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Weightlifting and Eating Fish May Improve Sperm Count

October 23, 2013

Based on lifestyle surveys and sperm samples, researchers at Harvard School of Public Health concluded weight lifting and consumption of fish could improve sperm count, while moderate intake of caffeine and alcohol had no adverse impact. This information was presented at the American Society for Reproductive Medicine Conference in Boston, MA this month. The data was gathered at Massachusetts General Hospital Fertility Center over a 6 year period.

American Society for Reproductive Medicine 2013

a blog by Michelle Ottey, PhD, Laboratory Director for Fairfax Cryobank, October 22, 2013

Last week I attended the annual American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) meeting in Boston. I was able to attend some intriguing talks and discussions about male fertility and female fertility, use of donor gametes, and a few on current research studies. It was energizing to speak with so many colleagues who are dedicated to this field, who value their patients, and who are working very hard to improve technology and services in the reproductive community.

Multiple Egg Donation Does Not Impair Fertility

Egg donation does not impair a womans’ future fertility according to researchers at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City.

What Really Motivates Women to Freeze Their Eggs?

October 19, 2013

A study presented this week at the International Federation of Fertility Societies (IFFS) and American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) joint conference examined motivations behind fertility preservation; what drives women to freeze their eggs (an elective procedure)?

Should Kids Know They Were Conceived with Donor Eggs?

October 18, 2013

Researchers presented data from two studies in Boston yesterday at a meeting of the International Federation of Fertility Societies (IFFS) and the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) regarding parental disclosure of the use of donor eggs to their child. The first study stated up to 60 percent of donor egg recipients were undecided if they would inform their child of the circumstances surrounding their conception. This was in contrast to the information given by recipients at the time of cycling where 42 percent of recipients said they planned to inform their children in 2008. This dropped to just 21 percent by 2009, but later increased to 47 percent of parents in 2012. Recipients cited fear of cultural disapproval or fear of being snubbed by their community as the reason for the hesitation. Parents who had planned to tell the child had difficulty coming to a decision about the proper time for this conversation.

Frozen Donor Eggs More Cost Efficient and Just as Effective

Today, a study done by researchers at Seattle Reproductive Medicine was presented at the joint conference of the International Federation of Fertility Societies (IFFS) and American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) showing that those people choosing to use frozen donor eggs now have nearly the same efficiency as fresh eggs.

Can Cinnamon Restore Menstrual Cycles in PCOS?

A study presented at the joint conference of the International Federation of Fertility Societies (IFFS) and American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) this week says cinnamon may restore regularity of the menstrual cycle for women with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS).

ASRM Research Shows BPA Impacts Fertility, Miscarriage Rates

October 15, 2013

New research presented Monday at the joint conference of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) and the International Federation of Fertility Societies (IFFS) links bisphenol A (BPA) and phthalates to decreased fertility.

Live Births with Egg Freezing Tied to Patient Age and Egg Freezing Method

Fertility News

This week in the journal Fertility and Sterility, researchers presented probabilities of live birth after IVF with non-donor frozen eggs. Some patients freeze their own eggs when embryo freezing is objectionable for religious or ethical reasons, or when their IVF cycle is interrupted.

Researchers from New York Medical College and the University of California Davis analyzed clinical research studies on egg freezing from January 1996 through July 2011 - 2265 cycles undergone by 1805 patients. Studies included reported pregnancy outcomes from cycles using mature, non-donor slow frozen or vitrified eggs from infertility patients treated with intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) and IVF. They found that live birth rates decreased with increasing patient age regardless of freezing technique, yet live births did occur with eggs frozen with slow freezing as late as age 42 and age with vitrification at age 44.

What We Know About Ovarian Reserve and Have Yet to Learn

March 28, 2013

At the 2012 National Institute of Child Health and Human Development and American Society for Reproductive Medicine (NICHD-ASRM) Conference, leading scientists in the field of reproductive medicine voiced their concerns about current measures of ovarian reserve, the need for better ovarian reserve prediction, and revealed new data that may drive us closer to these goals.


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