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Category: Infertility

Early Pregnancy Signs or Something Else?

You feel nauseated, tired, and a little woozy, and your period is a week late, but is it really pregnancy? In the early stages, it’s hard to tell, and if you’ve been hoping for a baby for awhile and you’re undergoing fertility treatments, you might alternate between noticing small symptoms and getting excited about possible pregnancy, and ignoring […]

Infertility Stress Management Tips

One of the most frustrating parts of coping with infertility is dealing with the assumption of friends and family members that you are “just too stressed out about the baby thing,” or that your high stress lifestyle is somehow contributing to infertility. “Move out of the city,” they say. “Quit your job. Relax. Stay at home all day.” […]

6 Simple Fertility Tips from Santa Monica Fertility Clinic

Did you know that there are simple things you can do to help increase the chances that you will become pregnant? These tips to increase your fertility can help you get pregnant more quickly, and they will also prepare you for a healthy pregnancy, as well as a healthy life! Applying them now, when you are […]

Couples & Infertility: Valentine’s Day Survival

Valentine’s Day, a day associated with passionate love, fertility, and romance, often sparks stress in couples that are trying to conceive or undergoing fertility treatment. Couples undergoing fertility treatment may see expectant couples at this time of year and cringe, wondering and hoping. Worse yet, they wonder, how can I feel romantic if we’re doing nothing but ovulation kits, fertility […]

Additional Ways to Improve Fertility

Taking the time to care for yourself and to learn about certain foods & lifestyle changes can really help women to not only conceive, but feel better throughout the fertility journey. Many women struggling to get pregnant have PCOS or insulin imbalances, both of which can prevent them from getting pregnant naturally or prevent them […]

3 Parent IVF

The human egg has two main compartments; the nucleus, which contains a person’s DNA (genome – repository of hereditary information) organized into 46 chromosomes of which 23 are inherited from the mother and 23 from the father; and the cytoplasm, which surrounds the nucleus and contains all of the components needed to maintain egg viability and support reproduction. One can visualize the nucleus as the yolk of a sunny-side up egg and the cytoplasm as the egg white. To prepare for fertilization by sperm, the egg discards one member of each of its 23 chromosome pairs (23 discarded) in order to present the correct number to the sperm, which carries 23 chromosomes, the result being a fertilized egg (embryo) containing the normal human complement of 46 chromosomes, 23 from each parent. Discarding one member of each of the 23 chromosome pairs requires a lot of energy

Women who bear children at an older age may live longer lives

A recent study published in the journal, Menopause, found that women, who had children later in life, were twice as likely to live longer lives (up to age 95). The group of older mothers was compared to a cohort who stopped having children by age 29. The average age of motherhood is increasing as more women delay family building in order to complete educational and professional goals. Egg freezing and egg donation are now allowing women to conceive and carry pregnancies safely into their mid-fifties. Since modern women in industrialized countries are living well into their 80’s, it is reassuring to know that later-in-life pregnancies do not foreshorten longevity.

Marijuana may affect fertility in young men

A recent study from the United Kingdom published by Dr. Allan Pacey, suggests the marijuana may affect fertility in young men.

The study examined semen from 1, 970 men who had provided semen as a part of a fertility assessment. The investigators found a higher rate of abnormal sperm in men who smokes marijuana. While previous studied have suggested the same, no clear cause and effect exist for marijuana use and infertility.

Stress impairs sperm, study shows

A recent study published by Pam Factor-Litvak in the journal, Fertility and Sterility, suggests that men who feel stressed have fewer and slower sperm.

Tubal Factor Infertility

I would like to talk to you about tubal factor infertility. This is infertility related to the fallopian tubes.

The fallopian tubes are actually very important for fertility. The fallopian tube picks up the egg from the ovary; it’s in the fallopian tube where the egg is actually fertilized by sperm; it’s in the fallopian tube that the embryo grows for the first 3 days of development. So the fallopian tube nourishes the embryo and helps transport it to the uterus.

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