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TUESDAY, May 28, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- The risk of a pregnancy-related type of heart failure is five times higher for women who undergo fertility treatment than those who conceive naturally, a new study says.

The condition is called peripartum cardiomyopathy (PPCM). It affects about 1 in 1,000 pregnant women worldwide and is life-threatening to the mother and baby.

This s...

TUESDAY, May 21, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Just because a guy can make babies later in life doesn't mean it's risk-free.

The partners and children of men who become fathers at an older age are at increased risk for health problems, a new study finds.

"While it is widely accepted that physiological changes that occur in women after 35 can affect conception, pregnancy and the h...

WEDNESDAY, May 1, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- In vitro fertilization (IVF) is widely used in the United States to help infertile couples have children. But there are a number of things people should know when considering it, an infertility specialist says.

"Many factors … can affect the success of an IVF cycle, but many people view IVF as their safety net that ensures they can hav...

WEDNESDAY, May 1, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Polycystic ovary syndrome is a common cause of infertility and type 2 diabetes, but little is known about its origins. Now, new research suggests a gene involved in male hormone production plays a big role in the disorder's development.

"We're starting to make headway on what causes PCOS [polycystic ovary syndrome]. It's very frustrating for...

THURSDAY, April 4, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- 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-g...

WEDNESDAY, March 27, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Men who abuse hormones such as testosterone or steroids for bodybuilding can have declines in sperm and testosterone production, researchers say.

The good news: these changes seem to reverse once men stop hormone overuse.

While the use of nonprescribed male hormones (androgens) has surged in many wealthy countries, there has been...

WEDNESDAY, March 27, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Add one more issue to the growing list of harms from opioid abuse: Long-term use may lead to hormone deficiencies that affect a man's health.

Researchers reviewed the latest medical evidence and found that about two-thirds of men using opioids for more than six months develop hypogonadism, which is insufficient testosterone production.

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SATURDAY, March 23, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- People transitioning female to male face issues around future fertility. But new research suggests children in the future are a real possibility for these transgender men.

Now, research shows that transgender men can remain fertile after even one year of testosterone treatment.

It's common for transgende...

THURSDAY, March 21, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- She's cute, and perhaps a medical breakthrough.

Scientists say they have used frozen testicular tissue to achieve the birth of a healthy baby monkey named Grady -- a success they hope to eventually translate to childhood cancer survivors whose treatment has left them infertile.

Infertility is a potential side effect of the chemoth...

TUESDAY, March 12, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- 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 wo...

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 27, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- You're a 14-year-old transgender boy who has opted to block normal female puberty before it can begin.

What happens if you and your parents decide to preserve some of your eggs, in case you want to have children later in life?

In this real-life case, doctors were able to retrieve and freeze four viable eggs from the patient, who w...

TUESDAY, Feb. 26, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Young men diagnosed with testicular cancer often worry that treating the disease may jeopardize their chances of having children, but new research should ease their minds.

In the study, sperm counts rebounded in men who received one course of chemotherapy or radiation therapy after surgery for early-stage testicular cancer.

It was k...

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 13, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- In the race to conception, the female body is set up to separate weak sperm from strong, researchers report.

A woman's reproductive system presents a veritable obstacle course that stress-tests sperm, making sure that only the strongest swimmers have a chance of reaching a woman's egg, according to a new study.

Narrow gate-like p...

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 6, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- 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 ...

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 6, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Forget the mellow slacker image -- pot smoking might actually make men more potent.

Men who've smoked marijuana appear to have significantly higher sperm concentrations than those who've never given it a try, a new study reports.

There's also a potential link between pot use and testosterone, said senior researcher Dr. Jorge Chavar...

MONDAY, Feb. 4, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- 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 t...

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 23, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- 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). ...

TUESDAY, Jan. 22, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- "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....

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 16, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- The risk of suicide is more than four times higher among Americans with cancer than those without the disease, a new study finds.

"Even though cancer is one of the leading causes of death in the United States, most cancer patients do not die from cancer, the patients usually die of another cause," said researcher Nicholas Zaorsky, a radiati...

MONDAY, Jan. 14, 2019 (American Heart Association) -- For women who use in vitro fertilization to get pregnant, particularly those who find success with frozen embryo transfers, recent studies have found they have an increased risk of preeclampsia, a pregnancy complication and serious blood pressure condition.

Now, academic researchers may have uncovered why.

"Many have r...

THURSDAY, Jan. 10, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- A series of miscarriages may signal that a man's sperm is not up to par, new British research suggests.

The findings could lead to new treatments to reduce the risk of miscarriage, said researchers at Imperial College London.

"Traditionally, doctors have focused attention on women when looking for the causes of recurrent miscarriag...

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 19, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- New research shows that marijuana causes genetic changes in sperm, though it's not clear what effect those changes have, or if they're passed on to a man's children.

But the scientists said their findings suggest that men trying to have children should consider avoiding marijuana.

In experiments with rats and a study involving 24 ...

TUESDAY, Dec. 4, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The world's first baby born to a woman who had a uterus transplant from a deceased donor shows that such transplants can be successful, Brazilian doctors say.

The 6-pound baby girl was delivered by C-section to an unidentified young woman who had been born without a uterus.

The birth shows that pregnancies involving a uterus from a ...

TUESDAY, Nov. 13, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- 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 ...

FRIDAY, Nov. 2, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- 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...

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 19, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- More American women than ever are having twins, triplets, quadruplets and even quintuplets, and it's not just because some are using fertility treatments, new research shows.

Since the 1980s, the number of multiple births has jumped from roughly 20 sets per 1,000 live births to almost 35 sets per 1,000 live births, the study found.

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TUESDAY, Sept. 4, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- In vitro fertilization gives couples struggling to conceive the chance to have children, but a new study suggests these kids are at increased risk for high blood pressure.

The study, of 54 teens conceived through assisted reproduction, found that eight -- or 15 percent -- had high blood pressure. That compared with just one case among 43 teen...

FRIDAY, Aug. 31, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Young boys with undescended testes are at increased risk for testicular cancer and infertility in adulthood, new research suggests.

Undescended testes are the most common birth defect in infant boys, affecting one in 100. Corrective surgery is required.

For the new study, researchers examined data on nearly 351,000 boys who were born...

FRIDAY, Aug. 24, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- HPV vaccination does not hurt teen girls' future fertility, a new study says.

Large studies have called the HPV (human papillomavirus) shot safe, but vaccination rates in the United States are lower than for other shots recommended for teens, such as tetanus-diphtheria-acellular pertussis (Tdap) and meningococcal conjugate.

Parents' ...

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 8, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Attention guys: Your tighty whities may not be doing your sperm any favors.

Men who wear tight-fitting briefs have sperm counts that suffer in comparison to men who wear boxers, according to results from the largest study to date on the controversial topic.

"Men who wore tighter underwear had lower sperm counts than men who wore th...

THURSDAY, July 26, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- 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.

"Inf...

MONDAY, July 23, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Earlier diagnosis of gynecologic cancers is on the rise among young women in the United States because more of them have health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, a new study maintains.

Each year, about 2,000 U.S. women under age 26 are diagnosed with a gynecologic cancer -- including cervical, ovarian, uterine, vaginal and vulvar cance...

MONDAY, July 23, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- A woman's fertility might help predict how likely she is to develop dementia later in life, two new studies suggest.

Women who were very fertile appeared to have some protection against dementia, a Kaiser Permanente study found.

This included women who had more children, more years of fertility, and menstruation that started earlier ...

FRIDAY, July 6, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- 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 freezin...

FRIDAY, July 6, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- 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 ...

THURSDAY, July 5, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- 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.

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WEDNESDAY, May 23, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- 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 man...

WEDNESDAY, May 23, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- There's preliminary research suggesting that abuse or neglect in childhood might have an effect on the quality of a man's sperm.

The study was small and can't prove cause and effect. But researchers at Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston say it points to a way in which stress early in a man's life might be passed on to his children...

FRIDAY, May 18, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- 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....

FRIDAY, May 18, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Depression in the man may reduce the chances that a couple struggling with infertility will ultimately conceive, new research suggests.

Depression among women was not linked to lower conception rates, the study authors said.

But women being treated for infertility who also took a type of antidepressant known as non-selective serotoni...

TUESDAY, May 15, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- 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 u...

THURSDAY, May 3, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- 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 th...

MONDAY, April 30, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Having epilepsy doesn't appear to lower a woman's chances of becoming pregnant, new research finds.

"Our paper is a myth-buster," said study author Dr. Page Pennell, director of research in the division of epilepsy at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston.

"When I entered this specialty, there were a lot of myths and stigma about w...

MONDAY, March 19, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- A low sperm count may do more than affect a man's ability to have children. It also may be linked to a number of health problems, new research suggests.

A study of nearly 5,200 Italian men found that those with low sperm counts were 1.2 times more likely to have more body fat, higher blood pressure, higher bad cholesterol and triglycerides, a...

TUESDAY, Jan. 30, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- 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'...

FRIDAY, Jan. 26, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The quality of the air she breathes might have an impact on a teen girl's menstrual cycle, a new study suggests.

U.S. researchers said that exposure to smoggy air could raise teen girls' risk for irregular periods.

"While air pollution exposures have been linked to cardiovascular and pulmonary [lung] disease, this study suggests ther...

THURSDAY, Jan. 11, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- 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 tryin...

THURSDAY, Jan. 11, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- 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 fr...

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 20, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Having even a slightly underactive thyroid may interfere with a woman's ability to get pregnant, a new Harvard Medical School study has found.

Doctors have known for some time that women with low thyroid hormone levels struggle with fertility, said the study's senior researcher, Dr. Pouneh Fazeli. She's an assistant professor at Harvard Med...

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 22, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Men who have trouble conceiving may have the air they breathe to blame, a new study by Chinese researchers suggests.

Microscopic particles in the air called particulate matter (PM2.5) may affect the quality of sperm, which in turn can make it difficult to fertilize a woman's egg, the researchers said.

PM2.5 stands for particulate ...

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Humans are closely tuned to their surroundings - especially when it comes to making babies. Just as bears and elk wait for the right season to sire offspring, our bodies reach the peak of fertility only when conditions seem right for raising babies. If there's any sign of illness, malnourishment, or an unhealthy environment, our bodies may decide to put parenthood on hold. That said, you may feel...

If you've ever thought about adopting a child, you've probably already asked yourself some very important questions: Are you ready to devote your life to another person? What kind of parent will you be? Once you decide to make the commitment, many more questions are bound to follow. The process for adopting infants in America can be bewildering (you can expect the paperwork to weigh more than th...

For couples struggling with infertility, "just relax" may be the most aggravating two-word phrase in the English language. "Those are fighting words," says infertility expert Sandra Berga, MD, chair of the Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics at Emory University in Atlanta. Couples don't need or appreciate any suggestion that infertility is "all in their head," she says. They also don't need t...

Out of desperation, many people turn to the first fertility specialist they find in the phone book, or someone they've heard about from a friend. But it's important to find the right doctor for you, one who can come up with a treatment plan tailored to your needs and be sensitive enough to help you through the rough times. It's also crucial to educate yourself about infertility and its possible c...

When getting pregnant doesn't happen easily, it may come as a surprise. But when pregnancy is unattainable after repeated fertility treatments, the stress can precipitate a crisis among even the most loving couples. Each time a treatment is unsuccessful, many couples begin to doubt the value of going through further procedures, especially if they are expensive, as in vitro fertilization (IVF) can...

What is ovulation? Ovulation is the fertile time of your menstrual cycle, which occurs when a mature egg -- or ovum -- is released from one of your ovaries. After the egg is released, it travels down the fallopian tube, where it can be fertilized if sperm are present. How do I know when I'm ovulating? It can be tricky to figure out when you're ovulating and even trickier knowing how to time int...

If you are in your early to late 40s and trying to conceive a child, you are probably considering whether to use the eggs of a younger woman, known as donor eggs. Sometimes the donor is a relative or friend of the patient, but more often the donor is anonymous. In women age 42 or older, fifty-five percent of all assisted reproductive technology (ART) cycles rely on donor eggs. For women older than...

What is endometriosis? Endometriosis gets started when tissue from your endometrium, the uterine lining that nourishes a developing fetus, begins growing outside the uterus. This misplaced tissue usually turns up elsewhere within your abdominal cavity, most commonly on or around the reproductive organs (which include the ovaries, the Fallopian tubes, and the outside of the uterus). It may also gr...

If you're old enough, you may remember all the hoopla about "test-tube babies" when the first child was conceived outside a woman's body in 1978. That original experimental procedure, called in vitro fertilization (IVF), is now just one of several fertility treatments available. IVF has since been joined by a host of additional procedures which together are known as assisted reproductive technolo...

From a man's point of view, starting a family is easy. While women are on the job for nine months, men can often complete the task in a single evening. When it comes time to try for a pregnancy, they just naturally assume that it will happen. But among the couples who try unsuccessfully for months or even years to get pregnant, about half the time the problem lies either with both partners or with...

Barring some unexpected scientific breakthroughs, pregnancy will always be a woman's job. A man can feel a baby kick and love it before it's born, but he can never truly know what it feels like to have a life growing inside him. Likewise, men often have trouble understanding the pain felt by women who are struggling with infertility, says Diane Clapp, RN, a fertility counselor and director of med...

In the early 2000's, women in New York and other U.S. cities got a less-than-gentle reminder about age and fertility: bus-size billboard ads trumpeting "Advancing Age Decreases Your Ability to Have Children. Infertility is a disease affecting 6.1 million people in the United States." Accompanying the ad was an unsettling image of an upside-down baby in the shape of an hourglass. The ad was part of...

The concept I describe most frequently to anyone interested in fertility is that of ovarian reserve, or the "egg factor." As of this writing we are quite capable of bypassing the problems of poor quality sperm, low sperm count, and problems stemming from dysfunction or disease of the female reproductive system such as endometriosis, or tubal disease. Still vexing, though, is the problem of women ...

For as long as people have been having children, they've been trying to understand the mystery of fertility. We've come a long way, but many misconceptions remain. Here's a look at the top modern infertility myths: Myth 1: Infertility is almost always a woman's problem. Fact: When there's an identifiable cause of infertility, about half the time men contribute to the problem, according to Resolv...

Intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) revolutionized treatment for male infertility. The procedure, introduced in 1992, involves taking single motile sperm and directly injecting the sperm into the egg to initiate the fertilization process. ICSI necessarily requires the in vitro fertilization (IVF) process to directly manipulate sperm and eggs. ICSI boasts a fertilization rate of 50 to 80 perce...

What is DES? DES is short for diethylstilbestrol, a synthetic estrogen commonly prescribed to help prevent miscarriage and other problems with pregnancy during the years 1938 to 1971. Before the drug was pulled off the market in 1971, an estimated 5 million to 10 million women in the United States and Europe had taken it. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recommended its removal in 1971 after...

The journey from conception through pregnancy to childbirth can be so full of twists, turns, and obstacles that it's no surprise many couples have trouble reaching their final destination -- parenthood. According to the American Society of Reproductive Medicine, about 6 million American couples -- roughly 10 percent -- struggle with infertility at any given time. Fortunately, many "infertile" coup...

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