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New SFU research could revolutionize IVF success rates

New SFU research could revolutionize IVF success rates

Over the past three years, Canadian women desperate to conceive a child endured more than 82,000 attempts to become impregnated using in vitro fertilization (IVF), a reproductive technique that fertilizes a woman's eggs outside of her body. [More]
Endometrial microbiota play vital role in determining reproductive outcome in women undergoing IVF

Endometrial microbiota play vital role in determining reproductive outcome in women undergoing IVF

Endometrial microbiota (bacteria in the uterine cavity) play an important role in determining whether women are able to get pregnant via in vitro fertilization (IVF), according to a new study published in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology. [More]
Study finds many claims of benefit for fertility treatments lack supporting evidence

Study finds many claims of benefit for fertility treatments lack supporting evidence

Many claims made by UK fertility clinics about the benefits of treatments beyond standard IVF procedures are not backed up by evidence, finds a study published in the online journal BMJ Open. [More]
Researchers develop new method to map presence of short RNA-sequences in individual cell

Researchers develop new method to map presence of short RNA-sequences in individual cell

Researchers at Karolinska Institutet have measured the absolute numbers of short, non-coding, RNA sequences in individual embryonic stem cells. The new method could improve the understanding of how our genes are regulated and different cell types develop. [More]
New sperm research could lead to better infertility treatment decisions

New sperm research could lead to better infertility treatment decisions

Sperm and mathematics don't appear to be the likeliest of bedfellows - but new research bringing the two together could lead to devices that could cut infertility rates. [More]
Cost-effective modified natural cycle IVF offers hope to young couples with fewer financial resources

Cost-effective modified natural cycle IVF offers hope to young couples with fewer financial resources

Researchers at University of Southern California (USC) Fertility at Keck Medicine of USC have determined that modified natural cycle in-vitro fertilization (IVF) is a more cost-effective fertility method than controlled ovarian stimulation and traditional IVF. [More]
Episona unveils first innovative new male fertility test at ASRM 2016

Episona unveils first innovative new male fertility test at ASRM 2016

Episona Inc., an epigenetics data company focused on improving outcomes in reproductive health, announced today the launch of Seed, an innovative new male fertility test, at the American Society for Reproductive Medicine Scientific Congress& Expo. [More]
Hormone levels in hair can predict chances of pregnancy in women undergoing IVF treatment

Hormone levels in hair can predict chances of pregnancy in women undergoing IVF treatment

Levels of a hormone when measured in hair can significantly predict the likelihood of pregnancy in women undergoing in vitro fertilisation (IVF) treatment, scientists at The University of Nottingham have revealed. [More]
Babies born to older women from assisted reproduction have fewer birth defects, research finds

Babies born to older women from assisted reproduction have fewer birth defects, research finds

Babies born to women aged 40 and over from assisted reproduction have fewer birth defects compared with those from women who conceive naturally at the same age, according to new research from the University of Adelaide. [More]
Science Museum acquires first 3D printed models for new Medicine Galleries

Science Museum acquires first 3D printed models for new Medicine Galleries

The Science Museum has acquired the first 3D printed models used by surgeons to plan a complex paediatric kidney transplant. [More]
Steroids for treating infertility in women may have harmful effects on pregnancy and child

Steroids for treating infertility in women may have harmful effects on pregnancy and child

Researchers at the University of Adelaide are urging doctors and patients to refrain from using a specific steroid treatment to treat infertility in women unless clinically indicated, because of its links to miscarriage, preterm birth and birth defects. [More]
Advanced imaging technique could help select embryos most viable for successful pregnancy

Advanced imaging technique could help select embryos most viable for successful pregnancy

Researchers at the University of Adelaide have successfully trialed a new technique that could aid the process of choosing the "best" embryo for implantation, helping to boost the chances of pregnancy success from the very first IVF cycle. [More]
Preimplantation genetic screening using next generation sequencing: an interview with Dr Luis Alcaraz

Preimplantation genetic screening using next generation sequencing: an interview with Dr Luis Alcaraz

PGS, Preimplantation Genetic Screening, is a genetic test that analyses biopsied cells from embryos produced by in vitro fertilization (IVF) techniques. PGS determines whether the embryos are chromosomally normal (euploid) or not (aneuploid), thus giving the chance to transfer chromosomally normal embryos that are more apt to successfully implant and develop into a pregnancy. [More]
Scientists discover less invasive, cheaper technique to improve woman's chances of becoming pregnant

Scientists discover less invasive, cheaper technique to improve woman's chances of becoming pregnant

For those facing infertility, IVF has long been the established option to have a baby. Now Australian and Belgian medical scientists have discovered how to improve a woman's chances of becoming pregnant using a less invasive and cheaper alternative. [More]
Scientists test endometrial scratching technique in first-time IVF attempters

Scientists test endometrial scratching technique in first-time IVF attempters

A NEW simple procedure which involves gently scratching the lining of the womb in the month before IVF treatment, potentially improving treatment success, is being tested on first-time IVF attempters in a groundbreaking study. [More]
New ACMG guidelines recommend NIPT as optimal initial screening test for all pregnant women

New ACMG guidelines recommend NIPT as optimal initial screening test for all pregnant women

Natera, Inc., a leader in non-invasive genetic testing and the analysis of circulating cell-free DNA, applauds the new guidelines just released by the American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics, supporting the use of non-invasive prenatal tests (NIPT/NIPS) as an optimal, initial option to screen for specific genetic conditions, such as Trisomy 21 (Down syndrome) during pregnancy. [More]
Women have 29% chance of conceiving naturally after undergoing assisted conception, study finds

Women have 29% chance of conceiving naturally after undergoing assisted conception, study finds

Women who have IVF/ICSI infertility treatments have a 29% chance of conceiving naturally within six years of the cessation of treatments. These are the findings of an Internet survey conducted by a group of gynaecologists presented in the journal Human Fertility. [More]
IVF Spain, Bioarray to present clinical outcomes of preimplantation genetic screening using NGS

IVF Spain, Bioarray to present clinical outcomes of preimplantation genetic screening using NGS

Bioarray, S.L., IVF SPAIN S.L. and iGLS will present clinical outcomes of IVF treatments with PGS by NGS, after two years providing this genetic test as part of a cooperation supported in a framework agreement. [More]
QUT study finds age and education may influence women in selecting sperm donors

QUT study finds age and education may influence women in selecting sperm donors

With commercial sperm banking giving women more opportunities to become mothers, a world-first QUT study has found the age and education of sperm donors are the most important characteristics considered. [More]
Immobilisation after intrauterine insemination has no beneficial effect on pregnancy rates in women

Immobilisation after intrauterine insemination has no beneficial effect on pregnancy rates in women

Despite the positive results of small studies and a widely held belief in its benefit, the practice of keeping female patients immobilised after intrauterine insemination has no beneficial effect on pregnancy rates, according to results of a large randomised study presented here at the Annual Meeting of ESHRE in Helsinki. [More]
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