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Dad-to-Be's Age Can Affect Fertility Treatment Success

Posted 11 days ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, July 10, 2017 – A man's age makes a difference in whether or not a couple undergoing in vitro fertilization (IVF) ends up having a baby, a new study suggests. The older the potential dad-to-be, the less likely the couple will have a live birth from IVF, the research showed. For the study, the investigators examined nearly 19,000 IVF cycles performed with more than 7,700 couples in Massachusetts. The women were divided into four age groups: under 30; 30 to 35 years; 35 to 40 years; and 40 to 42 years. As expected, the live birth rate was lowest in couples where the female was aged 40 to 42. In this group, the age of the male had no impact. However, when the woman was younger, the age of the man seemed to have a significant effect on childbirth success, according to the report. For example, the live birth rate for couples with a female younger than 30 and a male aged 40 to 42 was ... Read more

Related support groups: Female Infertility, Ovulation Induction, Oligospermia, Primary Ovarian Failure, Follicle Stimulation

Most Relationships Survive Struggles With Infertility

Posted 14 days ago by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, July 7, 2017 – There's good news for couples who are struggling to conceive. Those who are undergo fertility treatment are no more likely to break up, according to a new study. It's been suggested that the disappointment of infertility and the stress of treatment can push relationships to the breaking point. But a study of more than 40,000 women in Denmark who had fertility treatment between 1994 and 2009 found no link between it and separation or divorce. Researchers said 20 percent split up within 16 years, compared to 22 percent of women who were not treated. The study was presented this week at the annual meeting of the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology in Geneva, Switzerland. Researcher Mariana Martins said the findings should reassure couples who have had or are considering in vitro fertilization. "Findings on the security of relationships and ... Read more

Related support groups: Birth Control, Contraception, Female Infertility, Ovulation Induction, Oligospermia, Primary Ovarian Failure, Follicle Stimulation

Guys, a Noisy Bedroom May Not Be Good for Your Fertility

Posted 14 days ago by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, July 7, 2017 – Men, take note: A quiet bedroom might make for strong, healthy sperm. South Korean researchers found that men who slept where the noise level routinely exceeded that of a suburban neighborhood had worse fertility than men who rested in quieter quarters. "I think any sort of stressor can contribute to infertility ... and I would say bedroom noise can be a chronic stressor in sleep," said Dr. James Nodler. He's a reproductive endocrinology and infertility specialist at Houston Methodist Hospital. "It's basically a protective feature by our bodies – if we're under severe stress, now is not the time to reproduce," added Nodler, who wasn't involved in the new research. About 15 percent of American couples are unable to conceive after a year of unprotected sex, according to the U.S. National Institutes of Health. Factors contributing to infertility in either sex are ... Read more

Related support groups: Female Infertility, Oligospermia

Do Older Dads Produce Brainy Boys?

Posted 21 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, June 21, 2017 – In a finding that might bring older Dads some peace of mind about their sons' future job prospects, a new study shows these kids are more likely to be "geeks." Previous research has shown children of older fathers have higher odds of autism and schizophrenia, but this study highlights the benefits of being the son of an older dad. "We have known for a while about the negative consequences of advanced paternal age, but now we have shown that these children may also go on to have better educational and career prospects," said study author Magdalena Janecka. She is a postdoctoral fellow at the Seaver Autism Center at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City. The researchers discovered that boys born to older dads are more intelligent, more focused on what interests them and are less concerned about fitting in. All qualities offer an edge in ... Read more

Related support groups: Autism, Asperger Syndrome, Vitamin/Mineral Supplementation during Pregnancy/Lactation, Oligospermia

Shift Work May Put Damper on a Man's Sex Life

Posted 15 May 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, May 15, 2017 – Male shift workers listen up: Two new studies link sleep disorders common in these men to urinary problems and erectile dysfunction. And a third report links the repercussions of shift work to lower-quality semen, which could make it harder for men to father children. The research doesn't prove that shift work and its accompanying sleep issues cause these problems. However, "men who work shifts, particularly night shifts, should be aware they may be at risk for many health issues, and should be sure to seek care from a physician to help prevent and treat these conditions," said Dr. Alex Pastuszak, co-author of the three studies. Pastuszak is an assistant professor with the Center for Reproductive Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. For the studies, researchers sought to better understand the role of "shift work," which requires workers to be on the ... Read more

Related support groups: Sleep Disorders, Insomnia, Fatigue, Erectile Dysfunction, Sleep Apnea, Oligospermia, Obstructive Sleep Apnea/Hypopnea Syndrome, Shift Work Sleep Disorder, Primary Nocturnal Enuresis, Nocturnal Polyuria

Health Insurance a Key to IVF Success, Researchers Say

Posted 28 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, March 28, 2017 – Having health insurance that covers in vitro fertilization (IVF) boosts the odds the treatment will lead to childbirth, a new study finds. For women undergoing IVF, "the biggest hurdle may not be the fertility treatment, but the cost," said study lead author Dr. Emily Jungheim of Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. A single IVF treatment costs $12,000 to $17,000, according to the American Pregnancy Association. If the first treatment fails, many women can't afford to try again, Jungheim's team said. The study included nearly 1,600 IVF patients at the university's Fertility and Reproductive Medicine Center, between 2001 and 2010. Of those women, 56 percent had insurance that covered IVF. The others paid for the treatment themselves. Women with IVF coverage were slightly younger than those without. Seven out of 10 who had insurance coverage ... Read more

Related support groups: Birth Control, Contraception, Female Infertility, Delivery, Ovulation Induction, Oligospermia, Primary Ovarian Failure, Cesarean Section, Follicle Stimulation, Labor and Delivery including Augmentation

Smartphone Device Sizes Up Sperm Health

Posted 23 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, March 22, 2017 – A new smartphone device has shown early promise as a convenient way for men to check the health of their sperm in the privacy of their home. The infertility test analyzes semen using a disposable rubberized microchip that's designed to enclose and handle samples. The microchip is slid into an attachment that can be plugged into a smartphone. The semen sample is kept within the microchip, so it never enters the smartphone. But a smartphone app is able to scan and video the sample. Roughly five seconds later, an analysis is produced, indicating whether or not the sample meets World Health Organization standards in terms of healthy sperm concentrations and sperm motility (movement). So far, the tests have shown 98 percent accuracy. "We developed the technology, and we have a prototype that seems to work very well, and with high reliability and accuracy," noted ... Read more

Related support groups: Anxiety, Erectile Dysfunction, Female Infertility, Performance Anxiety, Ovulation Induction, Oligospermia, Diagnosis and Investigation, Follicle Stimulation

TV Ads Help Drive Testosterone Supplement Sales

Posted 21 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, March 21, 2017 – TV ads have helped spur a boom in testosterone treatments, convincing many men that they need hormone replacement therapy, a new study suggests. In places where testosterone therapy ads ran, researchers discovered increases in testing for low T, initiation of testosterone replacement in new patients, and testosterone treatment without proper testing to see if hormone levels were abnormally low. "We found that each advertisement aired was associated with new use, new testing and new use without recent baseline tests," said lead author J. Bradley Layton, a research assistant professor of epidemiology with the University of North Carolina's Gillings School of Global Public Health. Testosterone replacement therapy experienced a boom in recent years, with the number of patients leaping from 1.3 million in 2009 to 2.3 million in 2013, according to the U.S. Food and ... Read more

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A Plug Instead of a Snip for Male Birth Control?

Posted 7 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Feb. 7, 2017 – A new gel-based vasectomy has proven effective in a group of monkeys, raising hopes it could one day provide a permanent but easily reversible male contraceptive option in humans. Vasalgel works by plugging the vas deferens, the two tiny tubes that convey sperm into a male's semen, researchers said. The gel "doesn't break down. It just sets up a little more, and sticks where you inject it," said lead researcher Catherine VandeVoort. She's a professor of obstetrics and gynecology with the University of California, Davis School of Medicine. Sixteen male rhesus macaque monkeys injected with the non-hormonal gel have proven incapable of reproduction, according to the study findings. No females have become pregnant in the males' presence, even though they were housed together for at least one breeding season – about 6 months. "We're over two years in a lot of these ... Read more

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Obese Couples May Take Longer to Conceive

Posted 3 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Feb. 3, 2017 – It's not just a woman's weight that matters when couples are trying to conceive, a new study suggests. When a woman and her partner are both obese, their chances for pregnancy during any menstrual cycle are about half that of a normal-weight couple, according to the analysis from the U.S. National Institutes of Health. "It translates to maybe a longer time to get pregnant," said lead study author Rajeshwari Sundaram. She is a senior investigator at the U.S. National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, a unit of NIH. Prior studies show an association between female obesity and reduced odds for pregnancy in a single menstrual cycle, as well as a link between men's increased body weight and lower sperm count, the researchers noted. This study breaks new ground because it enrolled couples hoping to get pregnant, not couples undergoing fertility ... Read more

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Don't Ban Anonymous Sperm Donations: Study

Posted 31 Dec 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Dec. 30, 2016 – Prohibiting anonymous sperm donations might lead to fewer donors and prompt those still willing to donate to ask for higher fees for donations, researchers report. While sperm donor anonymity is the norm in the United States, a number of other countries have banned anonymous donations. Most of those countries require all sperm donors to put identifying information into a registry available to the donor-conceived children by the time they reach the age of 18, the researchers explained. "Donor-conceived children across the world have clamored for the right to have identifying information on their sperm and egg donors," said study author Glenn Cohen. He is faculty director of the Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology and Bioethics at Harvard University. To assess the potential impact of banning anonymous sperm donation in the United States, ... Read more

Related support groups: Hypogonadism - Male, Oligospermia

Men Don't Know About Risks to Fertility, Survey Finds

Posted 29 Dec 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 28, 2016 – Many men don't know about risk factors that can lead to infertility, a new study reveals. In a survey, Canadian men could identify only about half of the activities and medical conditions that can harm their sperm count and reduce fertility. The men were more likely to know about risk factors such as cancer, smoking and steroid use. However, they were less aware of the fertility threat posed by obesity, bicycling and frequent use of a laptop computer on the lap, the researchers said. The knowledge gap was true across all ages, education and income levels, the investigators found. "Men aren't as inclined to ask questions about their health, so it stands to reason that they would be less well-informed about their fertility," said study leader Phyllis Zelkowitz. She is an associate professor of psychiatry at McGill University and director of research in the ... Read more

Related support groups: Hypogonadism - Male, Oligospermia

FDA Warns of Dangers From Testosterone Supplements

Posted 26 Oct 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 26, 2016 – Supplemental testosterone and related anabolic-androgenic steroids (AAS) can cause heart attacks, personality changes and infertility, and are easily abused, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warns. The agency said Monday that labeling on all prescription testosterone products – which are approved to treat men with low testosterone due to certain medical conditions – will be revised. Millions of American men currently use testosterone pills, gels or get injections in hopes of boosting their physical health or libido. Anabolic steroids are synthetic variations of testosterone and are legally prescribed to treat conditions such as delayed puberty and diseases that cause muscle loss, such as cancer or AIDS. But "testosterone and other AAS are abused by adults and adolescents, including athletes and body builders," according to an FDA news release. "Abuse ... Read more

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Sleep Can Affect Male Fertility

Posted 19 Oct 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 19, 2016 – Sleeping too little or too much can affect a man's ability to impregnate his partner, new research suggests. The "sweet spot" appears to be 7 to 8 hours of sleep a night, said study author Lauren Wise, a professor of epidemiology at Boston University School of Public Health. Among the 790 couples the researchers followed, "we found both short and long sleep duration – less than 6 hours or 9 or more per night – were associated with a reduced probability of pregnancy," Wise said. Using 8 hours of sleep as the reference point, men who slept less than 6 or more than 9 hours a night "had a 42 percent reduced probability of conception in any given month," she added. The main explanation is most likely hormonal, Wise said. Fertility experts know that testosterone is crucial for reproduction and the majority of daily testosterone release in men occurs during sleep, ... Read more

Related support groups: Sleep Disorders, Insomnia, Fatigue, Female Infertility, Sleep Apnea, Drowsiness, Hypersomnia, Oligospermia, Obstructive Sleep Apnea/Hypopnea Syndrome, Shift Work Sleep Disorder, REM Sleep Behavior Disorder

Fewer Birth Defects for Older Moms Who Have Fertility Treatments

Posted 17 Oct 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Oct. 17, 2016 – Older women who get pregnant through assisted reproduction may be less likely to have babies with birth defects than those who conceive naturally, a new Australian study suggests. The findings challenge the widely held belief that assisted reproduction increases the risk of birth defects in all women, according to the researchers at the University of Adelaide. "There's something quite remarkable occurring with women over the age of 40 who use assisted reproduction," study lead author Michael Davies said in a university news release. He is a professor and epidemiologist at the university's Robinson Research Institute. The researchers looked at information from births in South Australia between 1986 and 2002. The study included more than 301,000 naturally conceived births, 2,200 in vitro fertilization (IVF) births and nearly 1,400 births from intracytoplasmic ... Read more

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