High amount of pollution = Increase in miscarriage risk

We are learning more and more  about the connection between environmental pollutants and fertility problems in both males and females. A recent study out of Brazil showed that women exposed to high levels of air pollution prior to conceiving had a much higher risk of miscarriage. What does this mean to us in the US? First of all, learn about the air quality in your area around the time you are planning on conceiving (more…)

Fertility Treatment for Unmarried Persons and GLBT

Please take the time to listen Dr. Kao on the radio. He was on the radio this past Saturday night.  Job well done Dr. Kao. Dr. Kao on Swirl Radio All over the country, a growing number of professional women without male partners have chosen to have children, (more…)

Why should you know if your tubes are open before IVF?

Feb 07, 2010 | Fertility Care
This sounds like a silly question. You’re going through IVF and your doctor wants to make sure you don’t have blocked or dilated tubes. If your tubes are blocked you are at higher risk for an ectopic pregnancy. If your tubes are dilated with fluid, you are at higher risk for an ectopic pregnancy and you have a significantly lower chance of getting pregnant. The reason is this: the fluid in your tubes can wash away the embryo. We call the fluid “embryo toxic.” So what can you do before you go through IVF to make sure that you don’t have a dilated tube? (more…)

Timing of intercourse – When do you time intercourse when planning an insemination?

Feb 07, 2010 | Infertility News
Patients are always asking me, when should we have intercourse? Patients will often tell me what they read on infertility blogs – that they should wait 3-4 days before producing semen for intrauterine insemination. What do we know: we know that abstinence (no ejaculation) for greater than 4 days (more…)

Smoking and IVF Pregnancy Outcomes

Feb 07, 2010 | Fertility Care
When you visit a fertility specialist, your doc will review your social habits. Smoking is one of those habits that is not only hazardous to your health but can reduce fertility. A study just came out this past month showing that women who smoked during their IVF cycles had less eggs retrieved. The study also found that recent male smoking (more…)

PBDE and What You Should Know

Feb 05, 2010 | Fertility Care
First of all, what is PBDE? PBDE stands for polybrominated diphenyl ether. It is a chemical used in flame retardants for decades. This chemical is found in foam furniture, electronics, fabrics, carpets and plastics. The recent study published by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences is the first study to examine the relationship between PBDEs and fertility. The results are very interesting. Women with higher levels of PBDEs in their blood stream took longer (more…)

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