Fertility and Infertility

Fertility deals with the ability to produce offspring. Learn about the process of fertilization as well as several methods to help overcome the problem of infertility.


You've tried to conceive and can't, so you adopt. Then boom, you get pregnant. What gives?

A new study confirms that sperm counts of men in Western countries are plummeting.

The registry would be used to track donor well-being and learn more about breast cancer and other health risks. But for some, it raises privacy concerns.

Even though the NIH banned funding for work on chimera embryos, a scientist explains why it's necessary — and not unethical.

Janet Jackson's pregnancy raised interest in reproductive assistance for older parents. Which mind-blowing techniques are on the horizon?

Controversy surrounding mitochondrial replacement has created a fear of designer babies. Will a new scientific paper convince the FDA this fear is unwarranted?

A U.S. trial program will implant uteruses from deceased women into live volunteers, allowing them to carry a child. Experts are divided on the procedure.

Pregnancy myths abound, but one of the most common is that it's impossible to get pregnant while on your period. Why is this idea so off-base, and what does the textbook 28-day cycle have to do with it?

For most men, talking about their own health is usually something that's avoided. But varicocele -- a condition like varicose veins in the legs, that affects the blood flow to the testicles -- isn't something you'd want to ignore.

For a woman getting a routine checkup from her gynecologist, the news that she has an ovarian cyst could be quite troubling. Do you know how it can affect your fertility?

Peruvians have eaten maca root for thousands of years, and it's earned a reputation as an aphrodisiac. But can it boost your fertility?

When getting pregnant is your goal, it can be extremely frustrating to discover your body is actually working against you. How can imbalanced hormones thwart your attempts, and what can you do to treat the problem?

There was a time when women with diabetes were strongly advised to avoid getting pregnant, though caregivers no longer give that direction. But how does diabetes affect fertility?

Uterine fibroids are extremely common, affecting 20 to 40 percent of women over the age of 35. Can these often benign growths alter your chances of getting pregnant?

Herpes and HPV may get the headlines, but chlamydia ranks as the most common STD in the U.S. A lot of people with chlamydia never experience symptoms, but it's anything but harmless.

A woman's menstrual cycle is much more complex than you might think. And with so many steps, there are opportunities for mishaps -- and the possibility of infertility.

For a couple trying to get pregnant, there's an endless list of do's and don'ts provided by doctors, family and friends. And it can be overwhelming. Here are five fertility myths, busted.

Cancer has the potential to impact the fertility of men and women, and in many cases, the treatment itself presents a greater threat. But, advances have given patients more options.

It's no secret that hormones play a major role in both the female and male reproductive systems. But why is progesterone called the hormone of pregnancy?

When a couple is trying to conceive, the last thing they may expect is a lengthy process. If infertility has become a roadblock, could a fertility cleanse be just what the doctor ordered?

Milk, the slogan says, does a body good. But when it comes to your fertility, can there be too much of a good thing?

It's no secret that practicing yoga helps improve your balance, flexibility and strength. But it may also increase your chance of conceiving.

Adenomyosis is a structural gynecological disorder -- it affects the endometrial cells in the lining of the uterus and the muscular layer of the uterine wall. Does it contribute to difficulty conceiving?

Metformin was developed in the 1950s as a treatment for diabetes, but doctors have now found a new use for the drug. Can it make you more fertile?

Nearly 34 percent of American adults are obese -- a risk factor for infertility in both women and men. But can dropping a few pounds really help boost your fertility?

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