fertility

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

Can You Be “Too Fit” to Get Pregnant?

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If you're trying to conceive, your doctor has probably given you the classic spiel: take folic acid; cut back on drinking; exercise. The first two suggestions are generally keepers, but what about exercising? Could it be that regular, intense workouts are actually be harming your chances at getting pregnant? Yes, and no. 6 percent of infertility cases are... 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

Jaime King Reveals Heartbreaking Details About Her 5 Miscarriages to Help Other Moms

Supermodel and Hart of Dixie actress Jaime King welcomed her sweet son James Knight last October with husband Kyle Newman, but nobody could have guessed just how painful and heartbreaking her road to childbirth was. In a now-deleted Instagram post from Friday, Jaime made her private struggle public by opening up to moms around the world to... 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

Birth Control You Can Turn On and Off?

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You're ready to have a baby, but your birth control may be telling your body otherwise, especially if you have an IUD that needs removing. Soon, switching it off could be as simple as the click of a button. The Massachusetts biotech company MicroCHIPS, backed by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, is developing an... 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

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