Breastfeeding May Reduce a Woman’s Risk of Endometriosis

Breastfeeding May Reduce a Woman’s Risk of Endometriosis

A recent study published in the BMJ suggests that breastfeeding may reduce a woman’s risk of endometriosis. The Nurses’ Health Study II ran from 1989 to 2011. Included in the cohort were over 72,000 women who had one or more pregnancies. Of these, 3,296 women had confirmed endometriosis. The investigators found that women who breastfed […]

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Endometriosis May Cause Infertility

Endometriosis may cause infertility

Endometriosis is a chronic disease whose etiology is not completely understood. Endometriosis is prevalent affecting 25% to 50% of infertile women and approximately 30% to 50% of women who have endometriosis are infertile. Endometriosis may cause infertility by: distorting pelvic anatomy causing endocrine and ovulatory abnormalities inhibiting implantation impairing egg and embryo quality altering peritoneal […]

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Antioxidants May Improve Egg Quality In Women With Endometriosis

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Endometriosis is associated with infertility in at least 50% of those with this debilitating disease. It is a common condition in women often associated with pain and infertility. It occurs when tissue that normally lines the inside of the uterus (endometrium) grows on the outside of it, mainly in the pelvis, ovaries and abdomen. Egg […]

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Ovarian Reserve Markers

ovarian reserve

Ovarian reserve is a term that is used to determine the capacity of the ovary to provide eggs that are capable of fertilization resulting in a successful pregnancy. Several noninvasive ovarian reserve markers have been proposed to assess ovarian reserve including serum levels of follicle stimulating hormone (FSH), serum anti-mullerian hormone (AMH), luteinizing hormone, estradiol, […]

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Past Pesticides and Endometriosis Risk

pesticides and endometriosis risks

Investigators from the Pacific Northwest reported online in Environmental Health Perspectives that exposure to organochlorine pesticides was associated with the development of endometriosis. Is there any connection to past pesticides and endometriosis risk?  In a case control study of 248 women with surgically confirmed endometriosis and 538 healthy control women, serum samples were obtained so that […]

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IVF is a Very Good Treatment for Infertile Women With Endometriosis

endometriosis and ivf

Endometriosis is a significant cause of infertility. Until recently surgery was thought best for treating this terrible disease. However, recent studies have shown that surgical removal of endometriosis from the ovaries called endometriomas can reduce ovarian reserve and impair the number of eggs retrieved after ovarian stimulation. A recent study published in Fertility and Sterility […]

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Weight Management for Health and Fertility

Weight management is important when trying to become pregnant.  The best chance of success occurs in women of ideal body weight, which is a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 20-28.BMI is a function of height and weight which for example for a woman 5 feet 5 inches tall would be a weight between 120 to 165 pounds. Calorie consumption and expenditure is critical for […]

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Improving Fertility Through Nutritional Medicine

When a women’s body is preparing for pregnancy there is an increased need for certain vitamins and minerals so the ovary will ovulate a mature egg that can be fertilized.  The “healthier” the egg the better the chance of making a healthy baby. The nutrients in your blood enrich the granulosa cells that surround and […]

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The Reproductive Life Cycle

There are five reproductive stages in a woman’s reproductive life cycle.  These include premenarche (before the first menstrual period) stage; the reproductive, premenopausal stage; the early menopausal transition stage; the late menopausal transition stage; and finally, menopause.  There is no single test to determine reproductive potential, but the menstrual cycle pattern and hormone levels can […]

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Endometriosis and Infertility

Endometriosis and Fertility

Endometriosis is a common condition in women often associated with pain and infertility. It occurs when tissue that normally lines the inside of the uterus (endometrium) grows on the outside of it, mainly in the pelvis, ovaries and abdomen. Monthly hormonal changes can produce inflammation leading to pain and infertility due to the tissue itself […]

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