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 …

Women Over 40 Show a Rise in Conception Rates

The latest data from the National Center for Health Statistics shows that although the birth rate in the United States continues to fall overall, there has been a 4 percent increase in conception among women over 40 years old.  Having children later in life has become more common, but we must remember that as women get older, it becomes more …

Educate Yourself About Egg Freezing

Egg freezing for elective fertility preservation has become more popular over the last several years and, in an ideal world, would give every woman the chance to delay their fertility until they find the right time in their lives to have a child.  As a recent article in the Washington Post points out though, it doesn’t always work out that …

Fertility Business Booming. Why?

According to an article in the Washington Post, the multibillion-dollar fertility industry is booming, and experimenting with business models that are changing the American family in new and unpredictable ways. Would-be parents seeking donor eggs and sperm can pick and choose from long checklists of physical and intellectual characteristics. Clinics now offer volume discounts, package deals and 100 percent guarantees …

Low ovarian reserve in older women

We always worry when a patient in her late 30’s or early 40’s has biomarkers such as early-follicular-phase serum antimullerian hormone (AMH), serum and urinary follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) and serum inhibin B indicating a low ovarian reserve. But for some a new study indicates that low ovarian reserve may not indicate a problem conceiving.

Lab tests showing that women have …

Perceptions of egg freezing for fertility preservation

Egg freezing for fertility preservation is relatively new and there is not a lot of information available about how women perceive this technology. This information will help doctors counsel their patients on the wisdom of pursuing this procedure in the context of their lives. It can also help others make the decision to consider fertility preservation at an age when …

Why Women’s Fertility Declines with Age

A new study out of Montreal Hospital Research Center is providing a new explanation for why women’s fertility declines with age.  The study compared the eggs of 6-12 week old mice to those of 60 week old mice.  They found that the microtubules in older eggs behave abnormally.  Microtubules help with chromosome segregation during cell division.  In older eggs, the …

How Many Eggs Should a Woman Freeze to Have a Baby?

A new tool may help women, who are considering freezing their eggs, understand their chance of having a baby based on the number of eggs they freeze.  Researchers from Brigham and Women’s Hospital recently published this prediction model in the journal, Human Reproduction. They used data from over 500 IVF cycles and genetic testing results from 14,500 embryos to …

Is Egg Freezing An Effective Way To Delay Motherhood?

A Forbes Magazine article calls into question whether egg freezing, which is being done in increasing numbers, lacks scientific evidence of its effectiveness. Egg freezing isn’t new. In fact, the first baby conceived with an egg that had been frozen and then thawed was born 30 years ago.

But it was only a little more than four years ago, in …