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 …

Why Women Freeze Eggs

If you did a “man on the street” interview, or more correctly a “woman on the street” interview, and asked “Why do you think a woman freezes her eggs?” the answer I would expect would be to avoid age related problems with her eggs. Maybe many women do fertility preservation for age reasons, but studies are now showing that the …

Diet, Environmental Issues & Fertility

As time goes on we are learning more about some simple lifestyle and environmental issues that can affect a couple’s chance of conceiving. We all know the obvious ones like stopping smoking, using recreational drugs, excessive drinking, but here are a couple I bet you did not know.

One important lifestyle issue is diet. If you’re trying to have a …

Positive Trends in IVF

The latest data from the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology (SART) show that Assisted Reproductive Technology, basically IVF, (ART) usage in the United States is increasing, while the multiple birth rate from ART cycles is decreasing. SART’s Preliminary Clinic Summary Report for 2016 consolidates data from 377 member clinics, performing 242,618 ART cycles, resulting in the births of 71,296 babies.…

Eating Fish Boosts Fertility

In a study of 501 couples who were trying to get pregnant without medical assistance and kept diaries on their diet and other health and behavioral habits, including fish consumption and frequency of sexual intercourse, they found that men who had two or more four-ounce servings of fish a week had a 47 percent shorter time to pregnancy, and women …

Curing Chronic Endometritis Improves IVF Chances

When someone has one or especially more unexpected failed IVF cycles with high quality embryos, one of the conditions I have searched for is chronic endometritis. The diagnosis can be made with an endometrial biopsy and then needs to be treated with a long course of specific antibiotics. In my experience curing chronic endometritis has been a factor in making …

PCOS Beyond Infertility

Last week I wrote about the effect polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) has on a woman’s fertility and how Clomid is very effective in overcoming issues with ovulation. But there are many androgen hormone effects of PCOS that can affect a woman’s general health. These issues are well outlined in an online article on U.S News.

PCOS, which affects about 15 …

PCOS, Clomid and Infertility

Here’s breaking news….that we have know for about 50 years.

Clomid (clomiphene citrate) (CC) significantly improved ovulation and pregnancy outcomes in women with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), according to data from 72 women. The part we did not know is how it works. Now there is evidence that Clomid improved markers of PCOS. Nitric oxide (NO), interleukin-10 (IL-10), and matrix …

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 …