IVF doesn’t cause cancer

American researchers have conducted a large-scale study that shows that IVF doesn’t increase the risk of breast and gynecological cancers.

Previously, some researchers suspected that drugs that stimulate ovulation, as well as the procedure of ovaries puncture can encourage the development of ovarian cancer process, referring to the fact that women who came through IVF, allegedly, had an increased risk of cancer. However, the author of the American study, Louise Brinton, head of Hormonal and Reproductive Epidemiology Branch of National Cancer Institute in Rockville, Maryland, insists that the link between infertility and oncology is negligible.

Louise and her colleagues have examined the data of 67,608 patients who resorted to IVF between 1994 and 2011, and the medical records of 19,795 women who asked for medical help, but had never undergone IVF.

Once more about the "anomalies" of IVF. What’s new?

Today I decided to "glad" you with another study of British scientists. Experts from the University of Ulster, have analyzed the data on the outcome of pregnancies of women from 14 European countries over the period from 1984 to 2007. In total, the researchers have processed the data on 5.4 million of births.

The obtained results have shown that over this period the percentage of infants with congenital abnormalities in multiple pregnancies has increased almost 2-fold. If in 1984 the number of such children among twins and triplets was 6 per 10,000 multiple births, in 2007 this number has increased to 11.

The authors explain the increased risk of having a child with congenital abnormalities in multiple pregnancies by the fact that in most cases such pregnancies were due to IVF. However, the researchers aren’t able to explain the reasons why this is happening.

Are diamonds able to increase the efficiency of IVF?

As it’s reported in the Science Now, with reference to the magazine Online Proceedings Library, the doctors have discovered an unusual way to improve the efficiency of IVF procedures. It turned out, that the Petri dish is to be covered with a thin diamond ply.

The scientists, who have conducted the study, say that when they took a vessel with diamond spatter instead of the traditional dish in polystyrol, the motility of sperm and its survival have significantly increased.

The specialists believe that the low motility of sperm, placed in a plastic or glass Petri dish, is caused by the softening of the surface layer of the material.

Does the forced labor induction for women after 40 reduce the risk of infant death?

Scientists from the UK found out that the forced labor induction for women over 40 lowers the risk of infant death.

In 2011, the Lancet magazine has published a study, according to which the rate of stillbirth in the UK is higher than in any other industrialized country in the world. Analysis of statistical data for the period from 1997 to 2008 showed an increase in the percentage of pregnant women in the UK aged over 35 years, from 8% to 20%, and women older than 40 years - from 1.2% to 3.6%. Thus on the 40th week of pregnancy of women over 40 years, the risk of stillbirth increases twice as compared to women under 35, and on the 39th week for the older age group of women that risk level is equal to that of women of 20 years old at the 41st week of pregnancy.

Can vitamins help to get pregnant?

British scientists from University College of London have conducted one more study and found out that vitamins and minerals, supposedly, significantly increase women's chances to get pregnant.

The experiment involved women planning to undergo IVF, whose previous attempts have failed.

The researchers divided the volunteers into two groups. The first one had to take folic acid in the maximum permissible dose during the month prior to the procedure, and the second group, in addition to folic acid, was to take vitamins and trace elements, consisting of ascorbic acid, vitamin A and E, antioxidants, iron and zinc.

As a result, 75% of women in the second group have finally come up to the long-awaited pregnancy, while in the first group, this figure was only 40%.