Embryo implantation is the final frontier to effective pregnancy. In the last decades, there have been enormous advances in the knowledge of human embryo development. Since the advent of In Vitro Fertilization (IVF), the embryo continues to be readily available to review outside the human body. Indeed, the research has brought to much advancement in embryonic stem cell derivation. Regrettably, it is not so easy to judge the steps of the embryo implantation, since most gynecological tools cannot access the uterus. It has limited clinicians’ knowledge of early embryo implantation. Read more
Gynecological ultrasound becomes the standard examination for many abdominal and pelvic issues, which is often offered in reproductive healthcare practice. Although the need for clearer definition is apparent towards the sonographers, for many women it is a daunting prospect that could lead them to refuse this examination when the advantages are not communicated clear. Read more
It is a thorough review of the male factor infertility experience, such as has never been presented before in a single post. We will mainly talk about Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI) as the major point there.
It is known well that the inability to conceive after 12 months of unprotected intercourse is generally defined as infertility. Almost 15% of reproductive age couples experience infertility and at least 30-40% of them are attributed to the male factor infertility. Many barriers in access to care for the male factor infertility are known to exist even where such care is available and affordable that may lead to an underestimation of the problem. The rich experience gained recently was more typical in underlining that men with such a diagnosis reacted in the ways comparable to men in couples where the diagnosis was female, mixed, or of unexplained origin. Read more
It is evident that the process of egg donation is unique and differs from the process of sperm donation. Sperm donation simply requires a man’s involvement in a clinic’s private room and usually no physician involvement, while the medical process of egg donation is significantly more cumbersome and sometimes problematic. Read more
Reproductive medicine is practiced in a distinctive environment. The rapid pace of medical progress, and the fact that reproductive medical tourism tends to involve third parties (e.g., sperm donors, egg donors or gestational surrogates), shapes this environment. There are some unresolved challenges and a need for guidelines to advance proper reproductive medical tourism practice. There are also differences in historical, political, religious, and social views of patients involved in reproductive medical tourism. These generate issues relating to the rights and welfare of both patients and unborn children. Most significantly, the issues are accompanied by a failure to acknowledge the outstanding importance of the rights not only of patients, but also of unborn children. To engage in reproductive medical tourism without regard for these rights is not possible. Read more
Human implantation is a timely stage-managed three-step process including embryo apposition, adhesion and invasion. Implantation needs a precise modulation of the endometrium to achieve the window of implantation that is delimited over time. In addition, adhesion and invasion involve a complicated cross talk between the embryo and the endometrium. Both processes are still incompletely understood. Read more
Some adults are either obese or overweight. Complications related with obesity are diverse, and some may relate to the degree of insulin resistance. The obesity and insulin resistance might initiate or worsen polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) and negatively impact on fertility and reproductive outcomes. Read more
There are too many different fertility treatment options
Talking about assisted reproduction technology (ART) itself, we know too many different fertility treatment options, aimed at helping infertile couples in the birth of their long-awaited child. Such fertility treatment options as intrauterine insemination (IUI) or artificial insemination (AI) are used often. However, with the technology development more fertility specialists refer to the IVF, ISCI or third-party reproduction methods, including either sperm donation, or egg donation, or gestational surrogacy, or combination of them.
We will briefly introduce some of fertility treatment options hereafter and will talk about the key fertility treatment options in the sections that follow. Read more
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