A recent study at Aberdeen University in Scotland reports that two common treatments for fertility are essentially ineffective. The two treatments that were tested - artificial insemination and the drug clomid - were found to have a minor success rate (14% for clomid and 23% for insemination) which is not much greater than the success rate of women with unexplained infertility who don't use fertility treatments. While researchers point out that clomid is useful for women who have problems with ovulation, and both treatments reassure infertile women trying to get pregnant, the cost and risk of the treatments can be damaging to the patients. [BBC]
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