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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.
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

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

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

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

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

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]
Multiple pregnancies: A major public health concern worldwide

Multiple pregnancies: A major public health concern worldwide

Multiple pregnancies are a major public health concern in the United States and the rest of the world due to the significantly higher health risks for both mothers and infants, as well as the impact on healthcare costs. [More]

Rakuten Kirei ºC Navi receives Good Design Award from Japan Institute of Design Promotion

Rakuten, Inc. and Toshiba Corporation (TOKYO:6502) announced today that their jointly developed service for women, "Rakuten Kirei ºC Navi," which provides advice and information on a variety of aspects of beauty based on basal body temperature, received a Good Design Award 2013 from the Japan Institute of Design Promotion (JDP). [More]

Nutrition tips for women looking to conceive

Women who watch their weight and closely follow a Mediterranean-style diet high in vegetables, vegetable oils, fish and beans may increase their chance of becoming pregnant, according to dietitians at Loyola University Health System. [More]

Results of Phase 3 clinical trial of contraceptive vaginal ring presented by Population Council

​Today, the Population Council presented findings from a Phase 3 clinical trial that was designed to demonstrate the safety, efficacy, and acceptability of the Council's investigational one-year contraceptive vaginal ring (CVR). [More]

Researchers make new breakthroughs in brain circuitry controlling fertility

In a landmark discovery, the final piece in the puzzle of understanding how the brain circuitry vital to normal fertility in humans and other mammals operates has been put together by researchers at New Zealand's University of Otago. [More]
Hormonal disorder causes irregular periods among teenage girls

Hormonal disorder causes irregular periods among teenage girls

While irregular periods are common among teenage girls, an underlying hormonal disorder may be to blame if this problem persists. [More]
New book on evolution and future of human reproduction

New book on evolution and future of human reproduction

Human beings would probably be known as pilosals rather than mammals if Carl Linnaeus had not been a proponent of breast-feeding. For social and political reasons, the famed taxonomist labeled the class of animals to which humans belong with a reference to their practice of suckling their young rather than to their evolutionarily older characteristic of having hair. [More]

Managing insulin levels through meal timing boosts ovulation in women with PCOS

​Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), a common disorder that impairs fertility by impacting menstruation, ovulation, hormones, and more, is closely related to insulin levels. Women with the disorder are typically "insulin resistant" - their bodies produce an overabundance of insulin to deliver glucose from the blood into the muscles. [More]

Children born after mothers hormonal fertility treatment have increased risk of mental disorders

​Whether a child is conceived naturally or in a Petri dish in an incubator has no bearing at all on the child's mental health. However, researchers have identified a small but increased risk of developing a mental disorder such as autism, ADHD or behavioural problems in children whose mothers only received medical treatment to stimulate ovulation and egg development before insemination. [More]