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Getting Pregnant Tips, Social Media, World News May 16, 2014

Testing sperm on the go? Tool goes mobile in 2015

One of every five men has low-sperm counts that can impair conception.

The researchers Greg Sommer and Ulrich Schaff decided to shed some light on fertility changes in men.

Their invention “TrakFertility” will allow for men to self-test for sperm quality. In just 5 minutes with a few drops of semen.

“It would be like using a scale to follow weight, only in this case, men would track changes in their fertility,” Sommer said. “We want to help people conceive in a way never done before”.

According to the scientists, the self-kit is all what men would need. To do the test they just need privacy of their homes. Thanks to the ongoing home diagnostic men would be able to take the necessary steps to improve fertility.

The launch of the portable fertility test is foreseen for next year in the USA. Upon receipt of an US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval.

In parallel to the device the company is developing a mobile app to help men track and analyze the results of their tests and communicate about them with their doctors.

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Getting Pregnant Tips, Social Media, World News March 26, 2014

Fertility bootcamp to offer guidance for couples planning a pregnancy

Guidance for couples planning a pregnancy – Merrion Fertility Clinic is to host a ‘His & Hers Fertility Bootcamp’ to offer guidance and advice for those who may be planning a pregnancy.

The bootcamp, which will take place in Holles Street Hospital next Saturday, March 29, is free of charge. It will focus on an integrated approach to pregnancy, incorporating nutrition and dietary advice, exercise, emotional well-being, holistic therapies such as Chinese medicine and acupuncture, as well as offering the opportunity to meet and talk to fertility experts.

Key speakers for the half-day event include Michael Comyn, founder of the Fearless Organisation; Dr Noel McCaffrey, an expert in sports medicine; Dr Mary Wingfield, clinical director Merrion Fertility Clinic; Sinead Curran, senior nutritionist at the National Maternity Hospital; and Kay Duff, relationship and fertility counsellor.

 


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Social Media February 27, 2014

Child health problems ‘linked to father’s age’

Child health problems ‘linked to father’s age’

A wide range of disorders and problems in school-age children have been linked to delayed fatherhood.

Increased rates of autism, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, suicide attempts and substance abuse problems were all reported.

The study

The study, in JAMA Psychiatry, suggests mutated sperm were to blame.

However, experts say the benefits older dads bring may outweigh any problems.

The investigation by Indiana University, in the US, and Sweden’s Karolinska Institute has been described as the largest and one of the best designed studies on the issue.

The researchers looked at 2.6 million people and at the difference between siblings born to the same father as it accounts for differences in upbringing between families.

Comparing

Comparing children of a 45-year-old dad to those of a 24-year-old father it indicated:

  • autism was more than three times as likely
  • a 13-fold increased risk of ADHD
  • double the risk of a psychotic disorder
  • 25 times more likely to have bipolar disorder
  • 2.5 times more likely to have suicidal behaviour or problems with drugs
  • lower scores at school

There was no starting point after which the risk started to increase. Rather any increase in age had an associated increase in risk.

However, the overall risk is likely to remain low.

The problem is small increases in risk scaled up over millions of people having children later. It can lead to an increased incidence of such disorders.

Researchers speak

Dr Brian D’Onofrio (one of the researchers) was shocked by the findings. Findings suggested a higher risk than previously estimated.

He told the BBC: “The implications of the study is that delaying childbearing is also associated with increased risk for psychiatric and academic problems in the offspring.

“The study adds to a growing body of research, that suggests families, doctors, and society as a whole must consider both the pros and cons of delaying childbearing.”

Faulty sperm

As the sperm-making mechanism ages, so too do the number of errors. Older sperm have more mutations which may be damaging.

Dr James MacCabe, senior lecturer in psychosis at the Institute of Psychiatry: “I would make the point very strongly that men should not decide on whether or when to have children on a single study, or cumulative studies.”

He said the risks were low. And that even a doubling or trebling of risk would still affect a small proportion of people.

“With the demographic change we have seen in the last decade, on a population level this is a concern. We might expect higher rates of psychoses now and in the future.”

He added that older dads bring many advantages such as more stable relationships and higher income. This “probably outweigh” any risks.


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Social Media February 3, 2014

Having a baby after fertility problems ‘strengthens relationship’

Having a baby after fertility problems ‘strengthens relationship’

For most couples, going through fertility problems can put a strain on the relationship. Research suggests that women who have a baby after experiencing fertility issues are more likely to stay in a relationship.

This is according to a study published in the journal Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica.

Around 11% of American women and their partners are unable to get pregnant after 1 year of unprotected sex. (According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC))

The research team, led by Trille Kristina Kjaer of the Unit of Survivorship at the Danish Cancer Society Research Center in Denmark, notes that previous research suggests that when couples experience fertility problems, this can affect them physically and psychologically.

Other studies have shown that if fertility treatment is unsuccessful, this can lead to a lower quality of life for the couple, as well as increased anxiety, depression and stresslevels.

Investigators say some studies have suggested that couples who go through fertility problems become closer.

The researchers analyzed data of 47,515 women from the Danish National Patient Registry and the Danish IVF (in vitro fertilization) Registry.

The average age of the women was 32 years. And all women had been referred to a Danish hospital for fertility problems between 1990 and 2006.

Women were followed for up to 12 years. On average, follow-up took place for 7 years.

During this time, 57% of the women gave birth to a minimum of one child, while 43% did not give birth.

The researchers found that women who did not give birth to a child were three times more likely to divorce or end the relationship with their partner at the time of the study, compared with women who gave birth to a child.

 Commenting on the findings, Dr. Kjaer says:

“Our findings suggest that not having a child after fertility treatment may adversely affect the duration of a relationship for couples with fertility issues.”

She adds that further research is needed to determine the relationship quality and well-being of couples who experience fertility problems.

Last year, Medical News Today reported on a study suggesting that a person’s personality may affect their fertility.

In more recent fertility news, experts published an analysis in the BMJ, stating that IVF is being overused and the risks of the treatment may outweigh the benefits.


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Social Media January 31, 2014

Making babies: You may be doing it wrong, doctors say

Think it helps to have sex more than once a day or raise hips afterward? You have made mistake. But you are not alone, survey shows. Most women know how babies are made. But a new survey suggests they are confused or misinformed on some of the fine points.

Researchers from Yale University decided to do the survey after finding some misconceptions about conception among their own patients, says study leader Jessica lluzzi, an obstetrician and gynecologist in New Haven, Conn.

“We have patients who want to get pregnant who come in saying ‘We’re having sex several times a day after I ovulate.’

Their survey of 1,000 women ages 18 to 40 around the country found that:

• Half wrongly believed that having sex more than once a day increases chances of conceiving. Sperm counts actually decrease with such frequent sex, the researchers say.

• About 40% wrongly believed that using certain sexual positions and lying on one’s back with raised hips after sex can help. There’s no scientific evidence for that. Sperm reach the cervix within minutes “regardless of coital practices or positioning afterwards,” the paper says.

• Nearly two-thirds wrongly believed having sex in the two days after ovulation (the release of an egg from an ovary) increases chances for conception. It’s actually best to time sex a day or two before ovulation. “The sperm need to be waiting in the fallopian tube for the arrival of the egg. And not the other way around,” Illuzzi says.

• More than 25% did not know that sexually transmitted infections, obesity, smoking or having irregular periods could decrease pregnancy chances.

• Half did not know folic acid can prevent birth defects and that folic acid supplements are recommended before conception.

The study also provides one possible explanation for these knowledge gaps: 50% had never discussed reproductive health with a health care provider.

The impact of such confusion is unclear: 58% of women said they had children and 7% were pregnant at the time of the survey. Also, as the study notes, nearly half of pregnancies in the USA are unintended.

“Clearly women have been getting pregnant throughout history without knowing these details,” Illuzzi says.

In fact, she says, the survey uncovered some undue anxiety over the difficulty of getting pregnant. “We were very surprised that 40% of women thought they might have a problem getting pregnant. In actuality, the rates of infertility are closer to 5% to 15%.”

It is true that more women are delaying childbearing and that fertility declines with age. But “anxiety and lack of confidence” may be spreading to women with little reason to worry, she says.

The women in the online survey were broadly representative of women nationwide. But somewhat more educated than average, with 80% having attended college vs. 65% nationally.

The study was published Monday in the journal Fertility and Sterility.

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Social Media January 12, 2014

Self-medicating with fertility drugs ends in low birth weight babies

Self-medicating with fertility drugs ends in low birth weight babies

Women who bypass specialist clinics in their attempts to become pregnant could be putting their unborn children in serious danger.

Babies born to these women are 250 grams lighter than average. This is a bigger impact than if their mother had smoked through her pregnancy. – says University of Adelaide Professor Michael Davies.

“Our study has unmasked a group of Australians who appear to be at substantially increased risk.”

Prof Davies, whose team has compared more than 300,000 births over the 17 years until 2002. The study shows infertile women who conceive without the help of a specialist clinic are nine times more likely than average to have a baby with very low birth weight of less than 1.5kg.

Their babies are also seven times more likely to be born very preterm.

“This may be due to the underlying medical conditions related to their infertility, or the use of fertility medications or therapies,” Professor Davies said.

“We are not sure what therapies they are using, but we suspect it may be drugs that stimulate ovulation.”

The drugs are particularly dangerous if they are taken by a woman who does not realise she is pregnant.

Part of the problem is that there is confusion over what type of doctor may prescribe the drugs.

Prof Davies said the drugs had good outcomes when taken under the close supervision of a specialist IVF clinic.

However, the PBS covers a GP prescription with enough repeats to cover 10 menstrual cycles.

The study, which includes 4300 births from assisted reproduction, shows even babies born with the help of a specialist clinic tend to be born earlier and lighter than average.

The risk of low birth weight in non-twin births is 10 in 100, almost double that of the general population. A low birth weight is less the 2.5kg.

There is a two per cent risk of a very low birth weight. Compared with one per cent for the general population.

Part of the problem could be that infertile women are prone to underlying health problems that could interfere with the supply of nutrients from their placenta. They are also at increased risk of gestational diabetes.

Prof Davies said outcomes could also have improved since the data was collected. Because IVF technology had got much better in recent years.

He aimed to do follow up studies using more recent data.

AAP


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Social Media December 23, 2013

Miracle family set for magical Christmas

A WINSFORD couple are set for a magical Christmas after defying the odds to give birth to their second miracle baby. Clare Mossford and Chris MacLennan, from Commonwealth Close, had to have fertility treatment after Chris had testicular cancer in 2001.

After three failed cycle of IVF at Leighton Hospital the couple were almost ready to give up, but gave it one last shot at CARE Manchester fertility clinic – their final attempt worked and baby Connie Grace was born in January 2011.

“When Chris had his treatment he didn’t freeze any sperm as it’s not something you think about until years later when you want to try for children,” explained Clare.

 “I had lost all confidence in everything, we’d had four tries and we had learnt to only take each day as it comes otherwise you will drive yourself mad, so we’d said this would be the last go.

“CARE were amazing, I didn’t think it was real until Connie was in my arms as we’d been through so much heartbreak, but seeing is believing.”

The couple had frozen three embryos, in June 2012 they decided to try for another baby and these were defrosted with Clare and Chris delighted to find two were viable to transfer.

 Clare gave birth to Reggie George in April this year.

“We couldn’t believe our eyes two weeks later that a pregnancy test came up positive again,” she added.

“Reggie was frozen for two years, we were over the moon to have a little girl and we certainly didn’t think it would happen again.

“We were ecstatic our family was complete, not only had we been lucky enough to get pregnant twice but went on to have a boy and a girl.

“This year our Christmas is going to be magical with our amazing family of four.”


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