Diagnostic tools and therapeutic strategies for reproductive disease
Giving people and animals the very best treatment for reproductive diseases depends on effective detection and rapid diagnosis. Here at The University of Nottingham, we’re investigating novel approaches that could improve identification and definition of reproductive dysfunctions, disease and infertility in humans, livestock and companion animals.
- Detecting the underlying genetics of reproductive diseases
- Identifying biomarkers for early identification of reproductive disorders in males and females
- Researching the use of ultrasound in diagnosing reproductive disorders
- Analysing whether existing hormonal treatments are effective for all patients, and how they might be better targeted
Progesterone supplementation in early pregnancy
The appropriate, responsible treatment of reproductive disorders is critical to the health and wellbeing of human and animal patients alike.
Our research with dairy cows has demonstrated that progesterone supplementation during early pregnancy can increase pregnancy rates in low-fertility cows after natural oestrus. This benefit was lost, however, in cows with high fertility or following synchronisation treatment.
As well as benefitting the farming industry, our researchers are also working to make a real difference to women having difficulty conceiving. They’re currently analysing global data to assess the most beneficial progesterone treatment regimes for women undergoing IVF.
Read our paper on progesterone supplementation