Using paracetamol during pregnancy? Ditch it now. This medication is linked to reduced sex drive and hostile behavior among male children. This common medication considered “safe” to use during pregnancy is taken to treat pain and fevers. However, a research conducted by University of Copenhagen, Denmark proves that it may have negative affects on your male child. Researchers concluded that this drug can hinder the development of the male sex hormone testosterone, increasing the chances of malformation of the testicles in the unborn child. This is extremely worrying because testosterone is the primary hormone that develops the male body and programming of the brain. Read the rest of the results from this study here.
I hate to cut it to you boys, but if you try to have children after 45, things start to get a bit shaky. Research shows that men’s fertility rates decrease as they age and after 40, and their children even have a greater chance of developing autism or schizophrenia.
Just because Clint Eastwood had children at 66, doesn’t mean you can too. That’s just not reality or normal if you want your child to be healthy, which is what every parent hopes for. If men choose to have a baby when they’re older, there are many risk factors involving themselves, the mother and the child. For instance, women’s risk of miscarriage is twice as high with partners over 45 compared to those with partners under 25, it may take five times as long to conceive, and the child is more likely to have dwarfism. These are just a few, the list of stats and facts goes on. The best way to deal with this timeclock is to break the silence and educate men on how their fertility matters just as much as women’s. Giving men the opportunity to discuss a topic that can be equally as painful for them as it is for women can promote awareness.
An Australian study released by the University of Melbourne has found that genes causing coronary artery disease may also increase fertility in women. CAD is a condition where plaque builds up in the arteries that tragically kills 8.9 million people every year. Lead researcher, Sean Byars, found that it’s possible CAD has a positive impact on the ability to produce well. The information Byars and his team uncovered provides an understanding as to why the disease exists and discovers other unpleasant genes that possibly have positive impacts on the body as well. Read the full research here.
In one of my previous articles, I’ve talked about how moms are having children in their 30s rather than their 20s. Because of this leap, more couples are weighing their options with IVF and other fertility treatments to boost their shot at having a smooth pregnancy. Not to mention, one in every eight couples in the United States have some type of fertility issue, regardless of age. Although fertility treatments have become increasingly popular, they come with a hefty price tag that not every couple can afford.
Thanks to a very generous Bay Area startup, Future Family, more couples can seek the treatment they need and have more affordable options presented to them. This includes a new fertility age test that can be taken in the convenience of your own home to determine an estimated amount of time you have left to make a baby. This startup was founded by Claire Tomkins and Eve Blossom following Tomkins putting $100,000 into six rounds of IVF to finally have a baby.
Having gone through the experience herself, Tomkins understands what kind of financial strains this may put on many families and she wanted to do something for them. Freezing eggs with Future Family could cost as little as $75 a month, including all clinic costs, medications and storage in the first year. Get this, IVF could cost as little as $125 a month, all inclusive! Future Family is going to change lives!
Since when have men cared about fertility? Isn’t it the woman’s fault if there are issues with pregnancy? The year is 2017, and men now have more responsibilities with fertility than ever before.
What are some of those responsibilities? For starters, they go further than conception. Women struggle more than ever over the “right time” to conceive, their likelihood of being fertile, and the alternate options if their stroke of luck provides them to be infertile. Now, it looks like, men are starting to care about those issues too. The number of men having undergone semen analysis from 2014 to 2017 has increased by 26%. More men are caring! Read on to see the other steps men have been taking to show that pregnancy involves them too.
It is no secret that famous rapper, Remy Ma, has had her own difficulties with pregnancy. She disclosed earlier this year her experience with an ectopic pregnancy, which unfortunately ended in a miscarriage. Remy Ma has vowed to use this tragedy as a motivator to help other women with similar situations.
What is an ectopic pregnancy? An ectopic pregnancy is when the fertilized egg attaches itself somewhere other than the uterus. This anomaly can appear in every 1 out of 50 pregnancies. There are many reasons an ectopic pregnancy may occur. Some of these are inflammation of the fallopian tubes, residual scar tissue in the fallopian tubes, or adhesions of the tubes from a previous surgery in the area. If you think you may be experiencing an ectopic pregnancy, contact your doctor or OBGYN immediately.
When Remy Ma discovered that her pregnancy was an ectopic one, she was at first ashamed. She felt “less of a woman” when doctors told her that a natural pregnancy would be nothing but dangerous. They recommended in vitro fertilization (IVF), a suggestion she immediately accepted. Remy Ma has made it clear that she is fortunate enough to have had the finances to undergo this alternative, but is well aware that many women do not share the same luxury. She has since decided to launch a fund that will assist women in need who experience similar issues with fertility and turn to IVF as an answer. The hope is to assist, “women who are like me or have a similar situation to me, but they can’t afford it, could possibly get these procedures done and have children, because as a woman, that’s one of the things you can do that no other being can do”.
Choosing to go through IVF can be a scary thing to do, especially without knowing what to expect. Dr. Edward Marut of Fertility Centers of Illinois says three out of the five phases of the IVF cycle may cause minimal amount of pain. Part of the cycle involves stimulating follicles by injections in the ovaries in order to retrieve your eggs. Many women describe these injections as bee stings and even opt for gel or inserts which can create a mess. Dr. Marut continues to break down each of the five phases and what the process of each will look like, including how your body may respond. Read the rest of the study here.
Everyone knows that the 35 year old queen, Beyoncé, finally welcomed her twins into the world. Earlier this summer, George Clooney and Amal also had twins, adding to the growing list of Hollywood twins. Recent studies have shown that women aged 35 and older have better chances of giving birth to twins. Queen Bey is 35 and Amal is 39, coincidence? I think not.
Now more than ever, women are having their first child in their thirties, including millennial women. Often times we jump to conclusions and assume that women in their mid to late thirties pregnant with twins have undergone fertility treatment. Of course IVF and other advances in fertility treatments contribute to the growth in twin population, however it’s not just those treatments that lead to twins. The biggest factor is actually hormones. Women aged 35 through 41 have a noticeable shift in hormones that makes them more likely to have twins because they are able to prepare more than one egg during their menstrual cycle. This is because of higher levels of a pregnancy-related hormone called follicle-stimulating hormone.
So, look out millennials and future mommy’s to be. Waiting until you’re in your thirties may just give you two or three babies instead of one.
There are many theories about waist-hip ratio and why this physical feature is deemed so attractive in females. Numerous studies have asked participants to rate female bodies on attractiveness, in which they’ve identified a low WHR as attractive. Why is this? The reason is not sexual, in fact a low WHR correlates well with cardiovascular health and longevity whereas a high WHR puts women at a greater risk for diabetes and even cancer. Read the full study here.
Many veterans have the dream to start a family, and it is still possible because of the Wounded Warrior Project’s efforts. With everything that veterans go through in times of war, it is not uncommon to see their injuries affect their ability to start families.
It is nice to see that efforts are still being made to keep the support alive. Lt. Gen. Mike Linnington, the CEO of WWP, said that every wounded veteran deserves the opportunity to pursue the dream of starting a family. “We encourage the Appropriations Committee to approve the continuation of this fertility coverage … as we honor our commitment to those who have given so much to this country.”