Helpful Tips for Detecting Ovulation

ovulationOvulation occurs when the ovary releases a mature egg. That egg then migrates to the fallopian tube and awaits fertilization. For most women of childbearing age, ovulation occurs each month. This means that each month couples that aren’t actively trying to prevent pregnancy, have roughly a 20% chance of conception.

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What is Secondary Infertility?

secondary infertilityIn a perfect world, you have a baby and then, when and if you decide to grow your family further, you have another baby. For some, the road to pregnancy and fertility happens just as they imagined. For others, there are bumps and detours along the way.

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July is Cord Blood Awareness Month

cord blood awareness monthJuly is cord blood awareness month and with that in mind, let’s take a few minutes to learn about cord blood—what it is and how it’s useful.

What is Cord Blood?

Cord blood is the blood that is within a newborn’s umbilical cord. Once a baby is born, some of this cord blood remains in the umbilical cord, as well as within the blood vessels of the placenta.

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Fertility Education Should be Mandatory

fertility educationFor Americans, it is commonplace to go through sex education while in elementary school and learn more in-depth information about the body throughout anatomy and biology classes in high school and college.

However, some medical professionals are now pushing that students today should learn about fertility as well, including the timeline of when is best to have children and what can be done to overcome infertility.

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PCOS and Infertility: What You Need to Know

PCOS fertilityPolycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) affects up to 10% of women of childbearing age. While it may not seem like a lot, it is enough to make it the most common disorder of the endocrine system pre-menopausal women face.

If you have PCOS and are trying to get pregnant, you are likely wondering how PCOS affects you and your fertility. Here’s what you need to know.

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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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