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

By | 2018-08-31T18:20:14+00:00 August 10th, 2018|

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 [...]

Staying Connected to Your Partner During IVF

By | 2018-08-31T18:19:49+00:00 August 7th, 2018|

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 [...]

Healthy Ways to Lose Weight and Improve Fertility

By | 2018-08-31T17:57:27+00:00 August 2nd, 2018|

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 [...]

4 Meals That Will Help Add Veggies to Your Diet

By | 2018-08-31T17:38:24+00:00 July 25th, 2018|

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 [...]

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

By | 2018-08-31T17:38:59+00:00 July 16th, 2018|

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 [...]