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Fertility Treatments Marketed in U.K. Without Proof They Work: Study

Posted 7 days ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Nov. 30, 2016 – Some fertility clinics in the United Kingdom offer little evidence to back up claims about treatments other than standard in vitro fertilization (IVF), according to a new study. Researchers examined the websites of 74 British fertility clinics. They identified 276 claims of benefit at 60 centers related to more than three dozen fertility treatments. These treatments ranged from screening blood tests to costly egg-freezing packages. Of those claims, only 29 percent offered statistics to support the claims of improved fertility outcomes, the study found. Only 13 websites included any references, and there were only 16 published references. Of those, only five were of high quality, according to the study published online in the journal BMJ Open. "Our findings demonstrate that whilst many claims were made on the benefits of fertility treatments, there was a lack ... Read more

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Researchers Put Embryo Development 'On Hold' in Mice

Posted 14 days ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 23, 2016 – Scientists say they were able to halt development of early mouse embryos for up to a month in the lab before they resumed normal growth. This research could prove important in areas such as assisted reproduction, regenerative medicine, aging and even cancer, according to the team from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). The investigators used drugs that dampen the activity of a cell growth regulator called mTOR to put these early mouse embryos (blastocysts) into a stable and reversible state of suspended animation for up to four weeks. When no longer exposed to the mTOR inhibitors, the embryos quickly resumed normal growth and developed into healthy mice when implanted back into adult female mice, the study authors said. "Normally, blastocysts only last a day or two, max, in the lab. But blastocysts treated with mTOR inhibitors could survive ... Read more

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Online Calculator May Help Couples Predict Fertility Rx Success

Posted 20 days ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 16, 2016 – Researchers say they've developed free online calculators that predict how likely a woman is to have a baby after a handful of in vitro fertilization (IVF) treatment cycles. There are limitations to the devices: A leading infertility expert called the calculators "practically not very useful," while its developers cautioned that couples should be careful about using them to determine whether they should even try IVF in the first place. Still, "these new calculators will help shape couples' expectations and will help them prepare emotionally and financially for their IVF journey," said study author David McLernon, a research fellow in medical statistics at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland. In vitro fertilization involves combining an egg and sperm in a lab dish, then transferring the embryo to the woman's uterus. Predicting the likelihood of success with ... Read more

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Fewer Birth Defects for Older Moms Who Have Fertility Treatments

Posted 17 Oct 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Oct. 17, 2016 – Older women who get pregnant through assisted reproduction may be less likely to have babies with birth defects than those who conceive naturally, a new Australian study suggests. The findings challenge the widely held belief that assisted reproduction increases the risk of birth defects in all women, according to the researchers at the University of Adelaide. "There's something quite remarkable occurring with women over the age of 40 who use assisted reproduction," study lead author Michael Davies said in a university news release. He is a professor and epidemiologist at the university's Robinson Research Institute. The researchers looked at information from births in South Australia between 1986 and 2002. The study included more than 301,000 naturally conceived births, 2,200 in vitro fertilization (IVF) births and nearly 1,400 births from intracytoplasmic ... Read more

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Males Conceived Via Fertility Treatment May Have Weakened Sperm: Study

Posted 7 Oct 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Oct. 7, 2016 – Males who were conceived using an infertility treatment where sperm is injected into an egg may themselves have lower sperm quantity and quality than those conceived naturally, Belgian researchers report. "We treated couples where the husband had very abnormal sperm, so it is not so surprising that in their sons the quality of their sperm had an impact on them," explained lead researcher Dr. Andre Van Steirteghem, an emeritus professor at Vrije Universiteit in Brussels. The 54 young men in the study – all conceived by infertility treatments – had about half the sperm concentration, nearly one-third the sperm count and fewer motile sperm (sperm that can swim well) than men who were conceived naturally, the investigators said. In addition, men conceived through the method known as intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) were nearly three times more likely to have ... Read more

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Can Stress Lower a Woman's Fertility?

Posted 21 Sep 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Sept. 20, 2016 – New research seems to confirm that stress lowers a woman's chances of becoming pregnant, particularly stress that occurs around the time of ovulation. "If you are feeling more stress than you usually do [around ovulation time], you are 40 percent less likely to get pregnant that month," said study author Kira Taylor. She is an assistant professor of epidemiology and population health at the University of Louisville School of Public Health and Information Sciences. Taylor believes her team's study is the first to look at stress at different time periods in a woman's monthly cycle, to determine if there are different effects at different points. In the study, the researchers evaluated 400 women, aged 40 and younger. All were sexually active and not using contraception. "Only about a third were actively trying to get pregnant, but all were having unprotected sex, ... Read more

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Infertility Patients' Mental Health Problems Often Unaddressed

Posted 11 Aug 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Aug. 11, 2016 – People undergoing fertility treatment often suffer symptoms of depression or anxiety, but few get any formal help, a new study suggests. The study, which followed patients at five fertility clinics in California, found that more than half of women and one-third of men had clinical-level depression symptoms at some point. Even more – 76 percent of women and 61 percent of men – had symptoms of clinical anxiety. Yet only about one-quarter of all patients said their fertility center had given them any information on mental health resources. "It was very surprising to find that," said lead researcher Lauri Pasch, an associate professor of psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco. Many studies have found that infertility patients often feel distressed. And, Pasch said, professional groups have underscored the need for patients' emotional health to ... Read more

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Frozen Embryos May Boost Pregnancy Odds for Some Women

Posted 10 Aug 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 10, 2016 – For some women seeking infertility treatment, the use of frozen embryos rather than fresh ones appears to improve the chances for a successful pregnancy, researchers report. Women with polycystic ovary syndrome, a hormonal disorder that causes enlarged ovaries with small cysts on the outer edge, had better odds of having a baby on the first try when frozen embryos were used (49 percent) than when fresh embryos were implanted (42 percent), the study authors found. At the same time, there was a slightly higher risk of potentially dangerous high blood pressure during pregnancy, and newborn death, in women who received frozen embryos, the findings showed. Lead researcher Dr. Richard Legro said, "Perhaps elective embryo freezing followed by frozen embryo transfer is a preferential treatment for women with polycystic ovary syndrome." Legro is a professor of ... Read more

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The Mystery of the Female Orgasm Solved?

Posted 1 Aug 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Aug. 1, 2016 – The female orgasm – famously faked by Meg Ryan in "When Harry Met Sally" – may have its true roots in evolution as an aid to conception, new research suggests. In their study, researchers at Yale University noted that while the male orgasm's role in getting the sperm to meet the egg has long been clear, the female orgasm's role has been a mystery. It has no obvious role in the success of reproduction or in the number of children, so scientists have long tried to determine why women have orgasms, said a team led by Yale professor of ecology and evolutionary biology Gunter Wagner. He and co-researcher Mihaela Pavlicev, of Cincinnati Children's Hospital, studied other mammals for clues into how the female orgasm evolved. They looked at non-human mammals and focused on a specific reflex that goes along with orgasms in women – release of the hormones prolactin and ... Read more

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Almost 3 in 10 Women Get Pregnant Naturally After Fertility Treatments

Posted 29 Jul 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, July 29, 2016 – Nearly one-third of women who have infertility treatments get pregnant naturally within a few years of stopping treatment, a new study suggests. Researchers conducted an online survey of 403 women who had infertility treatments called assisted reproductive technologies (ART), such as in-vitro fertilization. Ninety-six women didn't get pregnant during treatment. But, 34 of the women later got pregnant naturally. Three hundred and seven women conceived while receiving infertility treatments. After treatment, 84 of those women were able to conceive naturally, the researchers said. Most – 87 percent – of the natural conceptions occurred within two years after the end of infertility treatments, the research revealed. The authors of the study did note potential limitations of their work, however. For example, they said women who had successful pregnancies might have ... Read more

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Many Smartphone 'Fertility Apps' May Not Work

Posted 3 Jul 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, July 1, 2016 – A smartphone app probably won't help you get pregnant or avoid pregnancy, researchers report. "Smartphone apps are increasing in popularity because more and more women are interested in using natural or fertility awareness-based methods of family planning," said study leader Dr. Marguerite Duane. These women want "to feel empowered with greater knowledge of their bodies," said Duane, an adjunct associate professor at Georgetown University School of Medicine in Washington, D.C. But an analysis of nearly 100 fertility awareness apps found most don't use accurate methods that are based on scientific evidence. Also, many have a disclaimer saying they shouldn't be used to prevent pregnancy, Duane's study found. The researchers identified more than 95 fertility awareness apps on iTunes, Google, or Google Play. The investigators excluded 55 from evaluation because they ... Read more

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Who's Most Likely to Seek Infertility Help

Posted 1 Jul 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, July 1, 2016 – Nearly half of people with infertility problems don't seek treatment, according to a new British study. "One of the important and concerning findings in our study is the difference in educational attainment and job status between people who sought help for infertility and those who did not," said study leader Jessica Datta. She is a lecturer at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine in London. Datta's team surveyed 15,000 adults in Britain. The investigators found that one in eight women and one in 10 men had experienced infertility, but nearly 43 percent of those women and nearly 47 percent of those men didn't seek medical help for the problem. Infertility was defined as unsuccessfully trying to become pregnant for a year or longer. Those with infertility who did seek help were more likely to be better educated, have higher incomes and to be older, ... Read more

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Fertility Treatments Not Linked to Twins' Birth Defects

Posted 21 Jun 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, June 21, 2016 – Twins born after fertility treatments may be susceptible to different – and fewer – birth defects than other twins, new research suggests. The study confirms that twins have a higher risk of birth defects than singletons, but it questions the notion that fertility treatments contribute to those abnormalities. "Our results suggest that the risks of specific types of birth defects in twins may be different depending on whether fertility treatments were used," said study lead author April Dawson, a health scientist with the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Jeffrey Roth, a research professor of pediatrics with the University of Florida, said the findings "may begin to lower the anxiety of women who receive fertility treatment that their offspring face an elevated risk of birth ... Read more

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Fertility Info Lacking for Young Women Who Beat Cancer

Posted 23 May 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, May 23, 2016 – Many young female cancer survivors say they don't receive enough information about preserving their fertility, a new study finds. These women are at risk for early menopause because of their cancer treatment. If they want to have children but are not yet ready to start a family, they may be able to freeze their eggs or embryos after treatment, researchers explained. "The potential loss of fertility has been described in the literature as being almost as painful, if not more so, than the cancer diagnosis itself," said study leader Catherine Benedict, of Northwell Health on Long Island, N.Y. In the study, the researchers analyzed the results from an anonymous online survey of 179 women, average age 30, who had completed cancer treatment an average of five years earlier. Their fertility status was uncertain – they either wanted children in the future or were ... Read more

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Many Fertility Apps, Websites Miss the Mark

Posted 15 May 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, May 13, 2016 – Websites and apps that promise to calculate a woman's most fertile days may often be off base, a new study suggests. When doctors put 53 fertility calculators to the test, they found that only four accurately predicted a hypothetical woman's "precise fertile window." "I'd recommend that consumers be cautious, and not completely rely on these sites and apps," said lead researcher Dr. Robert Setton. He is an obstetrics and gynecology resident at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical College, in New York City. Setton was to present the findings Sunday at the annual meeting of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, in Washington, D.C. Such research is considered preliminary until published in a peer-reviewed medical journal. The concept behind online fertility calculators is simple, Setton explained. A woman typically needs to know ... Read more

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