Thyroid and Infertility

For many years I have been routinely testing new patients’ thyroid function because the recommendation for women trying to conceive is a thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) level of less than 2.5. The cutoff for the normal range is usually greater than 2.5 and may vary between various doctor’s and lab’s recommendations.

Women with unexplained infertility are nearly twice as likely …

Infertility- Don’t Lose Sleep Over It

We have always paid a lot of attention to the role that lifestyle issues can play in reproduction. Many are obvious like smoking, excessive alcohol, drugs and both sides of the weight spectrum. Many of these are discussed in our Lifestyle & Fertility pages. Some are new or not so obvious such as new information on the effect of poor …

Does IUI technique matter?

When sperm wash techniques were first developed with a medium called Ham’s F10 artifical insemination was revolutionized. Prior to that time all that was available was cup insemination (ICI) or injection into the cervical mucus which itself was often the problem. Over the years culture media has vastly improved but the technique of actually performing the procedure was relatively standard …

Sleep May Affect IVF Success

A new study is showing that lack of good quality sleep may affect a woman’s chance of successfully conceiving with assisted reproductive technology.  This study was presented at the 2017 American Society of Reproductive Medicine annual Congress and showed that women with poor sleep quality undergoing in vitro fertilization (IVF) had lower fertilization rates than women with better sleep quality.…

Air Pollution May Cause Poor Sperm Quality

A new study published online in Occupational & Environmental Medicine, is suggesting that air pollution may be linked to poorer sperm quality.  The study showed that exposure to fine particulate matter air pollution is associated with a lower level of sperm normal morphology.

The study looked at the sperm concentration, motility, and morphology of approximately 6500 men, ages 15 …

Vitamin D May Affect Fertility Treatment Success

A new study published in the journal Human Reproduction found that there is a relationship between vitamin D levels and fertility treatment success rates from assisted reproductive technology.  The researchers concluded that women with sufficient levels of vitamin D have higher live birth rates after undergoing fertility treatment with assisted reproductive technology than women with low vitamin D levels.…

Sexually Transmitted Infections Affect Fertility

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), untreated sexually transmitted infections (STIs) cause infertility in at least 24,000 women in the United States every year.  The most common STIs to cause infertility include chlamydia and gonorrhea, but other STIs have also been implicated. The CDC estimates that there are 2.86 million new cases of chlamydia and 820,000 new cases …

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 …