Ovarian stimulation by in vitro fertilization (IVF) increases the risk for borderline ovarian tumors, but the risk for invasive ovarian cancer is not significantly increased, a new study concludes. It also found no increase in cancer risk with an increased number of IVF cycles.
In a new study of women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), there was no difference in ovulation or hormone levels in those who got real versus sham acupuncture treatments.
Most developed countries face similar population problems. The number of births is down and with increasing life expectancy, the proportion of the older, retired population is increasing. This leads to aging of the population that has significant economic consequences. Whereas decades ago it was rare for women to work full-time, today most women enjoy equal work benefits and many pursue professional careers. This leads to a delay in the first pregnancy and fewer overall pregnancies per couple. Trying to start a family at an older age is also associated with an increased need for infertility services. The average age of women undergoing fertility treatment is increasing and the proportion of cycles in which donor eggs must be used is also on the rise.
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A recent study reported online by the BMJ looked at the question, how long a couple should wait before trying for another pregnancy after a miscarriage. Many clinicians, including myself, believe there is little justification for delaying the next pregnancy. The current guidelines from the World Health Organization recommend that women should wait for at least six months before trying again, whereas others suggest a delay of up to 18 months.
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Practically everyone has heard of a couple who, after fertility treatments fail, adopt a baby and then all of a sudden get pregnant. Those stories have given rise to the belief that it takes longer for stressed-out women to conceive, a notion for which there has been little scientific evidence.