She was in agony since age 13. Then a hospital diagnosed her with endometriosis

(Julie Landry/ CBC News) — Kim will never forget the moment the specialist touched her arm and believed her. She had been living with excruciating pain for more than half her life, yet, she says, a long list of doctors had either misdiagnosed or dismissed her condition. It was only when she was treated at a […]

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IVF won’t raise ovarian cancer risk: study

(Robert Preidt/ HealthDay News) — Fertility treatments such as in vitro fertilization don’t appear to increase a woman’s risk of ovarian cancer, a new study finds. Previous studies suggested that women who used this assisted reproductive technologies (ART) such as IVF to get pregnant may be at risk for ovarian cancer and non-malignant borderline tumors, […]

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In-vitro fertilization will once again be free for Quebec couples, but only for one cycle

(CBC News) — The Quebec government has tabled a bill to restore public funding for one round of in-vitro fertilization for couples struggling to conceive. Junior Health Minister Lionel Carmant said Wednesday that women between the ages of 18 and 40 years old, regardless of whether or not they already have children, would be eligible […]

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How using electronic devices at night may take a toll on sperm quality

(Stacey Colino/ Everyday Health) — The next time your guy tries to bring his smartphone or tablet into bed, you may want to discourage him from doing so — and not just because it kills the mood. A new study, shared at the Virtual SLEEP 2020 meeting, found a significant association between evening and late-night […]

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A woman’s egg may prefer one man’s sperm over another’s: study

(Amy Norton/ HealthDay News) — People have certain qualities they look for in a mate, and now a new study finds that a woman’s eggs may be choosy about sperm, too. Researchers said the findings offer new insight into human reproduction — showing that eggs will not accept just any sperm, and actually have more […]

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Laval researchers delve into antidepressant effects on pregnant women

(Angela MacKenzie/ CTV News) — Researchers in Laval have modelled, for the first time, the interaction between commonly used antidepressants and estrogen. Their work, recently published in The Journal of Steroid Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, has implications for the treatment of depression among pregnant women, the researchers said. Around one in 10 pregnant women suffer […]

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Women should be aware of polycystic ovarian syndrome

  (Dr. Sheila Laredo/ Toronto Star) — Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) is one of the top reasons that women may struggle to become pregnant. But, even if you’re not trying to conceive, it’s important to treat this common endocrine condition. Irregular or infrequent periods are a common symptom. In my work as an endocrinologist who focuses […]

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Is extremely bad PMS normal?

How premenstrual dysphoric disorder is different from PMS and clinical depression (Hannah Smothers/ Cosmopolitan) — The (incredibly sexist) joke about premenstrual syndrome (colloquially PMS) is that it drives people to do mean, crazy things. But if you’ve ever had PMS yourself, you understand. There are few things more disorienting than watching your body inflate every month […]

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Huge drop in men’s sperm levels confirmed by new study

(Dr. Chris Barratt/ The Conversation) — Sperm count in men from North America, Europe, Australia and New Zealand declined by 50-60% between 1973 and 2011, according to a new study from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Surprisingly, the study, which analysed data on the sperm counts of 42,935 men, found no decline in sperm counts in […]

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