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  • Cochrane Overviews bring together the findings from multiple reviews and one of the largest, first published in September 2013, was updated and republished in May 2018. Cindy Farquhar, from the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University of Auckland in New Zealand describes this enormous volume of evidence for assisted reproduction....
    August 1 2019
  • As well as strategies that are focused mainly on the woman, interventions to help couples to become pregnant include some to directly help men who are subfertile and those targeting men where the couple has unexplained subfertility. One of the Cochrane Reviews with this focus on men looks at giving them oral supplementation with antioxidants, and...
    June 27 2019
  • ESHRE 2019 is only a few days away. The annual meeting is taking place in Vienna from 23-26 June at the MESSE WIEN Exhibition & Congress Center.  Meet us at Booth F84, Exhibition Hall B.  You can also join us at our group meeting to hear about our work and about latest Cochrane developments: Room Lehar 5 | Tuesday 25 June | 12:...
    June 19 2019
  • Embryo incubation and assessment is a vital step in assisted reproductive technology (ART). In recent years time-lapse systems (TLS), with or without embryo selection software, have been developed. TLS can take digital images of embryos at frequent time intervals. Suggested TLS advantages include maintaining stable culture environment and...
    May 29 2019
  • Cochrane Gyneacology and Fertility Awarded 2019 Research Excellence Award at  the University of Auckland The 2019 Research Excellence Awards were held at Old Government House at the University of Auckland on Tuesday, 7 May. The theme of the awards was The future world of work: Te ao mahi ā mua.The awards celebrate excellence at all...
    May 14 2019
  • Searching databases and other sources  Main database searches Our information specialist Marian Showell designs and runs searches for our authors in the major databases (CENTRAL, MEDLINE, Embase, PsycINFO,CINAHL, and AMED) and the Cochrane Gynaecology and Fertility Group (CGF) Specialised register. The CGF Specialised Register now contains...
    May 3 2019
  • In women with unexplained subfertility or those seeking advanced fertility treatment such as IVF, it has been suggested that performing a hysteroscopy (visualisation of the inside of the womb, using a telescope) may help improve success. Hysteroscopy could reveal abnormalities in the womb that may not be detected by routine ultrasound.  Our...
    April 18 2019
  • Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is associated with reproductive and endocrine problems. Being overweight worsens features of PCOS such as irregular periods, reduced fertility, raised male hormones, or increased risk factors for type 2 diabetes. Weight management (weight loss, maintenance or prevention of excess weight gain) is proposed as an...
    April 1 2019
  • March is Endometriosis Awareness Month. Endometriosis is a painful condition where endometrial tissue grows outside the uterus. It is estimated that up to 10% of women have endometriosis (Ozkan 2008).  Endometriosis can cause infertility and for women with subfertility the prevalence rate ranges from 25% to 40% (Ozkan 2008)....
    March 21 2019
  • A male factor accounts for up to half of the infertility cases  worldwide and  25% to 87% of male subfertility is considered to be due to the effect of oxidative stress. Antioxidants are thought to improve sperm quality by reducing oxidative damage. Updated Cochrane evidence suggests that antioxidants may increase live birth rate...
    March 18 2019

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