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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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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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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Taking a Probiotic May Help Embryo Implantation

Taking a Probiotic May Help Embryo Implantation

We are often asked if taking a probiotic may help embryo implantation? Recent studies have found that the gut microbiome may hold the key to treatment of some diseases and keeping other human diseases/conditions at bay. Our skin, gastrointestinal tract and reproductive tracts are colonized with bacteria, virus and other organisms that seemingly go bump […]

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The Flu Shot is Not Associated With an Increased Risk of Miscarriage

The Flu Shot is Not Associated With an Increased Risk of Miscarriage

In recent years, there has been controversy surrounding a possible link between the flu shot and miscarriage. Fortunately, a recent study has found the flu shot is not associated with an increased risk of miscarriage and there is no link between the flu vaccine and pregnancy loss. The study findings were recently presented to the […]

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Nausea is a Clear Physical Sign That the Promise of Pregnancy

Nausea is a Clear Physical Sign That the Promise of Pregnancy

Nausea is pregnancy, for most. Initially, it is welcomed – nausea is a clear physical sign that the promise of pregnancy (and birth) is secured. But that validation turns quickly to a relentless truth for many. Although the symptoms resolve mid-pregnancy regardless of severity, it is only time that outlasts. And during this time, the […]

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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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