U.S Fertility Rate Down, But Not In Older Moms

The fertility rate in the United States fell to a record low for a second straight year extending a deep decline that began in 2008 with the Great Recession. The fertility rate fell to 60.2 births per 1,000 women of childbearing age, down 3 percent from 2016, according to the National Center for Health Statistics. It was the largest single-year …

Vitamin D May Reduce Miscarriage Risk

A new study published online in The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology reports that having adequate Vitamin D levels may reduce miscarriage risk.  The study found that women who had previously had a miscarriage were more likely to get pregnant and have a baby if they had sufficient Vitamin D levels.

The study included 1,200 women with a history of miscarriage. …

How Much Caffeine is Safe in Pregnancy?

A new study, published in the journal BMJ Open, suggests that high caffeine intake during pregnancy may be linked to childhood weight gain.  Caffeine intake during pregnancy was associated with increased growth during the infant’s first year of life and an increased risk of the child being overweight at 8 years old.  These are important findings to consider since …

Cannabis, Fertility & Pregnancy

Although cannabis is not legal according to federal law, many states have passed legislation legalizing or decriminalizing it at the state level. It seems that some medical marijuana fecilities are promoting it to pregnant women, primarliy for morning sickness relief.

About 70% of cannabis dispensaries in Colorado in a survey recommended cannabis products for relieving morning sickness in pregnant women. …

Pre-Conception Planning for Pregnancy

This is a little bit off the topic of infertility but it is vital for anyone planning to conceive, infertile or not.

Of course we all knoiw that it is important to make sure that your body is prepared for pregnancy with the standard advice such as stop smoking, alcohol and recreational drugs. You should try to improve your diet, …

Marijuana Use Does Not Delay Conception

A bulletin from the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) highlights a study reported in the journal Ferility and Sterility that for reproductive-age men and women in the United States trying to conceive, marijuana use, or frequency of use, is not associated with a longer time to pregnancy (TTP). Researchers retrospectively reviewed data from the National Survey of Family Growth …

Ibuprofen Taken in Pregnancy May Affect Daughter’s Future Fertility

I recently wrote an article about how ibuprofen may affect male fertility and now there is a evidence that it could affect female fertility as well.  A new study published in the journal, Human Reproduction, suggests that if ibuprofen is taken by a woman early in pregnancy, it may affect her daughter’s future fertility. More specifically, the study suggests …

Managing Nausea and Vomiting in Pregnancy

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) recently published new clinical management guidelines for nausea and vomiting in pregnancy. The guidelines give options for both pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic treatment of these symptoms, which more than 50% of patients experience in pregnancy.

Over the past few years, it seems that patients have become more hesitant to use pharmacologic agents to …

Los Angeles County Woman Infected with Zika

A woman in Los Angeles County has the first confirmed case of sexually transmitted Zika virus infection in the county.  The infection was reported by Los Angeles County health officials last week.

The woman was infected by her partner, who had traveled to Mexico in early November.  She had not traveled to Mexico, but obtained the infection from unprotected intercourse …

New Pregnancy Risks: Smog and Heat

Just when you thought there was nothing more to worry about, two new studies reveal two new concerns: smog may increase the chance of a miscarriage and global warming may be associated with a higher risk of premature births, stillbirths, or other negative pregnancy outcomes.

# 1: Smog might raise a woman’s risk of miscarriage early in her pregnancy, a …