9 signs of infertility in men and women

Approximately 1 in 8 couples struggle with infertility and the most obvious sign is not being able to get pregnant despite having unprotected sex for 6 months or a year, depending on your age. Here are nine other important symptoms to pay attention to— they could explain why you can’t conceive. 1. Irregular or absent periods A telltale sign that you’re infertile is if your periods are irregular or non-existent. In order to have regular periods, the pituitary gland and the hypothalamus in the brain, along with the ovaries, must work together. But when they don’t, it could mean there’s a hormonal imbalance. “Irregular periods or absent periods represent the fact that at some level an issue wi

How Breathing Works

We breathe constantly, but have you ever thought about how breathing works? Discover the ins and outs of one of our most basic living functions-- from the science of respiration to how to control your breaths.

America's decreasing fertility rate could spell economic trouble

Decreasing fertility rates in developed countries could cause future economic struggles if policies don't change. In the late 1950s, American women could expect to have 3.7 children, on average. By 2014, that number had dropped to 1.9. Women around the world are having fewer children than ever, and this decline in fertility rates could spell trouble for some countries. While those who believe that the world is already overpopulated consider this trend a good thing, countries in which the fertility rate is lower than the replacement rate might struggle economically in the future. A woman's childbearing years are between ages 15 and 44, and fertility rate looks at how many children she'll have

IVF does not increase risk of breast cancer, study finds

A new study suggests that women undergoing fertility treatment are not at an increased risk of developing breast cancer. The study, published Tuesday in JAMA, compared the rates of breast cancer in women who have undergone in vitro fertilization (IVF) with women who have not. IVF is a form of assisted reproductive technology (ART) that refers to the process of fertilization by manually combining an egg and sperm in a laboratory and then transferring the embryo to the uterus. Exploring whether decreased estradiol and progesterone levels along with strongly elevated hormone levels would increase the risk, researchers at the Netherlands Cancer Institute assessed more than 19,000 women who began

6.5 Million IVF Babies Born Worldwide Since Louise Brown

ESHRE’s European IVF Monitoring (EIM) Consortium presented its preliminary data review of ART activity in 2013, with analysis of more than 680,000 cycles from 1144 centers and 143,0000 babies born. EIM Chairman Carlos Calhaz-Jorge said the numbers increased by 7% over 2012, are “going up every year”, and represent more than 80% of total European activity. The well reported trends in IVF and ICSI seen over the past few years persist into 2013, with treatments and success rates now relatively stable. Also stable is the numerical (if not outcome) advantage of ICSI over IVF, with the former still accounting for around two-thirds of all treatments. This, said Calhaz-Jorge, must reflect a trend no

Who's Most Likely to Seek Infertility Help

Nearly half of people with infertility problems don’t seek treatment, according to a recent British study. “One of the important and concerning findings in our study is the difference in educational attainment and job status between people who sought help for infertility and those who did not,” said study leader Jessica Datta. She is a lecturer at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine in London. Datta’s team surveyed 15,000 adults in Britain. The investigators found that one in eight women and one in 10 men had experienced infertility, but nearly 43 percent of those women and nearly 47 percent of those men didn’t seek medical help for the problem. Infertility was defined as unsucc

How IVF works

Infertility affects 1 in 8 couples worldwide. But in the last 40 years, more than 5 million babies have been born using in vitro fertilization (IVF). This animated video beautifully explains how IVF works. Source: TedEd

What is depression?

Depression is the leading cause of disability in the world; in the United States, close to ten percent of adults struggle with the disease. But because it’s a mental illness, it can be a lot harder to understand than, say, high cholesterol. Helen M. Farrell examines the symptoms and treatments of depression, and gives some tips for how you might help a friend who is suffering. Source: TedEd

How Menstruation Works

A wonderful and easy to understand TEDEd video on the menstrual cycle, ovulation, and fertilization. Source: TedEd

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