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.  …

Red Wine May Boost Fertility

A new study being presented at the 2017 American Society of Reproductive Medicine annual Congress is suggesting that drinking red wine may boost fertility.  Researchers from Washington University found that women who drank more than 5 glasses of red wine per month had greater ovarian reserve than women who drank less than 5 glasses of red wine per month.

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Low Carb Diets May Increase Fertility

One of the most commonly asked questions by women who are hoping to conceive is, “What can I do or eat to increase my fertility?”  There are now multiple studies that may be providing some answers to this question.  There is a growing body of evidence that shows that diets high in protein and low in carbohydrates may lead to …

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 …

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 …

Sperm Counts of Western Men are Declining

A new analysis published in the journal, Human Reproduction Update, is showing that the sperm counts of men in North America, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand have markedly declined in the past 40 years.

Researchers from the Hebrew University of Jerusulem conducted a meta-analysis of 185 studies. The studies included data from sperm samples from almost 43,000 men from …

Questions to Ask if Your IVF Cycle Fails

Although IVF has a high chance of success, not all couples conceive with their first IVF cycle.  Patients who don’t conceive with IVF often ask, “What happened?  Why weren’t we successful?”  These can be difficult questions to answer, but after an unsuccessful cycle, it’s important for both the patients and the physician to review how the cycle went.  For patients, …

Does Fertility Treatment Have Long Term Side Effects?

A new study published in the Canadian Medical Association journal reports a greater risk of heart failure and stroke in women who did not become pregnant after undergoing gonadotropin-based fertility treatment. The study looked at over 28,000 women, who underwent fertility treatment with injectable medications between 1993 and 2011 in Ontario, Canada.  Women who did not conceive with treatment had …

What Men Can Do to Improve Their Fertility

A new study found that eating walnuts may improve sperm quality.  This animal study on mice supports a previous 2012 study, which showed that men who added 75 gram (2.5 ounces) of walnuts per day to their diets had improved sperm vitality, motility, and morphology compared to men who did not.  The benefits of walnuts likely comes from the high …

Chemicals in Women’s Diets May Affect IVF Success

Preliminary data from 2 new studies show that chemicals in women’s diets may affect IVF success rates.  This data was recently presented at the American Society of Reproductive Medicine’s Scientific Congress.  It showed that pesticides, artificial sweeteners, and sugar in women’s diets can negatively affect their chances of conceiving a pregnancy with IVF.

Researchers in Boston looked at their patients’ …