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  1. Male Infertility May Have Obesity Link

    Sept. 1, 2006 -- New research shows a possible link between male infertility and obesity. The link -- based on male BMI (body mass index, which relates height to weight) -- hasn't been proven and needs further study, the researchers stress. "To our knowledge this was the first study to examine male

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  2. Marijuana Use May Thwart Pregnancy

    Aug. 1, 2006 -- Marijuana's active ingredient may thwart pregnancy pregnancy, a new study shows. Marijuana's key ingredient -- called tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) -- may make it hard for a fertilized egg to implant in the womb, says the study in The Journal of Clinical Investigation. Vanderbilt Univer

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  3. Infertility Treatment: OK to Delay?

    July 13, 2006 - For some couples having trouble conceiving, no treatment at all is as effective as the most widely used first-line infertility therapy, new research suggests. About 10% of couples fail to conceive after a year of trying; for as many as one-third, no obvious cause can be found. Intrau

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  4. Single Embryo OK for Older Women

    May 31, 2006 – When it comes to assisted reproduction, embryo quality rather than a woman's age should determine whether one or two embryos are transferred, new research suggests. Researchers in Finland report that infertile women between the ages of 36 and 39 with good quality embryos had just as m

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  5. Testicular Cancer and Infertility Link

    Nov. 18, 2005 -- Infertile men may want to consider getting screened for testicular cancer, a new study shows. "Infertile men with abnormal semen analyses have a 20-fold greater incidence of testicular cancer compared to the general population," researchers write in The Journal of Urology. "Patients

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  6. Delay Parenthood? Better Think Again

    Nov. 17, 2005 - Young professionals who plan to put off parenthood may be overly optimistic about their chances of ending up with the family they desire. A survey of men and women seeking advanced degrees at a Swedish university found that both sexes tended to overestimate a woman's chances of havin

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  7. Assisted Reproduction: No Birth Defect Risk

    Nov. 2, 2005 -- Women who conceive with the help of assisted reproductive technology (ART) are more likely to have problems during their pregnancy, but their babies do not have a higher than normal risk for birth defects, a new study shows. Researchers compared pregnancy outcomes among women who con

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  8. Some Vaginal Lubricants May Damage Sperm

    Oct. 19, 2005 -- Some brands of vaginal lubricants commonly recommended to couples undergoing fertility treatments may actually damage sperm and reduce the chance of conception. A new study shows three brands of vaginal lubricants, FemGlide, Replens, and Astroglide, damaged sperm integrity and activ

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  9. Smoking May Harm Sperm, Male Fertility

    Oct. 17, 2005 -- Smoking may hamper a man's fertility, according to a small study funded by cigarette company Philip Morris. Scientists at the University of Buffalo compared sperm from screened sperm donors to sperm from 18 male smokers. In lab tests, the smokers' sperm was less likely to bind tight

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  10. Common Pollutants May Damage Sperm

    Oct. 12, 2005 -- A common type of pollutant widely found in the environment may damage sperm, according to a new report. European researchers found rising levels of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), a now-banned class of chemicals with about 200 toxic byproducts, in the blood was associated with ris

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