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One Way to Predict IVF Success More Accurately

Thursday, April 9th, 2015

Fertility test resultsAlthough in vitro fertilization (IVF) has been a mainstream procedure for decades, there are constant improvements in its technology. Just recently, scientists in Madrid created a test that could boost IVF success rates by calculating the ideal window of time to transfer an embryo.

Related: 9 Myths and Facts About Boosting IVF

There are also existing tools—like IVFpredict and the Templeton method—to help couples determine their chance of having a baby via IVF treatment. A team of researchers at the universities of Bristol and Glasgow set out to conclude how accurate these two personalized tools were by analyzing approximately 130,960 cycles of IVF.

Both models rely on couples’ reports of their infertility history. For the past 20 years, the Templeton method has been the most commonly-used prediction tool; however, it does not consider newly-developed treatments. But IVFpredict, which was developed in 2011, does incorporate new developments, like intra-cytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI).

“The findings showed both models underestimated the chances of a live birth, but this was particularly marked in the Templeton model,” reports EurekAlert. “The team updated the models to reflect very recent improvements in live birth rates and this improved both models; however, IVFpredict still remained the more accurate of the two.”

This latest study confirms the validity of IVFpredict and may lead health professionals to shy away from the more outdated Templeton method. IVFpredict is also available online for couples to access it directly.

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Trying to Conceive: 5 Common Fertility Mistakes
Trying to Conceive: 5 Common Fertility Mistakes
Trying to Conceive: 5 Common Fertility Mistakes

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Could a Vitamin D Deficiency Make IVF Less Successful?

Thursday, August 14th, 2014

vitamin DA small new study from Italian researchers, published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, has found a surprising reason why in vitro fertilization (IVF) may not always work.

As Yahoo News UK reports, the researchers looked at IVF success rates in 154 women who were vitamin D-deficient and compared them to 181 women who were not deficient in the vitamin, and found that the women with sufficient vitamin D levels were twice as likely to have IVF success. And not only that—the women with healthy vitamin D levels were also more likely to have “high-quality embryos.”

“Our work is the largest study to date to examine how vitamin D affects fertility in women who are undergoing IVF,” one of the study’s authors, Alessio Paffoni, MSc, of the Ospedale Maggiore Policlinico in Milan, Italy, said in a statement.” He continued, “Although randomized clinical trials are needed to confirm the findings, our results certainly suggest that low levels of vitamin D contribute to infertility.”

The researchers defined a healthy or sufficient level of vitamin D as 20 to 30 nanograms per milliliter of blood.

Find out which foods are smart sources of vitamin D.

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Fewer Women Seeking Infertility Help, Data Shows

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

Despite improving science and public awareness campaigns around fertility issues and ways to treat them, fewer women are seeking help when they are having trouble becoming or remaining pregnant, according to an analysis of federal data.  In fact, the analysis shows, the number of women who are seeking help for infertility or recurrent miscarriages is actually on the decline.  More from the Detroit Free Press:

“There’s always been this perception these things are on the rise when the data have never supported that,” says Anjani Chandra, lead author of the report, out Wednesday from the National Center for Health Statistics.

Findings are based on a survey of 22,682 men and women, ages 15-44, conducted from 2006 to 2010, but much of the focus is on ages 25-44, because that’s when the report says “infertility service use may be more prevalent.”

In that age group, 17% of women had ever used any infertility service, which the report says is “a significant decrease from 20% in 1995.” Among childless women of those ages who have current fertility problems, the drop from 56% in 1982 to 38% most recently is “significantly less” than in 1982.

Kurt Barnhart, president of the Society for Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, says the report confirms what he already knows.

“Fertility services are underutilized and not reaching everybody,” says Barnhart, an OB-GYN at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.

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