African American Women May Have Lower IVF Success

Several studies presented at the American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) 2018 annual Scientific Congress and Expo in Denver, Colorado, showed that African American Women may have lower in vitro fertilization (IVF) success rates than other races.

One study looked at the success rates of IVF procedures at a large Washington, DC area fertility center.  They compared the results of …

Age, Fertility and Twins or More

More American women than ever are having twins, triplets, quadruplets and even quintuplets, and it’s not just because some are using fertility treatments, new research shows. Since the 1980s, the number of multiple births has jumped from roughly 20 sets per 1,000 live births to almost 35 sets per 1,000 live births, the study found. To determine whether this was …

Sleep is Important for Fertility

A new study presented at the American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) 2018 annual Scientific Congress and Expo in Denver, Colorado, highlighted the importance of sleep on fertility.  The prospective cohort study showed that women with regular bedtimes took less time to conceive a pregnancy than women with more erratic bedtimes.

The study was undertaken by researchers from Washington University …

Does Diet Affect Sperm Quality?

Multiple recent studies have shown a decline in men’s sperm concentration and total sperm count over the past 80 years, but the underlying cause of this downward trend is unclear.  Most likely, there are multiple factors contributing to this trend, including worsening diets and an increasing number of men with obesity.

A recent review in the journal Fertility and Sterility …

Does Marijuana Use Impair Fertility?

A recent study, in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, found that marijuana use, by either men or women, does not seem to impair their ability to conceive a child.

Researchers form Boston University’s School of Public Health conducted a web-based prospective cohort study of North American couples living in the United States and Canada.  The study surveyed women …

Can a birth control app help with infertility?

There is a new fertility app coming out designed to help couples avoid their most fertile days; a take-off on the old rhythm method. But can these apps help people who are trying to conceive?

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved marketing for a smartphone app claiming to help prevent pregnancy. Stockholm-based Natural Cycles bills itself as a …

Egg Freezing Myths

More women than ever before are choosing to freeze eggs to preserve their future fertility, but many women still have fears about undergoing the procedure.  I hope that by debunking some of the myths about the egg freezing process that some of these fears will be laid to rest.

As a reproductive endocrinologist, here are some of the more common …

How to Best Predict Your Fertile Window

There are many ways to predict a woman’s fertile window, but not all methods are reliable.  Many women use fertility apps, monitor basal body temperature, and/or use home ovulation prediction kits.  These methods can all give different results, which can be confusing and stressful for a woman trying to conceive.  So, what is the best way to predict a woman’s …

Fertility Apps May Not Be For You

Last week I wrote about how home fertility tests may not provide good information for someone seriously trying to conceive. Now it’s the same answer for the plethora of fertility apps that are coming on the market. They may be helpful for a woman who is just starting out and has no significant history like irregular cycles or PCOS.

One …

HPV Vaccine Does Not Hurt Future Fertility

A new study of almost 200,000 young women shows that adolescents who receive recommended vaccinations, including the HPV vaccine, do not have an increased risk of primary ovarian insufficiency (POI).

The study, recently published in journal Pediatrics, looked at 199,078 females between 11 to 34 years old in the Northwest Kaiser Permanente system from August 2006 through the end …