National Infertility Awareness – #FliptheScript

This week is National Infertility Awareness Weeek (NIAW), which runs from April 22 -28.  NIAW brings attention to the millions of men and women, who suffer from infertility each year.   The aim of the NIAW movement is to reduce the stigma surrounding infertility and educate the public about reproductive health issues that make it difficult for many people to achieve …

Women Over 40 Show a Rise in Conception Rates

The latest data from the National Center for Health Statistics shows that although the birth rate in the United States continues to fall overall, there has been a 4 percent increase in conception among women over 40 years old.  Having children later in life has become more common, but we must remember that as women get older, it becomes more …

When Should Endometrial Receptivity Testing be Done?

Endometrial receptivity testing is a way to narrow down a woman’s window of implantation prior to an embryo transfer, but is this test appropriate for every woman who has undergone an IVF cycle?  When the test was first developed, its primary indication was for women with recurrent implantation failure.  As we learn more about the test though, we’re finding that …

Fertility Treatment Options After Tubal Ligation Surgery

Many women who have had tubal ligation surgery regret the decision and desire future fertility.  Women who have had this surgery can often still conceive a pregnancy either through in vitro fertilization or after tubal reversal surgery.  The decision about which of these options to choose needs to be based on each woman’s particular situation.

Factors that need to be …

Warning Women with Eating Disorders about Fertility

A new study published in the journal Sociology of Health and Illness highlights how information regarding fertility is being inadequately communicated to women with eating disorders.  The research from University of East Anglia showed that although future fertility is being discussed with women who are receiving treatment for eating disorders by a variety of health professionals (physicians, nurses, and therapists), …

Low Sperm Count May Be a Marker of General Health

A new study presented at ENDO 2018, the Endocrine Society’s 100th annual meeting in Chicago, IL, found that low sperm count may not only be a problem for fertility, but is also a marker for a man’s general health.

The study looked at 5,177 male partners of infertile couples in Italy and found that low sperm counts were associated with …

Antihistamines May Affect Male Fertility

An Argentinian review of multiple animal studies is suggesting that antihistamines, found in common allergy medications, may affect male fertility.  The study, published in the journal Reproduction, found that antihistamine use could decrease sperm motility and alter sperm morphology.

The study found several papers that reported impaired testicular function in animal studies after antihistamine exposure.  These papers found that …

Drinking Soda May Harm Fertility

A new study, published in the journal Epidemiology, found that drinking one or more sugary beverages per day may significantly decrease fertility for both men and women.

Researchers from Boston University School of Public Health in Massachusetts  surveyed 3,828 women between the ages of 21 and 45, as well as 1,045 of their male partners.  They collected data on …

More Companies May Be Offering Fertility Benefits

Based on a new research by Willis Towers Watson, a global multinational risk management, insurance brokerage and advisory company, there is expected to be a 10% increase in employer-offered fertility benefits over the next two years.  The research suggests that employers are viewing coverage of fertility treatment as an important tool to recruit and retain skilled employees.

A prior Willis …

Ibuprofen Taken in Pregnancy May Affect Daughter’s Future Fertility

I recently wrote an article about how ibuprofen may affect male fertility and now there is a evidence that it could affect female fertility as well.  A new study published in the journal, Human Reproduction, suggests that if ibuprofen is taken by a woman early in pregnancy, it may affect her daughter’s future fertility. More specifically, the study suggests …