sperm counts decreasing

Are Sperm Counts Decreasing?

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When research published in Human Reproduction Update noted that sperm counts have steadily declined between 1973 and 2011, with the average decline being around 53%, the results alarmed many writers, scientists, and doctors. The study, which was a meta-analysis (basically, meta-analysis is a type of research that compiles the statistical …

IUI vs IVF

I.U.I. versus I.V.F.

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If you have been struggling to get pregnant, two of the most popular infertility treatment options often discussed are artificial insemination (I.U.I.) and in-vitro fertilization (I.V.F.). What are the differences between these two methods of assisted reproductive technology (A.R.T.) and which one is best for you? Every couple’s infertility journey …

IVF Diet

Preparing for I.V.F. Series: Diet

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What you eat as you prepare for your first cycle of I.V.F. can improve your chances of success and promote a healthy pregnancy. While we hear quite a bit about the importance of prenatal vitamins and diet in pregnancy, women aren’t the only ones who need to watch their diet. …

Mens IVF Guide

Men’s Guide to I.V.F.: How to Navigate Your Role Successfully Before, During, and After Treatment

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Medically, the male role in the I.V.F. cycle involves the sperm retrieval process, which coincides with the woman’s “follicle aspiration” procedure—the procedure used to retrieve the eggs. Men may not realize it, but just as women have a monthly cycle, male sperm production is also cyclical. Basically, what this all …

What Lowers Sperm Count? Stay Cool. Hot Tubs, Jacuzzis, Laptops May Impact Male Fertility

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Key Takeaways From This Article: Heat exposure to the testicles is known to impact sperm production. Sperm is very sensitive to temperature changes and is produced at temperatures lower than body temperature. Men’s choices can impact sperm count, especially when those choices expose the scrotum to excessive heat. Men who …