Low Oxygen Exposure May Cause Fertility Problems for Offspring

A new study, published in The FASEB Journal, suggests that fetuses who are exposed to low levels of oxygen during development may have advanced ovarian aging and a lower number of eggs available for future reproduction.

To examine the effects of low oxygen levels on developing fetuses, researchers from the Metabolic Research Laboratories at the University of Cambridge exposed …

Fertility Hope for Young Boys with Cancer

A new medical breakthrough may provide future fertility hope for young boys diagnosed with cancer. Scientists from the University of Pittsburgh reported the birth of the first monkey born from freezing immature testicular tissue.

When children are diagnosed with cancer before puberty, they do not have the same fertility preservation options as young adults diagnosed with cancer.  Adults have the …

Infertility Associated with Increased Cancer Risk

A new study published in the journal Human Reproduction indicates that women who struggle with infertility may be at higher risk having cancer later in life.  The study found that compared to women without fertility problems, women with infertility are 18 percent more likely to develop cancer, particularly uterine and ovarian cancers.

Researchers from Stanford University tracked 64,000 women who …

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 …

IVF Can Help Eliminate Inherited Diseases

When most people think about in vitro fertilization (IVF), they think of its use as a treatment for infertility.  IVF can also be used to treat non-infertility conditions though.  A growing space for the use of IVF is to use it as a treatment to reduce or eliminate inherited diseases from a family’s blood line.

Eliminating the risk of passing …

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 …

Infertility, IVF and Insurance

Only 16 states have laws concerning insurance coverage for infertility treatments and five states have fertility preservation laws, which require insurance companies to help women undergoing chemotherapy freeze their eggs before starting cancer treatment. In states lacking these laws, many insurance companies refuse to cover treatments that can help families conceive. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that …

Timing of IVF in Endometriosis

Women with more severe stages of endometriosis often find that they need to use IVF in order to successfully conceive. One would expect that the more severe the endometriosis, the less success one can achieve trying to conceive, even using IVF.

According to results of a retrospective study in The Journal of Minimally Invasive Gynecology, in vitro fertilization (IVF) clinical …