HPV VACCINATION DOES NOT NEGATIVELY IMPACT FERTILITY IN ADOLESCENTS

Adolescents who receive recommended vaccinations, including for human papillomavirus, have no increased risk of primary ovarian insufficiency, also known as premature menopause, according to a large Kaiser Permanente study published in Pediatrics. Rates of HPV vaccination have lagged behind coverage rates for other recommended adolescent vaccinations, such as tetanus-diphtheria-acellular pertussis (Tdap) and meningococcal conjugate. Based…

BRIEFS OR BOXER SHORTS? A NEW STUDY SETTLES THE DEBATE

What type of underwear is best for men’s fertility: briefs or boxer shorts? New research settles the dispute once and for all. Infertility affects 8–12 percent of couples all over the world. Of these cases, 40–50 percent are down to the male. Several factors can affect a man’s fertility, such as smoking, their genes, a…

MEDITERRANEAN DIET IMPROVES FERTILITY

New research has found that women who follow a ‘Mediterranean’ diet in the six months before assisted reproductive treatment have a significantly better chance of becoming pregnant and giving birth to a live baby than women who did not. New research has found that women who follow a “Mediterranean” diet in the six months before…

ANTIOXIDANT SUPPLEMENTS FAIL TO IMPROVE SPERM QUALITY IN INFERTILE MEN

Trial results offer no support for antioxidant supplementation in male factor infertility Despite many study results suggesting that antioxidants have a positive effect on abnormal sperm parameters associated with male infertility, a large US clinical trial of 174 couples has found that an antioxidant formulation taken daily by the male partner for a minimum of…

FRESH OR FROZEN?

The world’s first baby born via in-vitro fertilization turned 40 years old this summer. Still, after four decades, IVF is a relatively new field with ongoing debate on how to get the best results for families who have placed their hopes – and often their personal savings – into fertility treatment. IVF experts disagree about…

COULD IMPOTENCE BE IN YOUR GENES?

In the study, the researchers analyzed data from hundreds of thousands of men. The investigators found gene variations in a specific spot in the human genome near the SIM1 gene that are significantly associated with an increased risk of impotence. “Identifying this SIM1 locus as a risk factor for erectile dysfunction is a big deal…

SLEEP DEPRIVATION LEADS TO ERECTILE DYSFUNCTION

By Dr. Sandeep Patil, Chief Intensivist and Physician, Fortis Hospital, Kalyan   Some people tend to cut down on sleep to make sure other responsibilities, work and familial, are met. The urge to ‘get the job done’ somehow proves to be stressful on the body. Getting the right amount of sleep can do wonders for…

ONE OR MORE SODA A DAY COULD DECREASE CHANCES OF GETTING PREGNANT

A new study has found that the intake of one or more sugar-sweetened beverages per day – by either partner – is associated with a decreased chance of getting pregnant. The amount of added sugar in the American diet has increased dramatically over the last 50 years. Much of that increase comes from higher intake…

NEW RESEARCH COULD EXTEND EGG HEALTH WITH AGE

Researchers have identified a key protein in old, poor-quality C. elegans eggs. When they blocked this protein midway through the fertile window, the equivalent of a woman in her early thirties, they successfully extended egg viability beyond the normal span. Another experiment that knocked out this protein’s genes entirely extended the worms’ fertility by about…