Common Infertility Myths

We live in the age of information. For any given subject, there is a plethora of data at our fingertips. Unfortunately, not all of it is factual. This is especially true when examining fertility, and more specifically- infertility. Infertility is a very complex thing and while there are some truths about this subject, some are only old wives’ tales. Because of its complex nature there is a lot of confusion. Let’s examine a few myths about fertility. Read more ›

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What is Secondary Infertility?

secondary infertilityIn a perfect world, you have a baby and then, when and if you decide to grow your family further, you have another baby. For some, the road to pregnancy and fertility happens just as they imagined. For others, there are bumps and detours along the way.

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How Does Cancer Treatment Impact Fertility?

preserving fertilityWomen that are being treated for cancer may have questions about preserving their fertility if they haven’t had children yet or are planning to have children in the future. It is important to know how cancer treatment will affect fertility as well as preservation steps that can be done before starting cancer treatment. Read more ›

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November is Prematurity Awareness Month

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November is prematurity awareness month. By definition, a premature birth is simply a baby born before 37 weeks gestation. Because “before” can range in time, there are differing levels of prematurity.

The risk of complications surrounding premature birth lessen the closer development is to that 37 week mark, with babies born prior to 26 weeks gestation considered the highest risk.

Around the world, it is estimated that 15 million babies are born prematurely on an annual basis. Of that 15 million, more than a million do not survive. In the US, we have one of the highest preterm birth rates among industrialized countries.

While most premature births occur closer to the 37 week mark, the risk of complications surrounding premature birth lessen the closer development is to that 37 week mark, with babies born prior to 26 weeks gestation considered the highest risk. To put things into perspective, let’s break the survival rate down by gestational age: Read more ›

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

breast cancer awarenessBreast cancer affects hundreds of thousands of women every single year. In fact, an estimated 231,830 women will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer this year.

Just as with other types of cancer, early detection is key. This is why mammograms are so important, just as it is important to know and understand your family history and risk factors.

Here are a few breast cancer facts to keep in mind and promote awareness.  Read more ›

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What to Research Before Starting Fertility Treatment

Trying to conceive can be an exciting and sometimes emotional time for a couple. When you find yourself struggling to conceive you may start researching a fertility specialist to help you become pregnant. However, more is involved in the process aside from making the appointment. There are some things you will need to research before going to the doctor’s office.

Fertility testing can be a long process and it is important that you have prepared yourself for this journey. By being prepared you can save yourself a lot of money and it can also help you avoid any surprises. This will also give you time to write down any questions you have beforehand. Read more ›

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Can Certain Pillows Reduce Heartburn?

During pregnancy a woman can experience some pretty severe heartburn that is both uncomfortable and can affect their quality of sleep.

The good news is that there is a pillow system being tested at a Cleveland Clinic that may help bring some much needed relief from heartburn. This pillow system is shaped like a candy cane. Not only will it provide elevation to ease heartburn, but it will also provide a side position for sleeping on the left side.   Read more ›

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Men Told to Avoid Tight Pants to Increase Fertility

Fertility experts have advised men who are trying to have a family before they are forty then they should avoid wearing tight pants.

Professor Allan Pacey has warned that by wearing tight pants it can result in there being two and a half times less fertile sperm. He has also said that the quality of men’s sperm can decrease after they are forty years of age and that studies have found that children who are born to father’s over the age of forty have an increased risk of developing schizophrenia, autism and Down syndrome. He has also stated that the average age for men to have their first child has been rising since 1970 and now the average age is 32. Read more ›

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Can Your Cervical Mucus Tell You If You’re Pregnant?

While women are who are trying to conceive are during their two week wait to take a pregnancy test they may ask if their cervical mucus changes during pregnancy and if it could be an early pregnancy indicator. The answer that is disappointing is no. It can be very tempting for women who wish to become pregnant to jump on every symptom as a way to tell if they are pregnant.

It is easy to assume that the cervical mucus could be an indication for early pregnancy as it can help you determine if you’re ovulating. The vaginal discharge will probably not be much different than it is just before starting menstruation. Read more ›

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New Study Suggests Your Washing Machine Could Damage Fertility

For a while it has been unknown why chemicals responsible for disrupting hormones have been found in lakes and rivers. However, it is now known that is actually coming from washing machines. It has puzzled scientists for quite some time as to how compounds that are flame retardant and the chemicals that make plastic become bendy have ended up in the environment because factories have taken precautions to avoid spills. Read more ›

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