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A scientific team at the University of Sheffield has successfully used the technique of magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS) to sort “good” sperm from “poor” sperm based on the detection of differences in their molecular composition and metabolism.

Sissy Voula

Older men were found to have a lower chance of conceiving than younger men with a female partner of the same age.

Harvard researchers presented their study of nearly 19,000 IVF cycles at the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology.

The findings contradict the idea that male fertility goes on forever.


A new innovation stems again from Embryogenesis and comes to be added into the clinic’s and reproductive medicine’s “arsenal”. Embryogenesis’s clinical embryologist Dr. Konstantinos A. Economou has developed a new protocol for the artificial activation of unfertilized aged human oocytes after ICSI, as part of his PhD thesis at the University of Athens Medical School. By combining two stimuli, the calcium ionophore A23187 and the GM-CSF cytokine, has managed to not only activate the unfertilized oocytes 18 hours post ICSI, but also to develop them into excellent quality and chromosomally healthy blastocysts. With the valuable input of our genetics department we confirmed that these genetically healthy embryos produced by the new protocol can potentially lead to live births of healthy infants.

Konstantinos Oikonomou

Couples can boost their chances of getting pregnant by drinking a daily smoothie, a study found.

Those given a 200ml drink containing vitamins C and D, omega 3, and folic acid in clementine juice had a conception rate that was almost five per cent higher.