Higher BMI, smoking delay conception, study finds

A study published in BMC Medicine reveals an association between smoking habits and BMI values and increased time to conception and lower age during the first delivery.

The study used data from 84,705 Norwegian mother, father and child participants, 68,002 of whom were female. It looked at various lifestyle choices, including caffeine and alcohol intake, smoking and body mass index (BMI) with fertility outcomes.

The data showed the most consistent associations between elevated BMI values and increased time to conception, the need for infertility therapy and the chances of miscarriage. In addition, the time to conception was higher among smokers. It also linked the effects of smoking and elevated BMI on lower age at first delivery, as well as elevated BMI on longer time for conception.

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Talking about fertility struggles for Black women

CBS recently broadcast a discussion with Black fertility advocates on early conversations and celebrating the journey to motherhood.

“Eggs Over Easy” filmmaker Chiquita Lockley and fertility advocate Kellee Stewart talked about education, early interventions and celebrating the entire journey to motherhood for the Black community.

You can watch the segment at CBSNews.com.

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It’s never too late to #FindYourVoice

National Infertility Awareness Week ends April 29, but it’s never too late to  use your voice promote infertility awareness. You can help the cause all year long by:

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#WearOrange for NIAW

“Orange” you glad you’re not alone? Since 1989, we have been rocking orange to help promote infertility awareness. Join the orange movement on Wednesday, April 26 and rock your ORANGE gear to show you support of National Infertility Awareness Week®.

#WearOrange Campaign was created by RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association to help raise awareness about the importance of empowering you in your journey and changing the conversation around infertility. Whether it’s you, or someone you know who struggles to build a family, #WearOrange

Why orange? The color orange promotes a sense of wellness, emotional energy to be shared: compassion, passion, and warmth. Helps to recover from disappointments, a wounded heart, or a blow to one’s pride. Studies show that orange can create a heightened sense of activity, increased socialization, boost in aspiration, contentment, assurance, confidence and understanding.

RESOLVE uses orange to raise awareness, increase activity around an important movement, and remind our community every day that RESOLVE is there for them during the disappointments while educating and promoting physical and emotional wellness.

So, grab your favorite orange outfit and #WearOrange today!

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#FindYourVoice during NIAW 2023

#FindYourVoice and advocate for change at RESOLVE’s Federal Advocacy Day. Start talking about racial disparities in fertility care. Share the untold stories of living childfree/childless not by choice. Talk about how infertility and barriers to building a family impact mental health. Or educate others on how they can support you and others with infertility.

There are so many ways to #FindYourVoice and get involved during NIAW 2023:

Learn more at our website.

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Get ready for National Infertility Awareness Week!

National Infertility Awareness Week (NIAW) starts Sunday, April 23 and runs all week, till April 29! This year’s NIAW conversation is #FindYourVoice: Empowering YOU and changing the conversation.

Let’s use NIAW to find our voice, talk about the issues facing this community and make sure we continue to support those most in need. Anyone can be challenged to have a family.

Learn how you can be involved at the NIAW website.

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RSCNJ ‘caring, present and professional’

Our patient Dina had this to say about her care at RSCNJ:

“Dr. Martinez and his entire staff are incredibly caring, present, and professional.”

Thanks to Dina, and to everyone who posts kind reviews of their care at RSCNJ.

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Approximately 1 in 6 people experiences infertility in their lifetime: WHO

About 1 in 6 adults have experienced infertility over their lives, according to a new report from the World Health Organization (WHO) that emphasizes the shared burden of infertility across the world.

“The report reveals an important truth: infertility does not discriminate,” Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the WHO’s director general, said. “The sheer proportion of people affected show the need to widen access to fertility care,” he added.

There was little variation across economic levels, with higher-income countries experiencing infertility rates of nearly 18 percent and low- to medium-income countries seeing rates of almost 17 percent. (The global rate was 17.5 percent.)

In his foreword for the report, Ghebreyesus noted that infertility “is something that both men and women experience” and that it remains understudied. Rising global levels of obesity and an increasing tendency for couples to delay starting families are resulting in higher infertility rates, said Kelton Tremellen, a professor of reproductive medicine at Flinders University in Australia. But “better treatment options and awareness” are persuading more people to seek infertility care, he said.

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New technology to select healthier sperm for IVF success

Scientists in Australia have developed new technology to help couples undergoing in-vitro fertilization (IVF) due to male fertility problems to increase their chances of success in having a baby.

“Male infertility plays a role in around 30% of cases, due to problems such as low sperm count, reduced motility or movement or poor sperm quality,” says Professor Majid Warkiani from the School of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Technology Sydney.

“While much work has been done around selecting eggs and embryos to boost the success rates of IVF, sperm selection, an essential component in assisted reproduction, is by far the most neglected step in regard to technological innovation,” he says.

To tackle this problem, researchers have created and tested a new microfluidic sperm selection device that provides a more reliable process for selecting high-quality sperm.

“This new technology is a 3D printed, biologically inspired microfluidic sperm selection device, which replicates the female reproductive tract and the natural sperm selection process, where only a small percentage of total sperm reach the egg,” Warkiani said.

“We conducted extensive testing against conventional IVF selection methods, with the new method showing an 85% improvement in DNA integrity and an average 90% reduction in sperm cell death. The sperm selected by our method also demonstrated better recovery after freezing than traditional methods,” he said.

The study results were recently published in Nature: Microsystems & Nanoengineering.

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‘A wonderful experience’ at RSCNJ

Our patient Nichole says, “My husband and I just started with this office, and so far have had a wonderful experience. Dr Ziegler has been very kind and we are currently moving forward with our first IUI. The entire staff has been thorough and helpful during this process!”

Thank you so much for your kind words, Nichole. Read more reviews like hers at our web site.

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