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April 02, 2006

Marijuana Affects Fertility Treatment Outcome

The likelihood of a good outcome of fertility treatment is reduced if either the man or the woman uses marijuana, compared with couples that don't use it, the results of a new study suggests. (Reuters)

November 30, 2005

Fertility Drug Femara Linked to Birth Defects

The manufacturer of a breast cancer drug, letrozole, is warning fertility doctors that it has been associated with birth defects, a caution prompted by reports that the drug was being used to help a woman become pregnant.

Letrozole is approved for use only in postmenopausal women with breast cancer. But there is evidence some doctors have prescribed it as a fertility treatment because it suppresses estrogen and can promote ovulation. It is marketed under the name Femara. (Washington Post)

August 27, 2005

Infertility Treatments and Postpartum Depression

Women who have healthy babies as a result of infertility treatments may be unlikely candidates for postpartum depression. But new research suggests they might be uniquely vulnerable. (

April 07, 2005

Smoking Reduces IVF Success

"Smoking has a 'devastating' impact on a couple's chances of having an IVF baby, researchers said ... A study by Dutch scientists found smoking adds the equivalent of 10 years to the reproductive age of a 20-year-old woman whose fertility is poor."