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21 Jun

U.S. Infertility No Longer on the Decline, Study Finds

The overall infertility rate in women has plateaued after decades of decline.

21 Mar

Does Losing Weight Improve Fertility in Overweight Women?

Obese women who lose weight and exercise more will improve their health, but may not increase their chances of getting pregnant, study finds.

23 Aug

Delaying Fatherhood Reduces Fertility, Study Finds.

Paternal age significantly impacts the chance of a successful birth after in vitro fertilization, researchers say.

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Neighborhood May Affect a Couple's Odds of Conceiving

Where you live may affect your fertility, a new study suggests.

People who live in economically deprived neighborhoods are about 20% less likely to conceive, compared to people from areas with more resources, researchers said.

Investments in deprived neighbo...

What Do Bans on Abortion Mean for People Using IVF?

The U.S. Supreme Court ruling that allows states to ban abortion isn't expected to have an immediate effect on in vitro fertilization, according to an analysis by the nation's leading reproductive health society.

However, the decision to overturn Roe v. Wade opens up a host of knotty moral and ethical questions regarding the storage and disposal of unused embryos, leaving fertility doctor...

Good Outcomes From First 5 Years of Uterus Transplants, But Concerns Remain

For women who can't get pregnant because they don't have a uterus or the one they have no longer works properly, uterine transplants can indeed help these women become mothers, new research shows.

Of 33 women who received a uterus transplant...

No Change in Recent Decades in Infertility Rate for Women

After years of decline, infertility rates among U.S. women have held steady in the past decade or so, a new study finds.

The reasons behind the stall are unclear. But researchers said rising rates of sexually transmitted diseases, and unequal access to reproductive health care could be factors.

U.S. Births Rose in 2021 for First Time in 7 Years

It may not qualify as a baby boom, but U.S. births were up in 2021 for the first time in years.

New federal government data show a 1% increase in births from 2020, with more than 3.6 million births last year. It was the first increase in seven years.

The

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  • Frozen Testes Tissue in Mice Still Viable After Two Decades

    In a finding that offers hope to childhood cancer survivors who may want to have children after they beat their disease, research in rodents shows that testicular tissue frozen for more than 20 years can still produce viable sperm.

    However, the tissue is less fertile than samples frozen for only a few months.<...

    What Works (and Doesn't) to Raise Success Rate of IVF

    Ultrasound guidance and soft catheters are among the measures that can be used during embryo transfer to help improve the chances of successful in-vitro fertilization (IVF), according to a British study.

    "It is reassuring to see that some of the interventions that are used regularly in the U.K. appear to increase the likelihood of pregnancy," said lead author Dr. Bassel Al Wattar, of Un...

    Shedding Excess Pounds Won't Boost a Woman's Fertility

    If you are obese and you want to try to lose some weight to boost your chances of getting pregnant, a new study suggests it might not help.

    What did the researchers find? There was no significant difference in rates of healthy births among obese women with unexplained

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  • Apps: They Help Manage Health Conditions, But Few Use Them, Poll Finds

    Health and fitness apps are growing in popularity, but not among the people who might benefit most from them - seniors and people with chronic health conditions.

    Nearly two out of three American adults are living with a chronic health problem like heart disease, diabetes or asthma, a new HealthDay/Harris Poll survey found.

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  • Coronavirus Infects Genitals in Male Monkeys

    The coronavirus infects the genitals of male monkeys, claims a small study that may shed some light on symptoms such as erectile dysfunction that have been reported by some men with COVID-19.

    Special whole body scans were used to detect sites of coronavirus infection in three male rhesus maca...

    Any Change to Menstrual Cycle After COVID Vaccine Is Minor, Temporary: Studies

    They've gotten some media headlines recently, but potential menstrual changes associated with getting a COVID vaccine are typically minor and temporary, two new international studies confirm.

    That's great news for women, said an expert in fertility and reproductive health.

    "The studies coming from the UK, US and Norway provide us with significance reassurance that the COVID vaccine ...

    More Proof That COVID Vaccines Won't Harm Fertility

    COVID-19 vaccines don't affect the outcomes of in-vitro fertilization (IVF), according to a new study. It's more evidence that the shots won't harm fertility, researchers said.

    The results "will give people comfort to know that the COVID-19 vaccine does not affect their reproductive potential," said senior study...

    Weight Loss May Not Affect Fertility Treatment Success

    Losing weight before beginning fertility treatment doesn't boost the odds that a woman who is obese will have a successful pregnancy, a new study shows.

    Obesity has been linked with difficulty conceiving, as well as pregnancy complications and loss. Many women who are obese and want to get pregnant...

    COVID Vaccine Won't Affect Fertility, But Getting COVID Might

    One less excuse to avoid that COVID vaccine: The shots don't affect fertility in either men or women, new research shows, but coronavirus infection could cause short-term fertility problems in men.

    "Many reproductive-aged individuals have cited concerns about fertility as a reason for remaining unvaccinated," said lead study author Amelia Wesselink. She is research assistant professor of ...

    Fertility Treatments Don't Raise Odds for Smaller, Preemie Babies

    Babies conceived through infertility treatment are more likely to be born early and small.

    But there are reasons other than medically assisted reproduction to explain this difference, a

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  • Most IVF Babies Grow Up to Be Mentally Healthy Adults, Study Shows

    There is no increased risk of mental health problems in teens and young adults who were conceived through in-vitro fertilization (IVF), Swedish researchers report.

    Although those born after assisted reproductive techniques did have a slightly higher risk of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), it owed to parental background factors, they said.

    Since 1978, more than 9 million childre...

    Too Many Fertility Specialists Still Use a Painful, Useless Procedure: Study

    Couples struggling to conceive a child through in vitro fertilization (IVF) sometimes are offered an often-painful procedure known as "scratching the womb" as a desperate last hope to get pregnant.

    As many as one-third of IVF clinics offer the practice in Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom, a new survey reports. It's very likely some U.S. clinics also offer the procedure, altho...

    Medical Mistrust Fuels Vaccine Hesitancy Among Hispanics

    Misinformation and medical mistrust are major drivers of vaccine hesitancy among U.S. Hispanics, new research shows.

    The researchers also found that protecting other family members is an important factor in convincing Hispanics to get vaccinated.

    The small study included 22 Hispanic mothers in Oregon and 24 of their children who were in grades 9 to 12. At the time of the study, Hisp...

    Weight Loss in Childhood May Protect Boys Against Future Infertility

    Obese boys who lose weight may avoid fertility problems in adulthood, a preliminary study suggests.

    Even short-term weight loss might partially reverse weight-related alterations in reproductive function, the researchers said.

    Childhood obesity can have serious effects on adulthood health, including a risk of cancer, heart disease and type 2 diabetes. Obesity has also been linked to...

    Common Hormone Disorder in Women Costs U.S. $8 Billion a Year

    Treating polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) -- the most common hormone disorder in women of child-bearing age -- is costly.

    In 2020, diagnosing and treating this disorder cost an estimated $8 billion in the United States, according to a new economic ana...

    Age Can Impair a Man's Odds for Fatherhood: Study

    It's no surprise to hear that women's fertility wanes as their biological clock ticks away.

    But do men have a biological clock, too?

    New research shows it's not exactly the same, but their likelihood of fathering a child does appear to decline, even with assisted reproductive technology, once they're past age 50.

    Research completed among potential fathers both above and...

    Gene-Based Embryo Selection: Are 'Designer Babies' on the Horizon?

    The notion of parents picking out genetically perfect babies may seem like science fiction, but bioethicists warn in a new report that some companies have already started to offer couples going through in vitro fertilization (IVF) the means to pick better embryos through polygenic scoring.

    Polygenic scores are a "weighted average of the contributions of all of the genes we have informatio...

    Kids Born Through Fertility Treatments Have No Higher Cancer Risk

    Good news for couples considering fertility treatments: Children born through assisted reproductive technology (ART) don't have an increased risk of cancer, researchers say.

    In the new study, kids born through high-tech fertility treatments -- such as in vitro fertilization (IVF) and frozen embryo transfer (FET) -- were followed for 18 years on average.

    The results should be "quite ...

    No Sign Prior COVID Infection Affects a Woman's Fertility: Study

    COVID-19 infection doesn't reduce the chances of successful fertility treatment in women, a small new study suggests.

    Concerns have been raised about how the virus affects women's fertility because it invades its target cells by binding to the ACE2 receptor, which is widely expressed in the ovaries, uterus, vagina and placenta, the Spanish researchers explained.

    Their study followed...

    Fertility Drugs Won't Raise Breast Cancer Risk

    Women battling infertility are often given medications to help them conceive, and potential side effects are always a concern. Now, research suggests use of the drugs won't raise a woman's odds for breast cancer.

    Researchers at King's College London in the United Kingdom analyzed studies from 1990 to January 2020 that included 1.8 million women of all reproductive ages who underwent ferti...

    Animal Study Suggests COVID-19 Can Infect Testes

    The new coronavirus infected the testes of hamsters in a study that adds to growing evidence that COVID-19 strikes more than just the lungs.

    The findings could have important implications for men's health, the researchers said, although research in animals does not always translate to humans.

    But the study authors noted that some male COVID-19 patients have reported testicular pain ...

    Pfizer, Moderna Vaccines Do No Harm to Male Fertility: Study

    The Pfizer and Moderna COVID vaccines pose no threat to male fertility, a finding experts hope will prompt more men to get vaccinated.

    Researchers noted that the original clinical trials of the two mRNA vaccines didn't assess how they might affect fertility.

    "Vaccine hesitancy is a barrier to ending the COVID-19 pandemic, and we believe some of that hesitancy is due to public opinio...

    Heavy Drinking Could Lower a Woman's Odds of Conception

    Heavy drinking reduces a woman's chances of getting pregnant, and even moderate drinking during the second half of the menstrual cycle is associated with a reduced likelihood of conceiving, according to a new study.

    The new research involved 413 American women aged between 19 and 41 who were recruited between 1990 and 1994 and followed for a maximum of 19 menstrual cycles. The findings we...

    Will Pandemic Produce a Summer Baby Boom?

    America, get ready for a baby boom.

    That's the likelihood anyway, according to a new forecast that suggests a drop in pregnancy and birth rates seen during the early part of the COVID-19 pandemic is about to be reversed.

    "We expect a dramatic rebound soon," said study lead author Dr. Molly Stout. She is maternal fetal medicine director at Michigan Medicine Von Voigtlander Women's Ho...

    FDA Warns of Bogus Fertility Claims for Some Supplements

    Women who are struggling to get pregnant, beware of false dietary supplements that claim to help cure infertility and other reproductive health issues.

    Such supplements are not approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and they could prevent patients from seeking effective, approved drugs, the agency warned.

    "These purported fertility aids seek to profit off of the vulnerabi...

    New Treatment May Help Women in Early Menopause Remain Fertile

    An experimental treatment may restore fertility during early menopause, a small new study claims.

    Typically, menopause ends a woman's ability to get pregnant. But researchers report that administering platelet-rich plasma and hormones, called gonadotropins, might stimulate ovulation to make pregnancy possible.

    "The most surprising finding in this work is awakening the s...

    What Is Endometriosis, and How Is It Treated?

    There's no cure for endometriosis, but women have several treatment options for the painful condition, an expert says.

    With endometriosis, tissue that normally lines the inside of the uterus grows outside of it, where it can reach the fallopian tubes, ovaries, bowel, bladder, diaphragm and, more rarely, other parts of the body. It can reduce fertility.

    Symptoms can include chronic p...

    Scientists Create First Lab Model of Human 'Pre-Embryo' for Research Purposes

    Research into miscarriages, infertility and birth defects is now primed to undergo revolutionary advances, thanks to the creation in the lab of an early stage of human embryos by two separate international teams of scientists.

    Both teams were able to use human cells to create artificial blastocysts, an early stage of conception that occurs a few days after egg fertilization but prior...

    Women With Type 1 Diabetes May Have Fewer Childbearing Years: Study

    Women with type 1 diabetes may have a shorter length of time to conceive and bear children compared to those without the disease, new research suggests.

    The hormone insulin plays an important part in regulating female reproductive function, and people with type 1 diabetes don't make enough insulin on their own. But little was known about how type 1 diabetes affects the start of menopause,...

    Fertility Treatments Might Affect Kids' Growth, But Not for Long

    The growth patterns of kids born through fertility treatment differ initially from those conceived naturally, but those growth rates do catch up over time, a new study finds.

    In-vitro fertilization and other forms of "assisted reproductive technology" (ART) has long been associated with lower birth weights in babies, but it wasn't clear how long differences in growth continue.

    To fi...

    Fresh Embryos Beat Frozen for IVF: Study

    When it comes to in vitro fertilization, new research suggests fresh is best.

    In the study, researchers analyzed data from 33,000 women who received fresh or frozen embryos derived from freshly retrieved donor eggs.

    The data was from 370 in vitro fertilization clinics in the United States that account for more than 95% of all assisted reproduction nationwide.

    Women who receive...

    Pot Might Impair a Woman's Fertility: Study

    Though using marijuana for medical or recreational reasons is legal in a growing number of U.S. states, it may come with some unexpected side effects.

    A new study found that women who use cannabis may be reducing their fertility.

    "Cannabis use has continued to climb. More and more states have legalized it in recent years," said Sunni Mumford, an investigator at the U.S. National Ins...

    Vasectomy Reversal Just as Successful in Men Over 50

    Vasectomy reversal is as viable in men over 50 as in those who are younger, a new study says.

    About 20% of American men who have a vasectomy want to father children in the future, and about 6% will seek a vasectomy reversal, previous research shows.

    However, it's been unclear how a man's age may affect his chance for a successful reversal.

    To find out, researchers analyzed the...

    Heart Disease Is World's No. 1 Killer

    Heart disease is the leading cause of death worldwide -- accounting for one-third of deaths in 2019 -- and the death toll continues to rise, a new paper says.

    China had the highest number of heart disease deaths last year, followed by India, Russia, the United States and Indonesia. Heart disease death rates were lowest in France, Peru and Japan, where rates were six times lower than in 19...

    Many Breast Cancer Survivors Have Healthy Babies: Study

    When a young woman is diagnosed with breast cancer, many questions go through her mind.

    What treatments does she need? Will she survive? And will she still be able to have a baby?

    In a review of recent research, an international team of investigators say the answer to that critical third question is yes. Though breast cancer survivors are less likely to become pregnant than the ave...

    Frozen Eggs Help Breast Cancer Survivors Conceive

    Freezing their eggs or ovarian tissue before breast cancer treatment increases survivors' chances of having children after recovery, a new study finds.

    Nearly 10% of breast cancer cases occur in women younger than 45 years of age, some of whom haven't yet had children, according to researchers at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden.

    Treatment often includes chemotherapy, which can da...

    IVF Won't Raise Ovarian Cancer Risk: Study

    Fertility treatments such as in vitro fertilization don't appear to increase a woman's risk of ovarian cancer, a new study finds.

    Previous studies suggested that women who used this assisted reproductive technologies (ART) such as IVF to get pregnant may be at risk for ovarian cancer and non-malignant borderline tumors, due to increased levels of sex hormones needed to stimulate egg produ...

    Odds of Pregnancy in IVF Same With Frozen or Fresh Embryos: Study

    Whether a frozen or fresh embryo is transferred during fertility treatments, the odds of pregnancy are roughly the same, according to a new Danish study involving nearly 500 women.

    Fresh embryo transfer, however, should still be the gold standard in assisted reproduction for women, the research team said.

    There was one exception to that rule, however: Women who are at ri...

    A New 'Spin' on How Sperm Swim

    If you ever had a sex-ed class in school, you have probably seen a visual of sperm swimming with a wagging tail. Now, high-tech tools have shattered that view of how sperm move.

    More than 300 years ago, a Dutch scientist used an early microscope to observe human sperm in motion. He saw that they appeared to swim using a tail that moved from one side to the other.

    But scient...

    What's the Best 'Uterine-Sparing' Treatment for Fibroids?

    Two "uterine-sparing" treatments for fibroids can improve women's quality of life -- though one might be more effective than the other, a new clinical trial suggests.

    Fibroids are non-cancerous growths in and around the wall of the uterus that are usually harmless. But when they cause significant problems, like persistent pain and heavy menstrual bleeding, treatment may be necessary.<...

    Changes in IVF May Have Spurred Drop in Cerebral Palsy, Study Says

    Rates of cerebral palsy among babies in Nordic countries born through in vitro fertilization (IVF) have fallen by more than half over the past two decades, due to fewer twin births from IVF, according to a new study.

    A study in Denmark 15 years ago found a significantly increased risk of cerebral palsy in infants born through IVF. The absolute risk was small, but cerebral palsy was th...

    Shorter Storage of Frozen Embryos Tied to Pregnancy Success: Study

    Vitrification is a safe way to freeze and store embryos during fertility treatment, but the longer embryos are stored, the less likely women are to get pregnant and have a live birth, a new study from China suggests.

    In vitrification, embryos are briefly placed in a dehydrating solution, then fast-frozen to prevent damaging ice crystals from forming.

    Some experts feared the ...

    A Woman's Egg May Prefer One Man's Sperm Over Another's: Study

    People have certain qualities they look for in a mate, and now a new study finds that a woman's eggs may be choosy about sperm, too.

    Researchers said the findings offer new insight into human reproduction -- showing that eggs will not accept just any sperm, and actually have more say in the union than previously recognized.

    In the moments just before fertilization, there is ...

    What Are Your Chances of Having a Second IVF Baby?

    If you've had one baby through fertility treatment, your chances for a second success are good, a new study suggests.

    Researchers analyzed data from more than 35,000 women in Australia and New Zealand who had a live baby after in vitro fertilization (IVF).

    The women were treated between 2009 and 2013 and followed to 2015. Live births up to October 2016 were included in the ...

    Can Men Dine Their Way to Higher Sperm Counts?

    Listen up, guys: A healthy diet is good for your brain and heart, and also your sperm, new research suggests.

    In a study of more than 2,900 Danish men, median age 19, those whose diet was rich in fish, chicken, vegetables, fruit and water had higher sperm counts than those who ate a "Western" diet rich in pizza, French fries, processed and red meats, snacks, refined grains, sugary be...

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