Can STIs Cause Infertility?

Did you know that one of the leading causes of preventable infertility is STIs? Undetected chlamydia and gonorrhea can lead to pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), which can cause infertility. Chlamydia and gonorrhea cause at least 24,000 cases of preventable infertility every year. STI … [Read more...]

Understanding the Complexity of Miscarriage Statistics

When reading or listening to statistics on miscarriage, a lot of numbers and percentages are thrown around - which can be quite alarming if you’re pregnant or trying to conceive. The truth is that statistics can sometimes be confusing, so you want to make sure you get reliable facts and complete … [Read more...]

Menopause and Fertility: Can I Still Get Pregnant?

Many women assume that any sign of menopause – hot flashes or missed periods – means their chances of getting pregnant are next to nothing, but that is not necessarily the case. This misunderstanding stems from the fact that the term “menopause” is often misunderstood. When most women say they’re … [Read more...]

More Sex Primes for Pregnancy, New Research Suggests

There are various schools of thought about how to help couples conceive—two new studies published in Fertility and Sterility and Physiology and Behavior suggest that the more sex you have at anytime during your cycle, the more likely you are to get pregnant. The studies, both conducted by … [Read more...]

What Does Smoking do to a Woman’s Body?

No longer is smoking glamorized as it once was years ago in the movies – where beautiful actresses like Betty Davis lit up on the big screen.  Smoking’s general appeal has mostly changed because now everyone is aware of how detrimental smoking is to your health. OB/GYN doctors have been saying it … [Read more...]

Common Causes of Female Infertility

If you've been trying to become pregnant for over a year without success (or six months if you're over the age of 35), then it's time to start a conversation with your gynecologist about infertility. While it can feel scary and isolating, infertility is actually quite common; about 10% of couples … [Read more...]

Women With PCOS at Higher Risk for Health Complications

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) is a disorder that affects a woman's hormonal balance and is the leading cause of infertility in the United States. While why the disease occurs is not very well understood, doctors do know that PCOS is an indicator that a woman has a higher risk for other health … [Read more...]

4 Women’s Health Conditions Eased By Oral Contraceptives

When it comes to birth control, oral contraception (aka "the pill") is a widely used favorite among American women. But it's also a favorite of gynecologists everywhere for uses that have little to do with preventing pregnancy. Because the birth control pill replicates the hormones progestin and … [Read more...]

Are Your Periods Infrequent or Absent? You Could Have Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

If you have irregular, infrequent or absent periods, you may consider your period to be inconvenient without thinking much more about it. The truth is, irregular periods often point to an underlying health issue that, if left undiagnosed and untreated, can have major health implications later on in … [Read more...]

New Hope in Avoiding Early Menopause for Breast Cancer Patients

For young women facing chemotherapy for breast cancer treatment, there's a stark reality that while the chemotherapy may save their life, it can potentially cause early menopause and thus limit their future fertility. When added to chemotherapy, a drug called goserelin may significantly reduce … [Read more...]