Does Acupuncture Improve Fertility Treatment Success?

Women often use acupuncture in conjunction with fertility treatment to increase their chance of success, but a new study found that acupuncture may not be helpful.  The study, published in JAMA, found that acupuncture does not increase live birth rates for women undergoing in vitro fertilization. 

The study looked at IVF outcomes for more than 800 women in Australia …

Women Over 40 Show a Rise in Conception Rates

The latest data from the National Center for Health Statistics shows that although the birth rate in the United States continues to fall overall, there has been a 4 percent increase in conception among women over 40 years old.  Having children later in life has become more common, but we must remember that as women get older, it becomes more …

When Should Endometrial Receptivity Testing be Done?

Endometrial receptivity testing is a way to narrow down a woman’s window of implantation prior to an embryo transfer, but is this test appropriate for every woman who has undergone an IVF cycle?  When the test was first developed, its primary indication was for women with recurrent implantation failure.  As we learn more about the test though, we’re finding that …

Fertility Treatment Options After Tubal Ligation Surgery

Many women who have had tubal ligation surgery regret the decision and desire future fertility.  Women who have had this surgery can often still conceive a pregnancy either through in vitro fertilization or after tubal reversal surgery.  The decision about which of these options to choose needs to be based on each woman’s particular situation.

Factors that need to be …

Low Sperm Count May Be a Marker of General Health

A new study presented at ENDO 2018, the Endocrine Society’s 100th annual meeting in Chicago, IL, found that low sperm count may not only be a problem for fertility, but is also a marker for a man’s general health.

The study looked at 5,177 male partners of infertile couples in Italy and found that low sperm counts were associated with …

How Long Can Embryos Stay Frozen?

On November 25, 2017, Tina Gibson, a woman in Tennessee gave birth to her daughter, Emma, who had spent 24 years as a frozen embryo.  This is the longest-frozen embryo to successfully come to birth.  Emma weighed 6 lbs. 8 oz. when she was born and is a thriving newborn.

Emma had initially been conceived via in vitro fertilization and …

Sleep May Affect IVF Success

A new study is showing that lack of good quality sleep may affect a woman’s chance of successfully conceiving with assisted reproductive technology.  This study was presented at the 2017 American Society of Reproductive Medicine annual Congress and showed that women with poor sleep quality undergoing in vitro fertilization (IVF) had lower fertilization rates than women with better sleep quality.…

Vitamin D May Affect Fertility Treatment Success

A new study published in the journal Human Reproduction found that there is a relationship between vitamin D levels and fertility treatment success rates from assisted reproductive technology.  The researchers concluded that women with sufficient levels of vitamin D have higher live birth rates after undergoing fertility treatment with assisted reproductive technology than women with low vitamin D levels.…

Pesticides in Food May Reduce Fertility

A new study published in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine is showing that women who eat foods with high amounts of pesticide residue may have reduced fertility.  The study looked at 325 women undergoing infertility treatment with assisted reproductive technology (ART). Intake of high-pesticide residue fruits and vegetables was associated with a lower likelihood of having child via ART.   Intake …

Fertility Business Booming. Why?

According to an article in the Washington Post, the multibillion-dollar fertility industry is booming, and experimenting with business models that are changing the American family in new and unpredictable ways. Would-be parents seeking donor eggs and sperm can pick and choose from long checklists of physical and intellectual characteristics. Clinics now offer volume discounts, package deals and 100 percent guarantees …