LGBTQ Millennials Are Actively Planning to Grow Their Families

LGBTQ Millennials Are Actively Planning to Grow Their Families

Increasing numbers of individuals in the LGBTQ community are planning on building a family. A recent survey conducted by the Family Equality Council reported that 48% of LGBTQ millennials are actively planning to grow their families which is close to the 55% of non-LGBTQ millennials who are considering starting a family. The Fertility Centers of […]

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Prenatal Vitamins May Lower the Risk of Autism in Younger Siblings of Children With Autism

Prenatal Vitamins May Lower the Risk of Autism in Younger Siblings of Children With Autism

We know that multivitamins during pregnancy may reduce a child’s risk of autism. Recent research suggests that, in addition, prenatal vitamins may lower the risk of autism in younger siblings of children with autism. Women who already had a child with autism and took prenatal vitamins during the first month of pregnancy had half the […]

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What Dose of Vitamin D is Needed and What Dose is Excessive?

What Dose of Vitamin D is Needed and What Dose is Excessive?

Pregnant women with Vitamin D deficiency may have complications in pregnancy that extend to the offspring. Systems involved include bone, immune system as well as general health. What remains unclear is how low is to low and how high is adequate supplementation. Many patients ask what dose of Vitamin D is needed and what dose […]

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Yeast Infections During Pregnancy

How Do You Treat Yeast Infections During Pregnancy?

Vaginal yeast infections are common, but how do you treat yeast infections during pregnancy? Fluconazole, also known by the brand name Diflucan, is often prescribed to treat vaginal yeast infections. A recent study published on the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ 191:7, 2019) reported that Fluconazole during pregnancy increased the chance of miscarriage by as […]

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Spontaneous Miscarriages

Spontaneous Miscarriages

Spontaneous miscarriages are losses before the 20th week of gestation (pregnancy). It is the loss occurs before 10 weeks we consider the pregnancy to be developmentally an embryo. If the loss is after 10 weeks and before 20 weeks, it is  termed “fetus.” Regardless of the developmental stage, a loss is a loss. The joyous […]

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What Women Need to Know About Contagious Diseases and Vaccination While Attempting to Conceive

Immunization is an important part of care for women attempting to conceive and there are many misconceptions about this topic. What women need to know about contagious diseases and vaccination while attempting to conceive. Influenza Vaccination: Influenza continues to be serious threat in Massachusetts. Influenza vaccination is very important for women attempting to conceive. This […]

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Women Who Have More Regular Bedtimes Take Less Time to Conceive

Women Who Have More Regular Bedtimes Take Less Time to Conceive

In a presentation at the recent ASRM conference in October 2018, researchers from Washington University found that women who have more regular bedtimes take less time to conceive than those whose bedtimes are more variable. The study enrolled women who were ready to start to attempt to conceive and were willing to be closely monitored […]

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How Does Nutrition Directly Relate to Reproduction?

How Does Nutrition Directly Relate to Reproduction?

We are what we eat and do and probably, and most importantly, we are what we don’t eat and don’t do. But how does nutrition directly relate to reproduction, particularly in our current environment? Benefits from the diet are seen in nutritive forms – folic acid, vitamin D. Also, we must think of the classes […]

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Ibuprofen Use May Have a Negative Impact On Male Fertility

When a couple is trying to conceive, the focus is often on the female partner. Many women will learn to track their periods, check for ovulation, and identify their fertile window. The male side of the equation should not be overlooked, however, including how ibuprofen use may have a negative impact on male fertility. For […]

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Maternal Caffeine Consumption and Birth Outcomes

Maternal Caffeine Consumption and Birth Outcomes

Coffee, tea and other caffeinated beverage consumption has continued to increase over the past several decades. Is there a link between maternal caffeine consumption and birth outcomes? A recent study published in the Journal of Clinical Nutrition from Ireland in 941 mothers and their newborns found that birth outcomes were negatively associated with maternal caffeine […]

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