New way of dealing with Infertility

A FERTILITY technique first used 100 years ago has been proven to be as effective at helping couples conceive as IVF treatment.

A study by researchers from Australia and the Netherlands has demonstrated that the century-old procedure known as hysterosalpingography (HSG) was a significantly cheaper and less traumatic alternative for infertile couples.

HSG involves the flushing of fallopian tubes with either an oil-based or water-based iodised solution.

Known as the H2Oil study, the project examined the benefits of HSG in more than 1100 women with unexplained infertility.

Of the 1119 patients in the study, about 40 per cent of infertile women in the oil group and 29 per cent of infertile women in the water group achieved successful pregnancies within six months of the technique being performed.

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