Curing Chronic Endometritis Improves IVF Chances

When someone has one or especially more unexpected failed IVF cycles with high quality embryos, one of the conditions I have searched for is chronic endometritis. The diagnosis can be made with an endometrial biopsy and then needs to be treated with a long course of specific antibiotics. In my experience curing chronic endometritis has been a factor in making …

Do Fertility Drugs Cause Ovarian Cancer?

A new study, presented on July 3rd at the 2018 annual meeting of the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE), provides more evidence to confirm that fertility drugs do not increase a woman’s risk of developing ovarian cancer.

Researchers analyzed data from more than 58,000 women in Denmark, who underwent fertility treatment with assisted reproductive technology (ART) between …

PCOS Beyond Infertility

Last week I wrote about the effect polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) has on a woman’s fertility and how Clomid is very effective in overcoming issues with ovulation. But there are many androgen hormone effects of PCOS that can affect a woman’s general health. These issues are well outlined in an online article on U.S News.

PCOS, which affects about 15 …

Mosaic Embryos Can Lead to Healthy Babies

A recent study published in the journal Fertility & Sterility gives us more information about the chance of having a healthy child after transferring a mosaic embryo.  The study was able to show that mosaic embryos can result in the delivery of healthy babies and the extent of mosaicism may influence this chance.

The study looked at 77 women, who …

PCOS, Clomid and Infertility

Here’s breaking news….that we have know for about 50 years.

Clomid (clomiphene citrate) (CC) significantly improved ovulation and pregnancy outcomes in women with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), according to data from 72 women. The part we did not know is how it works. Now there is evidence that Clomid improved markers of PCOS. Nitric oxide (NO), interleukin-10 (IL-10), and matrix …

NSAIDs May Increase Risk of Miscarriage

A new study, published in the journal American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology, shows that using non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen, around the time of conception and in pregnancy may increase the risk of early miscarriage.

The study was conducted at Kaiser Permanente Northern California and included over 1,000 pregnant women.  Researcher followed 241 women who took …

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 …

Depression in Men Linked to Infertility

You would expect that if depression was a problem for one member of a couple trying to conceive, it would be more of a problem for the woman. Not so.

Depression in the man may reduce the chances that a couple struggling with infertility will ultimately conceive, new research suggests. Depression among women was not linked to lower conception rates, …

U.S Fertility Rate Down, But Not In Older Moms

The fertility rate in the United States fell to a record low for a second straight year extending a deep decline that began in 2008 with the Great Recession. The fertility rate fell to 60.2 births per 1,000 women of childbearing age, down 3 percent from 2016, according to the National Center for Health Statistics. It was the largest single-year …

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. …