Men and Women Should Consider Avoiding Alcohol Prior to Conception

A new study, published in the journal European Journal of Preventative Cardiology, showed a link between prospective parents’ drinking prior to conceiving and congenital heart defects in babies.

The study was a meta-analysis that reviewed existing studies on the topic.  When putting the data from those studies together, this one found that fathers who drank alcohol during the three …

Smoking During Pregnancy May Harm Daughter’s Future Fertility

A new study, presented at the 58th Annual European Society for Pediatric Endocrinology Meeting, shows that baby girls born to women who smoked during pregnancy exhibit signs of increased testosterone exposure, which might affect their future reproductive function.

Cigarette smoking during pregnancy has already be linked to multiple adverse outcomes, including premature birth. The toxins found in cigarettes are also …

Don’t Rely on Fertility Apps

Millions of women use fertility apps to predict timing of ovulation, but unfortunately, most apps do not reliably predict the fertile window.

A review of 73 fertility apps, published in Current Medical Research and Opinion, in May 2018 found that even the best app only had 21 percent accuracy in predicting a woman’s day of ovulation.  Another study presented …

More Companies Expanding Fertility Benefits to LGBTQ Employees

As pride month comes to an end, it’s nice to hear that more companies are expanding fertility benefits to their LGBTQ employees.  These changes help LGBTQ employees access reproductive benefits that were previously only tailored to straight couples.

In the past, many companies and insurance providers limited access to fertility benefits to those employees that met a strict definition of …

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” …