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Poor fertility knowledge: 4 of 5 women don’t know when they’re fertile

Many women in New Zealand actively monitor ovulation, but their fertility knowledge is still poor — particularly their ability to correctly identify their fertile window. That’s the conclusion of a study published in the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology by a group of researchers from Otago University. Ovulation monitoring is common, but …

Stress reduces your chances of getting pregnant

Women who reported feeling highly stressed during their fertile window were 40 percent less likely to conceive in that particular cycle, compared to less stressful months, according to a recent study from the University of Louisville, published in the journal Annals of Epidemiology. The participants who reported feeling most stressed were also about 45 percent less likely to conceive …

Vitamin D levels may drop when you stop using birth control

Women who stop using birth control pills risk having their vitamin D levels fall, according to a new study published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. The researchers analyzed data from a study of reproductive health in nearly 1,700 African-American women, aged between 23 and 34. The analysis showed that women who were using …

Appendix or tonsil removal could improve fertility

Women who have their appendix or tonsils removed when they are young, are more likely to get pregnant and get pregnant faster than the rest of the population, according to a new study led by the University of Dundee. While it was previously believed that appendectomy had a negative effect on women’s fertility, …

Vitamin D: The fertility vitamin?

When you are planning or trying to get pregnant, a vitamin D level check should be part of your preparations. Although available research doesn’t allow us to conclude with certainty that vitamin D boosts fertility and conception rates, there is a growing interest in the potential role of vitamin D …