Monday, December 9, 2019

Why Don't We Talk About Male Infertility More?

Many times, male fertility is compromised by chemicals. Radiation from phones and computers makes the situation worse. Diet is important for male fertility. See the full article for details.

Story via Philadelphia News (

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

'Fertile Yoga' Reduces Stress And Increases Hopefulness In Women Undergoing Fertility Treatment

A study of 55 women who practiced "fertile yoga" found the women experienced decreased sadness, decreased stress, and increased hopefulness.

Fertile yoga is a specific type of yoga where women who are trying fertility treatments practice two techniques. Quoted from the article, the two specific techniques are:

1. A one-minute mantra: “I am strong, healthy, resilient, hopeful, capable and fertile.”

2. Seven movements of the spine like forwarding flexion, backbend extension, lateral left bend, and lateral right bend, left rotation twist, right rotation twist, and axial extension.

Story via Divya Ramaswam for International Business Times

Monday, November 25, 2019

Nutritional Tips For A Healthy Pregnancy

Foods great for pregnant women include whole grains, fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and dairy products. Pregnant women should try to avoid caffeine, unpasteurized food, alcohol, raw meat, and certain types of fish that could be high in mercury. Mercury contamination can severely harm unborn babies. Choline is beneficial for the brain development of a fetus. Great sources of choline include egg yolks, legumes, poultry, cruciferous vegetables, and nuts. See the article for more nutritional information! Story via Cari Nierenberg - Live Science Contributor

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Start-up which improves IVF success rates wins tech prize from European Rabbis

An Israeli start-up, Embryonics, won the top tech prize from a group of European Rabbis. Embryonics improves IVF odds by using big data and artificial intelligence to monitor and select embryos.

Story via Jewish News

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Low Birth Weight Linked to Cardiovascular Risk Later in Life

Researchers at the University of West Virginia conducted a study and found that low birth weight of a baby can lead to cardiovascular issues later in life. However, people with low birth weight can be proactive about their heath from childhood to adulthood. Also, it might be helpful to avoid risky behavior like smoking.

Story via Patrick Campbell

Thursday, October 31, 2019

7 Ways Infertility Impacts Your Relationship

It can be tough to deal with infertility. Here is a list of 7 things to look out for in your relationship from the article by Rachael Pace.

1) It becomes an obsession What you can do: Look for ways to connect. 2) Your life isn’t what you thought it would be What you can do: have a plan. 3) Sex is no longer fun What you can do: Make date night a priority. 4) Frustrations and frequent arguments What you can do: Learn how to fight fair. 5) Fears your partner will blame you What you can do: communicate regularly. 6) Feelings of loneliness What you can do: Find a support group. 7) Financial difficulties What you can do: Budget and speak openly about money.

See full article for details! Story via Rachael Pace for

Monday, October 21, 2019

Twin births in the US finally decline as fertility treatment becomes more cautious

The twin birth rate has declined for the past four years after rising for decades. Over the past four years, single embryo transfers have become more common for IVF treatment. Single embryo transfers are less risky, and are less expensive, than twins.

Story via Marie McCullough

Friday, September 13, 2019

Can women pause their biological clocks

The quality of a woman's eggs decreases as the woman gets older. Older female eggs are more likely to produce a child with birth defects, and older eggs have a higher miscarriage rate than younger eggs. Hebrew University of Jerusalem (HUJI) researchers have studied worm genes.

Through genetic tests run on worms, the researchers might have found a way to delay human female eggs from aging. This breakthrough might allow females to maintain quality eggs into their 30s and 40s. See the article for full details.

Story via Vision Reporter for

Thursday, September 12, 2019

5 Facts About IVF (& 5 Myths About It)

The following is a list of myths and facts about IVF by Jessica Sayers. Read the full article for details.

10) Myth: IVF means you'll have multiples 9) Fact: IVF does not guarantee success for having a baby 8) Myth: freezing your eggs for later IVF can weaken them 7) Fact: it can take a while before the eggs can be retrieved 6) Myth: women need IVF because they don't have good eggs 5) Fact: it's a multi-step process 4) Myth: kids born from IVF are different 3) Fact: IVF can be costly 2) Myth: you don't need to be worried about age for IVF 1) Fact: there are side effects to IVF

Story via Jessica Sayers for

Monday, September 9, 2019

Vegan diets could put the IQ of the next generation at risk

Plant based vegan diets lack choline, a nutrient found in meat and eggs, that helps the brain development of babies in the womb. Story via Ben Spencer Medical Correspondent for The Daily Mail

Friday, September 6, 2019

How Anxiety and Stress Can Affect Your Fertility

Anxiety and stress negatively impact female fertility. Some ways to reduce stress include, but are not limited to, massages, yoga, acupuncture, and brisk walking one to five hours a week. Exercising too much, and having a poor diet, also contribute to female fertility issues.

Story via Mirel Zaman for

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Gene differences in IVF-conceived babies disappear by adulthood

Although IVF babies have genes with epigenetic differences compared to babies born naturally, these genes return to normal by adulthood. "Epigenetics is the process by which an organism interacts with the environment, switching genes on and off." - quote by Jane Halliday, Boris Novakovic And Richard Saffery

Story via Jane Halliday, Boris Novakovic And Richard Saffery -

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Male partner's fertility the problem in 40% of couples struggling to conceive

Male fertility issues account for 40% of fertility issues facing couples. Male fertility has been declining over time. Drinking alcohol and smoking harms fertility. Check out the article to learn more! Story via Cape Talk -

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

The Scientific Reasons Why You Might Not Get Pregnant

Here is a list of scientific reasons for infertility from the article by Psychology Today: 1) Maintain a healthy weight 2) Quit smoking. Smoking can increase your risk of infertility by 60 percent. 3) Avoid alcohol. Two or more drinks a day can increase your risk of infertility by 60 percent. 4) Reduce your caffeine intake 5) Keep away from illegal drugs, including marijuana The article has additional tips for couples trying to get pregnant. Story via Psychology Today

US fertility rate falls to 'all-time low,' CDC says - VIDEO

From 2017 to 2018, female fertility rate dropped by 2% for women ages 15 to 44. One thing to note is that teen fertility rate dropped by 7% over the same time period, although the fertility rate for women in their 30s and 40s went up slightly.

Story via CNN Health

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Fertility problems, uterine defects can affect chances of pregnancy

Studies show about 5% of women seeking IVF treatment have uterine anomalies. Although uterine anomalies to not have a direct impact on fertility, the condition can lead to miscarriages. To have a healthy pregnancy women with uterine anomalies should seek medical help early on to avoid miscarriages.

Story via Dr Arvind Vaid, IVF expert, for Hindustan Times (

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Take note: Men and women, these 3 lifestyle habits may lead to infertility

Below are two lists of lifestyle habits that can negatively impact fertility for men and women. The lists are from the article by Aishwarya Iyer.

3 lifestyle habits that impact male fertility are: 1) Staying up too late 2) Keeping your cell phone in your pocket 3) Drinking and smoking

3 lifestyle habits that impact female fertility are: 1) Smoking 2) Alcohol 3) Stress

Lists by Aishwarya Iyer for The Health Site (

Story via The Health Site

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Male infertility, busy lifestyles raise fertility challenges

Work stress, and working in a sedentary work environment, can negatively impact male fertility. 40% of infertility cases are because of male fertility issues, 40% are because of female fertility issues, and 20% of cases are both male and female fertility issues. See the full article to learn more!

Story via The Indian Express (

Monday, September 10, 2018

HYPOGONADISM – An Unfamiliar cause of female infertility

Not many people are aware of female hypogonadism, a condition where there is "deficiency in production of estrogen and progesterone by the ovaries." - Quote by APN News

Symptoms of female hypogonadism include depression, irregular periods, heavy periods, hair loss, and also ovarian cysts.

The condition can negatively impact a woman's quality of life.

Story via APN News (

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Fertility diet, best foods and lifestyle habits to boost fertility and sperm count

According to a recent study, the best fertility foods are protein packages, healthy fats, whole grains, and occasionally ice cream. Rich in zinc and folate, berries, figs, nuts, leafy greens, and beans, also help fertility.

Top foods to avoid include alcohol, coffee, and tea.

See the full article for complete details!

Story via HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times (

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Study Suggests Bad Diet May Harm a Woman's Fertility

According to a study, eating too much fast food, and not enough fruits and vegetables, can make it more difficult for women to become pregnant.

Story via Womens' Health Team, Cleveland Clinic

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Could active folate help boost IVF chances? Fertility study backs 5-MTHF over folic acid

Couples undergoing fertility treatments may benefit from genetic screening and supplementation with 5-MTHF glucosamine salt (active folate), instead of the high doses of folic acid traditionally used, say researchers. - By Nathan Gray

Story via Nathan Gray for

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

'Babies given solid food sooner sleep better'

A recent study has found babies who have solid foods introduced earlier sleep an average of 16 minutes longer per night than those who are not fed solids. Experts say not to feed babies solid foods before 4 months. See the full article by Laurel Ives for specific food recommendations.

Story via By Laurel Ives BBC Health

Monday, August 20, 2018

Stress Won't Undermine Fertility Treatment Success: Study

Researchers at Stony Brook University in New York conducted a study involving stress and fertility treatment success.

They found no evidence that emotional stress levels compromise a couple's chances of a successful fertility treatment.

Story via Alan Mozes, HealthDay Reporter (

Monday, August 13, 2018

Infertility: Six things that decrease a couple's ability to have children

Factors such as a genetic disorders, polluted environment, everyday habits, among others affect male and female fertility. In the past several years, "[experts] blamed sedentary lifestyles, unhealthy eating habits, and environment which is highly polluted, for increasing infertility rates." - Quote by Times Now Digital (

Six things that can impact a couple's ability to have a child:

1) Household chemicals 2) Age 3) Weight 4) Smoking 5) Drinking 6) Stress

See the full article for full details.

Story via Times Now Digital (

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Study: Lack of Partners Driving More Women to Freeze Their Eggs

"A new study from Yale University that shows that college educated women are increasingly freezing their eggs because they are having a hard time finding suitable partners. Marriage rates have fallen in recent decades at the same time as women have become the majority of college graduates, law-school graduates and medical-school graduates." - Quote by Dan Holly for AMI Newswire

Story via AMI Newswire

Friday, August 3, 2018

Protein's novel role in embryo implantation studied

"Women who had repeated IVF failure apparently had reduced levels of OVGP1 protein."

"A large number of couples are infertile and in many cases IVF is not successful and there are repeated failures. In a latest development, Mumbai-based researchers have shown the molecular features of embryo–endometrium crosstalk that helps in embryo implantation." - Quotes by R. Prasad for The Hindu

Story via R. Prasad for The Hindu (

Monday, July 30, 2018

Body weight contributes to infertility

Dr Okezie Emenike says being overweight, or underweight, can negatively impact fertility. "[Dr Okezie Emenike] added that severe obesity in men had been shown to alter fertility often due to imbalances in hormone regulation tied to sperm production."

"He also noted that in many cases, overweight or underweight women would have hormonal disorders, which could cause them to ovulate infrequently or not at all." - Quotes by Daily Trust (

Story via Daily Trust (

Monday, July 23, 2018

'Miracles do happen' say parents of IVF twins who spent ten years trying to conceive

"After spending £50,000 on IVF, remortgaging their home and taking out credit cards, Kim and husband Graham came up trumps with two babies in one go, so now they affectionately refer to them as the BOGOF babies — buy one, get one free."

"They welcomed Daisy Jamelia and Poppy Carina on June 16, 2016, after ten years of trying to conceive." - Quotes by Lori Little

Story via Lori Little for ISLE of Wight

Seven ways IVF changed the world – from Louise Brown to stem-cell research

The list below is a direct quote from the article by Philip Ball:

  1. Normalising conception in a petri dish
  2. Putting the UK at the forefront of embryology
  3. Opening the gateway to a deeper understanding of human reproduction
  4. Paving the way for stem cell research
  5. It forced us to think about genetic screening
  6. It gave us a new view of human conception
  7. It sparked a new debate about the moral status of the embryo

Story via Philip Ball for The Observer IVF (

Fertility treatment doesn't boost womb or breast cancer risk

According to new research, IVF, and other assisted reproduction techniques, "do not increase a woman's risk of developing womb or breast cancer." - Quote by Charlott Repschlager

Story via Charlott Repschlager for BioNews

Protein's novel role in embryo implantation studied

"Women who had repeated IVF failure apparently had reduced levels of OVGP1 protein."

"A large number of couples are infertile and in many cases IVF is not successful and there are repeated failures. In a latest development, Mumbai-based researchers have shown the molecular features of embryo–endometrium crosstalk that helps in embryo implantation." - Quotes by R. Prasad for The Hindu

Story via R. Prasad for The Hindu (

Type 1 Diabetes Impairs Female Fertility Even Before It Is Diagnosed

"Type 1 diabetes compromises female fertility, even before it is diagnosed. Associated hyperthyroidism further reduces fertility. Blood glucose and thyroid function surveillance in infertile females may allow for an early diagnosis of type 1 diabetes and associated thyroid disease." - Quote by Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice

Story via Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice for Science Direct (

Thyroid function, antibody positivity associated with ovarian reserve in infertility

"Among women with diminished ovarian reserve or unexplained infertility, low serum free triiodothyronine and thyroid peroxidase antibody positivity are associated with low antral follicle count, according to findings published in Thyroid." - Quote by Tim Korevaar

See the full article to learn more more!

Story via Healio (

World's first “test-tube baby” turns 40

"Louise Joy Brown, the world’s first baby to be conceived by in vitro fertilization (IVF), turn[ed] 40 [recently]."

"Louise’s birth as the first 'test tube baby' made headlines around the world, attracting vicious condemnation at the time as well as widespread applause and amazement. Forty years on, IVF is considered a mainstream medical treatment for infertility." - Quotes by NEWSAHEAD (

Story via NEWSAHEAD (

Model predicts chance of having normal embryo as women age

"Scientists say they have developed the most robust model yet to estimate how likely a woman is to have a chromosomally normal embryo for IVF depending on her age."

"The likelihood of aneuploidy – having the incorrect number of chromosomes – in an embryo, goes up with a mother's age. The model shows not only that the chance of getting a euploid embryo decreases with a woman's age, but that the odds worsen progressively year on year."

"However, Dr Esteves cautioned that other factors might also affect the likelihood of obtaining a normal embryo." - Quotes by Shaoni Bhattacharya for BioNews

Story via Shaoni Bhattacharya for BioNews

Friday, July 20, 2018

Polycystic ovary syndrome: Scientists closer to understanding cause

"A common cause of female infertility - polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) - may be due to a hormonal imbalance before birth, researchers have found. Researchers have been able to cure it in mice, and a clinical trial in human women is due to begin later this year, the New Scientist reports."

"PCOS affects up to one in five women worldwide, it says. It affects how a woman's ovaries work - symptoms include irregular periods and difficulty getting pregnant." - Quotes by BBC News

Story via BBC News

Artificial human ovaries created for first time in major breakthrough for infertile women

"'Artificial' human ovaries have been created for the first time in a breakthrough that promises hope for infertile women. Scientists successfully grafted follicles, the precursors to eggs, onto a biological 'scaffold' which then grew normally. The development, which could be available within three years, means women with malfunctioning ovaries can look forward to getting pregnant naturally." - Quote by Henry Bodki

Story via Henry Bodki for The Telegraph News (

At least 8 million IVF babies born in 40 years since historic first

"The world's first in-vitro fertilization baby was born in 1978 in the UK. Since then, 8 million babies have been born worldwide as a result of IVF and other advanced fertility treatments, an international committee estimates."

"While IVF births have increased over the past four decades, rates of twins and multiple births have declined, according to the report from the International Committee Monitoring Assisted Reproductive Technologies, a nonprofit that disseminates global information on assisted reproductive technologies." - Quotes by CNN

Full article with video

Story via CNN

Monday, July 16, 2018

Both men and women contribute to infertility

Approximately 40% of fertility problems are male, 40% female, and 20% undetermined or both male and female. However, we live in a world where a lot of the times practitioners and technologies used to treat fertility are aimed at treating women, and men sometimes get left out of the equation.

Story via Wambui Waweru for Capital News

Friday, July 13, 2018

Yoga Mat Chemicals May Mess With Your Fertility

A recent study showed that organophosphate flame retardants (PFRs) found in yoga mats can get into your system by just merely touching a yoga mat. Exposure to PFRs can negatively impact male and female fertility.

Here is a link to a list of 5 eco friendly yoga mats that do not contain harmful PFRs - 5 safe yoga mats

Story via Bruce Y. Lee for Forbes

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Your daily yoga routine can boost sperm quality and fertility

According to a new study by the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIMS), a daily yoga routine can help male fertility by improving sperm quality

A major cause of defective sperm function is DNA damage. “The quality of genetic components in the sperm are vital for the birth of healthy offspring,” said Dr Rima Dada." - Quote by Soma Das of Hindustan Times

Story via Soma Das of Hindustan Times

Friday, July 6, 2018

Male Fertility Survey Reveals 80 Percent of Men Feel Overlooked When Experiencing Infertility

“As women are often the center of the discussion when it comes to family-building, the male fertility survey we conducted has verified that men feel that they are too-often left out of the infertility conversation altogether,” said Barbara Collura, President & CEO, RESOLVE.

Quote source: Business Wire (

Story via Business Wire (

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Getting pregnant: Things that help (and hinder) your chances of conceiving

From the article by Olivia Willis for Life Matters:

1) Time is of the essence
2) Healthy diet and lifestyle are key
3) Weight plays a role
4) Understanding your fertile window

List by Olivia Willis

See the full story at ABC Health & Wellbeing

Sunday, July 1, 2018

The Impact of Obesity on Fertility

Obesity negatively impacts fertility. Obesity is on the rise, and with that, reproductive health issues associated with obesity are also on the rise.

"Obesity has detrimental influences on all systems, including reproductive health. It is a complex disorder and its related comorbidities impair fertility, maternal health during pregnancy, maternal outcomes of pregnancy, fetal outcomes and long-term health of the offspring, menstrual dysfunction, PCOS, Type 2 diabetes, joint pain, gastroesophageal reflux and sleep disorders."

Quote by Cision PR Newswire

Can lifestyle choices improve the odds of IVF working for you?

smoking and sometimes to abstain from alcohol as well. Such criteria are in place throughout Scotland and are justified with reference to research concluding that these factors can indeed affect the success of IVF." - Quote by Sarah Norcross, Director, Progress Educational Trust

Story via Sarah Norcross for BioNews

Air pollution may lead to less fertility and increased pregnancy loss

Air pollution in urban areas may lead to lower sperm count, lower sperm quality, lower egg count, and lower egg quality. Air pollution may also lead to low birth and miscarriage.

Story via The Siasat Daily

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Vitamin D deficiency may increase risk of miscarriage, study suggests

A recent study has found that women with vitamin D deficiency take longer to get pregnant. Women with vitamin D deficiency also have a greater chance of a miscarriage.

Story via Alex Matthews-King of Independent

Study reveals eating more fish could increase your chances of having a baby

"The research found that men who had two or more four-ounce (113 gram) servings of fish a week, had a 47 per cent reduction in pregnancy time, and women by 60 per cent, as opposed to the couples who consumed one or fewer servings a week." - Quote by Juna Xu

Omega-3 fatty acids found in salmon (and other fish) can improve embryo quality and ovulation for females. Additionally, omega-3 fatty acids improve sperm quality for men.

Story via Juna Xu for My Body+Soul

The five factors that are affecting your fertility without you realizing it

"The five factors that are affecting your fertility without you realizing it" from the article by Dilvin Yasa:

1) Age
2) Weight
3) Smoking
4) Drinking
5) Timing
See the full article for details.

Story via Honey (

From your phone to your make up – 8 things that could be harming your fertility

Here is a list of "8 things that could be harming your fertility" from the article by Julie Hancox for Healthista

1) Your mobile phone
2) Blue light
3) Your make up
4) Tap water
5) Laptops on laps
6) Plastics
7) Pesticides
8) Paints

See the article for full details!

Story via Julie Hancox for Healthista

Time waits for no man: the impact of age on male fertility

Male fertility declines with age. "For example, most of the public are unaware that it takes five times longer to achieve pregnancy when the father is over 45." - Quote by Annabel Slater for BioNews

It is not necessarily the quantity of sperm that declines as a man ages, yet it is the quality of the sperm that declines.

Story via BioNews (

Hopes for PCOS cure as scientists reveal cause in mice

"[Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)] may be triggered before birth by excessive exposure to anti-Mϋllerian hormone (AMH) in the womb, researchers found. They were then able to counter the symptoms of the syndrome in mice. A clinical trial to see if the treatment works in women will begin later this year.

In the study in Nature Medicine, Dr Paolo Giacobini at the French National Institute of Health and Medical Research (Inserm), and his team discovered that pregnant women with PCOS have 30 percent higher levels of AMH than usual. As the disease can be hereditary, the researchers then investigated whether the high levels of hormone could induce the same condition in female offspring." - Quote by Dr Elizabeth Oliver

Story via BioNews (

Depression linked to lower fertility in men

According to a US National Institute of Health study, men who suffer from major depression "are less likely to conceive a child[.]" - Quote by Melanie Krause

Story via BioNews (

6 tips for couples facing fertility issues

6 fertility tips from the article by SNS Web | New Delhi:

1) Eat healthy
2) Be fit and active
3) Track your fertility days
4) Reduce stress and anxiety
5) Share your feelings and talk about it
6) Reduce caffeine and stop alcohol consumption

For more details, see the full article

Story via SNS Web | New Delhi

Microwaving Your Food In Plastic Containers? It May Increase Risk of Diabetes, Obesity and Infertility

Many plastic containers contain harmful chemicals that may include, but are not limited to, phthalate, bisphenol A (commonly known as BPA), styrene, PVC, and dioxin. These chemicals have been linked to cancer.

"The disturbing truth is that heat transfers the chemicals in plastic very effectively into your food. When the food is heated, the food touching the plastic receives the chemicals leaching out. Eating those chemicals can increase risks of cancer, infertility and havoc on the normal functioning of reproductive systems and your brain[.]" - Quote by Dr Nitasha Gupta, an IVF expert

Story via NDTV Food Desk (

Want to increase fertility? Try dropping fast food

"When the researchers looked at the effects of diet on infertility, they found that in women with the lowest intake of fruit, the risk of infertility increased from 8% to 12%, and in those who ate fast food four or more times a week, the risk of infertility increased from 8% to 16%."

"An admitted weakness of the study, the researchers noted, was that they did not collect dietary information from the fathers." - Quotes by CNN Wire Service (

Story via CNN Wire Service (

How eating burgers and pizza frequently, delays pregnancy

Women who eat a lot of fast food, and don't eat much fruit, take longer to get pregnant. Also, these women are "less likely to conceive within a year."- Quote by AFP For Citizen Digital

Story via AFP For Citizen Digital

Stem cell breakthrough: Scientists create embryo without sperm or egg

"New Delhi: In a significant development that could yield vital insights into fertility, scientists have for the first time created embryo-like structures in the lab using stem cells, rather than eggs or sperm, says a new study. The Dutch researchers say the procedure was not meant for cloning people or animals, but to find out why pregnancies fail at an early stage-implantation." - Quote from Times Now Digital

The study's author, Dr. Nicolas Rivron, said, “These early embryos have all the cell types required to form a whole organism. They will help us better understand the hidden processes at the start of life, to find solutions for fertility problems, and to develop new drugs without the use of lab animals.” - Quote by Dr. Nicolas Rivron for Times Now Digital

Story via Times Now Digital (

Fast Food Doubles The Risks Of Infertility In Women, An Australian Study Revealed

An Australian study revealed that consuming fast food regularly doubles the chances of infertility in women. Fast food can cause women to have difficulty remaining pregnant. Additionally, eating fast food can cause digestive disorders, obesity, and possibly even cancer.

Story via Vadim Caraiman of Health Thoroughfare

Can Endometriosis Cause Diminished Ovarian Reserve?

"While a 2017 study published in the Journal of Ovarian Research concluded endometriosis seems to negatively affect egg quality, there are no studies that definitively link endometriosis and diminished ovarian reserve."

Dr. Karli Goldstein, MD, of Seckin Endometriosis Center, said, women with endometriosis "shouldn't give up on motherhood. She recommends patients with endometriosis see a reproductive endocrinologist who specializes in or personalizes care for endometriosis." - Quotes by Joanie Cox-Henry

Story via Joanie Cox-Henry (

Foods to eat and skip to increase chances for pregnancy

Foods that may help with female fertility: salmons, nuts and seeds, spinach, beans, whole grains, and fruits and vegetables.

Foods that may help with male fertility: dark chocolate, berries, citrus fruits, fish, chicken, and whole grains.

See the artcile for more details.

Story by Katie Kindelan via GMA

Monday, June 11, 2018

Male infertility on the rise, difficult to address

Dr. Raymond Mansoor claims the average male sperm count has declined in the last 40 to 50 years.

This is problematic because, overall, men seek out fertility treatment at a lower rate than women.

Additionally, men are also less likely than women to be open to talking about fertility issues.

Source: Koren Norton, Social Worker at the MSJMC

Story via Antigua Obeserver

Monday, June 4, 2018

Can Stem Cell Transplants Improve Fertility in Women with Asherman's Syndrome?

In a recent study, Russian researchers used a rat model to determine if stem cell transplantation can treat people with Asherman's syndrome (AS), in cases where surgical treatment methods of AS are ineffective.

Conclusion of study: "Human endometrial mesenchymal stem cells (eMSC) can be successfully applied for Asherman's syndrome (AS) treatment in the rat model." - Quote from the study by the Institute of Cytology (Russian Academy of Sciences), Faculty of Medicine (St. Petersburg State University), and the Institute of Cytology (Russian Academy of Sciences)

Sunday, June 3, 2018

Low zinc levels affect fertility: Women lacking in the mineral will struggle to conceive for up to three months, study finds

Over 80% of US women do not receive enough zinc. Women who have low zinc levels risk their eggs not being being able to properly divide, rendering the eggs unable to be fertilized.

Story via Megan Sheets for DAILYMAIL.COM

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Caffeine During Pregnancy Linked to Childhood Weight Gain

The Norwegian Mother and Child Cohort Study (MoBa) study found caffeine intake during pregnancy can lead to a mother's child being obese as a child and throughout his/her life.

Additionally, "Previous research indicates that pregnant women who consume more than 200 milligrams of caffeine per day are more than twice as likely to have a miscarriage than those who don't consume caffeine." - Quote by Dana Leigh Smith

Story via Prevention

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Health benefits of mangoes during pregnancy

Mangoes provide many health benefits to pregnant women. They provide vitamins and nutrients that are beneficial to both a mother and her unborn baby.

Six benefits of eating mangoes, from the article, include: help in battling anemia, aids proper digestion, enriched with antioxidants, essential for the development of the baby, rich in magnesium, and mangoes can act as a natural sweetener.

However, pregnant women should be careful when eating mangoes because they can sometimes lead to weight gain, diarrhea, and/or allergy.

Story via The Health Site

Monday, May 28, 2018

Premature menopause in mother affects daughter's fertility: Study

The menopausal age of mothers can give clues about the future fertility of their daughters. Women who experience early menopause often have daughters with insufficient levels of the hormones required for egg reserve indication, and ovulation. This is known as hereditary infertility.

Story via Deccan Chronicle

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Painkillers During Pregnancy Can Affect Fertility Of Future Generations: Study

Females taking pain killers while pregnant risk their babies having fertility problems in the future. This applies to their grandchildren as well.

"Scientists at Edinburgh University looked at the effects of paracetamol (also known as acetaminophen, and is available under the trade name Tylenol) and ibuprofen on the testes and ovaries of human fetuses. They found that the medications left permanent marks on DNA, which could affect a future baby's fertility." - Quote by Isabelle Khoo

Story via Huffington Post

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Charred barbecued food could be contributing to infertility, study finds

Eating barbecue, and other blackened sugary food high in AGEs, can lead to female fertility problems as well as pregnancy complications. AGEs (advanced glycation end products) are a sugar byproduct.

Story via The Sydney Morning Herald

Monday, May 21, 2018

Impact of cell phone radiation on fertility

Cell phone radiation negatively impacts male and female fertility when a cell phone is kept in close proximity to female ovaries or male testes. Additionally, cell phone radiation can negatively impact the growth of a fetus in a woman, as well as pose other threats to an unborn baby. To limit the effects of cell phone radiation on fertility, people should store their phones away from their reproductive organs and unborn babies. See the article to learn more!

Story via The Asian Age

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Young cancer patients advised to preserve fertility before chemo

Some miracle babies are born after a man or woman goes under chemo treatment for cancer, but there are risks associated with trying to have a baby after chemo. It is recommended that women and men cryopreserve their eggs and sperm prior to undergoing chemo, allowing them to have children even if their fertility is damaged do to chemo and cancer.

Story via Sheryl Ubelacker for The Canadian Press (

Friday, May 18, 2018

7 Eating Habits You Didn't Realize Dramatically Affect Your Fertility

7 eating habits that can "dramatically affect your fertility":

1) not eating enough
2) eating foods that trigger an allergic reaction
3) consuming food from plastic containers
4) taking herbal remedies
5) eating more fish and vegetables
6) the type of milk you drink
7) drinking too much caffeine

See the full article to get the details!

Story via by Kristine Fellizar

New study to test the role of cortisol on pregnancy in women on IVF

Stress, known to negatively impact fertility, can cause cortisol levels to increase in women. Additional factors such as sleep, physical activity, and diet, also contribute to female cortisol levels.

According to Kavita Vedhara, Professor of Health Psychology at the University of Nottingham, all of these factors impact the role cortisol plays in pregnancy.

Story via Emma Rayner, University of Nottingham, for Medical Xpress (

Egg Hunt and Baby Reunion 2018

The photo album from the 28th Annual Egg Hunt and Baby Reunion has been posted to Facebook, check it out! This photo is of Samuel P. Marynick, MD, and Juan Correa-Pérez, PHD, at the event.

Photo album link > 28th Annual Egg Hunt and Baby Reunion Photo Album

Effect of environmental toxins on our reproductive system

Environmental toxins pose a fertility threat to women and men.  The top environmental toxins mentioned in the article to avoid include:  pesticides, formaldehyde, bisphenols, organic solvents, unfiltered tap water, and heavy metals.

Story via Oladapo Ashiru for Punch

IVF egg donor use rises sharply, HFEA figures show

Over the past 10 years, the number of people using adopted embryos has dramatically increased in the UK. This increase is a result of more people becoming aware of embryo adoption as an option, more egg donors, more older women, more single women, and more same sex couples, adopting embryos.

Story via BBC

Cell Therapy brings new fertility hope for women with early menopause

"In a breakthrough treatment, cell therapy has reversed early menopause in several women, giving hope that they may be able to regain their fertility and even bear children. It has also eliminated their need for hormone replacement therapy (HRT)." - Quote by Business Standard (

This treatment is still early in development.

Story via Business Standard

Sugar affects fertility

Consuming too much sugar can negatively impact fertility for women and men.

Sugar does not have a direct effect on fertility. However, consuming too much sugar can lead to complications such as weight gain, insulin resistance, diabetes mellitus, lowered immunity, and hormonal imbalance, all of which can negatively impact fertility.

Story via Kaniza Garari of the Deccan Chronicle

The U.S. Fertility Rate Is Down, Yet More Women Are Mothers

Although the overall fertility rate in the United States has declined, more women these days are becoming mothers.

Women over 40, well educated women, and women who have not been married before, are having more children than in the past.

Story via Claire Cain Miller of the New York Times

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Decatur family created by donated embryos

The Edwards had four unsuccessful IVF treatments and decided to try another option, embryo adoption. Embryo adoption worked out for the Edwards, and they now have two boys from adopted embryos!

Story via WFAA 

How Fad Diets Can Impact Your Fertility

Fad diets, such as juice cleanses, the raw vegan diet (Veganuary), meal replacement shakes, the Ketogenic diet, and caffeinated diet pills and drinks, can negatively impact female fertility.

Although the raw vegan diet (Veganuary) may not be a fad diet, it is still on the list.

Story via Professor Nick Macklon, Medical Director at The London Women’s Clinic 

Ibuprofen linked to male infertility, study says

Ibuprofen and other NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) can negatively impact male fertility when taken in doses commonly prescribed to athletes. This is true for young men as well as male babies still in their mothers' wombs.

Story via CNN 

Study Suggests Diet And Regular Soda Both Compromise A Woman's Fertility

A study by Brazil's Fertility Medical Group found that drinking soda (diet and regular) negatively affects female eggs. The group also found that drinking soda (diet and regular) compromises female fertility.

Story via Medical Daily 

Woman, 26, Has Baby Born From Record Breaking 24-Year-Old Frozen Embryo

The Gibsons recently had a daughter, Emma, from a record-breaking 24 year old frozen embryo!
Emma Wren was born healthy in November. Mr. Gibson said, "Emma is such a sweet miracle. I think she looks pretty perfect to have been frozen all those years ago.”

Story via CBS Baltimore

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