From Infertility to Pregnancy Virtual Conference

Apr 12, 2013 | Fertility Care
When struggling to have a baby, life can feel like it’s at a standstill, each month dragging and providing the same results. It’s time to start moving again, living, loving and even laughing while on your journey to pregnancy and parenthood. This virtual conference will hopefully transform the way you view and treat your infertility forever. The conference begins Sunday, April 21st 2013, the first day of National Infertility Awareness Week. Go to this website to register for free and learn more! Hope this helps

Air pollution and Birth defects – is there a relationship?

Apr 03, 2013 | Fertility Care
For more than a decade, researchers have been studying the effects of air pollution on babies. Pregnant women living in urban areas or close to freeways with high levels of traffic pollution have been shown to have babies with more birth defects and underweight babies compared to women living in areas with low levels of traffic pollution. New research from Stanford University School of Medicine suggests that breathing traffic pollution in early pregnancy is linked to a higher risk for birth defects. Researchers studied women who resided in one of the most polluted areas in the nation — the San Joaquin Valley in California. The study was conducted in over 800 women whose pregnancies were affected by birth defects in their newborns between 1997 and 2006 compared with an equal number of healthy pregnancies in the same period. The study found an  increased incidence of spina bifida; neural tube defects resulting in malformations of the brain and spine in the newborns of mothers who were exposed to high carbon monoxide during the first eight week of pregnancies, when many birth defects develop. For those who wish to know more, here is the link to the news coverage Check out...

Man-made chemicals and our fertility

Feb 19, 2013 | Fertility Care
I take this report very seriously. I have to tell more and more young women that their eggs are "poor quality" and I think it's due to more than just genetics. Man-made chemicals do affect our fertility.    

Cancer Risk and IVF

Feb 18, 2013 | Fertility Care
One of the most common questions patients ask me: "What is my risk of cancer from IVF?" The link below is a nice summary of a study out of the National Cancer Institute which showed  no difference in women's chances of being diagnosed with breast or endometrial (uterine) cancer based on whether they were treated with IVF. To read  more details, click here: What you should know is this: a blog post does not replace advice from your personal physician. So please talk to your doctor about your family history and risk of cancer so you go into treatment with all the information you need to make the safest decisions for you. The problem is that infertility is very common. Breast cancer is very common. When a celebrity says, " IVF caused my breast cancer", it causes panic and alarm and people not surprisingly automatically say that fertility treatment causes cancer.   Gentle reminder that this information absolutely does not replace advice from your own doctor after she reviews your risk factors for cancer prior to starting fertility treatment.

Infertility in Men – Many of the causes are reversible

Feb 18, 2013 | Fertility Care
Take a look at this link. Accurate info about infertility in men and what lifestyle factors you may need to address while trying to conceive.  

Resveratrol protects against age-associated infertility

Feb 16, 2013 | Fertility Care
If you're a patient of mine, you know I'm always looking for ways to improve egg quality and increase your chances of pregnancy. Interesting study just published in Human Reproduction suggests that resveratrol protects against age-associated infertility in mice. Scientists found that young mice fed with resveratrol for 12 months were able  to reproduce, while mice who were not fed with resveratrol were unable to reproduce after the same amount of time. We can't extrapolate these findings to women quite yet because human studies haven't been done. Resveratrol is available as a supplement for you to  buy over the counter. No one really knows what the best dose would be in humans but you can buy it over the counter with the  hope that the same improvements seen in mouse ovaries may be seen in human ovaries. Always remember that blog posts are not a replacement for your personal physician's recommendations.  Before you add any supplements to your medication list, talk to your doctor first. is a blog post I wrote over a year ago. Hope this helps!  

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