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Odds of Pregnancy in IVF Same With Frozen or Fresh Embryos: Study

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FRIDAY, Aug. 7, 2020 – Whether a frozen or fresh embryo is transferred during fertility treatments, the odds of pregnancy are roughly the same, according to a new Danish study involving nearly 500 women. Fresh embryo transfer, however, should still be the gold standard in assisted reproduction for women, the research team said. There was one exception to that rule, however: Women who are at risk...

'Freeze-All' Strategy Not Superior to Fresh Embryo Transfer in IVF

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THURSDAY, Aug. 6, 2020 – Fresh embryo transfer should be the gold standard for assisted reproduction among women with no immediate risk for ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome, according to a study published online Aug. 5 in The BMJ. Sacha Stormlund, M.D., Ph.D., from Hvidovre University Hospital in Copenhagen, Denmark, and colleagues compared the ongoing pregnancy rate between women randomly...

A New 'Spin' on How Sperm Swim

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FRIDAY, July 31, 2020 – If you ever had a sex-ed class in school, you have probably seen a visual of sperm swimming with a wagging tail. Now, high-tech tools have shattered that view of how sperm move. More than 300 years ago, a Dutch scientist used an early microscope to observe human sperm in motion. He saw that they appeared to swim using a tail that moved from one side to the other. But...

What's the Best 'Uterine-Sparing' Treatment for Fibroids?

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WEDNESDAY, July 29, 2020 – Two "uterine-sparing" treatments for fibroids can improve women's quality of life – though one might be more effective than the other, a new clinical trial suggests. Fibroids are non-cancerous growths in and around the wall of the uterus that are usually harmless. But when they cause significant problems, like persistent pain and heavy menstrual bleeding, treatment...

Changes in IVF May Have Spurred Drop in Cerebral Palsy, Study Says

Posted 10 Jul 2020 by

FRIDAY, July 10, 2020 – Rates of cerebral palsy among babies in Nordic countries born through in vitro fertilization (IVF) have fallen by more than half over the past two decades, due to fewer twin births from IVF, according to a new study. A study in Denmark 15 years ago found a significantly increased risk of cerebral palsy in infants born through IVF. The absolute risk was small, but cerebral...

Shorter Storage of Frozen Embryos Tied to Pregnancy Success: Study

Posted 27 Jun 2020 by

FRIDAY, June 26, 2020 – Vitrification is a safe way to freeze and store embryos during fertility treatment, but the longer embryos are stored, the less likely women are to get pregnant and have a live birth, a new study from China suggests. In vitrification, embryos are briefly placed in a dehydrating solution, then fast-frozen to prevent damaging ice crystals from forming. Some experts feared...

Odds of Pregnancy Decrease With Prolonged Embryo Storage

Posted 24 Jun 2020 by

WEDNESDAY, June 24, 2020 – Prolonged storage of embryos after vitrification is associated with a reduced likelihood of biochemical pregnancy, clinical pregnancy, and live birth, according to a study published online June 23 in Human Reproduction. Jianghui Li, from the JiaoTong University School of Medicine in Shanghai, and colleagues performed a retrospective study among 24,698 patients with the...

Mild Thyroid Dysfunction Common in Women With Subfertility

Posted 17 Jun 2020 by

WEDNESDAY, June 17, 2020 – Among women with a history of miscarriage or subfertility trying for a pregnancy, mild subclinical hypothyroidism (SCH) is common, according to a study published online June 17 in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. Rima K. Dhillon-Smith, M.B.Ch.B., Ph.D., from the University of Birmingham in the United Kingdom, and colleagues examined the prevalence of...

A Woman's Egg May Prefer One Man's Sperm Over Another's: Study

Posted 10 Jun 2020 by

WEDNESDAY, June 10, 2020 – People have certain qualities they look for in a mate, and now a new study finds that a woman's eggs may be choosy about sperm, too. Researchers said the findings offer new insight into human reproduction – showing that eggs will not accept just any sperm, and actually have more say in the union than previously recognized. In the moments just before fertilization,...

Success More Than 50 Percent for Second Child With Fertility Treatment

Posted 29 May 2020 by

FRIDAY, May 29, 2020 – Women have a good chance of having a second child with the help of assisted reproductive technology (ART), according to a study published online May 8 in Human Reproduction. Repon C. Paul, from the University of New South Wales in Sydney, and colleagues evaluated success rates for women returning to ART treatment for a second ART-conceived child. Analysis included 35,290...

What Are Your Chances of Having a Second IVF Baby?

Posted 26 May 2020 by

TUESDAY, May 26, 2020 – If you've had one baby through fertility treatment, your chances for a second success are good, a new study suggests. Researchers analyzed data from more than 35,000 women in Australia and New Zealand who had a live baby after in vitro fertilization (IVF). The women were treated between 2009 and 2013 and followed to 2015. Live births up to October 2016 were included in...

CDC: Number of Births, General Fertility Rate in U.S. Down in 2019

Posted 20 May 2020 by

WEDNESDAY, May 20, 2020 – The number of births and general fertility rate decreased from 2018 to 2019, according to a May Vital Statistics Rapid Release report, a publication from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Brady E. Hamilton, Ph.D., from the National Center for Health Statistics in Hyattsville, Maryland, and colleagues present provisional data on U.S. births for 2019...

Review Explores Use of Menstruation, Fertility Apps

Posted 8 Apr 2020 by

WEDNESDAY, April 8, 2020 – Women mainly use fertility apps for fertility and reproductive health tracking, pregnancy planning, and pregnancy prevention, according to a review published online April 6 in BMJ Sexual & Reproductive Health. Sarah Earle, Ph.D., from The Open University in Milton Keynes, England, and colleagues reviewed 654 records on mHealth apps that track menstruation and...

Early-Life Mortality Risk Higher in ART-Conceived Children

Posted 7 Apr 2020 by

TUESDAY, April 7, 2020 – Compared with children who are naturally conceived, children who are conceived via assisted reproductive techniques (ART) may be at increased risk for mortality during their first year of life, according to a study published in the March issue of Fertility and Sterility. Kenny A. Rodriguez-Wallberg, M.D., Ph.D., from the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, and colleagues...

First Baby Born From Use of Lab-Matured Frozen Egg

Posted 19 Feb 2020 by

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 19, 2020 – In what doctors call a breakthrough, a cancer patient in France gave birth to the first baby conceived from an immature egg that was matured in the laboratory, frozen, then later thawed and fertilized. "We were delighted that the patient became pregnant without any difficulty and successfully delivered a healthy baby at term," said team leader Michaël Grynberg, head of ...

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