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  1. Infertility Treatment Hopes: Testing a Key?

    Sept. 14, 2005 -- Fewer than two in 10 embryos transferred during infertility treatments result in live births. But researchers say this success rate could be improved with better pretransfer testing that helps identify viable embryos. Assisted reproduction most often involves the fertilization of e

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  2. Nitric Oxide May Prolong Women's Fertility

    Sept. 9, 2005 -- Nitric oxide, the same chemical that helps men achieve an erection, may also help women preserve their fertility and improve their chances of having a healthy baby by fighting the effects of aging on their ovaries. A new study shows that exposure to nitric oxide delayed the signs of

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  3. After Age 44, Fertility Successes Are Few

    Aug. 25, 2005 -- Women who seek treatment for infertility have a "reasonable" chance of having a baby with their own eggs in their early 40s, but success rates drop to close to zero once they reach age 44, a new study suggests. Researchers reviewed birth outcomes among 1,263 women over the age of 40

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  4. No Link Between Stress, IVF, and Pregnancy

    Aug. 24, 2005 -- Patients often worry that stress and anxiety of infertility treatment will reduce their chances of becoming pregnancy, but a new study from Sweden shows this fear to be unfounded. Researchers assessed stress levels among women undergoing their first in vitro fertilization treatment

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  5. Infertility Treatment May Up Postpartum Blues

    Aug. 23, 2005 - Women who have healthy babies as a result of infertility treatments may be unlikely candidates for postpartum depression. But new research suggests they might be uniquely vulnerable. Gina (not her real name) is a case in point. The birth of her daughter four years ago should have bee

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  6. Acupuncture May Improve Sperm Quality

    Aug. 3, 2005 -- Acupuncture may help some men overcome infertility problems by improving the quality of their sperm, according to a new study. Researchers found five weeks of acupuncture treatment reduced the number of structural abnormalities in sperm and increased the overall number of normal sper

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  7. Estrogen Receptor Affects Women's Infertility

    July 22, 2005 -- Scientists may have a new lead on a source of women's infertility. They studied a gene tied to the hormone estrogen. The gene governs estrogen receptor beta, a protein involved in estrogen's effects. Estrogen works on tissues by binding to a part of cells called estrogen receptors.

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  8. Stress and Infertility

    "You're just trying too hard." "You're too stressed. Just relax and it will happen." "You've got to calm down and let nature take its course." If you've been trying six months or more to get pregnant, you've probably lost count of the number of times well-meaning friends and family offered this or s

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  9. Stressing Over Infertility

    While it may be a while before the pathway between stress and infertility is clear, what is known right now is that reducing stress levels seems to help. Some research in this area shows that, for many women, acupuncture could hold the key. In studies conducted in Germany and published in the journa

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  10. Marriage Stress Affects Infertility Treatment

    June 24, 2005 -- Ask any couple who has been through it and they will tell you there is little as stressful as wanting a baby and not being able to have one. Infertility-related stress is known to take its toll on relationships, and now a new study shows it can also affect the success of fertility t

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