Doctors recommend women using fertility treatments cut back on certain activities to increase their chances of having children, but a new study suggests they're not listening. Alice Domar and her fellow researchers surveyed women going through an IVF cycle at Boston IVF between June 2009 and March 2010. Of the 111 women that completed the daily surveys, at least nine out of ten exercised once a week even though they were told to cut back. About half of the women continued to drink alcohol during their cycle, and three out of four continued to drink caffeinated beverages.
Could a simple vitamin supplement increase your chances of getting pregnant? A small Britsh study has found that women who take pregnancy vitamin supplements while undergoing fertility treatment have a higher chance of conceiving. The study, published in the journal Reproductive BioMedicine online, was conducted at the University College London and the Royal Free Hospita. It is now being replicated in a larger trial.
Researchers studied 58 subfertile women women, who were divided into two groups. One group received a multiple micronutrient (MMN) supplement containing nutrients such as vitamins A, C and E, and zinc and selenium, and one group received folic acid. All of the women had healthy, balanced diets, and they either did not have regular periods or had 12 months of unexplained infertility. The researchers matched the groups for factors such as age, weight and duration of infertility. After four weeks on the pills, the women had ovulation induction with standard fertility drugs: either Clomid or human menopausal gonadotropin.
Should you stop your Zoloft if you are trying to conceive? Or your Prozac, Wellbutrin, whatever? Should you stop your psychotropic drugs before you try to conceive, before you get pregnant, once you are pregnant?
In general, infertile couples in this study reported less drinking than the general population – 45 percent to 66 percent reported consuming any alcohol at all, while 62 percent to 74 percent of the general population reports that they are current drinkers.
Being clinically obese is known to affect fertility, IVF conception and birth; however a new study finds that women who are overweight — even by just a few pounds — are less likely to have a baby through IVF. Their chance of having a live birth through the treatment is reduced by 9 percent, while the risk of miscarriage increases 24 percent, according to British researchers. The findings are published in the journal Human Reproduction
Women who have an electro-acupuncture session as part of their infertility treatment may have a better chance of ultimately having a baby, according to a new study published in the journal Fertility and Sterility. The study of 309 women undergoing in vitro fertilization (IVF) found that those who had electro-acupuncture at the time their embryos were transferred were more likely to give birth.
The Canadian Fertility and Andrology Society, which recommends standards for the country's fertility doctors, will be hosting a debate in Toronto this weekend on the issue of whether a woman of a certain Body Mass Index (BMI) should be banned from getting in vitro fertilization. Doctors say there is an increased health risk women face with a BMI higher than 35 when trying to get pregnant and keeping the weight down would help reduce complications.
Canadian doctors are considering a policy that would bar obese women from trying to have babies through fertility treatments – provoking debate over whether the fat have the same reproductive rights as the thin. Some believe a ban would be tantamount to discrimination, yet a growing number of fertility doctors worldwide already bar treatment based on a woman’s Body Mass Index.
Regular exercise and a good diet can help lower insulin levels, thus help regulate hormones and have a positive effect of fertility. Dr. Laurence Jacobs, a Chicago fertility doctor with Fertility Centers of Illinois, discusses the benefits of exercise and eating "good carbs."