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IUI or IVF: Which Should You Try?

If you're having difficulty conceiving naturally, two common procedures can increase your chances. See which one is better for you. If you are having trouble conceiving a child, you may consider getting some advice and assistance from experts about alternative ways to become pregnant. Two common procedures used in infertility are Intrauterine Insemination (IUI) and In-vitro Fertilization (IVF).

Roadblock to Pregnancy: PCOS and Diabetes

If you've got diabetes, you may also have a condition that's keeping you from getting pregnant. Here's what you need to know. Many women with diabetes also have Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), which is the most common cause of female infertility affecting an estimated 5 to 10 percent of women in the United States. Although the cause of PCOS is unclear, researchers are trying to determine if there is a link between PCOS and a woman's ability to produce insulin.

New Hope for Women With Endometriosis

Genetic variants linked to endometriosis provide promise for earlier diagnosis and better treatment. Approximately 176 million women worldwide are affected by endometriosis. Millions more don't know they have it—even though they have pelvic pain, irregular bleeding, and even infertility. And countless other women are at high risk for developing endometriosis in the future.

What Can Iron Supplements Do for Men?

Learn how this multi-functional mineral can help support men's health. One of the most abundant minerals on earth, iron plays a significant role in the body's functionality. Iron's chief function is to help deliver oxygen from the lungs to cells. Once the oxygen is delivered, iron helps red blood cells expel waste, carbon dioxide, through the lungs in an exhale.

Health by the Numbers: Pregnancy

Millions of women become pregnant each year, but too many of them don't have all the facts. Here's a look at pregnancy by the numbers. Becoming pregnant is a life-changing event for women. However, much about the way women become pregnant, prevent pregnancy, and deliver babies has changed in recent years. So have the demographics of newborns. For example, according to the National Institutes of Health, the average length of labor has increased over the past 50 years, which is probably due to changes in delivery room practices.

IUD Pros and Cons

Popular in the 80s, this form of birth control is making a comeback. Here's what to consider. They're back. IUDs, which in the past got a bad rap due to safety concerns, are getting trendy. In fact, many doctors are calling them the most effective form of reversible birth control and a good option for certain women. "They are more in vogue now than in the past," says Krystene DiPaola, MD, reproductive endocrinologist and infertility specialist with the UC Center for Reproductive Health at the University of Cincinnati in Ohio.

Could Acupuncture Improve Your Fertility?

This alternative treatment has proven benefits for conditions like chronic pain and stress. But can it combat infertility? If you're trying to have a baby, acupuncture is one treatment you may never have considered to help increase your chances of conceiving.  The centuries-old Asian medical practice, in which sterile, ultra-thin needles are placed in various pressure points (or Qi, pronounced "chee" in the body), is believed to reduce stress and improve circulation.

Moderate Exercise: Good for You and Good for Your Sperm

Having too much or too little of something can be harmful. Learn how having a balancing act with exercise can create optimal health for your sperm. Male infertility is a significant problem in the U.S. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 4.7 million men are affected by it and 40 percent of couples attempting conception fail because of it. Genital defects, sperm transportation issues (motility), erection and ejaculatory failure, low sperm production or function issues, complications from surgery, and exposure to toxic agents are all factors that cause male infertility.

7 Ways to Strengthen Your Sperm

If you and your partner are planning to grow your family, the issue of fertility may come up. And while it's commonly looked at as a woman's issue, the U.S. National Library of Medicine reports that male infertility is the root of the problem approximately one third of the time. If you and your partner are planning to grow your family, the issue of fertility may come up. And while it's commonly looked at as a feminine issue, the U.S. National Library of Medicine reports that male infertility is the problem approximately one third of the time.

BPA Plastic: 7 Safety Steps

Keeping safe from toxic chemicals is no easy task these days. Here are practical steps you can take to minimize exposure. Keeping children safe from toxic chemicals is no easy task these days. The current offender: Bisphenol A (BPA) is a synthetic chemical used to make plastic clear and hard. It also keeps bacteria from contaminating foods and prevents cans from rusting.

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