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New test can 'more accurately predict IVF chances'

University College Dublin

Couples undergoing infertility treatment in the future may benefit from the results of a study which found a new way of predicting the success rate of an embryo before it is transferred back into the womb.

Scientists at University College Dublin observed how the fluid within a woman's ovaries, which surrounds the ovum, holds biological information which can be used to improve predictions about whether a specific embryo is likely to lead to pregnancy.

"Before the test can be regularised for use during IVF, our results need to be validated across a larger cohort of women undergoing treatment," said Dr Lorraine Brennan, who worked on the trials.

However, Dr Brennan is hopeful further tests will corroborate this evidence and the technique can be incorporated in fertility treatment.

Currently, around 32 per cent of IVF cycles result in pregnancy and the transfer of multiple embryos can result in an increased chance of twins and triplets.
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Infertility treatment news : 7 March 2012