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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 [...]

Influence of Economics on ART Access and Embryo Transfer Practices – Data from 30 High and Upper-middle Income Countries

20 March 2014

Although it is well-known that the psycho-physical burden of the ART treatment is one of the most important factors that influence the withdrawal from the treatment, certain studies have also found that cost is a vital factor responsible for the decrease in ART access. A recent international study which analyzed the ART treatment, healthcare system, [...]

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Retrospective Study Reports Embryo Quality and Progesterone Levels as Most Significant Predictors of Live Birth Rates in Fresh Embryo Transfer

12 March 2014

A recent retrospective cohort study conducted on 2,525 infertile women has reaffirmed that embryo quality and progesterone levels on the day of hCG administration are important predictors of live birth rates and pregnancy, respectively, in fresh IVF cycles. The study findings are published in Journal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics. Qian Fang Cai from the [...]

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NEWS: FertiQoL Tool Effective in Analyzing Quality Of Life in Infertile Couples

20 February 2014

Analyzing the quality of life using FertiQoL, a recent study demonstrated that prolonged duration of infertility and the need for psychological support adversely affected the scores, while they were better in patients with higher educational status and secondary infertility. FertiQoL helps in identifying the impact of infertility on the wellbeing of couples, which would in [...]

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NEWS: Study Reiterates the Association of Sperm Viral Infection like HCMV with Male Infertility

06 February 2014

Viral infection of testicular cells may alter testicular function, posing severe risk to fertility and potential transmission of virus-induced mutations to future generations. A review, published in Journal of Reproductive Immunology, highlighted the negative impact of sperm viral infections with human cytomegalovirus (HCMV), human papilloma virus (HPV), and herpes viruses (HSV) on male [...]

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Recent Study Highlights Adverse ART Outcomes associated with Overweight/Obese Women

31 January 2014

Obesity adversely affects the reproductive health of a woman as it is known to cause anovulation, menstrual irregularities, and infertility. However, the findings of various studies on the influence of BMI on controlled ovarian hyperstimulation factors, such as quantity of gonadotropin and days of stimulation required, oocyte quality/ quantity, maximum level of estradiol, and success [...]

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Intravenous Calcium Infusion Effective in Preventing OHSS in High-risk Patients

20 January 2014

The pathogenesis of ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS), although not completely elucidated, is associated with the increased vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF)-mediated blood vessel permeability. A recent hypothesis on OHSS pathophysiology proposed the involvement of intra- and extracellular calcium ions in the onset and development of OHSS. This was independent of, but not contradictory to, the [...]

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Prospective Study Reiterates the benefits of DHEA supplementation in Decreased Ovarian Reserve Patients

12 January 2014

Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) has been reported to increase the chances of pregnancy in women with decreased ovarian reserve (DOR), and is frequently used in nearly a third of IVF centers worldwide. Adding credence to the currently available level II and III evidences, a recent study, published in Gynecological Endocrinology, indicated that DHEA supplementation substantially improves the [...]

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Literature Search Highlights Role of microRNAs associated with Endometrial Receptivity as Biomarkers in IVF

08 January 2014

Endometrial receptivity plays a crucial role in embryo implantation and successful pregnancy; however, the key molecules or mechanisms associated with it are still unclear. A recent review, published in Current Drug Targets, highlighted the importance of better understanding the molecular mechanisms that affect endometrial receptivity and embryo implantation to improve the ART outcomes. Novel [...]

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New Study reports Effectiveness of Varicocelectomy in Improving ICSI outcomes

03 January 2014

Studies have shown inconsistent results regarding the effect of varicocelectomy on fertility and ART outcome. A recent retrospective study, published in International Urology and Nephrology, reported the beneficial effects of varicocelectomy in improving pregnancy and live birth rates in infertile couples, wherein the male partner has clinical varicocele.

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NEWS: Effectiveness of Corifollitropin Alfa Found to be Similar to rFSH in COS Patients

30 December 2013

In order to avoid the first seven of the daily injections of FSH and the hypersensitivity or immune reactions caused due to this repetitive treatment, a single injection of corifollitropin alfa has been suggested for patients undergoing controlled ovarian stimulation (COS). Several studies have compared its effectiveness with rFSH in terms of treatment outcomes with [...]

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