Introduction to Infertility

Not everyone has the goal of becoming a parent, but for those who do, being unable to conceive a child is an exquisitely painful reality. Many of us spend a portion of our lives attempting to avoid unplanned pregnancies, and assume that once we are ready to conceive, it will happen with little difficulty. We tend to think that shifting gears from preventing pregnancy to planning conception and childbirth will proceed in a relatively smooth and orderly fashion. A failure to conceive, then, is a major life stressor, which can wreak havoc on otherwise well-adjusted couples.

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Physically Tough Jobs May Harm a Man's Fertility: Study

MONDAY, March 9, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Hard physical work, high blood pressure and taking multiple medications are among the factors that may lower sperm quality and make men less fertile, new research finds. "Nearly 15 percent of American couples do not get pregnant within their first year of trying... Read More

In Vitro Births Continue to Rise in U.S.

TUESDAY, March 3, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- More babies in the United States are being conceived by in vitro fertilization, a new report shows. Nearly 2,000 more infants were born with the help of this assisted reproductive technology in 2013, compared with 2012, the researchers reported. Almost 175,000... Read More

Thyroid Trouble May Harm Women's Fertility, Study Finds

MONDAY, Jan. 26, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A new study supports the notion that thyroid disorders can cause significant reproductive problems for women. The report's authors believe that testing for thyroid disease should be considered for women who have fertility problems and repeated early pregnancy loss. The research, published Jan... Read More

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New Infertility Topic Center Document Published

Readers, We’ve just published a major revision to our Infertility topic center’s core documentation . The new material, totaling 17 web pages offers a reasonably comprehensive look at this... Read More