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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 [...]

ART Outcomes not Affected by Paternal Age in ICSI Oocyte Donor Cycles

05 September 2014

Literature evidence indicates that paternal age is linked to reduction in sperm quality, but its impact on reproductive outcomes is still not very clear. Now, a recent retrospective cohort study has reiterated that while increase in paternal age negatively influences sperm quality, the ART outcomes are not affected when ICSI technique is used and the [...]

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Prospective Study Reports that Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis does not Affect Neonatal Outcomes

28 August 2014

Preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD), a relatively new technique, helps in the genetic evaluation of embryos prior to their transfer into the uterus, thereby enabling couples at risk of genetic abnormalities to have an unaffected offspring, without pregnancy termination. A recent prospective follow-up cohort study highlights that embryo biopsy for PGD is not associated with low [...]

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NEWS: Systematic Review and Meta-analysis does not Support the Use of Endometrial Thickness as a Tool to Predict IVF Outcomes

20 August 2014

Literature search indicates that a thin endometrium, as seen on ultrasound during ovarian hyperstimulation, may be linked with poor IVF success rates. Now, a recent systematic review and meta-analysis reported the lack of sufficient evidence to support the ability of endometrial thickness (EMT) in identifying patients with low chances of success after IVF cycles. The [...]

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New Retrospective Study Highlights the Trends and Outcomes of Assisted Hatching in the United States

14 August 2014

Assisted hatching, usually conducted on day 3 post fertilization, is suggested to be one of the techniques for improving the rates of implantation and pregnancy in IVF cycles, by breaching or artificial thinning of the zona pellucida. Literature search indicates a huge variation in the success rate of assisted hatching in different ART programs, based [...]

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NEWS: New Study Proposes Spermatid Count as a Novel Predictor of Response to FSH Treatment

06 August 2014

A recent study, published in Reproductive BioMedicine Online, has highlighted the effectiveness of follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) treatment in men with severe oligozoospermia, in improving the sperm count, motility, and pregnancy rates in such couples. In addition, the findings suggested that spermatid count could serve as a useful method to predict response to FSH therapy [...]

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New Systematic Review and Meta-analysis Reaffirms Safety and Effectiveness of ART in HIV-serodiscordant Couples

31 July 2014

Couples with HIV-positive partners may consider planning for pregnancy since there is a dramatic improvement in both the life expectancy and quality of life of such patients over the past decade, owing to advancements in the field of technology. Now, a recent systematic review and meta-analysis highlights that intrauterine insemination (IUI) and in vitro [...]

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New Study Reports that Vitamin D Deficiency Lowers Pregnancy Rates in Blastocyst stage-SET Cycles

23 July 2014

Literature evidence suggests the probable role of vitamin D deficiency in several chronic diseases such as cardiovascular diseases, obesity, diabetes, autoimmune disease, and cancer, apart from its impact on reproduction. Numerous studies have observed the importance of vitamin D not only in the implantation phase but also during the entire gestational period. Now, a [...]

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NEWS: New Pilot Study Reports that Transfer of Single Poor Quality Embryo May Not be Linked to Adverse Perinatal Outcomes

17 July 2014

Embryo quality is paramount for the success of assisted reproduction; however, its link with obstetric and perinatal outcomes has not yet been assessed. Now, a recent retrospective cohort study reports that transfer of poor quality cleavage or blastocyst stage embryos in single embryo transfer (SET) cycles may not be related to enhanced risks of [...]

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Meta-analysis Highlights that Transdermal Testosterone Improves ART Outcomes in Poor Ovarian Responders

11 July 2014

Direct androgen supplementation, such as transdermal testosterone, has the potential to serve as an attractive option to improve ovarian response in poor responders of ART cycles owing to its ease of application, safety, convenience, and absence of pain. A recent meta-analysis, published in Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine, provided further credence to the effectiveness of [...]

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Study Defines New Diagnostic Score for Deep Infiltrating Endometriosis before Endometrioma Surgery

03 July 2014

Apart from the clinical symptoms, the gold standard for diagnosing deep infiltrating endometriosis (DIE) is histological confirmation and laparoscopic examination of the pelvis; however, so far, the symptoms associated with the disease have not been used to develop a clinical prediction model. Now, a recent study proposed a diagnostic score to predict DIE prior to [...]

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