Sperm quality may impact offspring

Men who wait longer to have children run an increased risk of passing on potential health conditions to their offspring due to sperm health, a new study from University of Otago has found. The study analyzed the results of 90 existing studies on male fertility and found consistent findings—the quality of a man’s semen declined as he aged. It’s already recognized that a woman’s age can lead to increased likelihood of health problems in children but it has been less [...]

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Asthma May Have Negative Effect on Fertility

Asthma May Have Negative Effect on Fertility New study suggests that women with asthma could have more difficulty conceiving, resulting in prolonged time to pregnancy. Researchers say the study, published in the European Respiratory Journal, adds to previous research suggesting that asthma may have negative effect on fertility. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 1 in 12 people in the US has asthma, which totals around 25 million individuals. Women are more likely than men to have [...]

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Baby born after womb transplantation

In September, a 36-year-old Swedish woman became the first ever to give birth from a transplanted womb. A new paper published in The Lancet provides a "proof of concept" report on the case. "Absolute uterine factor infertility" is the only type of female infertility still considered to be untreatable. This condition is often a consequence of Rokitansky syndrome, which is when a woman is born without a womb. Adoption and surrogacy have so far been the only options for women [...]

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Busting 27 Fertility Myths

Myth 1: I WILL GET PREGNANT AS SOON AS WE STOP USING BIRTH CONTROLYou just stopped using your birth control and your period started immediately coming month after month. This, however, is not a guarantee that you will get pregnant right away. For the majority of couples, getting pregnant doesn’t happen the first month they try to conceive. Studies show that healthy couples only have a 1 in 4 chance of conceiving in any given cycle. Still, our little trick [...]

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Infertility: is this cholesterol’s fault?

Cholesterol is well known for provoking cardiovascular diseases such as heart attack. But not only... does it also cause infertility? A new study, recently published by the Universities of Buffalo and Emory, showed the clear correlation between pregnancy and cholesterol. Undoubtedly high blood cholesterol levels play a major role in the production of sex hormones.The study was done on 501 couples that were not treated for infertility during 4 years. They were followed for one year of trying or until [...]

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How does stress lead to infertility?

How does stress lead to infertility? Experiments on animals such as mouse showed that there is a direct relationship between stress and fertility. Scientists stressed mice by limiting their access to food which resulted in decrease in their fertility rates. Of course showing the same thing on humans wouldn't be possible. (more…)

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Being in a developed country will not develop your sperm

Being in a developed country will not develop your sperm. In recent years, scientists mention more and more about the effects caused by chemical substances (natural or anthropogenic origin) disrupting the reproductive functions in wildlife. This finding is illustrating the growing concern of the society, that exposure to toxic substances in the environment could have negative effects on human fertility with more and more people are having issues to conceive. As the famous journalist Michael Pollan Said “We are what we [...]

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5 Creative Ways Countries Tried to Up Their Birth Rates

As we shared in our previous post the birth rate of many countries is decreasing - especially after the hit of the global economic crisis. Some countries have taken up the problem very seriously and launched creative campaigns to encourage their citizens to become parents. If you don’t believe, check out the Danish campaign ‘Do It for Danemark’ created by a local company but still serving the idea of the public good of making more Danes.SINGAPORE The Singapore authorities decided in [...]

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The financial crisis hit parenthood plans: greying of the European baby boomers

The fertility rate has fallen sharply in the most affected by the crisis countries, the Vienna Institute of Demography sounded the alarm.  In order for the economy of a country to be supported the minimum fertility rate required is 2.1 children per woman. Underneath this rate, the effect is catastrophic leading to population ageing - and respectively to economic downturn. An example for this is China where there are 4 elderly people for every 1 working person. Another study shows [...]

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