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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Elevated Blood Pressure and Early Pregnancy Loss

elevated blood pressure and early pregnancy loss

Most people know that high blood pressure is a risk factor for cardiovascular disease, but what do we know about elevated blood pressure and early pregnancy loss? Blood pressure is measured using two numbers. The first or top number is called systolic blood pressure and is a measurement of the pressure (mm Hg) in your […]

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Bleeding During Early Pregnancy

early pregnancy bleeding

Vaginal bleeding during early pregnancy is a common but frightening experience.  Approximately 25% of women will experience vaginal bleeding during the first trimester of pregnancy. This can result in an inevitable pregnancy loss or be a sign of an ectopic or even molar pregnancy. However, the majority, over 80% will go on to have a […]

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How Long to Wait to Try Again After a Miscarriage

trying after miscarriage

A common question we receive is how long to wait to try again after a miscarriage? Clinicians traditionally have advised those who have suffered a miscarriage not associated with a molar pregnancy to wait at least 3 months before reattempting conception. A recent study published in Obstetrics and Gynecology of a multi-center randomized trial has […]

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Aneuploidy

Chromosomes and IVF

A team of researchers recently reported at the American Society of Human Genetics found that a common gene variant may be linked to both early pregnancy loss and failed In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) treatments. In a study analyzing over 46,000 embryos from 2,400 women having IVF, the gene variant known as rs2305957 was associated with […]

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Phthalates and Pregnancy Loss

Phthalates and Pregnancy Loss

Phthalates are substances added to plastics to increase their flexibility, transparency, durability, and longevity. They are in many common household products and can be ingested upon release into the environment. Metabolic by-products of phthalates are excreted in the urine. Studies in rodents exposed to phthalates have shown changes in hormone levels and can cause birth […]

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Binge Drinking In Women

Binge drinking in women

The Centers for Disease Control and prevention released their Mortality and Morbidity Weekly Report on Binge Drinking Among Women and High School Girls. The report announced that 1 in 8 adult women and 1 in 5 high school girls in the United States practice binge drinking (at least 5 drinks in a row), and tend […]

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Become an Advocate for Infertility Benefits

In 1987, the Massachusetts state legislature mandated that certain infertility benefits be provided by commercial insurers. This notable achievement was accomplished in large part due to the efforts of Resolve, a non-profit patient advocacy organization.  Resolve, founded in Massachusetts in 1974, is now a national organization that continues to provide education, support and advocacy for infertile […]

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Recurrent Pregnancy Loss: Genetic

Therapeutic options to treat genetically inherited thrombophilias such as Factor V Leiden or other genetic mutations that increase blood clotting include antithombotic medications such as low dose aspirin and low molecular weight heparin. These pregnancies are at high risk for complications later in pregnancy including intrauterine growth restriction and placental abruption and should be followed […]

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Recurrent Pregnancy Loss: Preconception Assessment

The physical examination should include height weight, calculation of body mass index (BMI), blood pressure, and a general assessment for signs of metabolic illness. Body build (habitus) should be defined, and the presence of excess air growth or other signs of abnormal male hormones should be recorded. The breasts should be examined for signs of […]

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