Difficulty with conception leads many couples to fertility experts every year. Many learn that the issue lies within the female partner’s reproductive system through the presence of endometriosis, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) or other fertility-limiting conditions. But, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the quality of the male partner’s sperm can also play a large role in fertility problems. In fact, the CDC says that 18% of men who seek out fertility help will be diagnosed with Continue reading
Continued research into infertility and the natural ways to remedy it often capture the interest of couples struggling to conceive. Recently, a look at walnuts and their impact on sperm quality in animals has researchers excited about potential breakthrough technology for men struggling with poor sperm quality.
Because walnuts contain the exact same fatty acids found in sperm membranes, researcher set out to determine whether added consumption of these fatty acids could strengthen sperm membranes. The research, completed by the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health & School of Nursing, found that Continue reading
Science is telling women to “chill out” if they want to get pregnant. Research published in early 2017 showed that women with the hormone Cortisol, more commonly known as the stress hormone, present in their hair were 1/3rd less likely to become pregnant than Continue reading
Researchers in Alabama are taking a closer look at sperm as they continue to strive towards more effective infertility treatments.
As it currently stands, most reproductive endocrinologists are only able to look at sperm for core factors- things like the amount of sperm present and the speed at which they swim. But this research would allow doctors to Continue reading
The future of IVF could mean that there is no longer a need for sperm or egg in order to create an embryo. This new technology is called In Vitro Gametogenesis, or IVG, and has already been successfully used in mice. In that experiment, a baby mouse was created from DNA taken from skin cells, as opposed to from sperm and egg.
The process works by taking skin cells and reassigning them to act as either sperm or eggs in a petri dish. Researchers hope that this technology, once available and tested on human subjects, could open the door to creating biological families for parents that could not pursue IVF methods. In this approach, it is realistic to think that a biological child could come from a parent or set of parents who are unable to donate healthy eggs, sperm, or both. Continue reading
The ever-changing field of IVF means that new research is being conducted daily, and that it often leads to new discoveries about how to improve the odds of success with fertility! In February of 2017 a study was released that showed a link between IVF success and daylight savings time (DST).
The study, conducted by The Boston Medical Center and originally published in the medical journal Chronobiology International, found that transfers occurring around daylight savings time (DST) contributes to a higher miscarriage rate among women with previous history of miscarriage. Continue reading
If you are considering in vitro fertilization and you have a reason to suspect that the procedure might be challenging because of your past history or present medical situation, there is an option. Choosing to go with an egg donor provides you with the opportunity to conceive and carry your baby via IVF by providing viable eggs from a third party source. In the infographic below, you will find information about the process of egg donation and its effects on IVF success rates and other aspects of pregnancy. As you read, you will see that not only is this option viable, it is a lot simpler and easier to understand than it seems at first. Keep reading to learn more about how egg donation can help you reach your goals during your next IV fertilization procedure. Continue reading
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) says that in 2015, an estimated 6.7 million women aged 15-44 experienced some level of impaired fertility. That’s just over 10% of women in the sampled demographic. Of that, an estimated 6% of women are deemed fully infertile.
Despite the common misconception that infertility is a rare condition that impacts only women, and only due to age, infertility is a problem that causes pain to many families in the United States. Chances are quite high that someone you know is included in these numbers. Continue reading
In a landmark decision, an Italian court has legally recognized two men as the fathers of children born via surrogacy.
It’s promising news for same sex couples in Italy who wish to become parents as the case marks the first time two men have been able to claim parental rights to the same child.
The children, now seven years old, were born to a surrogate in Canada in 2010. Continue reading
IVF Technology is an ever-changing and evolving field. As scientists continue to look for ways to improve embryo transfer success and promote more term length pregnancies, the collective knowledge base continues to grow.
In most cases, created embryos are transferred into a waiting uterus between day 3 and day 5 of development. This time frame is carefully chosen to give the embryo the best chance to implant and continue to develop as possible. It has been widely believed that embryos cannot be kept alive outside of the body beyond day seven of development, unless they are frozen and stored for future use.
Researchers in the United Kingdom are challenging this common belief however, Continue reading