When trying to conceive or undergoing fertility treatment, couples are typically told to stay away from vaginal lubricants because they can affect sperm motility (movement). This past week, however, a UNC-Chapel Hill study came out that found no difference in the conception success rates of those who used over-the-counter lubricants and those who didn’t.
In Time magazine’s Top 10 Medical Breakthroughs of 2010, the field of infertility and assisted reproduction received a good deal of representation. Out of the 10 medical breakthroughs listed, two were infertility advances, including a procedure that may predict in vitro fertilization (IVF) success and the creation of an artificial ovary that may one day nurture human eggs out of the body. However, practical use of the artificial ovary is currently limited.