12 Mind-Blowing Stats Everyone Should Know About Infertility

Getting pregnant, if at all possible, is a lot harder than most people think. While about 60 percent of couples will conceive without medical assistance within six months of trying, one in eight couples are struggling with infertility issues. Infertility is commonly defined as the inability to get pregnant, or maintain a pregnancy, after adequately trying for 12 months (and in some cases for a full six months) without medical assistance. And while there is still so much we don’t really know about the condition, we do know that age, physical health and lifestyle choices can contribute to a person’s fertility, and we know that infertility affects men and women equally. A couple’s infertility is highly nuanced to the combination of both partners’ bodies, hormones and health issues, but the general fact of the matter is that infertility is a highly overlooked issue unless you are personally dealing with it. In honor of National Infertility Awareness Week, here are 12 statistics that will open your eyes to the condition. 7.4 Million The number of women between 15-44 in the United States who have difficulty getting and staying pregnant. That's 12 percent of all women, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 7.5 The estimated percentage of sexually experienced men who have reported seeing a fertility doctor at least once, the CDC reports.  40 The percentage of struggling couples in which the male partner contributes to...
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Publication date: Available online 13 September 2018Source: European Journal of Obstetrics &Gynecology and Reproductive BiologyAuthor(s): Tabibnejad N., Soleimani M., A. AflatoonianAbstractObjectivesOocyte parameters as well as embryo developmental kinetics can be applied as non-invasive predictors for selection of viable embryos and clinical outcomes. Time-lapse morphokinetic events in conjunction with zona pellucida birefringence (ZPB) and meiotic spindle visualization (MSV) have been evaluated for predicting pregnancy outcome.Study designWe assessed a total of 547 embryos from 100 intra cytoplasmic sperm injection c...
Source: European Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Reproductive Biology - Category: OBGYN Source Type: research
Abstract BACKGROUND: Letrozole is widely employed as ovulation induction agent in women with PCOS, but its use in mild stimulation (MS) protocols for IVF is limited. Aim of the present study was to evaluate the feasibility of a MS protocol with letrozole plus hMG in non-obese PCOS women undergoing IVF after a metformin pre-treatment. METHODS: We retrospectively evaluated the data of 125 non-obese PCOS undergoing MS with letrozole plus hMG, 150 IU as starting dose, (group 1, N = 80) compared to those undergoing a conventional IVF stimulation protocols (CS) (group 2, N = 45) pri...
Source: Reproductive Biology - Category: Reproduction Medicine Authors: Tags: Reprod Biol Endocrinol Source Type: research
In this study, we aimed to investigate serum and follicular fluid (FF) secreted frizzle-related protein-5 (Sfrp-5) levels in nonobese, nonhyperandrogenic patients with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) undergoing in vitro fertilization (IVF), in addition to IVF outcomes. In total, 160 patients undergoing IVF treatment were included in the study: 80 patients diagnosed with PCOS according to the Rotterdam criteria (group I, study) and 80 patients with the etiology of male factor infertility (group II, control). There were statistically significant between-group differences in serum estradiol (E2) levels on the day of hCG admi...
Source: Molecular Biology Reports - Category: Molecular Biology Authors: Tags: Mol Biol Rep Source Type: research
ConclusionsIn this large cohort of women with PCOS, there was no significant difference in clinical pregnancy rate between women who had tubal patency confirmed by HSG versus SIS. SIS is an acceptable imaging modality for assessment of tubal patency in this population.
Source: Journal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics - Category: Reproduction Medicine Source Type: research
One of the commonest questions which patients ask me is - What ispolycystic ovariandisease (or PCO, also known as PCOD and PCOS? ) And what are its risks ?This has now become a very common diagnosis, and is made by gynecologists, dietitians, skin specialists and GPs as well. The diagnosis is made typically for young girls, who are worried because they irregular periods; are a little bit overweight; or have acne or some oily skin. Doctors order a panel of expensive blood tests ( which measure hormones levels such as FSH, LH, DHEA, testosterone and AMH), and these often turn out to be abnormal in these girls.The problem...
Source: Dr.Malpani's Blog - Category: Reproduction Medicine Source Type: blogs
Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) is a relatively common condition associated with infertility, but most women can be treated successfully to achieve pregnancy. This analysis examined the prevalence of PCOS in women seeking to conceive naturally.
Source: Fertility and Sterility - Category: Reproduction Medicine Authors: Tags: Poster session Source Type: research
To investigate the effect of Kidney-Tonifying and Phlegm-Resolving Method on the key molecules(AKT, p-AKT and GLUT4) of the AKT-GLUT4 insulin signal pathway in ovarian granular cells(OGC) and its effect on oocyte quality, embryo development and pregnancy outcomes of these infertile patients with polycystic ovary syndrome.
Source: Fertility and Sterility - Category: Reproduction Medicine Authors: Tags: Poster session Source Type: research
Publication date: September–October 2018Source: Journal of Minimally Invasive Gynecology, Volume 25, Issue 6Author(s): Mohamed Kandil, Mohamed Rezk, Alaa Al-Halaby, Mohamed Emarh, Ibrahim Saif El-NasrAbstractStudy ObjectiveTo compare the impact of ultrasound-guided transvaginal ovarian needle drilling (TND) versus laparoscopic ovarian drilling (LOD) on ovarian reserve and pregnancy rate in patients with clomiphene citrate (CC)-resistant polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS).DesignA randomized clinical trial (Canadian Task Force classification I).SettingA university hospital.PatientsOf 644 patients who presented at an infe...
Source: Journal of Minimally Invasive Gynecology - Category: OBGYN Source Type: research
AbstractPurposeThe aim of this study is to examine the impact of female body mass index (BMI) on IVF cycle outcomes.MethodsThis is a retrospective cohort study including 51,198 women who initiated their first autologous IVF cycle in 13 fertility centers in the USA between 2009 and 2015. The effect of underweight, overweight, and obese BMI on four different IVF cycle outcomes (cycle cancellation, oocyte and embryo counts, and ongoing clinical pregnancy [OCP]) was evaluated in logistic or Poisson regression analyses with confounders adjusted.ResultsWomen with an overweight or obese BMI experienced worse outcomes than those w...
Source: Journal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics - Category: Reproduction Medicine Source Type: research
ConclusionCompared to non-PCOS patients, PCOS patients had greater postoperative ΔBMI and %EWL at 1 year. The majority of patients becoming pregnant after VSG were previously nulliparous. This study shows that VSG is effective for weight loss in PCOS patients with obesity and may positively augment effect fertility rates.
Source: Obesity Surgery - Category: Surgery Source Type: research
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