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Gender Pay Gap Significant Among Infertility Doctors

Posted 4 Apr 2019 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, April 4, 2019 – In the medical world of baby-making, males rule. A new study finds that female obstetrician-gynecologists who specialize in reproductive endocrinology and infertility get paid far less than their male colleagues. Researchers at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus note that far more women than men go into obstetrics-gynecology in the United States, but...

Could Male Twin's Fetal Testosterone Bring Lasting Harm to His Sister?

Posted 18 Mar 2019 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, March 18, 2019 – Having a twin brother could put a woman at a lasting disadvantage, and exposure to his testosterone before birth may play a role, a new study suggests. Researchers analyzed data on 13,800 twin births in Norway between 1967 and 1978. Compared to women with a twin sister, those with a twin brother were 15 percent less likely to finish high school and nearly 4 percent less...

Common Household Chemicals Harm Sperm in Both Men and Dogs

Posted 12 Mar 2019 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, March 12, 2019 – Two chemicals found in household products and food could harm male fertility in both dogs and people, U.K. researchers say. The chemicals are the plasticizer DEHP – used in products such as carpets, flooring, upholstery, clothes, wires and toys – and the industrial chemical polychlorinated biphenyl 153 (PCB153). Even though it is banned worldwide, PCB153 is still...

Health Tip: Raise Your Chances of Having a Baby

Posted 19 Feb 2019 by Drugs.com

-- Infertility affects about 1 in 10 couples that are trying to have a baby, the U.S. National Institutes of Health says. Advancing age is a prime cause of infertility, but there are other factors that are more under a person's control, the agency says, including: Alcohol consumption. Smoking. Environmental toxins, including pesticides and lead. Certain medicines. Radiation treatment and...

Fertility Treatments Don't Raise Cancer Risk for Offspring

Posted 6 Feb 2019 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 6, 2019 – All expectant parents worry, and for those undergoing fertility treatments, there are additional concerns about the health of their child. But a new study finds one less thing they need to stress over – their children don't appear to be at greater risk of cancer than other children. "These results provide reassuring evidence that children conceived as a result of...

Fertility Treatments Tied to Higher Odds for Pregnancy Complications

Posted 4 Feb 2019 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Feb. 4, 2019 – Women who've had fertility treatments – especially in vitro fertilization – may be at higher risk for serious pregnancy complications, a new study suggests. Still, it's not clear if the treatments cause the hike in risk, and the benefits of IVF far outweigh any obstetric dangers, the study's Canadian authors said. "It is important to remember that the absolute number of...

Uterus 'Scratching' Technique Won't Boost Fertility Treatment Success

Posted 24 Jan 2019 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 23, 2019 – An add-on procedure sometimes used before in-vitro fertilization won't increase a couple's chances of having a baby, according to a new study. The technique is called endometrial scratching. A thin plastic tube is inserted into the uterus through the cervix and a small sample of tissue is taken from the lining of the uterus (endometrium). "It was thought that the...

IVF Won't Cause Birth Complications: Study

Posted 22 Jan 2019 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Jan. 22, 2019 – "Test tube" babies are more likely to be premature and have a low birth weight, but it's unlikely that assisted reproductive technology is the reason why, researchers say. Their findings challenge the widely held belief that procedures such as freezing embryos, the delayed fertilization of eggs and hormonal treatments lead to these problems. "These findings will reassure...

Baby Boom or Baby Bust? What Nation-by-Nation Population Trends Reveal

Posted 13 Nov 2018 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Nov. 13, 2018 – Birth rates are booming in 104 countries, but declining in 91 others, a new research reveals. The world's population has risen 197 percent since 1950, from 2.6 billion to 7.6 billion in 2017. Between 2007 and 2017, it grew by 87.2 million people a year, compared with 81.5 million a year from 1997 to 2007. In 1950, wealthy countries accounted for 24 percent of the global...

'Panic Parenting' Fear Drives Many Women to Freeze Eggs

Posted 2 Nov 2018 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Nov. 2, 2018 – Trying to avoid "panic parenting" is the reason why many single women freeze their eggs for non-medical reasons, a small new study suggests. Panic parenting refers to having a relationship just to have a baby. "Whilst the number of women freezing their eggs remains small, many more are now considering this option as a way of extending the window of time they have to pursue...

Scent of a Woman: Fertile Females Smell Better to Men

Posted 17 Sep 2018 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Sept. 17, 2018 – New research suggests there is no perfume a man loves more than the scent of a fertile woman. Researchers in Switzerland determined that women who are the "fittest" for reproduction have a distinctive scent that makes them particularly appealing to men. "Women with high estrogen and low progesterone levels are most attractive to men in an olfactory sense," said study...

Scent of a Woman: Fertile Females Smell Better to Men

Posted 17 Sep 2018 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Sept. 17, 2018 – New research suggests there is no perfume a man loves more than the scent of a fertile woman. Researchers in Switzerland determined that women who are the "fittest" for reproduction have a distinctive scent that makes them particularly appealing to men. "Women with high estrogen and low progesterone levels are most attractive to men in an olfactory sense," said study...

Stress Won't Undermine Fertility Treatment Success: Study

Posted 25 Jul 2018 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, July 26, 2018 – Struggles with infertility can take an emotional toll. But a new study finds the stress that a woman often experiences during infertility treatment won't limit her chances of success. The analysis looked at 20 studies that explored the stress surrounding infertility, a condition that touches millions of women around the world. "Infertility and its treatment are highly...

Infertility, Not Fertility Drugs, Linked to Raised Risk of Ovarian Cancer

Posted 6 Jul 2018 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, July 6, 2018 – Fertility drugs do not increase a woman's risk of ovarian cancer, a new study suggests. It did find that infertility itself is associated with an increased risk of ovarian cancer. The researchers examined data from more than 58,000 women in Denmark who had infertility treatments (ART, or assisted reproduction technology) between 1994 and 2015. The investigators then...

It's Men, Not Careers, That Drive Women to Freeze Their Eggs

Posted 6 Jul 2018 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, July 6, 2018 – Women who choose to have their eggs frozen aren't necessarily putting off having children because they're laser-focused on their careers, new research suggests. It's more likely that a lack of a stable, fulfilling relationship is what's behind those decisions, the Yale study authors found. The study of 150 women undergoing egg freezing in the United States or Israel found...

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