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Obesity Raises Risk of Miscarriage




Obesity and women’s fertility are strongly related, as any woman with PCOS could tell you. You can add this new study from the UK to a growing list of studies which suggest a linkage between women’s body weight their ability to conceive and carry a pregnancy to term: Overweight women undergoing fertility treatment have double […]

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Lack of Sleep Linked to Female Infertility




Dr. Michael Breus, PhD sleep expert and author of the Insomnia Blog, points to a new report that suggests how lack of sleep is linked to female infertility. Here’s how a lack of sleep impacts a woman’s fertility: …[Without enough sleep] one of your body’s most important systems, the endocrine system, will start to malfunction. […]

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ICSI May Be Overused by IVF Clinics




IVF clinics may be overusing the fertility treatment known as ICSI, or intracytoplasmic sperm injection, according to a new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine. ICSI is a fertility treatment used to treat low semen count or poor sperm quality, two types of male infertility. To perform ICSI, laboratory specialists place a […]

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PGD and IVF Is No Riskier Than IVF Alone




Good news for aspiring parents at risk of passing on genetic diseases like cystic fibrosis and sickle cell disease to their children. According to a recently released study, children born from using PGD (preimplantation genetic diagnosis) do not experience any more birth defects than those born without using PGD. PGD can help these couples identify […]

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Pregnancy Success Rates Using Donor Eggs




In the United States, the CDC (Centers for Disease Control) collects data from fertility clinics on their pregnancy success rates for infertility treatments such as IVF, PCG, and ICSI. In these surveys, the pregnancy success rate is defined as the percentage of a particular treatment that results in a pregnancy and live birth. Recently I […]

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Sperm Donors Make Less Than Egg Donors




Although the nature of the genetic material is different, sperm donors and egg donors both contribute equally to the making of a child. Yet according to one UCLA researcher, they are treated very differently, and male sperm donors are valued less than female egg donors. In a recent interview, UCLA sociologist Rene Almeling says that: […]

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