Yoga May Boost Fertility

Two new research studies, presented at the 2017 American Society for Reproductive Medicine annual Scientific Congress, suggest that doing yoga may enhance fertility.  The research showed that infertility patients who did yoga had reduced stress and anxiety levels and higher pregnancy rates.

One study from New Delhi looked at pregnancy rates for women who previously had an unsuccessful IVF cycle.  …

Obesity Can Hurt Male Fertility

A new study by researchers in India is showing that obesity can hurt male fertility.  Researchers at a fertility center in India analyzed sperm samples from over 1200 men and found that men who were obese (body mass index greater than 30) had lower semen volumes, lower sperm counts, lower sperm motility, and a higher percentage of abnormally shaped sperm.  …

Early diagnosis of endometriosis important to fertility

The diagnosis of endometriosis, a common factor in infertility is often delayed or missed increasing the risk that it can become a factor in one’s fertility.

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) issued new guidelines advising physicians to suspect endometriosis in women, including those under the age of 17, “presenting one or more signs of the condition …

Flame Retardants May Decrease IVF Success

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

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

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

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

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

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?

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 …