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 …

Age and Fertility-A Man’s Age

When we think of age and fertility we usually think about a woman’s age. But a man’s age can matter too, according to a recent article in Self magazine. This article was prompted by the pregnancy created by John Stamos, 54, and his wife, Caitlin McHugh.

“In general, maternal and paternal age do impact fertility rates and after age 40, …

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 …

Protecting Fertility From Chemotherapy

One great advance in preventing loss of fertility and ovarian reserve from chemotherapy has been egg freezing.

But sometimes, for a variety of reasons, egg freezing may not be feasible for a particular individual. Prior to the advent of successful egg freezing I used to use a gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRHa) agonist to shut down the ovaries prior to chemotherapy, thereby …

How Long Can Embryos Stay Frozen?

On November 25, 2017, Tina Gibson, a woman in Tennessee gave birth to her daughter, Emma, who had spent 24 years as a frozen embryo.  This is the longest-frozen embryo to successfully come to birth.  Emma weighed 6 lbs. 8 oz. when she was born and is a thriving newborn.

Emma had initially been conceived via in vitro fertilization and …

Cancer Patients Unaware of Fertility Options

Now that cancer treatments help many more cancer victims to become cancer survivors it is important to consider life issues when planning cancer treatments. For younger cancer patients, future fertility is an important life issue.

Yet, up to half of cancer patients of reproductive age do not receive adequate information about the impact of treatment on their fertility, decreasing their …

State Laws to Cover Fertility Preservation

There has been some recent activity in state legislatures in providing coverage for procedures such as egg freezing for fertility preservation for women who are planning to undergo gonadotoxic medical treatments.

Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy signed into law in June, legislation (HB 7124) to require insurance coverage of fertility preservation for insured individuals diagnosed with cancer, or whenever this treatment …

IVF Demand Increases in China

According to Bloomberg News, a paradox has emerged in China: As the country finally relaxes its one-child policy, factors like lower sperm counts, later pregnancies and other health barriers are making it harder for many to get pregnant. As a result, businesses from China to Australia, and even California are lining up to help — and profit from — …

Declining Fertility Rates in the U.S. May Create a Healthcare Crisis

According to the National Vital Statistics System, the general fertility rate in the U.S. is continuing to decline.  It seems that women are waiting longer to have children, a trend that has been recognized since the 1970s.  Over time, the cumulative effect of this may result in a “healthcare crisis” where more healthcare dollars will need to be put into …

Fertility Issues for Cancer Patients

It was not that long ago that this was a subject that was not even discussed because most cancer patients going into chemotherapy or radiation were focused on survival, not quality of life. Today, fortunately, cancer treatments have improved so much that people are concerned about quality of life; i.e. living with cancer rather than just living from cancer.

In …