Age, Fertility and Twins or More

More American women than ever are having twins, triplets, quadruplets and even quintuplets, and it’s not just because some are using fertility treatments, new research shows. Since the 1980s, the number of multiple births has jumped from roughly 20 sets per 1,000 live births to almost 35 sets per 1,000 live births, the study found. To determine whether this was …

Worldwide: Sperm Counts Down

In the previous article, Dr Amin points out that sperm counts are declining and she offers some dietary advice to help men maximize their potential. In this article I will look at the world view and the consequences of this decline.

Julia Belluz writes for Vox that recent research suggests sperm counts are falling, with a 2017 study published in …

Fertility Drugs Not Associated With Cancer

Ever since fertility drugs were used to enhance egg production for IVF there have been rumors that they can increase the risk of ovarian cancer. The poster person for this concept was Gilda Radner who suffered from infertility and then tragically was discovered to have advanced ovarian cancer. Many blamed the fertility drugs she used in attempts to conceive with …

Ultrasound guided IVF transfer

Noiw it’s time for a history lesson.

The first successful IVF birth occurred in 1978. The specialty has made remarkable advances since then helping to make IVF a very successful procedure. Ovarian stimulation to produce a number of eggs, ICSI to make it possible for men with the most severe male factor issues capable of creating a healthy pregnancy and …

Can a birth control app help with infertility?

There is a new fertility app coming out designed to help couples avoid their most fertile days; a take-off on the old rhythm method. But can these apps help people who are trying to conceive?

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved marketing for a smartphone app claiming to help prevent pregnancy. Stockholm-based Natural Cycles bills itself as a …

Prolific Sperm Donors

Traditionally the criteria for selecting a sperm donor generally were good looks, height, education, athletic ability and a whole host of others that an individual might desire. Modern technology like online registries and DNA tests have added a new criterion for some; how many children has this donor produced. Sperm donation in the U. S. is largely unregulated although there …

The Best Age To Freeze Eggs

Bottom line: there is no best age. It depends on a lot of individual factors.

There are two new articles on some surprising facts about to whom egg freezing is being promoted and how “older” fertility preservers are using their eggs.

The biggest surprise is that these days the market for fertility preservation is skewing younger, the result in part …

Fertility Apps May Not Be For You

Last week I wrote about how home fertility tests may not provide good information for someone seriously trying to conceive. Now it’s the same answer for the plethora of fertility apps that are coming on the market. They may be helpful for a woman who is just starting out and has no significant history like irregular cycles or PCOS.

One …

Home Fertility Tests-Worth the Money?

Over the past few decades the popularity of in-home medical tests have increased. The first was the home pregnancy test which became enormously popular. For women, this was followed by ovulation tests and fertility monitors. Recently a number of tests of male and female “fertility” have appeared on the market. But are they worth the expense and is the information …

A New Way to Pick An Egg Donor

One of the more interesting issues with egg donation is how recipients select an egg donor. It’s a real dilemma. Do you go for looks; someone who resembles you, someone with strong academic credentials, someone who shares your interests or someone who has a strong record of effectiveness as a previous egg donor?

A number of years ago there was …