Fertility Research News from 2012 ASRM Conference

I made my annual rounds at the latest American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) conference, held this year in San Diego. I met with doctors, therapists, pharmacies and other agents involved in helping us build families. And, as a journalist, learned about new fertility research to help Choice Moms.

1. Latest findings of ovarian reserve testing

2. Latest thoughts on egg freezing technology

3. IVF vs. IUI based on age factors

4. News on improving IVF success rates

5. Comparing the effectiveness of IVF and IUI based on cost and success rates

6. A first-ever tax credit for those building a family through IVF has been introduced in Congress! With the ASRM listing the average price of IVF in the U.S. to be $12,400 — and IVF typically an out-of-pocket expense (except for 15 states that have laws requiring some coverage) — this Family Act is making its way slowly through the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives. To help encourage passage, and learn more, visit this Resolve page for instructions.

7. I attended a workshop about environmental toxins that reports why Omega 3 (fish oil) is so important for women trying to conceive; research is showing that what our mothers ate or were exposed to while we were in the womb can affect even our child’s ability to carry full-term. If your grandmother was exposed to certain toxins that her immune system had to deal with during pregnancy, it might lead you to pre-term birth, or a sperm donor’s contribution to placenta development to be compromised. A secondary trigger — stress, or flu — could have an impact. Fish oil is recommended to counteract this potential effect.

8. Another study released at ASRM reported that live birth rates for donor egg cycles of assisted reproduction technology were significantly higher in sunnier climates in the southwest, compared to the northeast. It was recommended that women get sufficient vitamin D through diet, supplements or safely increasing exposure to sunlight.

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