Study Finds Obscure Form of Herpes in Many Infertile Women

A new Italian study has shown promise to reveal why some women with unexplained fertility issues are unable to conceive. It was discovered that 43 percent of these women had copies of the HHV-6A virus, compared to no women who have had a successful pregnancy in the past.

Not much is known about the HHV-6A virus, except that it was discovered in 1986 and it is not detectable via blood or saliva. Because of this, it is impossible to tell how many people actually unknowingly carry the virus. Research previously conducted has linked HHV-6A DNA with miscarriages and premature rupture of membranes, but this is the first study to analyze how it may impact fertility in those carrying the virus.

The study itself was relatively small, with only 66 participants, 30 women with unexplained infertility and 36 women who have successfully delivered a baby. Each woman had a sample taken from their


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