Men and Women Should Consider Avoiding Alcohol Prior to Conception

A new study, published in the journal European Journal of Preventative Cardiology, showed a link between prospective parents’ drinking prior to conceiving and congenital heart defects in babies.

The study was a meta-analysis that reviewed existing studies on the topic.  When putting the data from those studies together, this one found that fathers who drank alcohol during the three …

Smoking During Pregnancy May Harm Daughter’s Future Fertility

A new study, presented at the 58th Annual European Society for Pediatric Endocrinology Meeting, shows that baby girls born to women who smoked during pregnancy exhibit signs of increased testosterone exposure, which might affect their future reproductive function.

Cigarette smoking during pregnancy has already be linked to multiple adverse outcomes, including premature birth. The toxins found in cigarettes are also …

Conceiving After Failed IVF

A new study, published in the journal Human Reproduction, found that one in six women who had failed in vitro fertilization (IVF) treatment were able to conceive on their own.

The study was conducted by researchers from the University of Aberdeen.  They studied data from 2,133 women who underwent IVF treatment between 1998 and 2011 at a fertility clinic …

Don’t Rely on Fertility Apps

Millions of women use fertility apps to predict timing of ovulation, but unfortunately, most apps do not reliably predict the fertile window.

A review of 73 fertility apps, published in Current Medical Research and Opinion, in May 2018 found that even the best app only had 21 percent accuracy in predicting a woman’s day of ovulation.  Another study presented …

More Companies Expanding Fertility Benefits to LGBTQ Employees

As pride month comes to an end, it’s nice to hear that more companies are expanding fertility benefits to their LGBTQ employees.  These changes help LGBTQ employees access reproductive benefits that were previously only tailored to straight couples.

In the past, many companies and insurance providers limited access to fertility benefits to those employees that met a strict definition of …

Stress in Pregnancy May Impact Son’s Fertility Later in Life

A new study, published in the journal Human Reproduction, found that men whose mothers experience stressful events early in pregnancy are more likely to have reduced sperm counts and lower testosterone levels when they become adults.

The study, by researchers at the University of Western Australia, surveyed 2,804 women during different stages in their pregnancies between May 1989 and …

Men Have Biological Clocks Too

A new study, published in the journal Maturitas, indicates that older men have decreased fertility and may put their partners at increased risk for pregnancy complications.  Their children may also be at higher risk for developing certain medical conditions later in life.

Researchers at Rutgers University reviewed 40 years of research on the effect of paternal age on fertility, …

How to Know if You Are Ovulating

Approximately 20 percent of infertile couples struggle to conceive due to ovulation disorders, so it is important for a woman to be able to identify whether or not she is ovulating.  There are several methods a woman can use to monitor for ovulation, but some methods are more reliable than others.

Here are some of the most commonly used methods …

Low Oxygen Exposure May Cause Fertility Problems for Offspring

A new study, published in The FASEB Journal, suggests that fetuses who are exposed to low levels of oxygen during development may have advanced ovarian aging and a lower number of eggs available for future reproduction.

To examine the effects of low oxygen levels on developing fetuses, researchers from the Metabolic Research Laboratories at the University of Cambridge exposed …

Being Underweight May Impact Male Fertility

A new study, published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology, shows that being underweight may have a detrimental impact on male fertility.

Several prior studies have shown that being overweight can impact male fertility, but this study shows that being underweight might be worse.  Men with a body mass index (BMI) …