People who struggle to have a baby often turn to IVF and this has ended happily for millions of couples around the world. But sometimes multiple IVF attempts fail to result in a pregnancy and sometimes women who achieve pregnancy experience repeated pregnancy loss.
A man’s age and smoking habits around the time of conception can affect his chance of a healthy baby, new research suggests.
It’s long been known that women should try to stay as healthy as possible during pregnancy to give her baby the best start in life. But in recent years there’s been increasing evidence that the health of both parents before conception is important for their future baby’s health.
Last week, Australian and Belgian scientists announced exciting results in the field of IVM (in vitro maturation of human eggs). IVM has been around for some time. The breakthrough comes from the development of culture medium containing growth factors that make IVM 50% more successful than in previous methods.
So what is IVM and how does it relate to the process of IVF (In Vitro Fertilization)?
To understand this development, you first need to know a little bit about how eggs are stored in the ovary and how IVF is practiced today.
Struggling to get pregnant can be extremely stressful at the best of times. And now we have the additional uncertainty of COVID-19 in our lives.
With many fertility treatments unavailable, you may be feeling frustrated, angry, fearful or sad. If you were nearing a decision to stop treatment, you may even feel relief that the decision was taken out of your hands.
The InterNational Council on Infertility Information Dissemination (INCIID – pronounced "inside") is a nonprofit organization that helps individuals and couples explore their family-building options. INCIID provides current information and immediate support regarding the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of infertility and pregnancy loss, and offers guidance to those considering adoption or childfree lifestyles.
Intra-cytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) is used for the same reasons as IVF, but especially to overcome sperm problems. Essentially, ICSI follows the same process as IVF, except ICSI involves the direct injection of a single sperm into each egg to achieve fertilisation.
Presented by Professor Rob Norman, Director, The Robinson Institute, Adelaide, 2011 at the annual Louis Waller Lecture.
The lecture focused on the importance of pre-conception health, dangers to the embryo in its early stages of development, and the risk factors of obesity, smoking, environmental agents, age and occupation. Professor Norman also discussed risks and opportunities for earliest life, personal and community interventions, implications for assisted reproductive treatment units and the need for research in this area.
Professor Norman was able to visit Melbourne thanks to Your Fertility, an initiative funded through the Family Planning Grants Program of the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing.
Research shows that IVF is just as effective as the ICSI procedure, where sperm is injected directly into an egg, when there is no male infertility factor. Cumulative live birth rates in Victoria were similar for IVF and ICSI in these circumstances.