Fertility Is Related To Diet And IVF Success

Fertility Is Related To Diet And IVF Success

Good health in general correlates with a good diet. Fertility is related to diet and especially success in IVF. While there remains no specific dietary guidance higher adherence to healthy eating does correlate with IVF success. A pro-fertility diet consisting of higher intake of supplemental folic acid, vitamin B12, Vitamin D, low pesticide residue produce […]

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The Declining Birth Rate in the United States

The Declining Birth Rate in the United States

No doubt, you have read the many headlines in the last few months about the declining birth rate in the United States. The most recent data released from the CDC has shown a steady decline in birth rates for the fourth year in a row. This has dropped  the birth rate to 1,728 births per […]

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Does Working the Night Shift Increase the Risk of Miscarriage?

Does Working the Night Shift Increase the Risk of Miscarriage?

A recent Danish study examined a cohort of over 22,000 pregnant women, specifically looking at work shifts and pregnancy outcomes. Does working the night shift increase the risk of miscarriage? They found that after 8 weeks of pregnancy, women who worked two or more night shifts the previous week had a 32% increased risk of […]

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Smoking During Pregnancy Can Cause Miscarriage

Smoking During Pregnancy Can Cause Miscarriage

Smoking during pregnancy can cause miscarriage is also well known to be associated with many adverse maternal and fetal outcomes including intrauterine fetal demise, stillbirth, fetal growth restriction, birth defects and other major disabilities. Smoking is also associated with failed implantation. poor quality gametes (sperm/egg) and, biochemical pregnancy loss in women having IVF. Periconception smoking […]

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Are Bananas Good For Weight Loss?

Are Bananas Good For Weight Loss?

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle by eating right and regular exercise is something we all should do and may help promote fertility. Although, weight alone is not the only factor that contributes to the health of a pregnancy and baby, but achieving a normal weight will decrease the risk of high blood pressure and diabetes of […]

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Inflammation Is a Contributor To Many Diseases Including Infertility

Inflammation Is a Contributor To Many Diseases Including Infertility

Inflammation is a contributor to many diseases including infertility, diabetes, cardiovascular disease (atherosclerosis), insulin resistance, PCOS and obesity. It may also have a hand in preeclampsia and preterm labor. Inflammation is a symptom, as well as, a disease whose exact root cause is unknown. Some of the inflammation that we see in reproduction is manifest […]

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New Hampshire Will Require Insurance Coverage For Fertility Treatments

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New Hampshire Residents Prepare for Fertility Insurance Coverage January 1, 2020 is a turning point for family expansion in NH. Soon-to-be the 17th state in the country, New Hampshire will require insurance coverage for fertility treatments. Employer-sponsored plans will cover: The diagnosis and treatment of fertility-related conditions for all patients regardless of their gender. Fertility […]

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Children Conceived Through IVF Don’t Show Any Increase Risk of Cancer

Children Conceived Through IVF Don't Show Any Increase Risk of Cancer

A recent large Dutch study confirmed what previous smaller studies had shown that children conceived through IVF don’t show any increase risk of cancer. This study followed nearly 50,000 children and young adults for an average of 21 years. 24,269 were conceived through IVF, 9,660 were conceived naturally or with fertility drugs in sub fertile women, […]

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Dietary Supplement May Cause Miscarriage

Dietary Supplement May Cause Miscarriage

The FDA recently released a warning that a certain dietary supplement may cause miscarriage or harm fetal development. The dietary supplement is known as “vinpocetine” (also called “vinca minor extract,” “lesser periwinkle extract,” or “common periwinkle extract”). This supplement is usually promoted as a substance that can increase cognitive performance, enhance energy, and rapidly reduce […]

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Can Alcohol Affect the Ability To Conceive While Undergoing Infertility Treatment?

Can Alcohol Affect the Ability To Conceive While Undergoing Infertility Treatment?

A question that I am often asked by my patients is can alcohol affect the ability to conceive while undergoing infertility treatment? A study published in Human Reproduction in June 2019 seems to reassure that a few drinks per week will not affect one’s ability to conceive while undergoing IUI or IVF treatments. This was […]

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