Low Oxygen Exposure May Cause Fertility Problems for Offspring

A new study, published in The FASEB Journal, suggests that fetuses who are exposed to low levels of oxygen during development may have advanced ovarian aging and a lower number of eggs available for future reproduction.

To examine the effects of low oxygen levels on developing fetuses, researchers from the Metabolic Research Laboratories at the University of Cambridge exposed …

Being Underweight May Impact Male Fertility

A new study, published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology, shows that being underweight may have a detrimental impact on male fertility.

Several prior studies have shown that being overweight can impact male fertility, but this study shows that being underweight might be worse.  Men with a body mass index (BMI) …

Endometriosis and Fertility

Endometriosis is a gynecologic condition that affects approximately one in ten women of reproductive age and for some of these women, it can lead to infertility.  According to some studies, approximately 30-50 percent of women with endometriosis have impaired fertility.

Endometriosis occurs when the tissue that makes up the inner lining of the uterus implants in other areas of the …

Marijuana May Not Hurt Male Fertility

A new study from Harvard University found that men who smoke marijuana had significantly higher sperm counts than men who do not smoke marijuana.  The findings were published last week in the journal Human Reproduction.

The researchers looked at 662 men at the Massachusetts General Hospital Fertility Center between the years 2000 and 2017.  From the men enrolled in …

New At-Home Male Fertility Test

A new startup company, Dadi, is now offering the first mail-in fertility test for men.  This new fertility test just came onto the market in the continental United States last week. Dadi, a fertility startup company of eight employees, raised approximately 2 million dollars to develop the test and get it onto the market.

The test is essentially a semen …

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 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 …

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 …

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 …