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    1. Obesity Takes Toll on Sperm and Fertility

      Oct. 22, 2004 -- Men's as well as women's body size matters when it comes to fertility. New research suggests that obesity can reduce the quality of men's sperm as well as lower a woman's chances of successfully conceiving a child using in vitro fertilization. Danish researchers found men who are ov

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    2. Soy Unlikely to Affect Women's Fertility

      Oct. 19, 2004 -- Eating a diet rich in soy or taking soy supplements probably won't harm a woman's fertility, according to a new study. Researchers found female monkeys who took soy supplements containing twice the level of the plant estrogens eaten by Asian women for a year did not experience any n

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    3. Freezing Eggs for Future Babies Isn't Easy

      Sept. 28, 2004 -- Although babies born using frozen eggs may grab the headlines and offer hope to women attempting to preserve their fertility, researchers say there is still plenty of room for improvement with this still-evolving technique. A new Italian study shows the process of freezing and thaw

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    4. Secrecy May Hurt Donor Insemination Families

      Aug. 4, 2004 -- Not telling children that were born as a result of donor insemination about how they were conceived may create tension and problems in the family later on, a new study suggests. British researchers found mothers in families that told or planned on telling their children about how the

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    5. High-Protein Diet May Hurt Pregnancy Chances

      June 29, 2004 -- A study in mice suggests that following a high-protein diet may make it more difficult for women to get pregnant, but researchers say the findings must be confirmed in human studies. In a presentation Monday to a European fertility group, researcher David Gardner, PhD, reported impa

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    6. Khat Plant May Enhance Male Fertility

      June 29, 2004 -- Chemicals found in the leaves of the African khat plant may help enhance male fertility by revving up men's sperm. Researchers tested the effects of the chemicals on mouse and human sperm and found that they stimulate the final stage of sperm maturation when the sperm develops the a

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    7. Fertility Treatment Less Successful After 35

      June 18, 2004 -- After age 35, a woman's success with fertility treatments starts fading, a new study shows. Problems that make natural conception difficult will also affect in vitro fertilization attempts. In vitro fertilization "cannot make up for ... natural decline of fertility after age 35," wr

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    8. Ovary Size May Predict Biological Clock

      June 16, 2004 -- A new study from the U.K. suggests that the size of a woman's ovaries may be a better predictor than age of when her biological clock will stop running, but experts contacted by WebMD remain skeptical. The U.K. researchers devised a mathematical model showing a direct relationship b

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    9. Study Fails to Find Fertility Drug-Cancer Link

      June 15, 2004 -- Taking fertility drugs does not appear to increase a woman's risk of developing ovarian cancer, a new study from the National Cancer Institute suggests. Researchers found no associations between the use of medications that stimulate ovulation and ovarian cancer in a study involving

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    10. Baby Born From 21-Year Old Frozen Sperm

      May 25, 2004 -- Thanks to some well-preserved sperm, a man who was diagnosed with testicular cancer at age 17 is now a father more than 20 years after his cancer treatment left him infertile. Researchers say the birth represents a new world record for the longest period of cryopreservation, or freez

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