U.S. Fertility Rates Declining

According to new a report release by the National Center for Health Statistics, fertility rates in the United States are continuing to decline and we have now reached a point where the number of new babies born is below what’s needed for the population to replace itself.

For the population to be able to replace itself, the “total fertility rate” …

New Year’s Fertility Resolutions

A new year often gets people in the mood to make changes in their lives to improve their health, reduce stress, and find better balance in their lives.  The new year provides hope and a fresh start to reaching these goals. Common new year’s resolutions like “eating better”, “exercising more”, and “losing weight”, may not only help a person improve …

How Smoking and Drinking Affect Male Fertility

There are many lifestyle factors that can affect male fertility, including smoking and drinking.  Identifying some of these modifiable risk factors can be important for couples, since male infertility plays a role for over one-third of couples who are struggling to conceive.

A review of how smoking and drinking can affect male fertility was recently presented online at UrologyTimes.com by …

How Sexually Transmitted Infections Affect Fertility

There are many lifestyle factors and medical conditions that can affect a person’s fertility, including having had a sexually transmitted infection in the past.  When trying to conceive, most people aren’t thinking about the sexually transmitted infection they had years ago, but that infection may have impacted their fertility potential.  Infections, such as gonorrhea, chlamydia, HIV, and herpes have all …

IVF Can Help Eliminate Inherited Diseases

When most people think about in vitro fertilization (IVF), they think of its use as a treatment for infertility.  IVF can also be used to treat non-infertility conditions though.  A growing space for the use of IVF is to use it as a treatment to reduce or eliminate inherited diseases from a family’s blood line.

Eliminating the risk of passing …

Michelle Obama Opens up about IVF and Miscarriage

At the top of the news headlines this week are stories about former first lady, Michelle Obama, opening up about miscarriage and needing in vitro fertilization (IVF) to conceive her daughters, Sasha and Malia Obama.

In her memoir, “Becoming,” she discusses the personal struggles she faced when trying to start a family. In an interview with Good Morning America, she …

Infertility, IVF and Insurance

Only 16 states have laws concerning insurance coverage for infertility treatments and five states have fertility preservation laws, which require insurance companies to help women undergoing chemotherapy freeze their eggs before starting cancer treatment. In states lacking these laws, many insurance companies refuse to cover treatments that can help families conceive. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that …

Prediabetes May Affect Male Fertility

A new study is providing more evidence that a man’s general health can affect his sperm quality.   The study, published in BJU International, found that infertile men with prediabetes have altered hormone levels and increased sperm DNA fragmentation compared to infertile men without prediabetes.

Researchers from the University Vita Salute San Raffaele in Milan, Italy, examined 744 men with …

Timing of IVF in Endometriosis

Women with more severe stages of endometriosis often find that they need to use IVF in order to successfully conceive. One would expect that the more severe the endometriosis, the less success one can achieve trying to conceive, even using IVF.

According to results of a retrospective study in The Journal of Minimally Invasive Gynecology, in vitro fertilization (IVF) clinical …

Does Stress Affect Fertility?

A new study, published in the American Journal of Epidemiology, found that higher levels of stress may be associated with a lower chance of conceiving a pregnancy for women.

Researchers from Boston University School of Public Health used data the Pregnancy Study Online (PRESTO), an ongoing preconception study that follows couples in North America for 12 months or until …