Sleep is Important for Fertility

A new study presented at the American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) 2018 annual Scientific Congress and Expo in Denver, Colorado, highlighted the importance of sleep on fertility.  The prospective cohort study showed that women with regular bedtimes took less time to conceive a pregnancy than women with more erratic bedtimes.

The study was undertaken by researchers from Washington University …

Does Diet Affect Sperm Quality?

Multiple recent studies have shown a decline in men’s sperm concentration and total sperm count over the past 80 years, but the underlying cause of this downward trend is unclear.  Most likely, there are multiple factors contributing to this trend, including worsening diets and an increasing number of men with obesity.

A recent review in the journal Fertility and Sterility …

Advances in Male Fertility Testing

A new test developed by Androvia LifeSciences, called a Cap-Score, may help predict whether or not a man’s sperm is able to fertilize an egg.  The Cap-Score was developed by the Travis lab at the Baker Institute for Animal Health and Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, who recently published their Cap-Score data in the journal Molecular Reproduction and Development

Does Marijuana Use Impair Fertility?

A recent study, in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, found that marijuana use, by either men or women, does not seem to impair their ability to conceive a child.

Researchers form Boston University’s School of Public Health conducted a web-based prospective cohort study of North American couples living in the United States and Canada.  The study surveyed women …

Egg Freezing Myths

More women than ever before are choosing to freeze eggs to preserve their future fertility, but many women still have fears about undergoing the procedure.  I hope that by debunking some of the myths about the egg freezing process that some of these fears will be laid to rest.

As a reproductive endocrinologist, here are some of the more common …

Do You Need a Hysterosalpingogram?

A hysterosalpingogram (HSG) is a commonly ordered test for women who are having difficulty conceiving a pregnancy because blocked fallopian tubes (hydrosalpinx) are a major cause of infertility world-wide.  Approximately 25-35 percent of female factor infertility cases involve tubal disease.  Understanding what an HSG is and what the risk factors are for tubal disease may help you understand if you …

How to Best Predict Your Fertile Window

There are many ways to predict a woman’s fertile window, but not all methods are reliable.  Many women use fertility apps, monitor basal body temperature, and/or use home ovulation prediction kits.  These methods can all give different results, which can be confusing and stressful for a woman trying to conceive.  So, what is the best way to predict a woman’s …

HPV Vaccine Does Not Hurt Future Fertility

A new study of almost 200,000 young women shows that adolescents who receive recommended vaccinations, including the HPV vaccine, do not have an increased risk of primary ovarian insufficiency (POI).

The study, recently published in journal Pediatrics, looked at 199,078 females between 11 to 34 years old in the Northwest Kaiser Permanente system from August 2006 through the end …

Do Boxers or Briefs Matter?

A new study published in the journal Human Reproduction found that men who wear loose fitting underwear have better sperm counts and motility compared to men who wear tight fitting underwear.

Researchers from Harvard looked at the semen analyses of 656 male partners of couples seeking fertility treatment.   The men were all between 32 and 39 years old.  The type …

New Guidelines for Men with Zika Exposure

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have updated their recommendations for men trying to conceive with possible Zika virus exposure. Previously men were advised to wait 6 months after possible Zika virus exposure to try to conceive.  The CDC released updated guidelines on August 7, 2018, dropping that waiting period to 3 months.  During that 3 month …