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Weight Is a Factor in Infertility

NBC,  Mar 10, 2011
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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.

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It's the Environment, Stupid

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Why thoughts and perception can impact biology (and your fertility)

a blog by Joanne Verkuilen, Founder, Circle+Bloom, March 3, 2011

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.

Infertility Problems Linked to Household Products

KFOR News,  Feb 15, 2011
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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.

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Weight, Race Tied to Fertility Treatment Success

Reuters,  Feb 9, 2011
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Lower rates of success for minority and overweight women

Both minority women and those who are overweight may have lower rates of success with infertility treatment, some new research suggests.

In a study of nearly 32,000 infertility procedures performed at U.S. clinics in 2007, researchers found that obese women were less likely than thinner women to ultimately have a baby.

But regardless of weight, black, Hispanic and Asian women had lower success rates than white women.

Overall, 45 percent of white women became pregnant, versus 43 percent of Hispanic women, 38 percent of Asian women and 36 percent of African Americans.

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The New-Old Practice of Vaginal Steam Baths

Time,  Dec 27, 2010
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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.

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Despite Labels, Some Vaginal Lubricants Harm Sperm

Reuters,  Nov 11, 2010
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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.

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Weight May Affect a Woman's Fertility

Bloomberg Businessweek,  Oct 25, 2009
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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.

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Relax Your Feet with a Foot Bath

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There may be benefits for your fertility

a blog by Anna Pyne, LAc, MSOM, FABORM, Pulling Down the Moon, September 16, 2010

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.

More Evidence Ties Smoking, Decreased Fertility

MSNBC,  Sept 8, 2010
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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.

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Study Clarifies Obesity-Infertility Link

US News & World Report,  Sept 8, 2010
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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.

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