oocytes has lower cancellation rates and lower live birth rates compared with donor cycles using fresh oocytes.

GERD Risk Jumps in Women After IVF - But Why?

By August 10, 2015

Women who conceive following in vitro fertilization (IVF) are significantly more likely to develop gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) at least one year after delivery, although the risk does not vary with singleton and twin births, according to a study in the United European Gastroenterology Journal.

Embryo Cryopreservation Appears Feasible for Women With Breast Cancer

June 23, 2015

For women with breast cancer, embryo cryopreservation after aromatase inhibitor treatment and ovarian stimulation preserves fertility, according to a study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

Women Wishing to Conceive May Want to Avoid These Pain Meds, Study Suggests

By June 11, 2015

A study presented at the European League Against Rheumatism Annual Congress (EULAR 2015) indicates that use of some non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) could have a negative impact on female fertility, even with short-term use.