Category: Obstetrics

NEWSWORTHY: AUTISM AND INDUCTION OF LABOR

A recent study identifying an association between autism and induction of labor that was published in the August issue of JAMA Pediatrics has gained a lot of media and patient attention.  Almost every major news outlet worldwide has featured an article this week citing the findings of a study conducted locally at the Duke Center […]

Written by on March 26, 2020

CONCEPTION QUESTION 8: CAN STRESS AFFECT YOUR ABILITY TO CONCEIVE?

Stress is almost universal. Whether from a single situation or you find yourself stressed out by work, family, relationships…stress can’t be avoided. Certainly, stress can take its toll on your body, both physically and emotionally. And research shows that there are levels of certain hormones that vary when people are under stress. But can these […]

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10 CONCEPTION MYTHS

There are more old wives’ tales about conception and pregnancy than probably any other event in health and medicine. Here are some of the conception myths I hear most often, as well as the facts that debunk them. Myth # 1:You can’t exercise while trying to conceive.In general, exercise is healthy and will not affect […]

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CONCEPTION QUESTION 7: CAN YOU PREDICT OVULATION?

Typically, we are taught that the so-called “fertile window” includes the day a woman starts to ovulate, plus the 5 days prior. And the likelihood that sex will lead to pregnancy is greatest within the last 2 to 3 days before ovulation. With that being said, I’m sure you’re wondering when exactly you ovulate.  For […]

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CONCEPTION QUESTION 6: CAN PRIOR CONTRACEPTION AFFECT FERTILITY?

I hear it all the time…”Dr. B, I want to get pregnant next year. So I’m gonna stop taking my pills now.”It’s certainly possible to conceive very shortly after stopping most forms of contraception. I’m not sure where the misconception came from; that birth control leads to a long delay before conception. My guess is […]

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CONCEPTION QUESTION 5: WHAT ABOUT CONCEIVING AFTER MISCARRIAGE?

It’s surprising to many couples to learn that 15% to 20% of all recognized pregnancies end in miscarriage. While the rate is not quite as high for first time moms, it is still a possibility. Fortunately, your ability to conceive after a miscarriage should not be greatly affected. After a woman miscarries, it is important […]

Written by on March 26, 2020