Study: Health of the uterus is more relevant than egg quality for a newborn to achieve normal birth weight and full gestation

A study of over 70,000 in-vitro fertilization (IVF) cycles resulting in singleton pregnancies has shown that uterine health is more influential to achieving normal birth weight and longer gestational age babies.  Both of these factors are important indicators of newborn health.

While egg quality is important for conception, the uterine environment is more important for fetal development.  This study shows that infertility diagnoses (fibroids, endometriosis, etc.) in women trying to conceive can impact their baby’s birthweight and the length of gestational time in the uterus.

Another observation of the study indicates that frozen embryo transfer and gestational carrier pregnancies showed higher birthweights and longer gestational ages, thought to be tied to an “unstimulated” uterus.  In these two types of IVF, there are no drugs administered to stimulate the ovaries to obtain eggs, so the uterus has not been exposed to the drugs either

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One Reply to “Study: Health of the uterus is more relevant than egg quality for a newborn to achieve normal birth weight and full gestation”

  1. For Chinese medicine practitioners, this information is important because those of us practicing this medicine know that we may impact the health of the uterus using acupuncture and herbal medicine to positively affect blood circulation to the pelvic organs (including both the ovaries and uterus). We also affect uterine health using dietary suggestions, supplements, exercise suggestions, femoral and ovarian massage, and other techniques we suggest to our clients.Our approach of naturally regulating a woman’s menstrual cycle may not only be helping to regulate hormones involved in promoting fertility, but may also be contributing to overall uterine and ovarian health. This is why we stress taking the time, when at all possible, to regulate a woman’s menstrual cycle for a minimum of 3 menstrual cycles for not only attempts at natural conception, but even before attempting IVF, so that not only conception is achieved, but also a healthy pregnancy.Simply put, acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine may contribute to the health of a woman’s uterus and may positively impact the chances of both conception and a healthy pregnancy. Please see the ABORM.org website for more details on research conducted using both acupuncture and herbal medicine for the treatment of fertility issues: http://www.aborm.org/research/research.html.

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