What factors affect natural conception in couples?

In-Vitro Fertilisation (IVF) is the process of fertilization by extracting eggs from a woman’s womb, retrieving a sperm sample of a man, and then manually combining an egg and sperm in a glass dish. The embryo(s) is then transferred to the uterus, hoping that it will result in a positive pregnancy Today, IVF has emerged […]

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High blood pressure before pregnancy interlinked with miscarriage risk

Women with slightly elevated blood pressure before they get pregnant may have an increased risk of miscarriage even when they’re not diagnosed with hypertension, an American study suggests. Researchers examined data on 1,228 women with at least one previous pregnancy loss who were trying to conceive. Out of the 797 participants who became pregnant during […]

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Men who delay fatherhood put health of partners, unborn children at risk

The study, which reviewed 40 years of research on the effect of parental age on fertility, pregnancy and the health of children, was published in the journal Maturitas. “While it is widely accepted that physiological changes that occur in women after 35 can affect conception, pregnancy and the health of the child, most men do […]

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Parental diet before conception can have a major impact on a child’s health

What a mother and father eat, and whether they are seriously overweight, in other words, can have ‘profound implications for the growth, development and long-term health of their children before conception,’ they warned in a trio of studies. The findings, reported in The Lancet, a leading medical journal, should heighten awareness of ‘preconception risk factors,’ […]

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Paternal smoking can increase miscarriage risk, warns study

Would-be fathers may increase their partner’s risk of miscarriage by smoking during the pregnancy, or even during the time leading up to conception, a large study from China suggests. Women whose partner quit smoking around the time of conception had an 18% lower risk of miscarriage than those whose smoking partner didn’t quit, the study […]

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Can a father’s diet before conception affect the baby’s health?

Dear men, if you are planning for a baby, include fish, meat, vegetables and fruits in your diet daily as your diet before conception can impact newborn’s health, claims a recent study. Researchers from the University of Cincinnati in Ohio, US found that a low carbohydrate and high protein diet by the father will help […]

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‘Sexual dysfunctions, a reason behind infertility’

While discussing about problems faced by couples in conceiving a child, experts mentioned unconsummated marriage as one of the reasons. Usually, couples do not realise that penetration hasn’t happened and they mistake this problem as infertility. “When couples come to me with a problem in getting pregnant, in most cases the hymen is intact. The […]

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Babies made without mothers ‘will come sooner than we think’, leading scientists warn

Babies made without mothers could come sooner than we think, leading biologists claim. Late last year, a team at the University of Bath discovered that sperm and skin cells – or any other kind of non-egg cell – might be all you need for conception. At the time, they said the scenario of men conceiving […]

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