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

Thursday, May 17, 2018

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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