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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 ...

Few Women Who Freeze Eggs Use Them for a Pregnancy Later

Posted 5 Jul 2018 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, July 5, 2018 – Fewer than 10 percent of older women who freeze some of their eggs as insurance against age-related declines in fertility eventually use them to try to get pregnant, new research shows. The study included 563 women who had eggs frozen between 2009 and 2017 at a large European fertility center. On average, the women were 36 years old. Only 7.6 percent of those women have ...

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

Posted 23 May 2018 by Drugs.com

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 Drugs.com

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 Drugs.com

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 Drugs.com

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 Drugs.com

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 Drugs.com

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 Drugs.com

-- 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 ...

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