Top News: #IVF

Here are the top read news for #IVF:

ivf-2-cropped-445x124New evidence that hormone levels measured in hair can affect IVF success by almost one-third:

The findings provide the first proper evidence that long term levels of cortisol, which are affected by many lifestyle factors including diet, exercise, caffeine and most notably stress, may play an important role in determining reproductive outcomes. Scientists believe that interventions to reduce cortisol prior to infertility treatment could therefore improve outcomes for the many thousands of couples undergoing IVF each year: Read more


university-of-adelaide-logoSteroid treatment for IVF problems may do more harm than good:

Corticosteroids are increasingly used to treat infertility in women with repeated IVF failure and recurrent miscarriage. Many women receive the drug in the belief that reducing immune cells called “natural killer” cells will facilitate a pregnancy. However, this belief is mistaken, as despite their alarming name these cells are actually required for healthy pregnancy. Professor Robertson says there is a great deal of medical and consumer misunderstanding about the role of the immune system in fertility and healthy pregnancy: Read more


20161014_alanhorsager_495_v1-1024x576Sperm test 2.0: New diagnostics aim to better understand male infertility:

Traditional sperm tests don’t reveal much. They can assess how many sperm a man produces, whether sperm are misshapen, and how well they swim. But that’s about it. Determined to extract more data, several startups are developing next-generation tests that they hope will help men better understand their fertility. The goal: to explain why some men who have normal sperm counts still cannot conceive: Read more



11brody-master768Some I.V.F. Experts Discourage Multiple Births:

In recent years, professional organizations concerned about the safety of multiple gestations and births for both mothers and their babies have been recommending that only one, and at most two, healthy embryos be transferred at a time. The benefit of this advice is already apparent: The rate of I.V.F. pregnancies that resulted in multiple births dropped to 22 percent in 2014 from 50 percent in 2009: Read more



a-blue-and-green-image-of-ivfMen conceived through IVF may inherit father’s fertility problems:

Men conceived through intracytoplasmic sperm injection – a form of fertility treatment – may have poorer sperm quantity and quality than those conceived naturally. This is the conclusion of the first ever analysis of young men who were conceived through the procedure in the early 1990s: Read more