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 …

Fertility Rates Down; Conception Age Up

If you are in your late 30’s or early 40’s and trying to conceive, you are right in tune with current trends.

New data about the country’s collapsing fertility rates has emerged and concern has deepened over what’s causing the changes, whether it constitutes a crisis that will fundamentally change the demographic trajectory of the country — and what should …

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 …