According to experts, about 1 to 2 percent of babies in the U.S. are now born with the help of in vitro fertilization (IVF). But there are thousands more failed attempts at pregnancy, which makes it clear that there is a serious need for better embryo selection techniques. And better techniques are exactly what British fertility experts hope to bring to the world with their time-lapse snapshot method.
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A healthy level of essential fatty acids has been linked to a number of health benefits. Now a new study, conducted by Antonina I. Frovola and colleagues, suggests that the ratio of specific fatty acid combinations could boost the success of in vitro fertilization.
Women all over the world live without a uterus. Some women are born without them while other had them removed for medical reasons. Unfortunately, no matter what the reason for being without one, these women are unable to carry a child of their own. But all of that may soon change with medical science.
Ever wondered why so many babies are born during autumn months? It might have something to do with the seasons after all.
Researchers studied more than 6000 samples of men treated for infertility and found that most of the sperms that were made during winter months were fast moving and healthier.
With more and more couples seeking out the assistance of in vitro fertilization to achieve pregnancy, researchers have been looking for more ways to help improve the outcomes of those pregnancies. A new technology known as Eeva (Early Embryo Viability Assessment) may soon help with both of these concerns.
All over the world, the rates of infertility among men are rising. But infertility isn’t the only reason couples struggle to conceive. While the World Health Organization says, any sperm count over 15 million per milliliter of semen is normal, authors on a study that analyzed the sperm count of Frenchmen between 1989 and 2005 say that a lower sperm count can delay conception among fertile couples.
When thinking about what you inherited from your mother, you probably think of her eyes, her nose, maybe even her penchant for not being wasteful. But her ovaries? While not exactly a science, one set of Danish fertility experts have found this to be partially true; they say a woman can somewhat determine how long her fertility will last by looking at her mother’s age at menopause.
For one reason or another, more and more couples are waiting to start having children. In most cases, couples are making the decision they feel best suits their unique situation; nothing wrong with that…except that it may end up costing them more to start a family than they had originally anticipated.
Over the last 50 years, semen quality has decreased. A number of factors are thought to be responsible for this: tobacco use, alcohol use, diet, exercise and environmental toxins, just to name a few. Fixing the issue is a bit more complex than just exercising, but for those that are planning to have children, it might be nice to know that moderate exercise can increase the quality of a man’s semen.
Fetal heart development can be interrupted or altered by a number of external factors – drugs, medications and alcohol are the three most common. These interruptions or alterations ultimately result in a heart defect.
For years, doctors have advised that obese women lose weight to increase their chances of getting pregnant. This recommendation has been based on previous studies that have linked obesity to decreased fertility.
Two women from Sweden may very well be giving birth from the same wombs they were conceived in after receiving the very first mother-to-daughter uterus transplants in the world. But doctors aren’t calling the surgeries a success, at least not yet.
While not all women need to think about what time of the month to have intercourse, those that have difficulty conceiving naturally may benefit from being more aware of when their best chances to conceive naturally are.