OU Physicians Reproductive Health is committed to helping couples reach their dream of parenthood through excellence in clinical care, education and research. The treatment of couples struggling with infertility is constantly evolving. The specialists at OU Physicians Reproductive Health are at a particular advantage due to their active involvement in reproductive research and education. Both of our physicians have numerous teaching awards and have had their research recognized nationally. Highlights of their research findings are summarized below:
Transvaginal ultrasound exam are correlated with ovarian egg number. Recent studies have demonstrated that the ovarian antral follicle counts obtained by transvaginal ultrasound examination are correlated with stimulation quality in NF cycles. Many physicians and scientists believed that the antral follicle count may be an indicator of how many eggs remain in a woman's ovaries; however, this had never been proven. Research by Karl Hansen, M.D., Ph.D. presented at the American Society for Reproductive Medicine demonstrated conclusively t % at ovarian antral follicle counts are correlated with ovarian egg number, allowing physicians to incorporate this test in their assessment of the reproductive age of a woman with confidence. This research is an extension of Dr. Hansen's investigation of reproductive aging which led to his prize-winning paper in 2006 at the American Society of Reproductive Medicine annual meeting describing a new mode of reproductive aging in women (Hansen et al., Human Reproduction, 23,699-708,2008).
Acupuncture does not improve live birth rates in invitro fertilization (IVF). Previous investigations have suggested that acupuncture may improve success rates in IVF cycles. LaTasha Craig, M.D. designed a randomized trial to evaluate whether acupuncture before and after embryo transfer during (IVF) had an effect on live-birth rates. As opposed to previous studies, she determined that live birth rates were decreased with acupuncture treatment compared to controls (live-birth rate 65% vs 39%, p < 0.01, control vs. acupuncture, respectively). Dr. Craig presented her research at the 2007 annual meeting of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine in Washington D.C. as a prize paper candidate.