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Could More Fish in the Diet Boost Sex Lives and Fertility?

Posted 23 May 2018 by

WEDNESDAY, May 23, 2018 – Adding more seafood to the diet could help get couples' sex lives, and even their fertility, back in the swim of things, new research shows. The study couldn't prove cause and effect, but couples who ate more fish each week were more likely to conceive children during the year of the study. "Our study suggests seafood can have many reproductive benefits, including ...

Some Women Have Regrets After Freezing Eggs for Later Pregnancy

Posted 18 May 2018 by

FRIDAY, May 18, 2018 – Women who want to delay childbearing increasingly opt to freeze their eggs for future use. But some later regret the decision, new research reveals. As the procedure – called elective oocyte cryopreservation – becomes more accessible across the United States, the finding suggests women should not bank their eggs without careful consideration. "This technology is ...

U.S. Fertility Rates Hit Record Low in 2017

Posted 17 May 2018 by

THURSDAY, May 17, 2018 – American women continue to wait longer to have children. Birth rates fell for nearly all age groups of women younger than 40 in 2017, sending overall fertility rates to a record low, U.S. health officials reported Thursday. The only age group that saw a rise in birth rates: Women in their early 40s. "This is the third year that the [overall] number of births has declined ...

No Evidence Acupuncture Boosts Fertility Treatment

Posted 15 May 2018 by

TUESDAY, May 15, 2018 – Although some women may try acupuncture hoping it will help them conceive, new research suggests it won't. The study compared outcomes for more than 800 Australian and New Zealand women who underwent either real or "sham" acupuncture along with their in vitro fertilization (IVF) treatments. The women ranged in age from 18 to 42 and underwent IVF cycles using fresh ...

Food for Thought: Keys to Fruitful Fertility

Posted 4 May 2018 by

THURSDAY, May 3, 2018 – If you're a woman who's trying to get pregnant, it might be a good idea to eat more fruit and cut back on fast food. That's the advice of researchers who conducted a study following nearly 5,600 women in Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and Ireland who had never had a baby and wanted to conceive. Those who ate fruit less than one to three times a month took a ...

A Diet to Boost a Woman's Fertility?

Posted 30 Jan 2018 by

TUESDAY, Jan. 30, 2018 – Could the so-called Mediterranean diet boost success of infertility treatment involving in vitro fertilization? Maybe, a very small study suggests. Greek researchers report that younger women who followed this heart-healthy eating plan in the six months before trying IVF had better odds of a successful pregnancy than women who didn't. IVF is the process of fertilization ...

Health Tip: Talk to Your Youngster About Adoption

Posted 16 Jan 2018 by

-- If you are a parent of a young adopted child, it may be time to talk about the child's birth story. The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests: Be honest, and make your explanation simple and direct. Tell the child that he or she was born to other parents who could not take care of the youngster. Explain to the child why you chose to adopt him or her. Talk about how much you and your spouse ...

With IVF, Are Fresh or Frozen Embryos Better?

Posted 11 Jan 2018 by

THURSDAY, Jan. 11, 2018 – The chances of having a baby after in vitro fertilization (IVF) are similar for most women whether frozen or fresh embryos are used, a new study finds. In a group of infertile women with normal ovulation, rates of live birth were nearly 49 percent in those who received frozen embryos. Rates were just over 50 percent for women who received fresh embryos, said researchers ...

When Treating Infertility, Vitamin D Levels May Be Key

Posted 20 Nov 2017 by

MONDAY, Nov. 20, 2017 – Women with low vitamin D levels may be less likely to have a baby after assisted reproductive technology (ART) than those with normal vitamin D levels, a new study suggests. The finding stemmed from a review of 11 published studies that involved a total of 2,700 women who were undergoing ART, which includes in vitro fertilization and frozen embryo transfer to achieve ...

Weighing Too Much or Too Little When Pregnant Can Be Risky

Posted 14 Nov 2017 by

TUESDAY, Nov. 14, 2017 – For women contemplating having a baby, new research adds to the evidence suggesting that starting a pregnancy at a normal weight is best. The study found that too much or even too little weight increases an expectant mom's risk for severe illnesses and death. "Not only for baby's sake, but also for your own sake, have a healthy diet and get regular exercise before ...

Improve Your Odds During Infertility Treatments

Posted 1 Nov 2017 by

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 1, 2017 – There's a better chance that in vitro fertilization (IVF) will lead to pregnancy if fresh donor eggs are used instead of frozen eggs, a new study suggests. Frozen donor eggs are cheaper and more convenient, while fresh eggs tend to be more expensive and require the recipient to coordinate with the egg donor. The study also found that, regardless of whether fresh or ...

High-Pesticide Produce Not the Best Recipe for Fertility

Posted 30 Oct 2017 by

MONDAY, Oct. 30, 2017 – Couples who are trying to have children should probably be picky about their produce, a new study suggests. Women were less likely to reproduce if they ate large amounts of fruits and vegetables known to have high levels of pesticide residue, said lead researcher Dr. Jorge Chavarro. He is an associate professor of nutrition and epidemiology with the Harvard T.H. Chan ...

Women Falling Short on Birth Defect Prevention

Posted 13 Oct 2017 by

FRIDAY, Oct. 13, 2017 – Only a third of women are taking a multivitamin containing folic acid – a nutrient known to prevent serious birth defects – before they know they're pregnant, a new survey has found. The poll, conducted by the March of Dimes, also revealed significant racial disparities: Just 10 percent of black women and 27 percent of Hispanic women of childbearing age report taking ...

Fertility Tests May Not Be Best Gauge of Your Biological Clock

Posted 10 Oct 2017 by

TUESDAY, Oct. 10, 2017 – Women in their 30s and early 40s who want to know whether their biological clocks are running out should skip fertility testing, a new study suggests. Fertility clinics commonly use blood and urine tests to assess the quantity and quality of eggs remaining in a woman's ovaries – information that clinicians can use in making decisions about treating infertile women. ...

Could Folic Acid Fight a Cause of Autism?

Posted 8 Sep 2017 by

FRIDAY, Sept. 8, 2017 – By taking folic acid around the time of conception, mothers-to-be may reduce their child's risk of pesticide-related autism, a new study suggests. "We found that if the mom was taking folic acid during the window around conception, the risk associated with pesticides seemed to be attenuated," said study first author Rebecca Schmidt. "Mothers should try to avoid ...

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