Stress in Pregnancy May Impact Son’s Fertility Later in Life

A new study, published in the journal Human Reproduction, found that men whose mothers experience stressful events early in pregnancy are more likely to have reduced sperm counts and lower testosterone levels when they become adults.

The study, by researchers at the University of Western Australia, surveyed 2,804 women during different stages in their pregnancies between May 1989 and …

Men Have Biological Clocks Too

A new study, published in the journal Maturitas, indicates that older men have decreased fertility and may put their partners at increased risk for pregnancy complications.  Their children may also be at higher risk for developing certain medical conditions later in life.

Researchers at Rutgers University reviewed 40 years of research on the effect of paternal age on fertility, …

Fertility Hope for Young Boys with Cancer

A new medical breakthrough may provide future fertility hope for young boys diagnosed with cancer. Scientists from the University of Pittsburgh reported the birth of the first monkey born from freezing immature testicular tissue.

When children are diagnosed with cancer before puberty, they do not have the same fertility preservation options as young adults diagnosed with cancer.  Adults have the …

Infertility Associated with Increased Cancer Risk

A new study published in the journal Human Reproduction indicates that women who struggle with infertility may be at higher risk having cancer later in life.  The study found that compared to women without fertility problems, women with infertility are 18 percent more likely to develop cancer, particularly uterine and ovarian cancers.

Researchers from Stanford University tracked 64,000 women who …

Female Reproductive Tract May Reject Weak Sperm

A new study, published in the journal Science Advances, found that the female reproductive tract may trap slower moving sperm, allowing only the fastest moving sperm to reach the egg.

Researchers from Cornell University used several models and computer stimulations to try to better understand how sperm travel through the cervix, into the uterus, and then into the fallopian tubes …

Endometriosis and Fertility

Endometriosis is a gynecologic condition that affects approximately one in ten women of reproductive age and for some of these women, it can lead to infertility.  According to some studies, approximately 30-50 percent of women with endometriosis have impaired fertility.

Endometriosis occurs when the tissue that makes up the inner lining of the uterus implants in other areas of the …

Marijuana May Not Hurt Male Fertility

A new study from Harvard University found that men who smoke marijuana had significantly higher sperm counts than men who do not smoke marijuana.  The findings were published last week in the journal Human Reproduction.

The researchers looked at 662 men at the Massachusetts General Hospital Fertility Center between the years 2000 and 2017.  From the men enrolled in …

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 …