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New Test Can Predict IVF Success

Standford University researchers have developed a method to successfully predict whether a couple could have a successful IVF or in vitro fertilization.

The study reported in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences on Monday is based on a dozen of factors.  Currently, age is the major factor used for such a prediction.

Prediction of this type can save patients agony and money.

In IVF, sperm is inserted into an egg in a lab dish, and the resulting embryo is then implanted into the mother's uterus to complete the full term of pregnancy.

The model by Dr. Mylene Yao is constructed based on data such as the growth rate of the embryos, hormonal response, the mother's uterus condition, from more than 5,000 IVF cycles performed at Stanford Hospital between 2003 and 2008.

In the United States, an estimated 1 percent of children were conceived using IVF, Reuters cited the researchers as saying.

The first test tube baby was Louise brown who was born in British in 1978.

A new company will use the patented method in a commercial test.

Male infertility is often the reason for IVF.   Studies show that a man's diet may affect his fertility so before he and his wife go to a fertility clinic, try to examine his diet.

One study reported in the Journal of Lipid Research suggests that Docosahexaenoic acid supplementation may fully restore fertility and spermatogenesis.

Roqueta-Rivera M and colleagues from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign fed infertile male mice a diet with 0.2 percent of highly unstaurated fatty acids such as  arachidonic acid (AA), docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), and n6-docosapentaenoic acid (DPAn6) and found DHA was the best for restoring impairment in male production.

By Jimmy Downs