Managing Nausea and Vomiting in Pregnancy

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) recently published new clinical management guidelines for nausea and vomiting in pregnancy. The guidelines give options for both pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic treatment of these symptoms, which more than 50% of patients experience in pregnancy.

Over the past few years, it seems that patients have become more hesitant to use pharmacologic agents to …

Los Angeles County Woman Infected with Zika

A woman in Los Angeles County has the first confirmed case of sexually transmitted Zika virus infection in the county.  The infection was reported by Los Angeles County health officials last week.

The woman was infected by her partner, who had traveled to Mexico in early November.  She had not traveled to Mexico, but obtained the infection from unprotected intercourse …

How Long Can Embryos Stay Frozen?

On November 25, 2017, Tina Gibson, a woman in Tennessee gave birth to her daughter, Emma, who had spent 24 years as a frozen embryo.  This is the longest-frozen embryo to successfully come to birth.  Emma weighed 6 lbs. 8 oz. when she was born and is a thriving newborn.

Emma had initially been conceived via in vitro fertilization and …

Sleep May Affect IVF Success

A new study is showing that lack of good quality sleep may affect a woman’s chance of successfully conceiving with assisted reproductive technology.  This study was presented at the 2017 American Society of Reproductive Medicine annual Congress and showed that women with poor sleep quality undergoing in vitro fertilization (IVF) had lower fertilization rates than women with better sleep quality.…

Air Pollution May Cause Poor Sperm Quality

A new study published online in Occupational & Environmental Medicine, is suggesting that air pollution may be linked to poorer sperm quality.  The study showed that exposure to fine particulate matter air pollution is associated with a lower level of sperm normal morphology.

The study looked at the sperm concentration, motility, and morphology of approximately 6500 men, ages 15 …

Vitamin D May Affect Fertility Treatment Success

A new study published in the journal Human Reproduction found that there is a relationship between vitamin D levels and fertility treatment success rates from assisted reproductive technology.  The researchers concluded that women with sufficient levels of vitamin D have higher live birth rates after undergoing fertility treatment with assisted reproductive technology than women with low vitamin D levels.…

Sexually Transmitted Infections Affect Fertility

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), untreated sexually transmitted infections (STIs) cause infertility in at least 24,000 women in the United States every year.  The most common STIs to cause infertility include chlamydia and gonorrhea, but other STIs have also been implicated. The CDC estimates that there are 2.86 million new cases of chlamydia and 820,000 new cases …

Pesticides in Food May Reduce Fertility

A new study published in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine is showing that women who eat foods with high amounts of pesticide residue may have reduced fertility.  The study looked at 325 women undergoing infertility treatment with assisted reproductive technology (ART). Intake of high-pesticide residue fruits and vegetables was associated with a lower likelihood of having child via ART.   Intake …

Yoga May Boost Fertility

Two new research studies, presented at the 2017 American Society for Reproductive Medicine annual Scientific Congress, suggest that doing yoga may enhance fertility.  The research showed that infertility patients who did yoga had reduced stress and anxiety levels and higher pregnancy rates.

One study from New Delhi looked at pregnancy rates for women who previously had an unsuccessful IVF cycle.  …

Red Wine May Boost Fertility

A new study being presented at the 2017 American Society of Reproductive Medicine annual Congress is suggesting that drinking red wine may boost fertility.  Researchers from Washington University found that women who drank more than 5 glasses of red wine per month had greater ovarian reserve than women who drank less than 5 glasses of red wine per month.

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