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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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World News February 25, 2014

First two-child fertility policy baby in Anhui

Liu Gengsheng, the first baby born after the fine-tuned family planning policy in East China’s Anhui province was changed, finds all the attention tiring at a hospital in Hefei, Feb 23, 2014. Anhui became the third province to relax the one-child policy on Jan 23, allowing couples to have a second baby if either parent is an only child.

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World News February 25, 2014

Declining Fertility Rate – key Challenge to the Prenatal Testing Market in the US

Reportstack has announced a new market research publication on Prenatal Testing Market in the US 2014-2018. The report pinpoints declining fertility rate as a key challenge to the American prenatal testing market. The findings are for the forecast period 2014-2018. The declining fertility rate and related drop in number of pregnancies is leading to a marked reduction in the demand for prenatal testing. Additionally, the risks related to invasive diagnostic procedures are also discouraging expectant mothers from undergoing these procedures.

”The US fertility rate fell from 69 births per 1,000 women in the 15-44 age groups in 2007 to a record low of 63 births per 1,000 women in 2012. This has been due to the changing modern lifestyle and the growing trend of having fewer children,” said a TechNavio senior analyst and report co-author. While prenatal testing helps parents and doctors diagnose  chromosome abnormalities, it also has some negative psychological consequences. There has been increasing concerns that predictive testing might lead to higher suicide rates of among identified carriers. Additionally, diagnosis of a disability or genetic disorder could result in parents aborting the pregnancy.

To determine the scenario for these vendors in the next 3-4 years, Analysts have conducted in-depth analysis of the impact of market drivers, challenges and trends featuring data on product segmentations, vendor shares, growth rate by revenue and an evaluation of the different buying criteria in the order of importance.

To view the table of contents and know more details please visit Prenatal Testing Market in the US 2014-2018.


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Getting Pregnant Tips, World News February 21, 2014

Big sperm don’t always win the race

When females mate with more than one male, each one’s sperm has to compete to get to her eggs. Until now, researchers had thought the fastest sperm would dominate.

But in a new study, published in Evolution, a team of scientists have found that it is much more complicated than that.

‘If you compare species with little sperm competition, like humans, with a species where there is a lot of sperm competition, like Bonobos, then the bonobos tend to have faster, bigger sperm,’ says Dr John Fitzpatrick of the University of Manchester, lead author on the paper. ‘But if you look within a species, you typically don’t see this relationship where bigger sperm are faster.’

Instead, the team found that bigger sperm – those with longer tails, called flagellum –were only the fastest in species with external fertilisation, such as fish or mussels. In animals with internal fertilisation, like emu, bigger sperm were often the slowest.

To analyse how fast the sperm were depending on their size, the researchers took video recordings of sperm swimming and then broke them down frame by frame using high speed cameras. They then deconstructed these frames into a stack of still images which could be entered into a computer programme to focus on a single sperm at a time.

They then used computer assisted sperm analysis – software also used in human fertilisation clinics – to assess sperm quality.

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‘In sperm with longer flagellum there’s more thrusting force to move sperm forward, and there we found clear results. A shorter head and bigger tail means you swim faster if you’re an externally fertilizing species, but if you have a bigger head and a smaller tail it seemed you swam faster if you were internally fertilizing,’ Fitzpatrick says.

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The researchers think that the reason bigger sperm swim slower in some internally fertilizing species is because they may be using a different strategy of moving slower but swimming for longer periods.

‘In externally fertilizing species you need to be fast as sperm don’t live long outside of the body, so they have to get to the egg quickly, whereas in internally fertilising species the sperm can hang around for longer. We think going slower is the sperm’s way of trying to conserve energy and taking its time to reach an egg,’ explains Fitzpatrick. ‘This may reflect the different ways that selection acts to make a successful sperm in internally versus externally fertilizing species. ‘


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World News February 21, 2014

Sperm finding could improve fertility, contraceptives

(Medical Xpress)—A new study headed up by Cornell scientists has found that a component of the sperm membrane tightly controls a crucial step in fertilization, making it a prime target for efforts to either assist fertilization or prevent it.

That’s good news for both fertility efforts and contraceptive development, according to lead author Dr. Alexander Travis, associate professor of reproductive biology at Cornell’s Baker Institute for Animal Health and the College of Veterinary Medicine.

He and his colleagues report in the journalDevelopmental Cell that as a sperm approaches an egg, GM1 in the sperm membrane controls the opening and closing of a specific calcium channel on the surface of the sperm head, allowing a small amount of calcium into the sperm. The researchers report that this tiny movement of calcium must be completed in order for the sperm to release the enzymes that help it pass through the egg’s thick outer coating. The release process, called acrosome exocytosis, is an irreversible step toward fertilization.

“By defining how GM1 regulates this calcium channel, we can now look for compounds that block or mimic that interaction,” said Travis, who also is faculty director for the environment at Cornell’s Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future. “It potentially gives you a new approach for a spermicide,” he added.

The only spermicide that’s commercially available is detergent-based, a formulation that makes certain users more susceptible to sexually transmitted diseases. A new approach could work without detergents, he says, mimicking GM1’s effect on sperm and triggering them to burst open and die long before they reach an egg.

On the other hand, he said, the information might help guide the development of new cryopreservatives for use in fertility treatments in humans, livestock or endangered species. Some current cryopreservative formulations contain mixtures of lipids, including GM1, an ingredient that may trigger premature acrosome exocytosis and actually reduce the length of time sperm can survive after thawing, Travis said.

Meanwhile, an immediate application for GM1 is male fertility testing. Since the presence and location of GM1 in the sperm membrane must be finely tuned to accomplish fertilization, defects in these aspects can adversely affect sperm function, making GM1 a potentially useful biomarker for male fertility, said Travis. A company that Travis co-founded, Androvia Inc., has developed an assay of male fertility that’s currently in clinical trials.

The findings may also provide answers to other health-related questions, Travis added. The particular calcium channels that are active in sperm and regulated by GM1 are also found in other parts of the body, and Travis says his lab will now explore whether the GM1-calcium channel interaction they’ve identified in sperm also holds true in those organs.


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Getting Pregnant Tips, World News February 7, 2014

Lab Grown Sperm Could Cure Male Infertility

Sperm has been successfully grown in a test tube for the first time, a breakthrough technology that could eventually help cure male infertility, Japanese scientists said Thursday.

In the experiment, researchers at Yokohama City University were able to produce healthy, fertile offspring using the laboratory created sperm. Their findings can be found in the journal Nature.

“Until now, none of the attempts have been wholly successful, and when the sperm have been used, the pups born have not been healthy and have soon died,” said Dr. Allan Pacey, senior lecturer in andrology at the University of Sheffield, in northern England.

The next step is to reproduce the technique in humans as the technology will give new hope to men with low sperm counts or abnormal sperm.

“Until now, none of the attempts have been wholly successful, and when the sperm have been used, the pups born have not been healthy and have soon died,” said Dr. Allan Pacey, senior lecturer in andrology at the University of Sheffield, in northern England.

The findings could also be a boon for young male cancer patients. Because the technique also works when the tissue samples were frozen and thawed again, fertility in young boys could be preserved before they underwent chemotherapy and radiotherapy by freezing their sperm


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Getting Pregnant Tips, World News February 6, 2014

Many couples break up over infertility

Couples with fertility problems are more likely to stay together if they eventually have a child together, new research indicates.

Previous studies have shown that fertility problems can have a massive impact – both physically and psychologically – on couples, particularly women. Some studies have even found that undergoing unsuccessful fertility treatment may increase stress and depression levels and lower overall quality of life.

However, other studies have found that fertility problems can bring couples closer together, so Danish researchers decided to look into this further.

They identified over 45,000 women who had been evaluated for fertility issues between 1990 and 2006. The women were around 32 when they were first evaluated and they were followed up for several years.

Among the participants, 57% went on to have at least one child following their initial treatment for infertility, while 43% did not have any children.

The study found that women who had a child after experiencing fertility issues were more likely to still be with the same partner. In the 12 years after the initial fertility assessment, women who did not have any children were up to three times more likely to have divorced or separated from the person they were with at that time.

“Our findings suggest that not having a child after fertility treatment may adversely affect the duration of a relationship for couples with fertility issues. Further investigations that account for marital quality and relational wellbeing of couples with fertility problems are now needed,” the researchers said.


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World News February 6, 2014

Birth rate in Europe

Polish mothers have more children once they come to Britain: Birth rate among migrants is two third higher here than in their homeland

  • Total fertility rate – average number of children they can expect to have – for Romanian women in England and Wales is 2.93
  • Among women in Romania it is only 1.25, and 1.84 for UK-born mothers
  • One in four babies is born to mothers born overseas

Birth rates among Polish women rise by two thirds when they move to Britain, official figures showed yesterday.

Those who migrated here after 2004 have an average of 2.13 children compared with the 1.30 level seen in their native land.

Romanians have enjoyed an even bigger baby boom – producing 2.93 children in Britain but only 1.25 back home.


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