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Planning IVF? This Diet will Help You Fall Pregnant

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A new study published last week in Oxford University’s Human Reproduction journal suggests that adhering to a Mediterranean diet for the 6 months leading up to your fertility treatment can improve the odds of getting pregnant by close to 70%. The caveat: it only works for women under 35. The study, conducted at Athens University, Planning IVF? This Diet will Help You Fall Pregnant

Do Sleep Disorders Affect Fertility?

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Approximately 10% of women experience problems when trying to get pregnant. Ovulation disorders, (such as PCOS), hormonal imbalances, structural abnormalities (i.e. blocked falloian tubes) and harmful habits (i.e. smoking and alcohol abuse) are well known causes of infertility. Researchers from Taiwan believe they have discovered another factor. Previous research has already documented a connection between Do Sleep Disorders Affect Fertility?

Fertility Experts to Use an Obstacle Course to Select the Best Sperm for IVF

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Scientists from Stanford University have devised a special “obstacle course” that will allow fertility specialists to locate the best sperm for IVF, thus increasing patients’ odds of conceiving. The 14 mm-long device named SPARTAN (Simple Periodic Array for Trapping And isolatioN) contains three-dimensional posts spermatozoa must navigate around. The fastest finishers are then collected to Fertility Experts to Use an Obstacle Course to Select the Best Sperm for IVF

Scientists Close in on Artificial Sperm

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Presently, the only means by which IVF patients suffering from certain types of male-factor infertility and lesbian couples can achieve a pregnancy is sperm donation. This, however, might change, thanks to the efforts of specialists from Cambridge University, who are working on creating artificial sperm. Scientists have already created a healthy litter of mice from Scientists Close in on Artificial Sperm

Could Brain Estrogen Hold the Key to Unexplained Infertility Treatment?

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Up until recently, fertility experts believed that ovulation depended only on the ovaries. That has changed in 2013 following the discovery of estrogens produced by hypothalamus. Now new research that may help treat at least some cases of unexplained infertility has revealed the importance of brain estradiol to the ovulation process. The menstrual cycle is Could Brain Estrogen Hold the Key to Unexplained Infertility Treatment?

Australian Innovation Promises More High-quality Embryos

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Australian fertility experts have developed a new culture fluid (a solution that allows embryos created in vitro to develop), which is said to mimic natural conditions better than any of its predecessors. According to data from a trial that involved 6000 embryos created to 1200 patients between August 2016 and March 2017, using the new Australian Innovation Promises More High-quality Embryos

Quality, not Quantity – Study Says Ovarian Reserve Testing Not Best for Assessing Fertility

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Ovarian reserve testing, which is performed to measure how many eggs a woman has left, is at present the most common test to assess fertility. Now experts say its results may not be an accurate predictor, and that it’s the quality of the oocytes that is the key factor. Women are born with a finite Quality, not Quantity – Study Says Ovarian Reserve Testing Not Best for Assessing Fertility

New Blood Test Will Detect Risk of Miscarriage and Premature Birth

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Researchers from San Francisco’s Laboratory for Reproductive Medicine and Immunology evaluated over 150 pregnancies in an attempt to identify molecules in the blood which could serve as predictors for risk of miscarriage and/or premature birth. The results were presented at the ASRM annual congress, which took place in San Antonio, Texas. The outcome of their New Blood Test Will Detect Risk of Miscarriage and Premature Birth

Fizzy Drinks Reduce Chances of IVF Success, Israeli Experts Say

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A study by Israeli researchers from Sheba Tel Hashomer Medical Center’s IVF unit and experts from Harvard and Columbia Universities found that ay lowers chances of IVF success by 20%. The findings were published last month in Fertility and Sterility journal. Experts examined 360 women who underwent IVF treatments at Israel’s Sheba Hospital between 2006 Fizzy Drinks Reduce Chances of IVF Success, Israeli Experts Say

New Research May Hold Key to Infertility, Cancer

Thanks to genome analysis tools, for the first time ever, experts were able to shed light on the sperm stem cell development process in humans. They believe their observations will not only assist in efforts to combat infertility, but also help understand the processes behind the development of certain cancers. In a first such study New Research May Hold Key to Infertility, Cancer