Published in the American Heart Association’s journal, Circulation is a study that says women who develop high blood pressure during pregnancy have greater incidence of poor health outcomes later in life, including heart disease, risk of heart attack, chronic kidney or liver disease, and diabetes.
A study out of Sweden says Anti-Mullerian Hormone (AMH) can predict in vitro fertilization (IVF) success. In a sense, the data confirms what we’ve already known: higher levels of AMH means better ovarian reserve (quality and quantity). A fertility patient with a higher level of AMH will respond better to ovarian stimulation in an IVF cycle.
A recent Harvard University study says watching TV can cut your sperm count in half.
The study, published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine blames lower physical activity for the decrease in a man’s swimmers, citing sedentary men as those most likely to experience the effects. However, just three hours of time spent in front of the TV per day can lower sperm count.
A study published in the journal Reproductive Biology and Endocrinology has developed technology for creating eggs outside of the human body.
The research team led by Professor Elizer Shalev of Technion Israel Institute of Technology has used amniotic sac tissue, known for its ability to repurpose itself as another type of functioning tissue, to produce immature female gametes. The eggs are being exposed to follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) and are expected to mature within three years’ time. At that time, they will be ready to fertilize with male sperm.
A small pilot study out of the Department of Obstetrics at University Hospital in Messina, Italy says myo-inositol might reduce a woman’s risk of developing gestational diabetes.
Gestational diabetes is a disorder of the endocrine system involving blood sugar levels and the production of insulin. Women with a family history of diabetes, or those who are overweight, have greater incidence of developing diabetes during pregnancy. The condition affects as much as ten percent of all pregnant women in the United States. Fetal risks of gestational diabetes include large birth weight, pregnancy or birth complications, and an increased risk of the child developing diabetes later in life.
Perhaps most beneficial to moderate-grade embryos, a new technique developed by investigators at the Universitat Politècnica de València and the Hospital Universitari i Politècnic La Fe allows embryologists to calculate the probability of embryo implantation on the second day after fertilization.
A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine on Wednesday says the flu shot is not only safe for pregnant women, but has shown no evidence for increasing the risk of miscarriage and can actually prevent fetal death related to the illness.
Despite only a slightly increased risk as compared to unassisted pregnancies, women pregnant through in vitro fertilization (IVF) must be aware of the risks of pulmonary embolism (PE; blockage of lung artery) and venous thromboembolism (VTE; blood clot), study warns.