Cheap, Effective Alternative to IVF May Be PossibleBy Michael Cook
BioEdge.com; May 19, 2017
A 100-year-old medical technique which involves flushing the woman's fallopian tubes with an iodised poppy seed oil has been proven to have significant benefits for fertility, according to Australian and Dutch research published in the New England Journal of Medicine.
Known as the H2Oil study, the project compared the benefits of flushing the fallopian tubes with either an oil-based or water-based solution in 1119 women.
The procedure, known as hysterosalpingography (HSG), is a dye test of the fallopian tubes conducted under X-ray. The procedure was first carried out in 1917, and since the 1950s both water-based and oil-based solutions have been used.
"Over the past century, pregnancy rates among infertile women reportedly increased after their tubes had been flushed with either water or oil during this X-ray procedure. Until now, it has been unclear whether the type of solution used in the procedure was influencing the change in fertility," says Professor Mol, who himself was conceived after his mother underwent such a procedure.
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