Researchers from the Kaiser Permanente Division of Research in Oakland, Calif., published a new study suggesting that pregnant women with the highest levels of exposure to magnetic fields are more likely to have a child who develops asthma, compared to pregnant women with low exposure levels. The study, published in the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine journal, was conducted by the same researcher who made waves in 2002 with a study that suggested magnetic fields could boost a woman’s chances of miscarriage.
A growing number of women struggling to have a baby are going under the knife and getting weight-loss surgery to boost their fertility. The research on bariatric surgery and fertility is meager, but a study out this month found that six obese women diagnosed as infertile got pregnant after the operation. "Surgery is a last resort. It should be offered to patients that can't reduce their weight significantly other ways," said Avner Herschlag, medical director of the Center for Human Reproduction at North Shore-LIJ Health System in Manhasset, L.I.
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Right after Ant was born was when I had the strongest desire to have another child. I am going to chalk that up to hormones (and thinking maybe he was our only child.) After we paid our first storage fee on our frozen embryo (‘totsicle’) I knew I wasn’t yet ready to have another.
In May, after a thorough review of the existing research, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), part of the World Health Organization (WHO), classified cell phones as “possibly carcinogenic to humans” and acknowledged that the radiation emitted from cell phones may increase an individual’s risk of brain cancer. Now another potential health problem associated with cell phones is gaining attention.
We all know that smoking is bad for you. Smokers are at high risk for cancer, heart attack and stroke, among other things. However, when you are trying to conceive, quitting smoking is especially critical.
If men smoke when their partners are pregnant, their daughters may end up reaching menopause about a year earlier than their peers, according to a study. Previous research has found that a woman's own smoking habits, as well as those of her partner, may also have an impact on her fertility and may precipitate the point at which she can no longer get pregnant.
In a recent article in Fertility and Sterility, research was published confirming that higher age, along with lifestyle factors such as stress, smoking and alcohol are all factors that negatively affect semen quality. Different factors cause lower sperm count, lower semen volume, lower motility, etc. All of these parameters matter when it comes to characterizing a sperm sample as healthy.
If you are anything like me when I was going through my troubles conceiving, sex was the last thing I wanted. It's so ironic — the more you want to become a mother, the less you want to enjoy the love you can experience with your partner.
For Jill, taking a break from fertility treatment meant taking 90 days to stop using fertility drugs, recharge, research, try Traditional Chinese Medicine, and live a healthier lifestyle. When she was ready to try and get pregnant, her fertility treatment worked.