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Eating Soy When Trying to Conceive


Perhaps no other food item has been as controversial as soy in the last decade or two. It's been linked to benefits such as boosting female fertility, protecting from breast and prostate cancer, hampering cardiac disease and relie...

BPA Exposure and Infertility in Women


In July 2012, the Food and Drug Administration banned the use of BPA or bisphenol-A in products such as sippy cups and baby bottles because of concerns about the chemical's effect on young children and infant's development. Previ...

Male Fertility Also Affected by Weight


For a long time, a man's role in the fertility issues was overlooked. Now we are beginning to understand that when a cause has been identified, it is nearly as likely to be a problem with the man as with the woman. One such fert...

Boost Your Fertility With Diet


When you decide to start a family, you want to make sure you've done all you can to get healthy including following a nutritious diet. However, a healthy diet may do more than just add to your overall wellness; it may actually boo...

Trouble Conceiving? You Might Have a Vitamin D Deficiency


An Italian study out of Italy and published in the most recent issue of Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism found that for women undergoing invitro fertilization, only half will conceive if they are Vitamin D defici...

Cell Phones and Male Infertility: Another Study Finds a Link


Keep that cell phone out of your husband's pocket and off his belt. Another study finds a connection between carrying cell phones and sperm viability and sperm movement. This of course can create a barrier to fertility. The study...

Study Finds High Cholesterol - Infertility Link


A new study published in the The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism on May 20, 2014 found a connection between a couple's cholesterol levels and their ability to get pregnant. The researchers from the National Insti...

Risks of Multiples with Fertility Treatments


For those who have suffered through pregnancy losses, or years of infertility treatments, the only thing more exciting than news of a baby on the way is two... or more. However, a new study published online in the journal Fertilit...

Chemicals Linked to Sperm Problems... Including Toothpaste?


Concerns over environmental factors in fertility are not strictly feminine concerns. A new study links common household products to impaired fertility in men. Danish and German scientists looked at particular chemicals that cause...

IUDs and Miscarriage: Risks Even After Removal?


The Mirena device is used by 2 million women each year in the US, and by 15 million women worldwide. It is an IUD, or intrauterine device that prevents pregnancy for up to five years and uses a chemical, levonorgestrel, a progesti...

Medications That Can Harm Your Fertility


You may have been trying to conceive for months, or maybe years before visiting a doctor. It can be a frustrating time for both of you — especially if nothing is happening. However, many couples would benefit from visiting t...

Traditional Chinese Medicine and Fertility


More people are seeking beyond the realms of traditional Western medicine in order to achieve their goal of becoming parents. As a result, patients are trying some new methods for dealing with infertility using old medicine such a...

Male Fertility Declines With Age, Too


A woman's ticking clock is all too well known, but how about the shelf life for a man's fertility? Actually, for men the decline appears to start around the age of 40. Today the cause of infertility in couples is pretty much eve...

Antioxidants Won't Boost Female Fertility


A new study published in the Cochrane Review looked at 28 randomized controlled trials and found that women with subfertility issues were not helped by taking antioxidant supplements. Subfertility means to be capable of becoming...

Trouble Conceiving? Check Your Man's Sleep Habits


Infertility can raise many questions in a couple's mind. After months or years of trying to conceive, the majority of couples turn to fertility treatments or adoption. However, a few simple changes in lifestyle may be the easiest...

Infertility: Is it Time to Consider Other Options?


After months or years of struggling to conceive, every couple will eventually ask the question, "What's next?" While pondering this question, forget the myths. Myth #1: "If you adopt, you'll get pregnant right away...

Why You Should See Your Doctor Before Trying to Conceive


You've started noticing babies everywhere; on diaper commercials, in the check out lane at the grocery and in the neighborhood park while walking your dog. Maybe you've even popped into the baby department while at the mall, just...

12 Things to Avoid When Trying to Conceive


Preparing for a family doesn't start with a positive pregnancy test. Ideally, you and your partner have adopted a healthy lifestyle that is well suited to growing a baby before you even toss the birth control. What are the things...

Exercise and Spotting


When you are thinking of getting pregnant in the near, or immediate, future the regularity and normalcy of your periods are important predictors of your success in fertility pursuits. Women who are overweight, underweight or exer...

Walnuts May Improve Male Fertility New Study Shows


In an August 15 article in Biology of Reproduction, researchers from University of California, Los Angeles or UCLA shared findings that men who consumed approximately a half cup of walnuts a day saw a boost in sperm motility and n...

Lower Stress to Help Your Baby Quest


It's an easily acknowledged fact that infertility causes stress, but no study has established definitively that stress causes infertility. However, lowered stress levels certainly won't hurt your fertility, and less stress benefit...

Products to Avoid When Trying to Conceive


Getting ready to start a family involves more than basal temperature charts and ovulation kits, or calendars with hearts. It's also about preparing your body to be at optimum health to make getting pregnant easier and to ensure th...

Losing Weight Before Trying to Conceive


There are a lot of good reasons to be a healthy weight for your height and body size before becoming pregnant. And unless your health care provider instructs you differently, you already know you should not try to lose weight afte...

Does Too Much Exercise Cause Infertility?


Today's focus on fitness has heightened awareness for many people about the benefits of maintaining a regular exercise routine. But is it possible to overdo it? Absolutely, say medical experts, especially if you are trying to co...

Mediterranean Diet May Boost Chances of Conception


According to a study out of Spain published in the November 2011 edition of the journal, Fertility and Sterility women who follow a Mediterranean rather than Western diet have fewer fertility problems. The study looked at a tota...

High Blood Pressure and Fertility


What do high blood pressure and fertility have in common? A healthy woman is more likely to conceive than one who struggles with a condition like high blood pressure or obesity. When hormones are in balance and nutritional needs...

Being Overweight Affects Chances of Conceiving


When trying to build a family, women often try to make all the important lifestyle changes. Cut out smoking, stop the cocktails and switch to decaf. However, one of the most important things a woman can do if she's trying to get...

15 Herbs & Supplements to Support Fertility


Focusing on diet and lifestyle can make a difference for couples trying to conceive. Specifically there are some herbs and supplements that may very well aid fertility. Whenever using any drugs or supplements make sure that you...

The Dad's Preconception Diet


It's common knowledge that a mother's diet has an important role in the health of her unborn child, but not so many people realize how important a father's diet can be as well. Poor eating habits can lower sperm quality and produc...

High Tech Gadgets and Fertility: The Facts


Recent studies have linked the use of laptops and cellphones to higher temperatures and therefore concerns about fertility particularly over long term periods.An important factor in male fertility is not allowing the testicles to...

Can Vaginal Lubricants Harm Sperm?


Without question, vaginal lubricants are a popular option for couples today just look around at your local pharmacy and you'll see numerous brands. The use of these lubricants is especially prevalent among women who are trying-t...

Lifestyle Changes Women Should Make When Trying To Conceive


If you are trying to conceive, or thinking about trying, there are some steps you can take to maximize your fertility and chances of conception, and have a healthier pregnancy. Simple lifestyle changes like eating healthier and qu...

Lifestyle Changes A Man Should Make When Trying To Conceive


Male fertility factors contribute to around 50% of all infertility cases, according to the American Pregnancy Association. In addition, male infertility alone is the cause for approximately one-third of all infertility cases. Ther...

Stopping Birth Control and Trying to Conceive


Stopping birth control and trying to conceive is a common concern for many women. You may not want to become pregnant now, but you may in the future. Many women wanting to conceive a baby after using birth control will ask, "H...

Is There A Missing Link in the Pursuit of Fertility?


Creating a new life is a time-honored blessing. At the same time, infertility rates seem to be on the rise. The good news is that there are many fertility routes available today for couples trying to conceive a baby. More coupl...

Kicking the Caffene Habit


It is highly recommended to adopt healthy habits before conception occurs. In a perfect world all parents would cut out drugs, smoking, and alcohol and would cut back on the caffeine intake well before conceiving. However, t...

Discontinuing Birth Control Use


From preventing pregnancy to trying to conceive, family planning is a large part of a responsible relationship. Methods, uses, and the discontinuation of birth control depend on your current situation. Making sure you have adequ...

Infertility: What to Expect From Your Reproductive Endocrinologist


Deciding to see a specialist is a major step in the journey to conceive. Most women are so unsure of what is involved, that the feelings of uncertainty and fear prevents them from ever making an appointment with a specialist. In r...

Choosing The Right Doctor for You


If you are thinking about getting pregnant, the first thing you should do is schedule a check up with your doctor. If you do not already have a doctor, then the wonderful task of deciding on which one to see is ahead of you....

Choices of Fertility Treatments


If you have tried to conceive a baby for months or years with no results, you may have an infertility problem. Given today's advance in medical technology, your chances are good for conceiving with a little help. Perhaps all...

Vitex: The Women's Herb


Vitex is also known as Chaste Tree Berry, Vitex agnus-castus or monk's pepper. It is a fruity herb plant that grows in Mediterranean countries and central Asia. Vitex is a natural remedy that aids women with problems in infertil...

Evening Primrose Oil


Evening Primrose Oil (EPO) lowers cholesterol, helps to alleviate pms and most importantly here, aids in the production of fertile quality cervical fluid. EPO is an essential fatty acid that contains gamma linolenic acid (GLA)....

The Benefits of Aspirin


Baby aspirin, or low dose aspirin in a dosage of 81mg per tablet, is very beneficial to fertility. There are many other benefits to taking aspirin - such as benefiting the cardiovascular system (because of it's anticoagulative o...

Vitamin B6 to Treat Luteal Phase Defect?


If I had to choose just one vitamin to take to help with my fertility, I'd choose vitamin B6. Vitamin B6 is also known as pyridoxine, and is water soluble. It can be found in yeast, whole grains, legumes, liver, eggs, cereal, meat...

Simple Steps to Support Fertility


Many factors - genetic, lifestyle, dietary and even stress - can affect your ability to have a child. And while some cases of infertility require medical attention, there are simple steps you can take to improve your chances of co...