fertility

Is Sunblock Messing With Your Guy's Fertility?

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Sure, it's November, and sunscreen might be the last thing on your mind. But if you're planning a winter getaway, you might want to keep track of how much your partner is slathering on. A new study from the National Institutes of Health links benzophenone chemicals that filter out UV rays to a 30 percent reduction in male... read more

Should Fertility Clinics Offer a Money-Back Guarantee?

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With costs reaching into the tens of thousands of dollars and success rates often quite low, IVF treatments may seem like a dicey move if you're going to use a non-traditional method for making a baby. A clinic in Manchester, England agreed -- and decided to do something about it. It's a program that is... read more

There’s a Reason Infertility Won’t Go Away

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Full disclosure: my genetics background doesn't extend far beyond knowledge of Punnentt Squares and Gregor Mendel (the pea plant-growing friar? Remember him? Just me?), but that's all you really need to know to understand why infertility hasn't been weeded out of existence yet. It seems logical enough: when infertility issues are the result of... read more

The Bad Sleep Habit That Can Harm Your Fertility​

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Night owls may want to consider getting some shuteye if they're thinking about having a baby. Or at least work on turning off the lights. A new study published in Fertility and Sterility says darkness is especially important for women's reproductive health, and for fetal development in pregnant women. The magic's in melatonin, a regulating hormone produced... read more

This Breast Cancer Drug May Double As Fertility Treatment

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Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) affects five to ten percent of women, and, amongst a slew of other problems the disease generates, makes getting pregnant incredibly difficult. To treat PCOS and hopefully spur ovulation, most doctors prescribe a drug called clomiphene citrate (usually referred to as Clomid). It has a 22 percent... read more

Can the Pill Harm Your Long-term Fertility?

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You've been reassured that it's fine, but a new study raises the issue once again: can the birth control pill mess with your long-term fertility? The answer is still probably not, but it might look like it. The study, presented by Dr. Katherine Birch Petersen from Copenhagen University Hospital in Denmark, shows that... read more

​Can Fertility Drugs Cause Cancer?​ Here’s the Good News

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Taking fertility drugs? Here's one less thing to be concerned about: A new study from the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology reveals that there's "little evidence" of fertility hormones increasing the long-term risk of breast or gynecological cancers. Researchers conducted a 30-year follow-up study, after 12,193 women were treated for infertility between 1965 and 1988 in the... read more

The Newest Way to Uncover Fertility Problems? Bubbles! (Yep, You Read That Right)

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One of the biggest roadblocks to becoming pregnant is often just that -- a roadblock. Fallopian tubal blockage, actually. Most doctors do an X-Ray HSG to see if such blockage exists in a patient, but the process is often incredibly uncomfortable for women, which keeps a lot of patients from undergoing the procedure. Fertility specialists at... read more

Did Your State Score an ‘F’ on This Fertility Report Card?

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Some believe that it takes a village to raise a child -- but what if your "village" is ill-equipped to even help conceive one? Thanks to RESOLVE: the National Infertility Association's fertility scorecard, people who have fertility issues can see if their state is supporting them with the proper care. The scoring algorithm shown on the group's infographic... read more

Scientists Are Working on Ways to Help IVF Couples Cope With Infertility

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A brand new study led by Helen Rockliff analyzed more than 23 previous studies in order to identify  what types of coping strategies, personality traits and social circumstances are available to help couples going through IVF treatments. Turns out, all you really need is a friend. By taking a look at 23 previous... read more