Tuberculosis Can Affect Ovarian Reserve

A new study published in the journal, Human Reproduction, shows that latent genital tuberculosis (TB) can cause a decline in a woman’s egg count.  While other studies have shown a that genital tuberculosis can cause tubal and uterine factor infertility, this is the first study to show a relationship between latent tuberculosis and low egg reserve.

The study was …

Vitamin D May Reduce Miscarriage Risk

A new study published online in The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology reports that having adequate Vitamin D levels may reduce miscarriage risk.  The study found that women who had previously had a miscarriage were more likely to get pregnant and have a baby if they had sufficient Vitamin D levels.

The study included 1,200 women with a history of miscarriage. …

Positive Trends in IVF Show Better Outcomes for Moms and Babies

The Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology (SART) recently published their Preliminary Clinic Summary Report for 2016 and the data shows some positive trends that are leading to healthier pregnancies for moms and babies.  Most notably, there has been a rise in elective single embryo transfers, which has led to fewer multiple gestation pregnancies.

SART’s Preliminary Clinic Summary Report consolidates IVF …

Does Acupuncture Improve Fertility Treatment Success?

Women often use acupuncture in conjunction with fertility treatment to increase their chance of success, but a new study found that acupuncture may not be helpful.  The study, published in JAMA, found that acupuncture does not increase live birth rates for women undergoing in vitro fertilization. 

The study looked at IVF outcomes for more than 800 women in Australia …

How Much Caffeine is Safe in Pregnancy?

A new study, published in the journal BMJ Open, suggests that high caffeine intake during pregnancy may be linked to childhood weight gain.  Caffeine intake during pregnancy was associated with increased growth during the infant’s first year of life and an increased risk of the child being overweight at 8 years old.  These are important findings to consider since …

Eating Fruit May Improve Fertility

Last week I wrote about how eating more fruit may mitigate a woman’s chance of developing endometriosis.  Now, a new study is showing us that eating fruit may have additional benefits for fertility.  The study, published in the journal Human Reproduction, showed that women who ate more fruit and less fast food took less time to conceive a pregnancy …

Diet and Endometriosis

As Dr. Wisot reported this week, there has recently been a campaign to increase awareness about endometriosis.  This is a disease that affects up to 10% percent of women and, unfortunately, it is a diagnosis that is very difficult to diagnose and treat.  In the last decade, the field of medicine has not made significant advancements in figuring out the …

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 …