Study Shows Sperm Motility Increases During Summer Months

summer male fertilitySummer is officially upon us and a new study suggests that with it brings an increase in sperm activity. The exact implications of this study are interesting and have been a long time in the making, but what exactly does in increase in activity mean and how does it impact fertility?

The research findings, along with what is already known about male infertility provide the answer to those questions and more. Let’s explore.

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New Way to Track Sperm

track spermA common problem for those unable to conceive is that the male partner may not have enough sperm in his ejaculate. This requires extracting the sperm directly from the testicles, previously a chancey procedure but now getting more precise.

When doctors perform this procedure, they usually take a random guess at where in the testes to get a sample. But sperm aren’t spread out evenly in the testes and there usually aren’t many to begin with, which is why the man had trouble achieving conception in the first place. Through this method, doctors were only able to get viable samples for in vitro fertilization (IVF) about half of the time.

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Mice Study Links BPA to Fertility Issues

BPA plasticIn a study recently conducted with mice, those exposed to bisphenol A, known as BPA, had significant fertility issues even up to the fourth generation after the initial exposure.

BPA is an industrial chemical that is often found in the plastic used for food and drink packaging, as well as in some dental sealants and thermal paper receipts. It is “an endocrine disruptor. Such chemicals can interfere with the body’s hormone system a variety of ways, including mimicking hormones or blocking receptor cells, which stops hormones from binding to them.” However, BPA also has improved food safety, since the lining in cans prevents spoilage and botulism.

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New Fertility Test Coming Soon

fertility testThis year at the Wisconsin Governor’s Business Plan Contest, it was a life sciences startup that took home the grand prize. Madison-based BluDiagnostics was named the competition’s overall winner, beating 12 other finalists. Founded by Katie Brenner, a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Doug Weibel, a UW-Madison biochemistry professor, the test would make it easier for women to tell when they are fertile as well as when they are pregnant.

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Overcoming Two Common Barriers to IVF

6427023885_5803847e5c_mDespite IVF success stories in the news, many couples facing fertility problems do not extend their interventions to IVF. This is due to a variety of individual and complex factors, however, there are a few common reasons such as fear and expense. Let’s explore each of these a little deeper.

Fear: There are many reasons cited as to why couples and women. For some it’s the fear of pain from needles and injections. Some are scared that the treatment will result in multiples. Others are afraid of going under anesthesia. In each of these specific fears is the fear of the unknown.

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Male Smokers Affect Fertility Too

7471321896_8c595cd667_mThe innumerable amount of research over the past several decades proving the unhealthiness of smoking is still not enough to convince some people. Now, add further research to that list: not only do females lower their chance of having a successful live birth following fertility treatment if they are smokers, but if both members of a couple are smokers, the chances are even lower of a successful live birth.

“Dr. Alex Polotsky, who lead the study, said researchers have studied the impact of smoking on female fertility for some time, but this marks a first for the impact of male smoking. ‘In terms of smoking, this is the first time that we can actually say [to men] that if you quit smoking you should improve your chances to conceive,’ he said. Researchers examined a variety of factors that impact fertility. They found couples in which both women and men smoked had a nearly 80 percent decrease in their chances of conceiving after a fertility treatment.”

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Soy Could Boost Your Fertility

113893692_849b85eb42_mIf you have experienced difficulty getting pregnant and have now resorted to looking for assistance from advanced reproductive technologies (ART), you have surely heard everyone’s opinion as to what can help you get pregnant, be it exercise, diet, different positions, etc.

Through many studies done on this food, it has been shown that soy can have a very positive impact on a woman’s ability to get pregnant. Soy contains phytoestrogens, which can lead to small changes in the hormone balance in a woman’s body and improve her likelihood of getting pregnant.

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Girl Freezes Eggs Ahead of Chemotherapy

ipyjqbEgg freezing has many benefits. You can delay having children until you are older without risking your eggs also being older. You can alleviate the pressure of finding a spouse just so can have kids. You can preserve the ability to have children while your body is sick.

It is this last reason that appealed to 16-year-old McKindree Patton from Arizona. McKindree was diagnosed with a rare bone marrow condition four years ago and has since been in and out of the children’s hospital in Phoenix. Before she underwent a lifesaving bone marrow transplant last year, she was given the choice of freezing her eggs if she wanted, but she had to make the decision quickly.

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Improved IVF Technique

11557918553_242c2d054b_mFor many couples, in vitro fertilization (IVF) has proved the solution they’ve been looking for for years as a means to finally being able to get pregnant and have a child. For some couples, however, even IVF is not successful. Luckily, due to the ever-increasing amount of information scientists and doctors continue to learn about this procedure, there is an improved way of performing IVF that is helping those couples who previously had no success.

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The Many Options of Having a Child

549298240_9dabe1497a_mFor most people, getting pregnant is not hard at all. The timing is right, the eggs are fertile, and everything works out.

For others, getting pregnant is slightly more difficult. It might involve seeing a doctor, taking medication, or even having a minor surgical procedure. Even then, most couples who seek help are able to get pregnant.

But for a very small number of people, all those things don’t work. Couples who have taken the medication, who have tried in vitro fertilization (IVF) and intrauterine insemination (IUI), who have undergone the surgery—they are all hit with dead ends. For these couples, not being able to get pregnant is crushing.

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