Marijuana May Block Pregnancy by Delaying Implantation

Marijuana May Block Pregnancy by Delaying Implantation

The increased prevalence and legalization of marijuana has made its effects appear innocuous. However, its use during sentinel moments of fetal and newborn development may be anything but innocuous. In fact, marijuana may block pregnancy by delaying implantation. The literature is mixed. Certainly medical issues such as nausea and vomiting are stymied by marijuana use […]

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Reciprocal IVF

Reciprocal IVF

What is reciprocal IVF and how does it work? Reciprocal IVF (in vitro fertilization) is a method of family building used by couples who have female reproductive organs. The eggs of one partner are inseminated with sperm and a resulting embryo is transferred into the uterus of the other partner. Additional embryos can be vitrified […]

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Metformin May Increase Full-Term Delivery in Women With PCOS

A Woman With PCOS And Infertility

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) affects 7-10% of women. The symptoms of PCOS usually present at puberty, but it may take many years before patients are correctly diagnosed. Diagnosing PCOS can be tricky because not all women will have the same symptoms. To be diagnosed with PCOS, a woman must have 2 of 3 possible findings: […]

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Does Having An Abortion Affect Your Future Fertility?

Does Having An Abortion Affect Your Future Fertility?

Termination of an untimed or unwanted pregnancy happens. Life happens. Fast forward to where it is time to contemplate the start family expansion. Women often worry if they won’t be able to have children in the future. A viable concern is whether the termination (often of years past) has an effect of fertility fast forward. […]

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Nausea Elevates With Pregnancy

Pregnant Woman Experiencing Nausea

For some women, unfortunately, nausea elevates with pregnancy to the next level (figuratively and literally). Waking moments are riddled with waves of nausea and vomiting. It may be cyclic or occurring at particular times during the day or with particular triggers. The goal would be to reduce these environmental triggers (smells, visuals.. etc). If the […]

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Obesity is Associated With Lower Live Birth Rates in Women Having IVF

Obesity is associated with lower live birth rates in women having IVF and other ART related procedures compared to women who are not obese. A recent study published in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology of 264 women who underwent 445 ART cycles found that waist circumference was independently associated with successful pregnancies. Women […]

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Herbal Supplements May be Harmful During Pregnancy

Herbal Supplements May be Harmful During Pregnancy

A recent study published in Obstetrics and Gynecology looked at pregnancy outcomes in women who used herbal supplements during pregnancy. This review included 74 studies that covered 47 herbal products. The results found that herbal supplements may be harmful during pregnancy. Specifically, the use of herbal supplements was associated with an increased risk of pregnancy […]

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The Connection of Bacteria and Its Role in Disease Including Fertility

The Connection of Bacteria and Its Role in Disease Including Fertility

The connection of gut bacteria and its role in disease including fertility are being explored. Billions of bacteria live confined to the gastrointestinal tract – the human gut. Bacteria live in colonies – small cities within geographically-poised locations sharing specific responsibilities.  The small intestine bacteria are different than the large intestine bacteria. They share responsibilities […]

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Vaping During Pregnancy

Vaping During Pregnancy

Pervasive advertising has lead to the assumption among many that e-cigarettes are safer than conventional smoking. Many women who smoke switch to vaping during pregnancy and believing that it is safer than regular cigarettes. A large study in more than 27,000 women from the University of Iowa of whom 1,200 were pregnant reported (Jama Pediatrics) […]

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Is Eating Fish Safe When Trying To Conceive?

Is Eating Fish Safe When Trying To Conceive?

Fish – both ones that have shells and others that have fins – represent nutritious food low in saturated (bad) fat and high in protein. Omega-3s (long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids – n3 PUFA) is a key component to fetal brain development. It’s benefits are in both fetal visual and cognitive development. However, is eating fish safe […]

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