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 …

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 …

Fertility Drugs Not Associated With Cancer

Ever since fertility drugs were used to enhance egg production for IVF there have been rumors that they can increase the risk of ovarian cancer. The poster person for this concept was Gilda Radner who suffered from infertility and then tragically was discovered to have advanced ovarian cancer. Many blamed the fertility drugs she used in attempts to conceive with …

Do You Need a Hysterosalpingogram?

A hysterosalpingogram (HSG) is a commonly ordered test for women who are having difficulty conceiving a pregnancy because blocked fallopian tubes (hydrosalpinx) are a major cause of infertility world-wide.  Approximately 25-35 percent of female factor infertility cases involve tubal disease.  Understanding what an HSG is and what the risk factors are for tubal disease may help you understand if you …

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 …

Do Boxers or Briefs Matter?

A new study published in the journal Human Reproduction found that men who wear loose fitting underwear have better sperm counts and motility compared to men who wear tight fitting underwear.

Researchers from Harvard looked at the semen analyses of 656 male partners of couples seeking fertility treatment.   The men were all between 32 and 39 years old.  The type …

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 …

PCOS, Clomid and Infertility

Here’s breaking news….that we have know for about 50 years.

Clomid (clomiphene citrate) (CC) significantly improved ovulation and pregnancy outcomes in women with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), according to data from 72 women. The part we did not know is how it works. Now there is evidence that Clomid improved markers of PCOS. Nitric oxide (NO), interleukin-10 (IL-10), and matrix …

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, …