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Archive for February 2013

Aging eggs and DNA: Why it’s harder to get pregnant after 35

It has long been known that the age of a woman’s eggs play a role in her ability to get pregnant. Now a team of researchers at New York Medical College have added to our understanding of why it is more difficult for women to get pregnant, and carry a viable pregnancy to term, when […]

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How acupuncture may help if you’re trying to get pregnant

Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese treatment which involves inserting small needles into the skin to stimulate specific points on the body. Considered an alternative medicine, acupuncture is used to treat many different types of ailments and concerns (e.g., stress reduction, chronic pain, arthritis, gastrointestinal problems, tinnitus, insomnia). More recently, acupuncture has become a popular adjunct […]

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Less television and more exercise may increase men’s sperm concentration

The results of a recent Harvard study published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, suggest that there is relationship between physical activity and men’s fertility. Specifically, Audrey Gaskins and her colleagues found that lower levels of exercise were associated with lower sperm counts, and concentration. Researchers conducted an observational study of 189 men between […]

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A lifesaving procedure … in exchange for my fertility. Making peace with the cost of my cancer treatment.

My name is Jeff. When I was 18 years old, I should have been partying with my friends and deciding who to bring to the senior prom. Instead, I found myself in and out of the hospital after a shocking diagnosis of testicular cancer. Rather than feeling invincible like most teenagers at that age, I […]

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