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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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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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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Which Fish Are Safe to Eat When Trying to Conceive

Which Fish Are Safe to Eat When Trying to Conceive

This past weekend, the FDA and EPA issued new advice regarding eating fish for women who are pregnant or may become pregnant. This was released to help women make informed choices about which fish are safe to eat when trying to conceive or are pregnant. The guidelines also emphasize the importance and the health benefits of […]

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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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