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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 ...

Having Too Little Iodine Could Harm a Woman's Fertility

Posted 11 Jan 2018 by

THURSDAY, Jan. 11, 2018 – Nearly half of U.S. women have at least a mild deficiency in the nutrient iodine, and new research suggests it could impair their fertility. Iodine – a mineral that helps regulate metabolism – is found in seafood, iodized salt, dairy products, and some fruits and vegetables. But in a new study of 467 American women who were trying to get pregnant, those with ...

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 ...

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. ...

America's New Dads Are Older Than Ever

Posted 30 Aug 2017 by

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 30, 2017 – New dads may sport a few more gray hairs than in years past, a U.S. study finds. The average age of new fathers has risen in recent decades, research shows, raising questions about the possible social and public health impact. The study, which analyzed federal birth records, found that fathers of newborns are now 3.5 years older, on average, than their counterparts in ...

Do Flame Retardants Hinder Infertility Treatments?

Posted 25 Aug 2017 by

FRIDAY, Aug. 25, 2017 – Researchers have linked higher exposure to a type of flame retardant to a greater likelihood that in-vitro fertilization won't work. "Couples undergoing IVF and trying to improve their chances of success by reducing their exposure to environmental chemicals may want to opt for products that are flame retardant-free," said senior study author Russ Hauser. He is a professor ...

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

Posted 10 Jul 2017 by

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 ...

Most Relationships Survive Struggles With Infertility

Posted 7 Jul 2017 by

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 ...

Heart Disease: A Price Humans Pay for Fertility?

Posted 22 Jun 2017 by

THURSDAY, June 22, 2017 – Certain genes linked to heart disease may also improve your chances of having children, a new study suggests. Australian researchers said the findings seem to offer a potential explanation for why evolution has allowed these genes to persist for centuries. While lifestyle is clearly important in heart disease risk, scientists have found many genes also influence those ...

Century-Old Technique May Help Infertile Couples Conceive Without IVF

Posted 18 May 2017 by

THURSDAY, May 18, 2017 – A 100-year-old medical treatment could help infertile women get pregnant without undergoing pricey in vitro fertilization (IVF), a new study suggests. The method was first used in 1917 and involves flushing a woman's fallopian tubes with an iodized poppy seed oil. "Over the past century, pregnancy rates among infertile women reportedly increased after their tubes had ...

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