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 …

Vitamin D May Reduce Miscarriage Risk

A new study published online in The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology reports that having adequate Vitamin D levels may reduce miscarriage risk.  The study found that women who had previously had a miscarriage were more likely to get pregnant and have a baby if they had sufficient Vitamin D levels.

The study included 1,200 women with a history of miscarriage. …

Positive Trends in IVF Show Better Outcomes for Moms and Babies

The Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology (SART) recently published their Preliminary Clinic Summary Report for 2016 and the data shows some positive trends that are leading to healthier pregnancies for moms and babies.  Most notably, there has been a rise in elective single embryo transfers, which has led to fewer multiple gestation pregnancies.

SART’s Preliminary Clinic Summary Report consolidates IVF …

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 …