Israeli Study Could Help Solve Infertility

Published: May 18th 2010
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The overall live birth rate from in-vitro treatments is 27 per cent according to an article from the Canadian Medical Association Journal. If these finding are confirmed with additional testing, those affected by male infertility may not need to go through ICSI, Interacytoplasmic Sperm Injection. This procedure is very expensive and delicate in nature though is commonly performed as part of in-vitro treatments; it involves the use of a needle injection that transfers each single sperm cell into each individual egg.  


Research by Jewish and Israeli researchers has been finding more and more information in the recent years in the attempt to solve infertility issues. A team of Israeli researchers from the Hadassah Research Center discovered that a woman’s immune system plays a major role in the development of the fetus and pregnancy. Also back in 2006, Professor Nava Dekal led her team of scientists from the Weizmann Institute’s Biological Regulation Department and the Kaplan Medical Center who conducted a series of biopsies on female volunteers in the study of a protein that was suspected of in playing a role in the implantation of an embryo in the uterus. It was then found, that the biopsies themselves resulted in the volunteers having successful pregnancies after the procedure in comparison to a group of other women with infertility issues that did not undergo the biopsies.


As infertility becomes an increasing issue in couples in Canada and the rest of North America, studies like these improve the chances for couples to reproduce, possibly saving them the money and complications of processes of in-vitro; and possibly provide them with a better alternative.

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