Snoring is nothing to joke about. It has been linked to a number of health problems, including heart disease, Now, a new studies in the journal Sleep finds that pregnant women who snore three or more nights a week are more likely to have a cesarean section and smaller babies.
University of Michigan researchers studied 1,673 pregnant women, 35 percent of whom reported regular snoring. The snorers were two-thirds more likely to have a small baby and more than twice as likely to have an elective C-section.
“We’ve found that chronic snoring is associated with both smaller babies and C-sections, even after we accounted for other risk factors,” said lead author Louise O’Brien, an associate professor at Michigan’s Sleep Disorders Center. “This suggests that we have a window of opportunity to screen pregnant women for breathing problems during sleep that may put them at risk of poor delivery outcomes.”
Talk to your doctor if you experience chronic snoring. Simple treatments can help you control the condition—which is good for you and your growing baby.
NJ Senator Loretta Weinberg (D-Bergen) thinks the laws concerning insurance eligibility for fertility treatments are too restrictive so she is sponsoring legislation to change that. Weinberg, the Senate Democratic Majority Leader, is behind a bill that would expand access to in-vitro fertilization (IVF) to lesbian couples and women without partners. The bill also proposes changes in how infertility is defined and how to make the process more private.
As reported in the NJ Spotlight, Weinberg said she “was shocked by language in the current state law that governs insurance requirements for IVF. The law’s definition of infertility includes women who are unable to ‘conceive after two years of unprotected intercourse if the female partner is under 35 years of age, or one year of unprotected intercourse if the female partner is 35 years of age or older.’”
The report noted that Weinberg added that “it was wrong to require a woman to demonstrate this for an insurance benefit ‘she paid for through her premium. And now she would be forced to produce a chart or a log of her sexual activity. What if she didn’t keep a log? What if she’s a lesbian?’”
Her bill would allow the woman’s doctor to determine infertility. We support this bill and hope you will contact your local legislators to urge them to vote for it. What do you think? Join the discussion here.
If you want to help your sperm, eat more salad—specifically carrots, tomatoes and other veggies rich in beta-carotene or lycopene. A study published in the journal Fertility and Sterility found men who ate the most carrots, which are high in beta-carotene, had the best sperm motility (ability to swim toward an egg). And men with diets high in lycopene, the chemical that makes tomatoes red, had fewer abnormally shaped sperm.
If you don’t like salad, beta-carotene is found in other red-orange plants and fruits, such as pumpkins and sweet potatoes. Lutein, another type of carotenoid, is found in spinach, lettuce and egg yolks. Lycopene is also in other red fruits and vegetables, such as red carrots, red bell peppers, watermelon and papayas—but not strawberries or cherries.
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When your family gathers for Thanksgiving this month, it’s a great opportunity for more than just food and football. It’s also time to celebrate Family History Day by completing an accurate family medical history.
Family health histories are extremely important, especially now, as genetic medicine explains more diseases.
The American Medical Association offers online tools to help you record your family health history. You can find them on the AMA web site.
Endometriosis, a common condition that affects around 10% of women of childbearing age, can cause fertility problems. A new study in Environmental Health Perspectives, a journal of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, reveals that two pesticides increase the risk for the disease.
Both pesticides, once widely used for pest control and agriculture but now banned, are still found in the blood samples of many people. The researchers discovered that women who had higher exposures to the pesticides had a 30%-70% increased risk of endometriosis.
The take-home message: Avoid pesticides at all times, but especially when you are pregnant.
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The Endocrine Society issued new guidelines for the diagnosis and treatment of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), the most common hormone disorder in women of reproductive age and a leading cause of infertility.
A diagnosis of PCOS can be made if adult women have two of these three features:
• Excess production of male hormones called androgens.
• Anovulation, a condition where the ovary does not release a mature egg each month; this causes irregular menstrual cycles.
• The formation of clusters of pearl-size cysts containing immature eggs in the ovaries, which is called polycystic ovaries.
The guidelines include other recommendations as well, so be sure to talk with your doctors about them to see if they apply to you.
Does your ethnic background affect fertility? Yes, according to a new study published in BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology.
Researchers studied 1,517 women; 85.1% were white Europeans and 14.9% were from a minority group. After undergoing their first cycle of fertility treatment, the live birth rates of ethnic women were significantly lower than the white European women—35 % compared with 43.8%.
Within the ethnicity group, live birth rates also varied: 21.4% for Middle East Asian women, 23.3% for African-Caribbean women and 38% for South East Asian women.
The reasons for this are unclear, but the paper’s authors believe the results will help couples better understand their realistic probabilities of successful fertility treatment. They also think that this information may encourage ethnic women to start treatment earlier to boost their odds of success.
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Egg donors are always needed to help women get pregnant, and new research shows that donors can offer their eggs multiple times without it affecting their own fertility.
Researchers from Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City studied women who completed at least five egg-donation cycles between January 2004 and April 2012. “This retrospective study is reassuring in that egg donors who undergo up to six cycles do not have evidence of depleting their ovarian reserve, which bodes well for their future fertility,” Dr. Linda Giudice, president of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, said.
If you are interested in learning more about our donor egg program, click here.
A breakthrough in in vitro fertilization (IVF) technology could increase threefold the chances of a woman having a baby, claims an article published in Reproductive BioMedicine Online.
A technology known as time-lapse imaging records a series of images to monitor the development of embryos before they’re implanted in the womb. This can help successfully identify which embryos have a high risk of abnormal chromosomes and a much lower chance of successful implantation.
Typically, about one in four IVF embryos implanted in women result in healthy births. The researchers think that number could reach close to three in four once the process is perfected.