Can the Pill Harm Your Long-term Fertility?

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Photo: Thinkstock/The Bumo
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

The Common Pre-IVF Procedure That Won’t Help

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In vitro fertilization (IVF), one of the most common treatments for infertility, only works about one-third of the time -- that is to say, only one in three IVF cycles results in a pregnancy. With a statistic like that, it's understandable that doctors are trying to make IVF a more viable option for more women.... 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

Obesity Can Trigger Extremely Preterm Birth, Study Says

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Extreme preterm births, or those before 28 weeks of pregnancy, could be caused by obesity, according to a new study compiled by researchers at Stanford University School of Medicine. In general, a preterm birth is defined as any birth before 37 weeks. Most occur sometime between 28 and 37 weeks, but giving birth before... read more

Want to Raise an Athlete? Give Birth In the Fall

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Are you convinced that your growing baby is destined to be the next Cristiano Ronaldo or Maria Sharapova? Then you'd better hope that your due date is during the autumn months, according to a new study conducted by the Centre for Sports and Exercise Science at Essex University. Kids between the ages of 10 and... read more

Having a Baby After 33 Can Help You Live Longer

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Having a baby after age 33? Your longevity is looking good. A new study out of Boston University Medical Center found that women who are able to naturally get pregnant after age 33 tend to live longer. The genetic variants that allow for these later pregnancies seem to also facilitate long lifespans. "The natural ability to... read more

Pesticide Exposure Linked to Autism

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Photo: Shutterstock/The Bump
The cause of autism isn’t really known -- it could be a mix of things like genes, medications and environmental factors. Even your pregnancy diet may have an effect on your baby's chances of being born with  an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). A new study, conducted at UC Davis by Irva Hertz-Piccotto, suggests that commercial... read more

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

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Photo: Shutterstock/The Bump
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

New Device Helps Boost IVF Odds

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Shutterstock/The Bump
It's no secret that attempting to create a test tube baby with IVF is a difficult and tedious process. A single attempt can cost upwards of $17,000, and only one-third of IVF cycles stick. If you're having trouble conceiving naturally, however, the process of IVF is about to get a little easier. The FDA recently... read more

Introducing Three-Parent IVF

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You've heard of sperm donors and surrogate mothers, but what about female mitochondria donors? It's only in the research stage right now, but it could be a new part of IVF in two years. The process is called mitochondrial replacement, or "three-parent" IVF. Why three? The baby will have genes from its mother, father,... read more