Controversial Fertility Treatment is Being put to the Test

The first known human trial of three-person in vitro fertilization (IVF), a procedure currently banned in the United States, is about to be underway in Greece.  The goal of the trial is to evaluate the procedure’s safety and efficacy.   It may also eventually give us a better understanding regarding the procedure’s long term side effects.

Three-person IVF involves using donor …

Designer Babies

Recently, Time magazine, wrote a series of articles about infertility, fertility treatments, and the future of babies as medical advancements allow couples more opportunities for conception.  One of these articles discussed the creation of “designer babies” from in vitro fertilization with preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD).

The medical community and the public are concerned that with advances in PGD technology, we …

How Smoking and Drinking Affect Male Fertility

There are many lifestyle factors that can affect male fertility, including smoking and drinking.  Identifying some of these modifiable risk factors can be important for couples, since male infertility plays a role for over one-third of couples who are struggling to conceive.

A review of how smoking and drinking can affect male fertility was recently presented online at UrologyTimes.com by …

Michelle Obama Opens up about IVF and Miscarriage

At the top of the news headlines this week are stories about former first lady, Michelle Obama, opening up about miscarriage and needing in vitro fertilization (IVF) to conceive her daughters, Sasha and Malia Obama.

In her memoir, “Becoming,” she discusses the personal struggles she faced when trying to start a family. In an interview with Good Morning America, she …

African American Women May Have Lower IVF Success

Several studies presented at the American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) 2018 annual Scientific Congress and Expo in Denver, Colorado, showed that African American Women may have lower in vitro fertilization (IVF) success rates than other races.

One study looked at the success rates of IVF procedures at a large Washington, DC area fertility center.  They compared the results of …

How Much Do Young Adults Really Know About Fertility?

Although most people know that fertility declines with age, a new study shows that many young adults don’t have a clear understanding of what age it actually becomes harder to get pregnant.

Researchers in Australia surveyed 1,215 university students with a 34-item online questionnaire regarding their expectations for future parenthood and their fertility knowledge.  Of the students surveyed, only 46 …

Happy 40th Birthday, IVF!

The world’s first in vitro fertilization (IVF) baby, Louise Joy Brown, was born in 1978 in the U.K.  Since then, approximately 8 million babies have been born world-wide as a result of IVF.  In the United States alone, approximately 1.5-2 percent of all babies born these days are conceived via IVF.

In the past 40 years, since the conception and …

Does Endometrial Scratching Improve Pregnancy Rates?

A new study, presented at the 2018 annual meeting of the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology, suggests that endometrial scratching may not be as efficacious in improving implantation rates as was once thought.

Endometrial scratching is a procedure that is often performed prior to in vitro fertilization (IVF) and embryo transfer in an attempt to improve pregnancy rates.  …

Do Fertility Drugs Cause Ovarian Cancer?

A new study, presented on July 3rd at the 2018 annual meeting of the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE), provides more evidence to confirm that fertility drugs do not increase a woman’s risk of developing ovarian cancer.

Researchers analyzed data from more than 58,000 women in Denmark, who underwent fertility treatment with assisted reproductive technology (ART) between …

Mosaic Embryos Can Lead to Healthy Babies

A recent study published in the journal Fertility & Sterility gives us more information about the chance of having a healthy child after transferring a mosaic embryo.  The study was able to show that mosaic embryos can result in the delivery of healthy babies and the extent of mosaicism may influence this chance.

The study looked at 77 women, who …