Natural Fertility Declines with Age

Age is one of the biggest factors that predicts a woman’s ability to conceive.  Women have their peak fertility years in their 20s and by the time they reach 35, their fertility begins to steadily decline.  That being said, it is certainly possible to conceive after age 35. Women just need to be aware of their fertility potential and consider …

Fertility Hope for Young Boys with Cancer

A new medical breakthrough may provide future fertility hope for young boys diagnosed with cancer. Scientists from the University of Pittsburgh reported the birth of the first monkey born from freezing immature testicular tissue.

When children are diagnosed with cancer before puberty, they do not have the same fertility preservation options as young adults diagnosed with cancer.  Adults have the …

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 …

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” …

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 …

The Best Age To Freeze Eggs

Bottom line: there is no best age. It depends on a lot of individual factors.

There are two new articles on some surprising facts about to whom egg freezing is being promoted and how “older” fertility preservers are using their eggs.

The biggest surprise is that these days the market for fertility preservation is skewing younger, the result in part …

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 …

Why Women Freeze Eggs

If you did a “man on the street” interview, or more correctly a “woman on the street” interview, and asked “Why do you think a woman freezes her eggs?” the answer I would expect would be to avoid age related problems with her eggs. Maybe many women do fertility preservation for age reasons, but studies are now showing that the …

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 …

California OKs Fertility Preservation

The California Department of Managed Health Care (DMHC), which regulates health care plans covering 26 million California patients, confirmed that fertility preservation prior to medical treatment which could directly or indirectly cause infertility is a covered health benefit under the overarching language of the Knox-Keene Health Care Service Plan Act of 1975. This decades old statute provides for the coverage …