Thursday, March 29, 2007

The Clock Might Be Ticking

Good article worth a read...talks about how many women who aren't planning to have a baby in the immediate future, may not pay attention to their reproductive health.  Yearly gynecological checkups are a must.  Awareness that a poor quality lifestyle can hamper the ability to produce healthy eggs and sperm.  Luckily, doctors say that simple lifestyle adjustments can have a major effect on the body and reproductive system.  Read...

Careful, the clock may be ticking
7DAYS, United Arab Emirates - 1 hour ago
Fertility is also highly related to lifestyle. A poor quality lifestyle can hamper our ability to produce healthy eggs and sperm, but doctors say that ...

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Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Too Much Beef Can Have A Damaging Effect

This is an interesting article on how the diet you eat during pregnancy can affect your child in ways you may never have anticipated.  Some new research has found that women who ate beef, particularly red meat every day while pregnant ended up having sons with lower sperm counts than normal.  More...

E Canada NowWomen Who Eat Beef Give Sons Fertility Issues
E Canada Now, Canada - 6 hours ago
Those who eat beef end up with sons who have a 25 percent lower sperm count as well as a higher risk of fertility problems by a margin of three times more ...

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Monday, March 26, 2007

The Male Biological Clock

It seems the evidence continues to mount that men can no longer assume they can father a child regardless of their age.  Studies are pointing to some serious medical complications affecting babies born to older fathers.  It looks like men are going to have to face the ticking biological clock that has historically been solely a woman's burden.

National Review of Medicine
It seems the fertility clock ticks
National Review of Medicine,?Canada?- Mar 23, 2007
When it comes to fertility and the prospect of having normal babies, it has always been assumed that men have no biological clock — that unlike women, ...

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Thursday, March 22, 2007

At Home Kit To Help You Get Pregnant

Check this out...there is a new kit on the market that contains several components that can help a couple improve their chances of getting pregnant, without resorting to expensive fertility treatments.  Read...

First Home Fertility Kit Wins Approval From U.S. Regulators (

March 22 (Bloomberg) -- An in-home kit designed to help couples conceive won U.S. approval. The $300 package is the first to be cleared by the Food and Drug Administration, the product's maker, closely held Conceivex Inc. of Saranac, Michigan, said today in a statement.

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Wednesday, March 21, 2007

The Alternative Way Of Getting Pregnant

Nice overview of the alternative options available to those having difficulty getting pregnant, but not wanting to try the more invasive fertility treatments, such as IVF.  Read on...

Alternative paths to pregnancy (The Argus Leader)

The Freesemanns wanted to have a second child. But after Miranda Freesemann experienced trouble with two pregnancies and had a Cesarean section, the prospect of another healthy pregnancy was daunting.

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Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Miscarriage Risks

If you've ever experienced a miscarriage, or have worried about the possibility of miscarriage in early pregnancy, take a look at this article which focuses on some new research.  There have always been some known risk factors for miscarriage, such as increased maternal age, but some of the other widely accepted factors, such as smoking and drinking were actually challenged.  It should be noted however, even if there is no link to miscarriage from smoking and drinking, these practices can still cause harm to the growing baby and should definitely be avoided.  Read more..

Age and stress associated with pregnancy loss (Reuters via Yahoo! News)

A UK population-based study of risk factors for first-trimester miscarriage confirms the importance of established risk factors, such as maternal age, and finds no support for popular beliefs about the effects of caffeine and working during pregnancy.

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Saturday, March 17, 2007

The Male Side Of Fertility Problems

This article gives a good overview of the current perception that most people think of fertility problems as being a "woman's issue."  Women give much more thought to their fertility and the ticking of their biological clock.  Men, on the other hand, tend to think that their fertility is somehow tied to their masculinity, and therefore assume that everything must be working right.  The truth may be a bit startling for many men....when a couple comes for treatment after trying unsuccessfully to get pregnant for over a year, the problem is just as likely to be a male one as a female one.  More...

Boy story
Daily Telegraph, Australia - 3 hours ago
YOU may be surprised to know that when it comes to infertility, men and women are pretty equal. So why is talk about male infertility so rare? ...

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Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Getting Healthy Before Getting Pregnant

This article talks about the importance of prenatal care to help improve the health of babies at birth. In the past 20 years, the focus has been on prenatal care, rather than preconception care, but that is starting to change. This is so important because a lot of early development (the first few weeks after conception) happens before a woman even knows she is pregnant. So being healthy before even attempting to get pregnant, will ensure that the baby is getting the best start right from the beginning. More...

Preconception training is just as vital as prenatal care, NJ - Mar 13, 2007
All women, regardless of whether or not they are trying to get pregnant, should exercise, eat healthy, quit smoking and manage chronic diseases, ...

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Monday, March 12, 2007

Losing a Pregnancy

Having gone through several miscarriages myself, I am always drawn to other women's stories that I can deeply relate to.  I came across this personal story written by someone "who's been there" and thought I would mention it here.  If you have ever suffered through a miscarriage or know someone who has, you might find it a worthwhile read.  I did....

Mourning a Miscarriage
New West, MT - 35 minutes ago
I didn’t know I was pregnant before I realized there was a problem. I had been training for a marathon and trying to get pregnant at the same time; ...

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Friday, March 09, 2007

Obese Couples Reduce Their Chance Of Conceiving

The research has already shown that being overweight can contribute to fertility problems for both men and women.  This new study is the first to look at overweight and obese couples to see the effect it has on their fertility.  The news is not good.  More...

Too Much Weight Spells Double Trouble For Couples Trying To Conceive (Science Daily)

If both partners in a couple are overweight or obese, they are more likely to have to wait longer before successfully conceiving a child, according to new research published online in Europe's leading reproductive medicine journal, Human Reproduction. The author warned this could have major implications for population levels, particularly in parts of the world where obesity and low fertility ...

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Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Help For Endometriosis From Tree Bark

Some very promising new research suggests a natural treatment made from pine bark for women suffering from endometriosis, a leading cause of infertility.  This new treatment can significantly reduce the symptoms but it is not a cure.  Most of the other endometriosis treatments use hormones which have unwanted side effects that can restrict women from becoming pregnant during the treatment.  Read more...

New Study: Pine Bark Significantly Reduces Endometriosis (Market Wire via Yahoo! Finance)

There's promising hope for women who suffer from endometriosis, one of the most common causes of infertility and pelvic pain. A new study to be published in an upcoming edition of the Journal of Reproductive Medicine reveals that Pycnogenol®, an antioxidant plant extract from the bark of the French maritime pine tree, significantly reduces symptoms of endometriosis by 33 percent.

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Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Is It Easier To Get Pregnant If You're A Celebrity?

The media often gives a lot of attention to the latest celebrity who is pregnant--often she is older and sometimes even pregnant with multiples. This may be giving the average woman a false impression that getting pregnant is easy--even at an advanced age. But the reality is that many of these celebs have access to very expensive fertility treatments and often use donor eggs (which is not generally publicized). More...

Women may be misled by older celebrity moms
Waterloo Record,?Canada?- 55 minutes ago
"Women have been misled by the portrayal of movie stars over 40 having children,'' said Beverly Hanck, executive director of the Infertility Awareness ...

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Monday, March 05, 2007

Fertility Factors

This article has a nice overview of some of the main factors that affect a couple's chance of conceiving a baby.  Have a read...

As one of the human body's most basic and most powerful processes, pregnancy – and the ability to conceive a child – is often thought of as a “natural” occurrence. Yet there are numerous factors involved in achieving and maintaining a healthy pregnancy, and even a minor flaw in just one area can wreak havoc on couples attempting to conceive.

Top Five Fertility Factors

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Sunday, March 04, 2007

Hot Baths Can Hurt Fertility

Many men have probably heard the advice to avoid any heat in a certain 'lower body region' if they are trying to conceive a child.  Truth be told, there has never been any scientific evidence to back up the claim that too much heat can damage sperm.  So is this an old wive's tale or is there any truth to it?  Well, some new research does seem to support the notion that men who soak in hot baths or hot tubs do compromise there sperm quality.  More...

Hot baths 'do cut a man’s fertility'
Metro, UK - 2 hours ago
It may not endear him to his partner in terms of cleanliness but not taking a bath may improve a man's fertility. Lounging around in hot baths or Jacuzzis ...

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Friday, March 02, 2007

Nutrition For Conception

I have been coming across more and more articles lately suggesting that fertility problems can often be overcome by making adjustments in both diet and lifestyle. This especially holds true for couples who have been diagnosed with "unexplained infertility", which basically means the doctors can't find any medical reason why a woman can not get pregnant. Apparently, some studies have shown a staggering 80% success rate in couples with "unexplained infertility" when they make certain changes to their nutrition and lifestyle. With these potential results, doesn't it make sense to try this before turning to expensive, invasive and often stressful infertility treatments?

Certain foods, even nutritious ones, can have such a negative impact on your delicate reproductive system that if you are serious about conceiving, you might consider leaving them off your plate for the time being, if not for good.

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Thursday, March 01, 2007

Eating Ice Cream To Improve Fertility?

OK, this headline caught my attention for obvious reasons.  I think most women would love to learn of some research proving that eating ice cream can help them get pregnant.  In this study, women who ate low fat dairy products vs. those who ate high fat dairy products (such as ice cream) were compared to see if there was any effect on their ovulation.  While the risk for a certain type of infertility (lack of ovulation) was lower among the ice cream eaters, many experts caution that this is not necessarily due to the eating of ice cream. Read more...

Study Suggests Ice Cream May Aid Fertility (Black Voices)

(Feb. 27) - Ben & Jerry might help you get pregnant, but not in the usual way. A diet rich in ice cream and other high-fat dairy foods may lower the risk of one type of infertility, a study suggests. It sounds too good to be true and probably is, some doctors say.

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