Prolific Sperm Donors

Traditionally the criteria for selecting a sperm donor generally were good looks, height, education, athletic ability and a whole host of others that an individual might desire. Modern technology like online registries and DNA tests have added a new criterion for some; how many children has this donor produced. Sperm donation in the U. S. is largely unregulated although there …

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 …

The Best Age To Freeze Eggs

Bottom line: there is no best age. It depends on a lot of individual factors.

There are two new articles on some surprising facts about to whom egg freezing is being promoted and how “older” fertility preservers are using their eggs.

The biggest surprise is that these days the market for fertility preservation is skewing younger, the result in part …

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 …

Fertility Apps May Not Be For You

Last week I wrote about how home fertility tests may not provide good information for someone seriously trying to conceive. Now it’s the same answer for the plethora of fertility apps that are coming on the market. They may be helpful for a woman who is just starting out and has no significant history like irregular cycles or PCOS.

One …

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 …

Home Fertility Tests-Worth the Money?

Over the past few decades the popularity of in-home medical tests have increased. The first was the home pregnancy test which became enormously popular. For women, this was followed by ovulation tests and fertility monitors. Recently a number of tests of male and female “fertility” have appeared on the market. But are they worth the expense and is the information …

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 …

A New Way to Pick An Egg Donor

One of the more interesting issues with egg donation is how recipients select an egg donor. It’s a real dilemma. Do you go for looks; someone who resembles you, someone with strong academic credentials, someone who shares your interests or someone who has a strong record of effectiveness as a previous egg donor?

A number of years ago there was …

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 …