More than 10% of American women aged 15-44 struggle to conceive or maintain full-term pregnancies, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Assisted reproductive technology (ART), through which eggs are fertilized with sperm in a lab and then returned to a woman's uterus, is often the last resort for reproductively-challenged couples.
New research could help to explain why pregnancy becomes less likely as women age and why IVF so often fails.
Scientists have shown for the first time that hormones produced inside the womb play a pivotal role in the early stages of pregnancy.
Fertility experts in Southampton and the Netherlands have identified a specific genetic pattern in the womb that could predict whether or not IVF treatment is likely to be successful.
Fertility Options- Dr. George Grunert talks about fertility options on KRIV-TV26 (FAX) 9AM, Houston, Texas
HOUSTON (KTRK) - Imagine having cancer at 29, then finding you have a cancer gene that's likely to passed on to your children. In what's believed to be one of the first cases of its kind, we have the story of a young cancer patient and how she kept her fertility - and spared her baby - from carrying her cancer gene.
SEPTEMBER 2011 — Researchers have discovered a molecule present on the outer surface of a human egg that binds sperm and eggs together before fertilisation. Understanding this mechanism may help people with previously unexplained fertility problems.
AUGUST 2011 — There is insufficient evidence to suggest that taking aspirin during IVF increases a woman's chances of conceiving, according to the latest Cochrane Systematic Review.
AUGUST 2011 — Current estimates of the impact of chemotherapy on women's reproductive health are too low, according to a University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) study. The researchers say their analysis of the age-specific, long-term effects of chemotherapy provides new insights that will help patients and clinicians make more informed decisions about future reproductive options, such as egg harvesting.