How Much Do Young Adults Really Know About Fertility?

Although most people know that fertility declines with age, a new study shows that many young adults don’t have a clear understanding of what age it actually becomes harder to get pregnant.

Researchers in Australia surveyed 1,215 university students with a 34-item online questionnaire regarding their expectations for future parenthood and their fertility knowledge.  Of the students surveyed, only 46 …

Diet, Environmental Issues & Fertility

As time goes on we are learning more about some simple lifestyle and environmental issues that can affect a couple’s chance of conceiving. We all know the obvious ones like stopping smoking, using recreational drugs, excessive drinking, but here are a couple I bet you did not know.

One important lifestyle issue is diet. If you’re trying to have a …

Moderate Alcohol Consumption May Improve Male Fertility

The question about whether or not alcohol consumption affects male fertility is difficult to answer because the medical literature in this area has been mixed.  A new study from Italy, published in the journal Andrology, is suggesting that a moderate amount of alcohol by men may actually boost male fertility.

The study looked at the semen analyses of 323 …

Eating Fish Boosts Fertility

In a study of 501 couples who were trying to get pregnant without medical assistance and kept diaries on their diet and other health and behavioral habits, including fish consumption and frequency of sexual intercourse, they found that men who had two or more four-ounce servings of fish a week had a 47 percent shorter time to pregnancy, and women …

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 …

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, …

Take a walk and get pregnant

I think we are understanding that some simple lifestyle issues are important in hastening one’s ability to conceive. We all know the obvious ones; stop smoking, moderate alcohol, try to achieve an ideal weight. You can find them all in our Lifestyle & Fertility pages.

Here’s a new one to add. A study investigating the impact of aspirin on the …

Does Acupuncture Improve Fertility Treatment Success?

Women often use acupuncture in conjunction with fertility treatment to increase their chance of success, but a new study found that acupuncture may not be helpful.  The study, published in JAMA, found that acupuncture does not increase live birth rates for women undergoing in vitro fertilization. 

The study looked at IVF outcomes for more than 800 women in Australia …

How Much Caffeine is Safe in Pregnancy?

A new study, published in the journal BMJ Open, suggests that high caffeine intake during pregnancy may be linked to childhood weight gain.  Caffeine intake during pregnancy was associated with increased growth during the infant’s first year of life and an increased risk of the child being overweight at 8 years old.  These are important findings to consider since …