Tuberculosis Can Affect Ovarian Reserve

A new study published in the journal, Human Reproduction, shows that latent genital tuberculosis (TB) can cause a decline in a woman’s egg count.  While other studies have shown a that genital tuberculosis can cause tubal and uterine factor infertility, this is the first study to show a relationship between latent tuberculosis and low egg reserve.

The study was …

Depression in Men Linked to Infertility

You would expect that if depression was a problem for one member of a couple trying to conceive, it would be more of a problem for the woman. Not so.

Depression in the man may reduce the chances that a couple struggling with infertility will ultimately conceive, new research suggests. Depression among women was not linked to lower conception rates, …

U.S Fertility Rate Down, But Not In Older Moms

The fertility rate in the United States fell to a record low for a second straight year extending a deep decline that began in 2008 with the Great Recession. The fertility rate fell to 60.2 births per 1,000 women of childbearing age, down 3 percent from 2016, according to the National Center for Health Statistics. It was the largest single-year …

Vitamin D May Reduce Miscarriage Risk

A new study published online in The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology reports that having adequate Vitamin D levels may reduce miscarriage risk.  The study found that women who had previously had a miscarriage were more likely to get pregnant and have a baby if they had sufficient Vitamin D levels.

The study included 1,200 women with a history of miscarriage. …

Take a walk and get pregnant

I think we are understanding that some simple lifestyle issues are important in hastening one’s ability to conceive. We all know the obvious ones; stop smoking, moderate alcohol, try to achieve an ideal weight. You can find them all in our Lifestyle & Fertility pages.

Here’s a new one to add. A study investigating the impact of aspirin on the …

Positive Trends in IVF Show Better Outcomes for Moms and Babies

The Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology (SART) recently published their Preliminary Clinic Summary Report for 2016 and the data shows some positive trends that are leading to healthier pregnancies for moms and babies.  Most notably, there has been a rise in elective single embryo transfers, which has led to fewer multiple gestation pregnancies.

SART’s Preliminary Clinic Summary Report consolidates IVF …

Is Male Infertility Being Ignored?

Now this is shocking: A survey of more than 2,000 couples seen at U.S. fertility clinics showed that three-fourths of the men had not undergone a fertility workup, even though male infertility contributes to half of all infertility cases. In the subgroup of 1,537 couples without a workup of the male partner, 17% had a history of assisted reproduction procedures, …

Does Acupuncture Improve Fertility Treatment Success?

Women often use acupuncture in conjunction with fertility treatment to increase their chance of success, but a new study found that acupuncture may not be helpful.  The study, published in JAMA, found that acupuncture does not increase live birth rates for women undergoing in vitro fertilization. 

The study looked at IVF outcomes for more than 800 women in Australia …

California OKs Fertility Preservation

The California Department of Managed Health Care (DMHC), which regulates health care plans covering 26 million California patients, confirmed that fertility preservation prior to medical treatment which could directly or indirectly cause infertility is a covered health benefit under the overarching language of the Knox-Keene Health Care Service Plan Act of 1975. This decades old statute provides for the coverage …

How Much Caffeine is Safe in Pregnancy?

A new study, published in the journal BMJ Open, suggests that high caffeine intake during pregnancy may be linked to childhood weight gain.  Caffeine intake during pregnancy was associated with increased growth during the infant’s first year of life and an increased risk of the child being overweight at 8 years old.  These are important findings to consider since …