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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. Infertility and Reproduction - Getting Pregnant: Ways to Improve Your Fertility

    For some couples fertility and getting pregnant are as easy as eating cake. For others, the world of reproductive technology becomes the only sure way to guarantee conception. In between, however, are a growing number of couples playing the fertility "waiting game." Some may not yet be ready to turn

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  7. Study: Men's Tobacco Chewing May Harm Sperm

    Sept. 16, 2005 -- A new study notes a possible link between tobacco chewing and sperm problems. Infertile men "should be counseled about the adverse effects of tobacco chewing on sperm," write the researchers in Fertility and Sterility. The study included 638 men at an infertility clinic in Mumbai,

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  8. Infertility Treatment Hopes: Testing a Key?

    Sept. 14, 2005 -- Fewer than two in 10 embryos transferred during infertility treatments result in live births. But researchers say this success rate could be improved with better pretransfer testing that helps identify viable embryos. Assisted reproduction most often involves the fertilization of e

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  9. Nitric Oxide May Prolong Women's Fertility

    Sept. 9, 2005 -- Nitric oxide, the same chemical that helps men achieve an erection, may also help women preserve their fertility and improve their chances of having a healthy baby by fighting the effects of aging on their ovaries. A new study shows that exposure to nitric oxide delayed the signs of

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  10. After Age 44, Fertility Successes Are Few

    Aug. 25, 2005 -- Women who seek treatment for infertility have a "reasonable" chance of having a baby with their own eggs in their early 40s, but success rates drop to close to zero once they reach age 44, a new study suggests. Researchers reviewed birth outcomes among 1,263 women over the age of 40

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