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 (

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 (

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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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

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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