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 …

Infertility, IVF and Insurance

Only 16 states have laws concerning insurance coverage for infertility treatments and five states have fertility preservation laws, which require insurance companies to help women undergoing chemotherapy freeze their eggs before starting cancer treatment. In states lacking these laws, many insurance companies refuse to cover treatments that can help families conceive. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that …

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 …

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 …