Tag Archives: infertility

Flame Retardants May Decrease IVF Success

Written on September 4, 2017 at 7:48 am, by Dr. Marli Amin

A new study from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health is showing that flame retardants may decrease the likelihood of pregnancy in women undergoing in vitro fertilization.  This is the first study to examine the association between organophosphate flame retardants (PFRs) and reproductive outcomes in women.

Urine samples from 211 women undergoing IVF between 2005 and 2015 at the …

RPMG’s Dr. Rosen on Huffington Post podcast

Written on August 30, 2017 at 10:01 am, by Dr. Arthur Wisot FACOG

In the first episode of IVFML, a HuffPost podcast miniseries about infertility, health editor Anna Almendrala and her husband, comedy writer Simon Ganz try to make a baby, but things don’t go as planned.

The very definition of TMI, Anna and Simon use their own story to talk about all the hilarious, depressing, ridiculous, and expensive travails of trying …

Common Household Products May Reduce Fertility

Written on August 26, 2017 at 11:32 am, by Dr. Marli Amin

A new study is showing that ingredients in common household products may reduce fertility.  Researchers from University of California, Davis found that quaternary ammonium compounds, also known as “quats”, inhibit mitochondria and estrogenic functions in cells that were studied in vitro.

Quats are used as antimicrobial agents in many common household products, including antiseptics in toothpastes, mouthwashes, shampoos, lotions, household …

IVF Demand Increases in China

Written on July 18, 2017 at 11:58 am, by Dr. Arthur Wisot FACOG

According to Bloomberg News, a paradox has emerged in China: As the country finally relaxes its one-child policy, factors like lower sperm counts, later pregnancies and other health barriers are making it harder for many to get pregnant. As a result, businesses from China to Australia, and even California are lining up to help — and profit from — …

Declining Fertility Rates in the U.S. May Create a Healthcare Crisis

Written on July 16, 2017 at 2:01 pm, by Dr. Marli Amin

According to the National Vital Statistics System, the general fertility rate in the U.S. is continuing to decline.  It seems that women are waiting longer to have children, a trend that has been recognized since the 1970s.  Over time, the cumulative effect of this may result in a “healthcare crisis” where more healthcare dollars will need to be put into …

Fertility Treatment Does Not Lead to More Breakups

Written on July 12, 2017 at 4:08 pm, by Dr. Arthur Wisot FACOG

It’s the stuff that Lifetime movies are made of; a couple has difficulty conceiving, they blame each other and then break up. But does that happen in real life? Sure it does but a new study claims that it’s not all that common at least in Denmark.

There’s good news for couples who are struggling to conceive.

Those who are …

Infertility is a disease. Does it matter?

Written on July 5, 2017 at 10:17 am, by Dr. Arthur Wisot FACOG

More than one in eight couples of childbearing age have difficulty conceiving or carrying a pregnancy to term, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Experts at the World Health Organization (WHO) and the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) have designated infertility a disease. Recently, delegates at the 2017 AMA Annual Meeting voted in support of WHO’s …

How Fertility Friendly is Your State?

Written on June 11, 2017 at 8:07 am, by Dr. Marli Amin

Not all states are equal when it comes to access to fertility treatment and support.  RESOLVE, the National Infertility Association, recently published a scorecard, which gives each state a grade based on how fertility friendly they are. The grade for each state is based on insurance coverage for fertility treatments, the number of fertility specialists, the number of women …

Improved Pregnancy Rates after Hysterosalpingograms

Written on May 26, 2017 at 4:06 pm, by Dr. Marli Amin

A new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine is showing that pregnancy rates after hysterosalpingogram (HSG) procedures may be higher when an oil-based contrast is used compared to when a water-based contrast is used.  Increased pregnancy rates after HSG procedures have been reported for many years, but it was unclear whether the type of contrast used made …

Your Infertility and IVF Questions Answered Here…Free

Written on May 24, 2017 at 7:49 pm, by Dr. Arthur Wisot FACOG

Yes, that’s correct. You can ask a question about infertility or IVF and you will get a prompt answer. And it’s free. You do not have to be a patient of reproductive Partners or even a patient yet; you may just be starting your infertility journey and have not yet seen a doctor. This is a service that Reproductive Partners …