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

If 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.

In the most recent study, “researchers looked at the dietary choices in a group of 315 women that ultimately completed 520 ART cycles in 2013. They found that the eggs from women that were eating foods that contained soy had a higher fertilization rate. More specifically, they found that the clinical pregnancy rate was 11% higher and live birth rate was 13% higher for the soy group after they were age-matched with women who did not eat soy. In fact, women who were consuming the most amount of soy had a nearly 80% higher chance of success.”

Talk to your doctor about increasing the soy intake in your diet as well as any other food that could be beneficial to you getting pregnant. Soon, you could be on your way to parenthood.

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Girl Freezes Eggs Ahead of Chemotherapy

Egg 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.

She decided to go for it. “Plans came together rapidly. Working with Angel Mamas, a non-profit organization benefitting families who have ill children, they raised $5,000 on Facebook in just three days to contribute toward the cost. Then McKindree’s eggs were retrieved on June 13, about a month before she had her transplant on July 29 and began chemo.” While most women who freeze their eggs are in their late 30s, many doctors have seen a few teenagers and women in their 20s who are ready and wanting to freeze their eggs.

If you are interested in hearing more about egg freezing or think it may be right for you, talk to your doctor today. You could soon have a plan for when you are ready for children!

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Improved IVF Technique

For 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.

Omar and Natasha, a couple who lives in Toronto, had tried for four years to get pregnant but had no success. The reason was due to Natasha’s eggs, which were considered poor quality. “Her fertility specialist suggested a new IVF treatment that involves using a mother’s immature egg cells, found in the protective lining of the ovaries, to give an energy boost to existing eggs. The treatment uses the energy-producing mitochondria from immature egg cells to supplement existing mitochondria in existing eggs. A single cycle of the treatment, known as Augment, worked. Natasha, 34, underwent the procedure” and had a baby this spring.

The technique is being continually tested and perfected and should be available in the United States soon. In the meantime, if you are having trouble conceiving, talk to your doctor today. Soon, you could be on the path to parenthood.

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The Many Options of Having a Child

For 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.

For couple Maya and Noah, they had spent years and thousands of dollars trying to conceive, yet every time were met with no success. Almost near giving up, Maya happened to hear about embryo adoption. Couples who undergo IVF often freeze extra embryos which sometimes do not get implanted, leaving those embryos available to be adopted. Maya called clinics across the country looking for an ethnic match and found one. The embryo was implanted and the couple are now due in a couple weeks with their “adopted” child. To find out more about their story, watch the video documenting their journey: http://www.lifeandstylemag.com/posts/adopted-embryos-give-struggling-couple-one-more-shot-at-a-family-54339.

There are many possibilities of ways to have a child. If you are struggling to get pregnant, talk to a doctor today. You could soon be on the path to parenthood.

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Boosting Fertility Rates Around the World

It’s National Infertility Awareness Week. Society and the world at large are gradually becoming more open in talking about infertility and ways to overcome it. For many, infertility is an actual medical condition that requires consulting a doctor, taking medication, or a surgical procedure. Thankfully there are many doctors and clinics to assist in this process. For others, it is an issue of learning when is the best time to try to conceive, or having sex at all!

The following countries are trying creative ways to get couples home and having fun in the bedroom:

South Korea’s Health Ministry began turning the lights off early one day per month a few years back to encourage employees to go home and multiply.

In honor of Singapore’s 50th anniversary this year, any babies born this year will receive a goody bag with things such as clothes and diapers.

For any women in Russia who deliver on June 12, a national holiday, they have an opportunity to win prizes such as refrigerators or cars.

In Norway, mothers are entitled to 10 months of fully paid maternity leave or a full year at 80 percent pay.

In the United States as well, people receive a tax break depending on the number of children they have. As the birth rate continues to fall in many countries, it is essential that those struggling to conceive see a doctor as soon as possible to determine what the road block is. Talk to your doctor today about how you can conceive in the near future and be on the path to parenthood.

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Frozen Embryos Remain Viable for Years

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Dr. Tomer Singer

We don’t think that there is a significant impact when an embryo is frozen for a couple of years or for a decade,” said Dr. Tomer Singer, director of egg freezing for the North Shore LIJ Health System.

Singer said that Lenox Hill Human Reproduction in Manhattan, where he works, will store frozen embryos, charging about $500 to $600 each year, until a woman turns 51.

At that time, the embryos are either discarded or donated to research, he said.

See Dr. Tomer Singer’s comments from the article in the Daily News.

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Sperm Freezing On the Rise

13561641_sBy now most people have heard of egg freezing, especially as its popularity increases due to being a perk for female employees of large tech companies. But sperm freezing is gaining popularity as well and is proving to be an even easier way to plan for future fertility.

Surprisingly, sperm freezing has been around since the 1950s. There is very little recorded data as to just how many men have their sperm frozen but doctors say the numbers are on the rise. “Dr. Eric J. Forman, a fertility specialist in New Jersey, says men can remain fertile even in their 40s, 50s and 60s but there are certain things that can have a significant impact on fertility. Men who are facing chemotherapy, radiation or a medical condition that could affect their fertility may choose to freeze their sperm. In addition, some men are concerned about having a future accident or trauma to their genitals. Men who have opted for a vasectomy may choose to freeze their sperm beforehand since a reversal requires surgery and is not always successful.”

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IVF Children Complete a Happy Family

by Avner Hershlag, MD, Chief of the Center for Human Reproduction.

 

It is truly astonishing that a fashion house, which is supposed to be forward thinking of the trends in what men and women wear, is trying to set us back in time to the dark ages, when infertile men and women had no option of having children.

EltonJohn-DavidFurnish1978 saw the first #IVF baby, born in England. Fast forward in time and there are now more than six million human beings who have been born through this process. IVF entails fertilization outside the body in cases where the body is unable to achieve a pregnancy. Both egg and sperm are real. There is nothing synthetic about them (unlike many of the clothes made by Dolce and Gabbana).

Contrary to the premise that seeps through the commentaries from D&G, IVF does not represent a break in the loving relationship in couples. Infertility poses a significant threat to maintaining a bond between two partners – with no children to cement the relationship, and with the escalating anxiety and frustration in the face of failed attempts at procreation. IVF is the most powerful instrument to help infertile couples convert their loving relationship into a successful pursuit of a happy family.

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“The Mindy Project” Tackles Fertility

As fertility becomes an ever more talked about topic, it was only a matter of time before it became a topic in entertainment.

In “The Mindy Project,” Mindy is trying to start her own fertility clinic, but is finding out that starting her own business is harder than expected. Besides the fact that the show displays a humorous take on fertility, it is encouraging to see fertility so talked about.

In the last 10 or so years especially, fertility has gone from being a topic only discussed with your spouse and doctor behind closed doors to a topic discussed during dinner parties and at bars and with employers. As technology continues to advance and astound us, more couples are finding success with getting help for their fertility woes, be it with in vitro fertilization (IVF), intrauterine insemination (IUI), donor eggs or spermreproductive surgery, or other types of assistance.

Fertility should never be something you struggle with alone. There are thousands of people who are going through the same thing as you. Talk to friend, join a support group, or make an appointment with your doctor to get the help you need in dealing with your fertility and finding out if there is a way you can become a parent after all.

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