Learn More
OBJECTIVE To prospectively compare pregnancy rates for couples undergoing IUI by a single healthcare provider with random assignment to either rigid (Tomcat; Kendall Sovereign, Mansfield, MA) or flexible (Soft Pass; Cook, Spencer, IN) catheters. DESIGN Randomized, controlled study. SETTING Tertiary care infertility practice. PATIENT(S) One hundred(More)
Reproductive aging in women (a physiological decline in the function of the hypothalamic-pituitary-ovarian axis) is an infrequently investigated and poorly understood biological phenomenon. Although menstrual irregularity and anovulation are known to precede the menopause, normal women in their fifth decade experience a profound decrease in fertility while(More)
OBJECTIVE Women experience an age-related decline in fertility despite regular ovulatory cycles and normal production of ovarian steroids. Growth hormone and IGF-I are both reported to decline with age, and there is evidence that both hormones promote intraovarian actions of gonadotrophins. The purpose of this study was to characterize circulating levels of(More)
INTRODUCTION The effect of pregnancy upon the maternal skeleton is not fully understood. The information that has been gathered by recent studies is conflicting with regard to overall loss or gain of bone during pregnancy. The aim of the present longitudinal, controlled study, therefore, was to investigate the effect of pregnancy on lumbar spine, wrist, and(More)
We previously described a modern, three-dimensional counting method for determining primordial follicle (PF) numbers in primate ovaries using a combination of fractionator and physical dissector techniques. The purposes of our current study were 1) to apply our method to describe intraindividual differences in PF numbers between ovaries and 2) perform a(More)
OBJECTIVE To assess the predictive value of monitoring urine LH at home using a rapid, colorimetric enzyme immunoassay test (Ovuquick) once every evening. METHODS Twenty-six strictly defined normal women with no history of infertility were enrolled in studies involving urine LH tests. Each subject had transvaginal sonography and serum LH tests performed(More)
Previous investigations of primordial follicle (PF) number in primate ovaries have used biased, model-based techniques that require correction factors based on assumptions regarding cell size, orientation, and shape. We sought to apply several techniques from the "new stereology" to obtain unbiased number estimates. This method involves a hierarchy of(More)