Examples of recently published research:
How ready the uterus (womb) is for embryo implantation
Primary Author: Heng, S, published 2011
This study assessed how receptive the uterine environment was for embryo implantation. The authors found that certain protein levels present in the uterus were associated with the ‘readiness’ of the uterus to receive an embryo for implantation.
How good is the antral follicle count in predicting ovarian reserve
Primary Author: Rombauts L, published 2011
This study assessed the strength of the ultrasound test which counts the number of antral (resting) follicles in the ovary of a woman. The higher the number of follicles the better the chance of a response to therapy in women seeking assisted reproductive technology. This study showed that the test was reasonable at predicting ovarian reserve across different times in women’s cycle.
Improved testing for semen analysis
Primary Author: Beyer CE, published 2012
No sperm or low levels of sperm in men are one cause of infertility. This study compared two tests and found the newer test to be more sensitive in detecting sperm in this population. Validating the strength of the newer test may benefit couples with male factor infertility in the future.
Birth outcomes after Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART)
Primary Author: Fernando D, published 2012
This study assessed the difference in outcomes for mother and baby when the embryo was transferred at Day 3 or Day 5. No significant difference in outcomes between the 2 groups was found; however the type of ART cycle undertaken may affect some outcomes. This research provides valuable information to Fertility Specialists in determining which cycle is best for individual patients.
Corifollitropin Alpha (Elonva)
Primary Author: Griesinger, G abstract published 2012
Monash IVF took part in a multi-centre study assessing the safety and effectiveness of the Elonva single dose follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) injection in patients undertaking multiple stimulated cycles.
Development of a chart to assess size of the foetus between 6-13 weeks gestation
Primary Author: Meagher S, published 2012
The authors identified a need for a more accurate and sensitive chart to better reflect the true gestational age of the IVF conceived foetus based on the crown-rump length measurements.
Measuring patient’s understanding of numbers and risk when interpreting information on IVF treatments
Primary Author: Rombauts L, publication pending 2013
Decision making for couples accessing assisted reproductive technology is difficult and complex. It is essential that risks and benefits are described in language and terms that are well understood by those seeking these services. These findings will aid Fertility Specialists when imparting knowledge and hopefully assist couples in their decision making.
How many single women and lesbian couples are accessing assisted reproductive technology (ART) since the change in law?
Primary Author: Fiske E, published 2013
In 2010, Victoria enacted changes to the Assisted Reproductive Act which made it illegal to discriminate provision of ART to people based on race, gender or sexual orientation. In order to understand our clientele better Monash IVF undertook research to assess the number of women accessing this service since the changes were enacted.
Reducing the stress and anxiety of couples seeking Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART)
Primary Author: Graber D.
At Monash IVF our counsellors understand the difficult physical and psycho-social journey patients are about to embark on and are constantly undertaking research to determine ways to improve the outcomes by reducing the stress and anxiety related to undertaking assisted reproductive therapy. This program compared the outcomes of couples undertaking an internet based awareness/mindfulness program for 3 weeks to determine if the stress/anxiety could be reduced.