infertility

Infertility is defined as the inability to get pregnant after 12 months of trying for women under 35 years of age, and after 6 months of trying for women 35 years of age and older. About 80% of infertility is caused by one these three problems: Ovulation problems, is she ovulating regularly and are her eggs OK? Sperm problems, does he have enough and good sperms? Fallopian tube problems, are her fallopian tubes open?
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New Pregnancy Exercise Routines

Women who are pregnant should start a daily exercise program even if they have not exercised prior to pregnancy. ... more »

Good Eggs and Bad Eggs

Good eggs and low FSH on CD 3 are important to improve chances of a healthy pregnancy. There are several blood tests to check for a woman's egg quality. ... more »

Anovulation: Not Ovulating- An Overview

Anovulation refers to a condition in women in which an egg is not released from the ovaries. It is the #1 cause of female infertility. ... more »

Top Reasons/Causes for Infertility

The three major causes of infertility covering over 80% of cases include ovulation problems, sperm problems, and fallopian tube problems, while 15% of couples have unexplained infertility. ... more »

Amenorrhea: No Menstrual Period and Not Pregnant

If you have amenorrhea and you don't have a period and are not pregnant, then certain tests can be done to find out why you are not getting your period. ... more »

7 Things You Did Not Know About Getting Pregnant in Your 30s

These seven things here that tell you what you did not know about getting pregnant in Your 30s: ... more »

Semen Boosts Pregnancy Health, Improves IVF Success Rate

At the International Congress of Immunology held in Australia this year, Sarah Robertson, from the University of Adelaide, presented the results of her recent study that found semen to be valuable in boosting the health of pregnancy and improving in vitro fertilization (IVF) success rate.  Frequent sex with a familiar partner seems to ensure the healthiest pregnancy, even while IVF is in progre ... more »

Embryos in IVF Lab Can’t Get Enough Barry White Love, Baby

Some people claim music is the rhythm of life.  At an Irish fertility clinic, the deep-throated romantic sounds of 1970s superstar Barry White seems to be the music favored by the embryos in the lab being cultivated for implantation for in vitro fertilization (IVF).  When the soulful purring of White’s voice is pumped into an incubator, the embryos thrive, developing more rapidly and robu ... more »

10 Things Nobody Told You About Infertility

When a couple struggles with conceiving a child or carrying a pregnancy to term, it is generally understood the woman has fertility issues.  In some cases, this is true but it is equally a problem of male reproductive health.  Each year in the US, approximately 4 million men age 45 and younger seek treatment for infertility.  A significant number of them are diagnosed with male-related infertil ... more »

Infertility Treatments Produce No Increased Risk of Developmental Delays

Children conceived via infertility treatments are sometimes born prematurely and at smaller weights than most children conceived naturally.  Prematurity and and low birth weight are both associated with developmental delays that become apparent by age 3 years but there has been relatively little study comparing the percentage of developmentally delayed children born of assisted reproducti ... more »

Toxic Environment Raising Worldwide Male Reproductive Disorders Rate

The January 2016 issue of the journal, Physiological Reviews, carries a scientific review by a team of international fertility experts in which they link today's toxic environment to the rising rate of male reproductive disorders and infertility.  The review comes on the heels of a special communication published in early December by the International Federation of G ... more »

FIGO Call to Action Toxins and the Environment

Part five of a five-part series  ---  In early December 2015, the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO) issued a special communication that includes a global call to action against rampant and unchecked use of toxic chemicals for all their industrial and agricultural applications.  Each year, these environmental chemicals cost millions of lives.  Their econ ... more »

Impact Of Toxic Chemicals In Pregnancy

Part one of a five-part series  ---  This article is the first of five in a series that discusses the December 2015 publication of a special communication issued by the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO / Fédération Internationale de Gynécologie et d'Obstétrique) on the impact of toxic environmental chemicals on worldwide reproducti ... more »

Restore Rather Than Replace Testosterone to Preserve Male Fertility

Some medications used to treat low testosterone levels are known to cause a reduction in sperm count.  This particular side effect can be especially alarming for men using testosterone replacement therapies, such as topical testosterone gel, as part of a regimen to treat male infertility.  The report of a study recently published in the medical journal, BJU International ... more »

Keeping up with Kim Kardashian's Fertility?

We've been on the edge of our seat waiting for the big announcement, and we finally got it after last night's episode of KUWTK. Kim is pregnant with her second child! ... more »

A Mother’s Day Challenge for Childless Moms

Holidays can be stressful times for many of us. High expectations, family tensions, forced “happiness,” and rigid traditions can cause sadness and frustration. All we can see are our perceived failures at creating a life that meets an ideal. ... more »

Mother’s Day During Infertility and Loss

For women suffering from infertility, Mother’s Day can be a distressing and/or heartbreaking holiday. ... more »

Oil and Gas Fracking Likely Threat to Human Reproduction and Development

Scientists recently published the findings of a study of fracking’s effect on humans, along with the conclusion that oil and gas fracking is likely to endanger human reproduction. ... more »

Black Women More Likely To Be Infertile, Less Likely to Seek Help

Married black women are twice as likely to struggle with infertility than married white women, even so, they’re only about half as likely to seek medical help to have a baby. ... more »

Hawaii Considers Expanding Insurance Coverage for Infertility Treatment

In Hawaii, state law requires insurers to cover the cost of in-vitro fertilization (IVF) but only to a select few. State legislators are considering proposed upgrades to the legislation. ... more »

Egg, Sperm Recognition Mechanism Could Aid Infertility Diagnosis, Improve Treatment Options

Researchers at Cambridge University in England have unlocked the secret of attraction between sperm and egg at the exact moment of conception. ... more »

Low Birth Weight Baby Girls May Face Future Fertility Woes

The findings of a Swedish study of infertility indicate a linkbetween a woman's size and weight at birth and an increased risk forfertility difficulties once she's of childbearing age. ... more »

Harvard Study: Yoga, Meditation Genetically Tame Stress of Infertility

A psychiatrist is using modern genetic technologies to track changes in the body that occur when individuals engage in yoga and meditation for just a few minutes a day. ... more »

Wealthy Chinese Couples Turn to Overseas Surrogacy as Infertility and Pollution Skyrocket

With more than 40 million Chinese now diagnosed as infertile, surrogacy is an attractive solution but the practice is illegal in China. ... more »

Gene Manipulation May Someday Overcome Infertility Caused by Cancer Treatments

Researchers at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, have found a way to reverse the damage done to the immature eggs (oocytes) of female mice exposed to radiation. ... more »

My Infertility Journey: Back to Acupuncture (Part 54)

I love acupuncture in general. I've been a fan of it ever since I inadvertently went to an acupuncturist when I was 25. ... more »

New Process of Detecting Genetic Defects in Egg Cells Discovered

Infertility can devastate some couples, but advancements in IFV have been able to give many families the children they’ve always wanted. ... more »

Fracking and Infertility: Is There a Link?

Fracking is one of the hottest trends in the energy business right now and it's a word that keeps environmentalists plenty busy, too. As it grows in popularity and more wells are drilled across the country, the health aspects of the process are being closely examined. ... more »

Infertility Holiday Blues: 6 Tips for Coping with the Merriment

Coping with the expectation of perfection during the winter holidays can be a real challenge for many people. It can be especially challenging for people already coping with the heartbreak of infertility. ... more »

My Infertility Journey: The Medication Dance Continues (Part 43)

Two days after I faxed in my Compassionate Care forms, I got a call from the fertility clinic saying I'd been approved for a 75 percent discount on Gonal-F and Cetrotide. It wasn't the 100 percent discount I was hoping for, but it was the next best thing. ... more »

Fertility Medications Overview

Infertility is one of the most complex medical specialties. It comes with a language all its own. It comes with an array of medicines all its own, too. ... more »

How to Minimize Exposure to 12 Hormone-Disrupting Household Chemicals

Some chemicals commonly used in the home, workplace, and just about everywhere else are known as endocrine disrupters because once ingested, they mimic the activity of the body's natural hormones. ... more »

Follow the Mediterranean Diet and Improve Your Fertility

It's a fact: If you watch your weight and closely follow a Mediterranean-style diet high in vegetables, vegetable oils, fish and beans then you may increase your chance of becoming pregnant. ... more »

Woman Shares IVF Treatment with the World, On Live TV!

A woman made history on September 24, 2013, when she became the first to undergo in-vitro fertilization (IVF), on live television. ... more »

Aisha Tyler Reveals Infertility Struggle and Heartbreaking Decision

When celebrities like Aisha Tyler speak openly about their struggles with infertility, it helps raise awareness and brings people together in a community of understanding. ... more »

My Infertility Journey: The Testing (Part 2)

I was pretty excited to be going to the fertility specialist. I had every confidence the doctor would ask some questions, do some testing, and tell me how to fix whatever was wrong so I could get pregnant. My husband wasn't so excited. ... more »

My Infertility Journey: The Beginning

I was always sure I wanted kids. I talked about it when I was a teenager as if it were a given that I would have them someday in the far off future. There was only a very brief time in my early 20's when I wasn't sure. ... more »

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