Infertility News

Infertility refers to the inability to conceive or the inability to carry a pregnancy to term. It can occur for a variety of complex reasons, and it can affect both men and women. In fact, almost an equal number of cases of infertility can be attributed to men and women. There are also a number of cases of infertility that simply can’t be explained or are attributable to factors in both the man and the woman.

Medically, a couple is often diagnosed with having infertility if they have tried at the right times to produce a baby with no success for a full year, or for six months if they're trying to conceive and are older than 35.

Causes of Infertility

A whole host of factors can contribute to infertility in both men and women. Often, people can be infertile but show no symptoms so they won’t know it until they try to conceive a child. Lifestyle factors such as older age, a heavier weight, smoking or alcohol abuse can all contribute to infertility. Certain diseases can also cause infertility, including some sexually transmitted diseases, endometriosis and tubal diseases. Some environmental exposures can also lead to infertility.

Treatment

If you or your partner is found to be infertile, there are now more treatment options than ever before. A variety of medications can be taken by both men and women to boost fertility or reduce certain problems that may cause the inability to have a baby. Artificial insemination is sometimes also used to inject the partner’s or a donor’s sperm into the woman at the time of ovulation. In vitro fertilization is a process in which the woman’s egg is fertilized by the man’s sperm outside of the body in a laboratory. The fertilized egg is then implanted in the woman’s uterus. These are just a handful of the many options available to medically address the problem of infertility.

SOURCE: National Infertility Association

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11/1/2017
10/30/2017
10/10/2017
Fertility Tests May Not Be Best Gauge of Your Biological Clock

Doctors say age remains a better indicator of a woman's 'reproductive potential'

9/20/2017
As Men's Weight Rises, Sperm Health May Fall

But shedding pounds may bring them back to normal, researcher says

8/25/2017
Do Flame Retardants Hinder Infertility Treatments?

Study found link between exposure to a certain chemical and failed in-vitro fertilization attempts

7/25/2017
Sperm Counts Continue to Decline in Western Nations: Review

How this might affect male fertility isn't clear, researchers say

7/21/2017
Donor-Sperm Kids No Different From Their Peers: Study

Parent questionnaires revealed no physical, mental distinctions at school age

7/10/2017
Dad-to-Be's Age Can Affect Fertility Treatment Success

Biggest effects seen for younger women with older men

7/7/2017
Most Relationships Survive Struggles With Infertility

Study finds couples who seek in vitro fertilization are not at added risk of divorce

7/7/2017
Guys, a Noisy Bedroom May Not Be Good for Your Fertility

South Korean study found a quieter room was tied to better odds for fatherhood

6/27/2017
Consider Acupuncture for Incontinence, Not Certain Infertility Cases

Research yields mixed results for this traditional Chinese treatment

6/22/2017
Heart Disease: A Price Humans Pay for Fertility?

Study finds genes that boost risk for cardiovascular trouble also up chances of having children

6/13/2017
Less Invasive Procedure May Treat Fibroids Without Harming Fertility

Study found blocking blood flow to growths worked for women who went on to conceive, have children

5/18/2017
Century-Old Technique May Help Infertile Couples Conceive Without IVF

In study, flushing fallopian tubes with an oil allowed 40 percent of couples to achieve pregnancy

5/16/2017
Mouse Gives Birth to Pups Using 3-D Printed Ovary

Breakthrough might someday lead to similar organs for infertile women, researchers say

5/15/2017
Shift Work May Put Damper on a Man's Sex Life

Disrupted sleep patterns could explain the link, three studies suggest

3/28/2017
Health Insurance a Key to IVF Success, Researchers Say

At $12,000 and up a cycle, many forgo second attempt if they don't have coverage

3/24/2017
Smartphone Infertility App

Researchers develop at-home fertility test for men using smartphone app.

3/22/2017
Smartphone Device Sizes Up Sperm Health

It analyzes samples in seconds, with 98 percent accuracy, in the privacy of a man's home, researchers say

3/15/2017
Many U.S. Women Have No Access to Fertility Clinics: Study

Among those of childbearing age, 29 percent had no clinic, while another 11 percent had only one

3/13/2017
Failed Fertility Treatments, Poorer Heart Health Later?

Study found small link, but researchers not sure if treatments or underlying health problems to blame

2/10/2017
Daylight Savings Time May Lower Chances of IVF Success for Some: Study

Rates of miscarriage higher for those with a previous miscarriage

2/8/2017
Could Night Shifts, Heavy Lifting Impair a Woman's Fertility?

It's possible, but researcher stresses cause-and-effect link not proven

2/3/2017
2.5 Million U.S. Women Have Condition That Can Cause Infertility

Pelvic inflammatory disease often caused by sexually transmitted infections, CDC experts say

2/1/2017
STDs and Fertility

Millions of women have had a condition that increases the risk of infertility, new study finds.

12/30/2016
Don't Ban Anonymous Sperm Donations: Study

Researchers say it could shrink donor pool, lead to higher fees

12/30/2016
Scientists Design Heat-Activated Penis Implant

Device an improvement on current implants, researchers say

12/28/2016
Men Don't Know About Risks to Fertility, Survey Finds

It's not commonly known that factors such as obesity, laptop use on lap can affect sperm counts

11/30/2016
Fertility Treatments Marketed in U.K. Without Proof They Work: Study

Except for IVF, success rates for many procedures remain in doubt, researchers say

11/23/2016
Researchers Put Embryo Development 'On Hold' in Mice

Putting stem cells into hibernation has potential implications for infertility, cancer, regenerative medicine

11/17/2016
Online Calculator May Help Couples Predict Fertility Rx Success

But researchers say they plan to fine-tune the tool

10/31/2016
Could Zika Harm Men's Fertility?

Mouse study hints at an effect, but studies in humans needed

10/26/2016
FDA Warns of Dangers From Testosterone Supplements

Many American men take them, but heart and psychological issues can occur, agency says

10/19/2016
Sleep Can Affect Male Fertility

Study found too little or too much shuteye linked to reduced chance of pregnancy

10/17/2016
Fewer Birth Defects for Older Moms Who Have Fertility Treatments

In vitro fertilization cut the rate in half for women over 40, study finds

10/7/2016
Males Conceived Via Fertility Treatment May Have Weakened Sperm: Study

Procedure that injects sperm into egg was linked with lower quantity and quality of offspring's sperm

10/5/2016
Doctors Perform 1st U.S. Living-Donor Uterine Transplant

Infertility procedure was tried in 4 women but has remained successful in only one, Texas team says

9/21/2016
Can Stress Lower a Woman's Fertility?

Greatest impact is around ovulation time, research suggests

9/9/2016
Know Your Risk for Ovarian Cancer -- and the Symptoms

Because early signs are often easy to ignore, 140,000 women worldwide die of the disease every year

8/17/2016
Antipsychotic Meds Pose Little Danger to Fetus, Study Finds

Researchers report no significant rise in defects for babies exposed during first trimester

8/11/2016
Infertility Patients' Mental Health Problems Often Unaddressed

'We're doing a terrible job of it,' researcher says

8/10/2016
Frozen Embryos May Boost Pregnancy Odds for Some Women

Study finds they beat fresh embryos in polycystic ovary syndrome patients undergoing IVF

8/10/2016
Dogs Having Tough Time Maintaining Fertility

Veterinarians think chemical pollutants may be to blame; finding might have implications for human males

7/29/2016
Almost 3 in 10 Women Get Pregnant Naturally After Fertility Treatments

Most conceptions occurred within 2 years of stopping assisted reproduction therapies, study reports

7/19/2016
IVF Won't Raise Risk for Breast Cancer

New findings should reassure the many women who undergo the fertility procedure, specialists said

7/1/2016
Many Smartphone 'Fertility Apps' May Not Work

In study, only 6 had perfect score in predicting fertile days

7/1/2016
Who's Most Likely to Seek Infertility Help

They're more likely to be better educated, wealthier and older, study finds

6/21/2016
Fertility Treatments Not Linked to Twins' Birth Defects

But study, while reassuring, is based on limited data

5/23/2016
Fertility Info Lacking for Young Women Who Beat Cancer

Two-thirds said they would've liked more advice on preserving ability to have children, study shows

5/13/2016
Many Fertility Apps, Websites Miss the Mark

Study found only 4 of 53 online calculators accurately predicted best days for conception