Type of underwear worn and markers of testicular function among men attending a fertility center

, by

Abstract STUDY QUESTION Is self-reported type of underwear worn associated with markers of testicular function among men at a fertility center? SUMMARY ANSWER Men who reported most frequently wearing boxers had higher sperm concentration and total count, and lower FSH levels, compared to men who did not. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY Elevated scrotal temperatures are known to adversely affect testicular function. However, the epidemiologic literature on type of underwear, as a proxy of scrotal temperature, and male testicular function is

READ MORE

post-thumb

Staying Connected to Your Partner During IVF

, by

In vitro fertilization has been a blessing for couples experiencing infertility, but it can also be stressful, taking a physical and emotional toll. Trying to conceive a family when infertility is present is frustrating and upsetting for both partners, and it can be easy to feel rejected, resentful, or distant because of the anxiety, misdirected emotion and feelings of failure. During IVF, it’s more important than ever to be supportive of and supported by your partner. To prevent distance in

READ MORE

post-thumb

Healthy Ways to Lose Weight and Improve Fertility

, by

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, being overweight or underweight can drastically influence a woman’s chances of becoming pregnant. For women who are overweight, too much estrogen released from a combination of natural hormones and fat cells can cause the body to cease ovulation. High doses of estrogen, like those produced by birth control pills, cause the body to stop ovulating so that it can’t become pregnant. For women who are overweight, it helps to lose

READ MORE

post-thumb

4 Meals That Will Help Add Veggies to Your Diet

, by

Preparing your body for pregnancy requires a diligent effort to get yourself to your healthiest state. This means eating right and drinking plenty of water. But let’s face it: In today’s fast-paced world it’s difficult to get all your veggies in daily. Aside from salads, what can you do to increase your everyday veggie intake? Here are some great vegetable-rich meals that taste great and can be frozen in serving sized portions to take on the go:   Ratatouille: This

READ MORE

post-thumb

4 Ways to Ditch Caffeine and Retain the Energy While Trying to Conceive

, by

Recent studies have suggested that caffeine could be harmful when trying to conceive; it’s also been shown that caffeine during pregnancy isn’t beneficial to your growing fetus.1 So, how do you cut back on that life-giving morning brew and not crash by noon? Here are 4 ways to ditch your caffeine habit and stay awake through lunch. 1. Probiotic Foods and Drinks: Probiotics, healthy microorganisms found in foods like yogurt and miso, are a new craze which might be beneficial

READ MORE

post-thumb

When Do I Start Preparing for Baby?

, by

There are so many questions when it comes to planning a family, and one of the most common is, “when do I start preparing for baby?” It can be so tempting to start painting a bedroom, picking out furniture, planning a shower, and buying baby clothes, but there’s a right time to do all of this. Unfortunately, for men and women who experience infertility, the answer to this question is a little more vague. Those who have no fertility issues

READ MORE

post-thumb

Dealing with Pregnant Friends During Infertility

, by

Discovering that you might be infertile is emotional. At times it may feel as though your whole world is crumbling around you; all the hopes and plans you had for your future family suddenly seem so far away. While there are options to help you conceive naturally, or to obtain a child by other means, it doesn’t make you feel much better in the beginning. These emotions are intensified when friends and family members start becoming pregnant. It can feel

READ MORE

post-thumb

4 Safe Exercises to Try During Pregnancy

, by

For women who struggle to get pregnant, there’s nothing more terrifying than the thought of miscarriage. You work so hard to conceive and you don’t want to risk the health of your baby for anything. Unfortunately for some women, this can mean foregoing healthy lifestyle choices for themselves out of fear that it might harm the baby. When it comes to exercising, your doctor can tell you which physical activities are safest for you and your pregnancy. Some women may

READ MORE

post-thumb

Positive Lifestyle Changes to Make When Trying to Conceive

, by

Conceiving a baby comes easier to some than to others, and while infertility is troubling news to accept, you can still do your part to keep your body and mind at their best. Babies develop and grow best in a healthy environment, and when it comes to conceiving and carrying to term, that environment is your body. No matter how hard we try to be healthy, everybody has vices and bad habits. Here are a few positive lifestyle changes to

READ MORE

post-thumb

Dealing with An Unsupportive Partner

, by

Learning you’re unable to conceive a child naturally is unlike anything else you’ll experience, and the weight of this burden is intensified if your partner isn’t on board “we” board. “We” meaning “in this together” not “I support you from the side lines.” Having an unsupportive partner can make it feel like you’re all alone in your infertility struggle. It also limits your options to conceive with help if you’re considering IVF or a surrogate. There’s no way to force

READ MORE