fertility

A Message from Michelle Obama for The Bump Moms (Really!)

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Back when Barack and I were expecting our first daughter, we were overwhelmed with so many emotions: excitement, wonder, hope… and occasional moments of panic at the prospect of bringing this little person into the world. We had all the usual first-time parent worries: How would we balance the needs of our growing family with... read more

New DNA Test May Indicate Your Miscarriage Risk — Would You Take It?

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The latest research published in the March issue of Reproductive Biology and Endocrinology found that an alternative DNA test could indicate woman's miscarriage risk. The test, which offers clinically relevant genetic information to identify why a miscarriage may have occurred in a woman, and study are the first-of-their kind. Performed by researchers at... read more

What’s an Embryo Adoption — and Why Is This Couple Doing It?

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After more than eight years of fertility treatments, failed adoptions, disappointing news from doctors and negative pregnancy tests, Charlie and Matt DeVore have finally become parents. How? Through an embryo adoption. Now, their sweet, smiling little 13-month-old daughter CJ is a reminder that the embryo adoption process was worth every minute of it. Here's how... read more

Chemicals In Your Guy’s Takeout Containers Could be Messing With His Fertility

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Before you let your partner order takeout, read this. A new study found that phthalates (which are hormone-mimicking chemicals found on food packaging, plastics, shampoos and colognes) may be hurting his chances of conception when it comes to babymaking. For the study, published in Fertility and Sterility and authored by researchers at the... read more

Study Says Testosterone May Help More Women Get Pregnant

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The secret to increased IVF success could be hiding in male hormones. A new study suggests that using male hormones (called "androgens") can help the development of follicles and can enhance fertility in women. Published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the research details how several fertility clinics... read more

Trying to Conceive? 3 Ways to Reduce Your Miscarriage Risk

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According to scientists from the University of Copenhagen, one in four miscarriages might be preventable if a woman pays closer attention to her lifestyle choices. The scientists, who published the study in BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology found that avoidable risks, like being under- or overweight before conception, working... read more

Mom Discovers She’s Pregnant With Triplets 4 Months After Delivering Her First Baby

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How's this for an unexpected surprise: A woman in the UK found out she was pregnant with triplets just four months after giving birth to her firstborn son. According to Reveal Magazine, Sarah Ward, gave birth to a baby boy named Freddie four months before she discovered that she and her... read more

New Research on IVF Will Rock Your World (Seriously!)

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In new research published in Reproductive BioMedicine Online, both American and Belgian researchers found that reduced costs and simplified IVF methods may mark a new era for IVF treatments. Yep, that's right: IVF will probably never again be as cost-crippling or drawn out as it is now. Both the American and Belgian teams... read more

Study Says Women Don’t Know Much About Fertility — Test Your Knowledge!

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Think you've got your fertility figured out? Think again! According to the latest study by Yale School of Medicine, researchers found that just about half of reproductive-aged women haven't discussed their reproductive health with their doctor (or, at the very least, a medical care provider) and roughly 30 percent had only visited with... read more

Why Doctors Are So Worried About Birth Complications for IVF Babies

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New research released by the University of Adelaide found that the risk of serious complications at birth (such as stillbirth, preterm delivery, low birth weight and neonatal death) are twice as likely for babies conceived through assisted reproductive methods (like IVF and ICSI). For the study, researchers in Australia compared the outcomes of... read more