Symptoms of Premature Ovarian Failure

With premature menopause, periods cease before the age of 40, and you are unable to become pregnant. The causes of premature menopause includes chemotherapy, radiation, surgery, certain disease, or natural. On the other hand, women who have premature ovarian failure, or POF, still have occasional periods. While women who have POF may be able to get pregnant on their own, most are unable to get pregnant naturally, and require fertility treatments. According to the American Society of Reproductive Medicine, approximately one percent of women are estimated to be affected by POF. Women who have a family member who have had POF, are at an increased risk of developing the condition…

IVF Study: Multiple Treatments Increases Chances of Conception

IVF (in vitro fertilization) can help many couples who are facing fertility problems finally conceive, but the success rates of IVF, especially with limited attempts at conception, are far from perfect. For years, medical researchers have looked for ways to improve the success rates of IVF, which average from 20 percent to 35 percent according to RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association. IVF Study: More than 60 Percent Success Now, a new study from researchers in the UK has found prolonging IVF treatment can significantly boost a woman’s chances of becoming pregnant using the technique with her own eggs. The findings are especially important because most women give up on IVF treatment…

Causes and Treatment of Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome

If you have infrequent, prolonged, or irregular periods, polycystic ovaries, or elevated levels of androgen (male hormones), you might have polycystic ovarian syndrome, or PCOS. Polycystic ovarian syndrome is most commonly diagnosed in women in their 20’s and 30’s, but can be identified later than that or even as early as the teenage years. Women who this polycystic ovarian condition have enlarged ovaries containing small follicles of fluid. With PCOS, mature eggs are not released by the ovaries. Rather, they remain within the ovaries, where a small amount of fluid collects around them. These egg release problems can interfere with fertility. Women with this common endocrine system disorder may have excessive hair…

Are ‘Spermbots’ on the Horizon at Your New York Fertility Clinic

In more than half of couples who struggle to conceive a baby, the male partner plays a role in the need to visit a fertility clinic. Now, thanks to micro-robotic technology, a European research team may have devised a way to help men’s sperm reach an egg more quickly and efficiently. It may sound like a page out of a science fiction novel, but German scientists have created a “motor” of sorts to help sperm swim to an egg for fertilization. How does spermbot technology work? Dubbed “spermbots,” the micrometal helixes can wrap around the tail of a sperm cell and assist it as it swims to reach an egg. When…