Studies suggest that eating more seafood is associated with a higher chance of becoming pregnant per cycle attempt and a higher frequency of intercourse. Eight or more seafood servings per cycle, or about two servings per week not only improved various biological markers including sperm parameters, ovulation dynamics, embryo quality, and implantation, but also increased […]
Does Stress Impact Success With IVF?
The majority of couples going through infertility treatment report some degree of stress. Both infertility itself and the treatment required to overcome it can be incredibly stressful. Understandably, patients worry that stress may be adversely impacting their probability of success. Previous studies on this subject have been mixed and patients often ask does stress impact […]
Obesity, defined as a Body Mass Index >30, is a world-wide epidemic especially in the United States. Obesity is associated with many health concerns including high blood pressure and diabetes. When trying to conceive pre-pregnancy obesity is a major risk factor for both men and women. Obesity is also associated with infertility in both men […]
Perhaps it is all about inflammation. The cause of premature delivery is unclear – it is signaled by the baby who is in peril or the mother whose body thinks it is delivery time or a cross-talk or lack of communication of both? Is inflammation the root cause and does it follow the fetus, now […]
In women who smoke, the adverse effects on fertility and pregnancy have been well-documented. The impact of male partners who smoke and pregnancy has not been studied as extensively, however. A recent study looked at pregnancy outcomes in women whose partner smoked during early pregnancy. These researchers found that women whose partner smoked during the […]
The following is the ASRM update to the Zika guidance document in response to updated CDC guidelines. “In early August, the CDC released an update to their interim guidance for preconception counseling and the prevention of Zika virus transmission. The ASRM guidance document has been updated to reflect the changes and can be found here. A major […]
Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) is an important medical condition that has both metabolic and reproductive impact. PCOS is extremely common and affects one in 10 women of reproductive age; however, various studies put the percentage of impacted women at eight to 13%. Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome is a continuing source of common misunderstanding. Despite its name, PCOS […]
Donor Insemination (DI) is performed by placing sperm form either an anonymous or designated (Identity Known) donor into the cervical opening (Intracervical Insemination, ICI) or into the uterus (Intra-Uterine Insemination, IUI) to help a woman become pregnant. Fertility centers most commonly use IUI instead of ICI with the monthly chance of pregnancy ranging between 8% […]
Many couples are wary of using cryopreserved embryos believing that there are increased risks of health to the child and lower chance of a successful pregnancy. However, transfer of cryopreserved embryos is safe and highly effective in helping couples achieve a successful pregnancy. Numerous studies performed in the last few years and an analysis of […]
What Is PMDD?
What is PMDD? PMDD (Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder) impacts the psychological well-being of 3-5% of reproductive-age women. When symptoms are severe enough to cause problems with work or personal relationships, it is likely that a woman is suffering from PMDD. PMDD has only recently been recognized as a distinct disorder. Previously, women suffered in silence. The symptoms […]