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) …

Fertility Hope for Young Boys with Cancer

A new medical breakthrough may provide future fertility hope for young boys diagnosed with cancer. Scientists from the University of Pittsburgh reported the birth of the first monkey born from freezing immature testicular tissue.

When children are diagnosed with cancer before puberty, they do not have the same fertility preservation options as young adults diagnosed with cancer.  Adults have the …

Infertility Associated with Increased Cancer Risk

A new study published in the journal Human Reproduction indicates that women who struggle with infertility may be at higher risk having cancer later in life.  The study found that compared to women without fertility problems, women with infertility are 18 percent more likely to develop cancer, particularly uterine and ovarian cancers.

Researchers from Stanford University tracked 64,000 women who …

Female Reproductive Tract May Reject Weak Sperm

A new study, published in the journal Science Advances, found that the female reproductive tract may trap slower moving sperm, allowing only the fastest moving sperm to reach the egg.

Researchers from Cornell University used several models and computer stimulations to try to better understand how sperm travel through the cervix, into the uterus, and then into the fallopian tubes …

Endometriosis and Fertility

Endometriosis is a gynecologic condition that affects approximately one in ten women of reproductive age and for some of these women, it can lead to infertility.  According to some studies, approximately 30-50 percent of women with endometriosis have impaired fertility.

Endometriosis occurs when the tissue that makes up the inner lining of the uterus implants in other areas of the …

Marijuana May Not Hurt Male Fertility

A new study from Harvard University found that men who smoke marijuana had significantly higher sperm counts than men who do not smoke marijuana.  The findings were published last week in the journal Human Reproduction.

The researchers looked at 662 men at the Massachusetts General Hospital Fertility Center between the years 2000 and 2017.  From the men enrolled in …

New At-Home Male Fertility Test

A new startup company, Dadi, is now offering the first mail-in fertility test for men.  This new fertility test just came onto the market in the continental United States last week. Dadi, a fertility startup company of eight employees, raised approximately 2 million dollars to develop the test and get it onto the market.

The test is essentially a semen …

Controversial Fertility Treatment is Being put to the Test

The first known human trial of three-person in vitro fertilization (IVF), a procedure currently banned in the United States, is about to be underway in Greece.  The goal of the trial is to evaluate the procedure’s safety and efficacy.   It may also eventually give us a better understanding regarding the procedure’s long term side effects.

Three-person IVF involves using donor …

Designer Babies

Recently, Time magazine, wrote a series of articles about infertility, fertility treatments, and the future of babies as medical advancements allow couples more opportunities for conception.  One of these articles discussed the creation of “designer babies” from in vitro fertilization with preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD).

The medical community and the public are concerned that with advances in PGD technology, we …