Understanding how the body prepares for a pregnancy is important to understanding your fertility. Many patients ask us “what is the luteal phase?” It occurs during the second half of a woman’s menstrual cycle after ovulation and ends when you get your next period. It is an important part of your overall fertility if you […]
A recent Danish study suggests that dietary Vitamin D increases live birth rates in infertile women. The authors of the study investigated the records of over 16,000 Danish women with a diagnosis of infertility between 1980 and 1991. The first five years of the study overlapped with Denmark’s mandatory vitamin D fortification program. Women with […]
Getting in Shape for Pregnancy
Many attempting pregnancy wonder what they can do to improve their chances for a successful pregnancy. Getting in shape for pregnancy is often overlooked. There are 5 basic components to getting in shape for pregnancy. These are: Taking care of chronic illnesses such as hypertension or diabetes to achieve a normal blood pressure and tight […]
We know that smoking tobacco has a multitude of adverse effects on fertility for both men and women. Until recently, the impact of smoking marijuana has been less clear, however. A recent study found that amongst women undergoing fertility treatment, those who were current marijuana smokers had double the risk of miscarriage compared to women […]
How Does Endometriosis Affect Fertility?
How does endometriosis affect fertility? Many patients with endometriosis ask this question. This is a very controversial subject with many contradictory studies in the medical literature. Whether early stage endometriosis with minimal to mild disease has any effect on fertility is not clear. Many women have endometriosis and are not aware of it as evidenced […]
Exposure to environmental pollutants for those trying to conceive can adversely affect the ability to become pregnant and overall fertility. Numerous health-related issues have been linked to air pollution. A recent study published in Nature Sustainability examined the relationship between maternal air pollution exposure and pregnancy outcomes. This study included over 255,000 women in Beijing, […]
Is Vaping Safer Than Smoking Cigarettes?
The Center for Disease Control recently recommended that all women who are pregnant discontinue the use of e-cigarette’s commonly known as vaping. Patients often ask “is vaping safer than smoking cigarettes?” Most vaping products contain nicotine which alone has been linked with adverse effects on a baby‘s brain development in the uterus. Other studies have […]
Making an appointment to see a reproductive endocrinologist, a fertility specialist, can be a difficult step. However, it shouldn’t be. It is a first step to receiving the knowledge and support of a trained, focused specialist and use of the most advanced technology in the world. Knowing what to expect at your first visit to […]
Am I Ovulating?
“Am I ovulating?” This question comes up a lot with patients. Ovulation is the process whereby an egg is released by the ovary. Ovulation usually occurs cyclically giving rise to a regular (every 25-35 day) menstrual cycle should pregnancy not occur. Anovulation is the inability to ovulate. Anovulation is thought to be responsible for about […]