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 …

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 …