New study shows direct correlation between weight and infertility
New research published in the journal Fertility and Sterility shows a direct correlation between weight and infertility. The study looked at nearly 32,000 infertility treatments done in clinics in the United States and found that 20 percent were more likely to fail in obese women. The research supports previous studies that found excess fat can affect hormone levels or low-level inflammation throughout the body.
Like Bill Clinton’s famous campaign line, “It’s the economy, stupid,” scientists are now debunking the popular genetic theory of biology. The debate is currently raging over the relative influence of genes compared to the “environment,” or how our senses play a role in the expression of our cells.
Paint, carpet, household cleaners, etc., can be a factor
For millions of women, the dream of becoming pregnant is just that, a dream. Sometimes doctors simply cannot diagnose a cause of the infertility. Obesity and smoking are known culprits, though some experts believe there are lesser known causes, many of them lurking in your own home.
Ten-month-old Josie is a miracle Kevin and Amanda Johnson thought they might never have.
Amanda says, "I watched all my friends get pregnant within a couple months of trying."
But for Amanda, that joy seemed never to come; she and Kevin went through years of fertility treatments.
Chai-yok is believed to regulate menstrual cycles and treat infertility
Spas offer treatments for just about every body part these days, so it isn't terribly surprising that the Tikkun Holistic Spa in Santa Monica is now offering a $50 V-Steam — literally a steam bath for their female clients' genitalia. What is of interest is the treatment's history.
Researchers find that "no spermicidal" label does not mean harmless
Some vaginal lubricants labeled as "no spermicidal" may not be so harmless to sperm, and could actually thwart their egg-bound journey, suggests a new Swiss study.
Researchers studied four gels in the lab, of which only one -- Pre-Seed -- appeared not to be toxic to sperm.
Women who suffer from vaginal dryness often use lubricants to improve the comfort of intercourse. The gels can also be employed to ease the insertion of medical devices, including probes used for imaging tests during the course of fertility treatment.
Obesity, underweight linked to poorer outcomes in studies
A woman's weight influences her fertility, two new studies suggest.
In one study, researchers compared Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology (SART) data on 158,385 menstrual cycles with the height and weight of women. They found that cycle cancellation rates became more common with increasing body mass index (BMI) and that the chances of not becoming pregnant, or failing to carry a pregnancy to term, rose significantly with increasing obesity.
Soaking your feet in warm water for 15 minutes a night is a simple, effective way to de-stress and relax after work. According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, it is quite beneficial to your fertility health as well.
Women who smoke during early pregnancy may harm baby's future fertility
If you're looking to make a baby, you might want to put out your cigarette before getting down to business: There's now more evidence linking smoking with decreased fertility in men and women — and their offspring.
A new study shows smoking by women during early pregnancy reduces the number of germ cells in the embryo. Germ cells later develop into eggs or sperm, so this reduction has the potential to reduce the baby's future fertility.
And men who smoke develop an imbalance in their levels of a protein, called protamine, that is vital to sperm fertility, another new study suggests.
Effect of insulin in pituitary surprises scientists
Being obese has long been linked to infertility in females, but researchers may have been wrong about how the link was forged, a new study suggests.
Doctors and scientists have thought that the fertility problems were caused by resistance to the hormone insulin. Chronically high levels of insulin often accompany obesity, eventually making muscles and other tissues impervious to the hormone’s signals.