Women who take folic acid supplements four weeks before becoming pregnant and also during the first weeks of pregnancy have a lower risk of giving birth to children who eventually become diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), Norwegian researchers have reported in JAMA.
Women who reported eating a diet rich in iron were 30 to 40 percent less likely to develop pre-menstrual syndrome (PMS) than women who consumed lower amounts, in a study reported this week by researchers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst School of Public Health and Health Sciences and Harvard. It is one of the first to evaluate whether dietary mineral intake is associated with PMS development.
The grandfather of IVF died last week after bringing bundles of joy to millions of mums and dads who feared they would never have children.
Prof Sir Robert Edwards began working in the field of fertilisation in the 1950s and he and Dr Patrick Steptoe carried out their ground-breaking research in the face of opposition from church leaders, governments and sections of the media, and scepticism from scientific colleagues.
Univfy Inc., a pioneer in predictive technology for health care and fertility, today announced the results of a new validation study that proves its Univfy PredictIVF online prediction test is 75 percent more powerful than age-based estimates at accurately predicting the probability of live birth in a patient's next in vitro fertilization (IVF) cycle based on data from her previous IVF cycles.
Maternal ethnicity is a significant determinant of successful outcomes after fertility treatment, suggests a new study published in BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology.
Researchers from the University of Leeds think that sticky spermatozoa could hold the key to greater success for couples undergoing IVF treatment. The £1.3m trial, funded by the National Institute for Health Research Efficiency and Mechanism Evaluation (NIHR EME) Programme, will be piloting a new IVF method that relies on picking only mature and fertile spermatozoa that stick to a specially coated plate for injection into the egg.
It may not sound pleasant, but a procedure known as endometrial scratching has been shown to improve both pregnancy and birth rates when it is performed once in women who are undergoing reproductive treatment.
A study has detailed a new method of inducing egg growth in women suffering from infertility. Created by researchers from the Stanford University School of Medicine, this technique has already resulted in one woman giving birth, while another is pregnant.
Researchers at New York University and the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research have identified the mechanism that plays "traffic cop" in meiosis - the process of cell division required in reproduction. Their findings, which appear in the journal eLife, shed new light on fertility and may lead to greater understanding of the factors that lead to birth defects.