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NEWS: Radiofrequency electromagnetic waves of laptops with Wi-Fi may decrease male fertility NEWS: New cryoprotectant-free, permeable capillary technique to help standardize sperm vitrification Antisperm Antibodies May Not Adversely Influence ART Pregnancy Rates
 
NEWS: Radiofrequency electromagnetic waves of laptops with Wi-Fi may decrease male fertility

NEWS: Radiofrequency electromagnetic waves of laptops with Wi-Fi may decrease male fertility

A recent prospective in vitro study, claimed to be the first to assess the impact of laptops with wireless local area network connection (Wi-Fi) on spermatozoa, reports that prolonged use by keeping the device on the lap may reduce male fertility.

NEWS: New cryoprotectant-free, permeable capillary technique to help standardize sperm vitrification

NEWS: New cryoprotectant-free, permeable capillary technique to help standardize sperm vitrification

A team of researchers has developed a new technology for cryoprotectant-free, sperm vitrification, using capillaries that have standard cylindrical shape and fixed diameter. The promising technique will help to standardize the vitrification procedure with precise, quantifiable volumes of spermatozoa.

Antisperm Antibodies May Not Adversely Influence ART Pregnancy Rates

Antisperm Antibodies May Not Adversely Influence ART Pregnancy Rates

Literature searches on the link between direct semen antisperm antibody (ASA) levels and treatment outcomes in ART cycles have not yielded clear results. Now, a systemic review suggests that semen ASA is not associated with pregnancy rates after IVF or ICSI cycles, thereby indicating the effectiveness of such ART strategies in infertile couples with raised [...]

NEWS: Inclusion of Letrozole in GnRH Antagonist Multiple Dose Protocol Improves IVF Outcomes in Poor Responders

18 June 2014

Management of diminished ovarian reserve is challenging, despite the ongoing extensive research to develop an effective method of controlled ovarian stimulation (COS). Although various COS regimens such as GnRH agonist flare-up, GnRH agonist low dose long, and GnRH antagonist protocols have been developed, an efficient protocol for improving the outcomes in poor responders still [...]

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Vitrified-warmed Blastocyst Transfers Found to have Similar Clinical Outcomes as Fresh Transfers

11 June 2014

A vital component of any cryopreservation protocol used in ART is the minimal effect of the method on the preserved embryos. With its inherent benefits when compared to slow freezing, vitrification has been widely accepted worldwide and considering its widespread usage, numerous studies have evaluated the neonatal outcomes with encouraging results. Adding further credence [...]

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Increased Oocyte Yield Observed with One-day Delay in Triggering Oocyte Maturation

05 June 2014

Rise in the progesterone levels are known to negatively affect pregnancy rates; however, there is lack of sufficient evidence regarding their impact on oocyte yield. A recent randomized controlled trial reports that deferring oocyte maturation trigger by one day, in patients with low levels of progesterone, yielded higher number of mature oocytes. The study findings [...]

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Subcutaneous and Vaginal Progesterone for LPS Found to be Equally Effective in Improving IVF Pregnancy Outcomes

30 May 2014

Progesterone used for luteal phase support (LPS) is available commercially in different formulations, including oral capsules, intramuscular injection in oil, capsules for vaginal or rectal administration, and vaginal gel. Recently, water-soluble and subcutaneously injectable progesterone have been developed. To compare the efficacy and tolerability of the newly developed subcutaneous progesterone preparation with vaginal P gel [...]

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New Study Reassures on the Use of Assisted Oocyte Activation in ICSI Cycles

22 May 2014

A recent study reports that the behavioral and neurodevelopment outcomes are normal in children born after assisted oocyte activation (AOA) using calcium ionophore in ICSI cycles. Touted to be the first study assessing the developmental outcome of children born following AOA, the preliminary findings are published in Reproductive BioMedicine Online.

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NEWS: Study Highlights Association between Poor Response to Ovarian Stimulation and Higher Miscarriage Risk in IVF Cycles

16 May 2014

Analyzing data from the Human Fertilization and Embryology Authority (HFEA) involving 124,351 IVF pregnancies, a UK study reported that the number of oocytes retrieved is strongly linked to clinical miscarriage rate. The study findings, which suggest the probable association between poor ovarian response and reduction in oocyte quantity and quality, are published in the latest [...]

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Systematic Review and Meta-analysis Finds Little Evidence on Benefits of Cervical Mucus Removal Prior to Embryo Transfer in ART Cycles

09 May 2014

Pregnancy rates during IVF/ICSI cycles may be adversely impacted even by small variations in embryo transfer methods. Although some studies have evaluated the impact of removal of cervical discharge on ART outcomes, there is a lack of consensus on the embryo transfer outcomes. A recent systematic review and meta-analysis, published in Fertility and [...]

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New Prospective Cohort Study Reports the Association between Preconception Stress and Enhanced Infertility Risk

02 May 2014

Literature evidence suggests a close inter-relationship between stress and reproduction, but its directionality is not clearly known. Recently, a US study demonstrated that increased stress levels in couples, as evaluated by salivary alpha-amylase, may lead to longer time-to-pregnancy (TTP) and a higher risk of infertility. The findings, touted to be the first in the world [...]

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NEWS: New Study Demonstrates that Ovarian Endometriomas Do Not Affect Ooctye Quality in IVF Cycles

22 April 2014

Literature search reveals contradictory findings on the effect of ovarian endometriomas on IVF outcomes. Now, a recent prospective study, published in Fertility and Sterility, provides further insight and hope to patients with ovarian endometriomas by indicating the absence of any detrimental effect on oocyte developmental competence.

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NEWS: Deselection of Physiologically Abnormal Spermatozoa Before ICSI Reduces Birth Defects and Improves Clinical Results

10 April 2014

Sperm morphology plays a vital role in determining fertility and is associated with fertilization and pregnancy rates in spontaneous as well as induced pregnancy. Highlighting the importance of the selection of morphologically normal spermatozoa for ART treatment, a recent prospective population-based study demonstrated that major birth defects were significantly higher in standard ICSI than intracytoplasmic [...]

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