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Ovulation is the process in a female's menstrual cycle by which a mature ovarian follicle ruptures and discharges an ovum (also known as an oocyte, female gamete, or casually, an egg). Ovulation also occurs in the estrous cycle of other female mammals, which differs in many fundamental ways from the menstrual cycle. The time immediately surrounding ovulation is referred to as the ovulatory phase or the periovulatory period.
Research outlines new model for measuring acceptability of contraceptive vaginal ring

Research outlines new model for measuring acceptability of contraceptive vaginal ring

The Population Council published new research in the November issue of the journal Contraception demonstrating that an investigational one-year contraceptive vaginal ring containing Nestorone and ethinyl estradiol was found to be highly acceptable among women enrolled in a Phase 3 clinical trial. [More]
New NIH program awards $2.5 million to spur innovation in mobile health

New NIH program awards $2.5 million to spur innovation in mobile health

A new NIH program is awarding nearly $2.5 million to spur innovation in mobile communication technologies and software applications used in biomedical research in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). [More]
Researchers use safer method to stimulate ovulation in women undergoing IVF treatment

Researchers use safer method to stimulate ovulation in women undergoing IVF treatment

Researchers have successfully used a new and potentially safer method to stimulate ovulation in women undergoing IVF treatment. [More]
Letrozole drug results in higher birth rates in women with PCOS

Letrozole drug results in higher birth rates in women with PCOS

The drug letrozole results in higher birth rates in women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) than the current preferred infertility treatment drug, according to a nationwide study led by Penn State College of Medicine researchers. [More]
Leading hypothesis for miscarriages, birth defects ruled out by WSU reproductive biologists

Leading hypothesis for miscarriages, birth defects ruled out by WSU reproductive biologists

Washington State University reproductive biologists have ruled out one of the leading thoughts on why older women have an increased risk of miscarriages and children with birth defects. [More]
Conventional fertility hormones do not increase risk of breast, gynecological cancers

Conventional fertility hormones do not increase risk of breast, gynecological cancers

There is "little evidence" that the use of conventional fertility hormones used for ovarian stimulation in the treatment of infertility increases the long-term risk of breast and gynecological cancers, according to the results of a substantial 30-year follow-up study. [More]
Researchers employ mixture of saline and air bubbles to assess fallopian tubes

Researchers employ mixture of saline and air bubbles to assess fallopian tubes

Many women struggling to become pregnant may suffer from some degree of tubal blockage. Traditionally, an x-ray hysterosalpingogram (HSG) that uses dye is the most common procedure to determine whether a blockage exists, but it can cause extreme discomfort to the patient. [More]
Research on effects of caffeine on young people after puberty

Research on effects of caffeine on young people after puberty

Caffeine intake by children and adolescents has been rising for decades, due in large part to the popularity of caffeinated sodas and energy drinks, which now are marketed to children as young as four. [More]
Female mice deprived of dietary zinc before conception experience fertility problems

Female mice deprived of dietary zinc before conception experience fertility problems

Female mice deprived of dietary zinc for a relatively short time before conception experienced fertility and pregnancy problems and had smaller, less-developed fetuses than mice that ingested zinc during the same times, according to researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences. [More]
Vivere-Winter Park recognizes 25th Annual National Infertility Awareness Week

Vivere-Winter Park recognizes 25th Annual National Infertility Awareness Week

Infertility is a disease affecting more than 7 million people across the U.S., according to the National Survey of Family Growth. That number represents 12 percent of women of childbearing age or one in eight couples. [More]
Study: Menstrual abnormalities in women with PCOS is strongest predictor for mental health issues

Study: Menstrual abnormalities in women with PCOS is strongest predictor for mental health issues

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), a hormone imbalance that causes infertility, obesity, and excessive facial hair in women, can also lead to severe mental health issues including anxiety, depression, and eating disorders. [More]
New study assesses effectiveness of two surgical treatments for ectopic pregnancy

New study assesses effectiveness of two surgical treatments for ectopic pregnancy

A new study from Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center looked at pregnancy outcomes in regards to the two surgical treatments for ectopic pregnancy -- salpingectomy, in which the affected fallopian tube is removed, or salpingotomy, in which the tube is preserved. [More]
New study shows male hormones play important role; may enhance IVF therapy in women

New study shows male hormones play important role; may enhance IVF therapy in women

Several fertility clinics across the country are beginning to administer testosterone, either through a patch or a gel on the skin, to increase the number of eggs produced by certain women undergoing in vitro fertilization (IVF). [More]
FDA clears First Response Gold Digital Pregnancy Test

FDA clears First Response Gold Digital Pregnancy Test

Church & Dwight Co., Inc. announced today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has cleared the First Response Gold Digital Pregnancy Test to determine if a woman is pregnant up to six (6) days before her missed period and with over 99% accuracy from the day of her expected period – a significant step in pregnancy test innovation. [More]
UCLA researchers publish landmark meta-analysis of sexual preferences at ovulation

UCLA researchers publish landmark meta-analysis of sexual preferences at ovulation

​If she loves you and then she loves you not, don't blame the petals of that daisy. Blame evolution. [More]
Study: About 50% of reproductive-age women never discussed reproductive health with medical provider

Study: About 50% of reproductive-age women never discussed reproductive health with medical provider

A new study by Yale School of Medicine researchers provides insight into how much women of reproductive age in the United States know about reproductive health. [More]
Risk of serious complications higher for babies conceived by assisted reproductive therapies

Risk of serious complications higher for babies conceived by assisted reproductive therapies

A University of Adelaide study has shown that the risk of serious complications such as stillbirth, preterm birth, low birth weight and neonatal death is around twice as high for babies conceived by assisted reproductive therapies compared with naturally conceived babies. [More]
GRU combines with national Cooperative to improve treatment of reproductive health

GRU combines with national Cooperative to improve treatment of reproductive health

Georgia Regents University has joined the national Cooperative Multicenter Reproductive Medicine Network designed to enable large clinical trials that improve the diagnosis and treatment of reproductive health issues such as male and female infertility. [More]
Population Council partners with USAID to introduce new line of contraceptive rings

Population Council partners with USAID to introduce new line of contraceptive rings

The Population Council was awarded a cooperative agreement from the U.S. Agency for International Development's Office of Population and Reproductive Health, "Delivering a Family of Contraceptive Vaginal Rings." Included in this agreement is support for two innovative, Population Council-developed contraceptive vaginal rings: a one-year contraceptive vaginal ring that can be used by women to plan their pregnancies and a three-month vaginal ring that can be used by breastfeeding women. [More]
Researchers assess direct out-of-pocket costs for couples undergoing fertility treatment

Researchers assess direct out-of-pocket costs for couples undergoing fertility treatment

From drug therapy to IVF, out-of pocket costs can range from $900 to $19,000 per treatment cycle, report researchers in The Journal of Urology [More]