George M Grunert MD, Reproductive Endocrinologist, HFS IVF Program Director

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  • Frozen embryos more successful for conceiving during IVF

    A new study carried out by a research team at The University of Western Australia and Fertility Specialists of Western Australia has found that women undergoing IVF who have had embryos fail to implant have more success using frozen ones than fresh ones.

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  • Mediterranean diet may help women receiving IVF to achieve successful pregnancies

    New research has found that women who follow a 'Mediterranean' diet in the six months before assisted reproductive treatment have a significantly better chance of becoming pregnant and giving birth to a live baby than women who did not.

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  • What you should know about hysteroscopy

    A hysteroscopy is used to diagnose and treat problems of the uterus or womb. The procedure involves a thin, telescope-like camera inserted into the uterus via the vagina. The camera has a light on the end and is called a hysteroscope.

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  • How does chemotherapy among men affect the health of subsequent generations?

    How do cancer and cancer treatments affect the reproductive function of men? Can this affect the health of their direct descendants and subsequent generations? To get a clear picture, INRS researchers evaluate the current state of knowledge on this public health issue in a review article appearing in the journal Gynécologie Obstétrique & Fertilité.

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  • How does sperm motility affect fertility?

    Sperm motility is the ability of sperm to move efficiently. This is important in fertility because sperm need to move through the woman's reproductive tract to reach and fertilize her egg. Poor sperm motility can be a cause of male factor infertility.

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  • Common male medical condition linked to vascular disease

    Men who suffer symptoms from varicoceles, enlarged veins in the scrotum, are more likely to develop vascular disease and metabolic disease, such as diabetes, according to a study by Stanford University School of Medicine researchers.

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  • Robert Edwards co-father of IVF - interview by Liz O'Donnell an early Bourn Hall patient

    I had to convince a lot of people and many people wouldn't be convinced, so it was a damn big fight. But when I was fighting I wasn't fighting for myself I was fighting for my patients. I think I've been lucky – at the right time in the right place.

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  • Back to the future: The most efficient option for treating unexplained infertility

    An inexpensive fertility drug, which has been available for more than 50 years and can be taken orally, has proved as effective as other more costly hormones when used for ovarian stimulation before intrauterine stimulation (IUI). Investigator Dr Noor Danhof from the AMC Centre for Reproductive Medicine in Amsterdam says the results of the study, a large randomised trial performed in the Netherlands, now make this "least expensive and least invasive stimulation agent" the drug of choice in IUI.

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  • The more eggs the better in IVF?

    A higher number of eggs retrieved in an IVF treatment cycle is independently associated with more chromosomally normal embryos available for transfer, according to a new study. However, the benefit of a greater oocyte yield decreases significantly with advancing female age.

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  • Delivery rates in IVF are affected by the age of the male partner

    A few studies have found that the chance of natural conception can be affected by the age of the male partner, particularly in the genetic health of sperm cells, but the celebrity examples of Charlie Chaplin or Luciano Pavarotti have kept alive the notion that male fertility goes on forever. Now, a new study from the USA in IVF couples shows quite clearly that live birth outcome is clearly affected by the age of the male partner.

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