Birth Rates Rise Among Women over 40

Many of us have seen the recent headlines regarding the drop in birth rates in 2008  among women in their teens, twenties, and thirties. What caught everyone's attention was that the 40-to-44 age bracket saw a 4 percent increase in birth rate. For those of us in the fertility world - this wasn't a surprise at all. My average patient is 39 years old. Most of my patients doing IVF are 39 and older. They are doing IVF because they don't have time to wait for the economy to pick-up. (more…)

Femara in the News

You may have seen the recent coverage regarding Femara – a commonly prescribed medication in the fertility world – it induces ovulation. http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE6384DN20100409 3 in 10 women take the drug femara to increase their chances of getting pregnant. Femara is a medication that is FDA-approved for breast cancer prevention. Like many drugs, it may cause birth defects when taken in pregnancy. When taken pre-pregnancy, it does not increase one’s risk of birth defects. It is not illegal for doctors to use medications “off-label.” I’ll give you an example of a medication that we use off-label (more…)

Aluminum Cans and Your Fertility

A recent Danish study published in American Journal of Epidemiology showed that men who drank more soda (equivalent to 4 sodas per day) had a lower sperm count than men who didn’t drink as much soda  - and when they compared caffeine intake – the difference didn’t seem to be related to caffeine. This totally makes sense – the guys who were drinking more sodas also ate more fast foods and ate less fruits and vegetables.  Of course their sperm counts are going to be lower – right? But what if it’s actually something linked to the aluminum cans? (more…)

Prostate Cancer and Male Infertility – What you should know

Infertile men were found to be were found to be 2.6 times more likely to be diagnosed with high-grade prostate cancer compared to fertile men according to a recent study published in this month’s Cancer, a peer-reviewed journal published by the American Cancer Society. Don’t jump to any conclusions. The study did NOT show that infertile men were at higher risk of prostate cancer compared with fertile men. What they found is that infertile men (more…)

Virus causing genital warts can make your sperm swim slower

When a woman goes in for her annual PAP smear, the doctor is doing a test  for  human papillomavirus which can cause cervical cancer. HPV (human papillomavirus) is also the virus that causes genital warts. We have all watched the media campaign promoting the HPV vaccine in girls. HPV, for the first time, has been identified in the head of sperm cells .  The infected sperm has decreased motility - it moves slower. This has fertility implications. (more…)

Physical activity and Female Fertility

Patients are always asking me, “Can I continue to run everyday while undergoing infertility treatment?” It isn’t unusual for a patient to say, “My Mom thinks that the reason why I’m not getting pregnant is because I exercise too much, is she right?” This is what we know: Women who exercise most days of the week have been shown to be 3 times more likely to have fertility problems than inactive women. (more…)

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