Obstetrics & gynaecology

Eggs and sperm can now be stored for up to 55 years

The UK government has just extended the period that gametes (eggs and sperm) and embryos can be stored from ten years to 55 years. While this change will probably be welcomed by people who wish to have fertility treatment, ...

Obstetrics & gynaecology

Probiotics don't improve poor vaginal health

Pregnancy chances in IVF can be affected by many factors including the type of bacteria which naturally colonize the reproductive tract. 'Good' bacteria in the form of probiotics are of increasing interest in treating women ...

Obstetrics & gynaecology

Frozen sperm just as effective as fresh for insemination treatments

Patients having intrauterine insemination for fertility treatment can be reassured that the use of cryopreserved sperm instead of fresh is not associated with inferior outcomes. The largest study of its kind, whose results ...

Oncology & Cancer

Impact of cancer treatment on fertility in women

In the United States, approximately 125,000 women of reproductive age (15–45 years old) were diagnosed with cancer in 2018, according to the National Cancer Institute Survival, Epidemiology, and End Results database. Thanks ...

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Assisted reproductive technology

Assisted reproductive technology (ART) is a general term referring to methods used to achieve pregnancy by artificial or partially artificial means. It is reproductive technology used primarily in infertility treatments. Some forms of ART are also used in fertile couples for genetic reasons. ART is also used in couples who are discordant for certain communicable diseases, i.e. Aids, to reduce the risk of infection when a pregnancy is desired. The term also includes any reproductive technique involving a third party e.g a sperm donor. There is yet no strict definition of the term.

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