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World News October 7, 2014

Baby born after womb transplantation

In September, a 36-year-old Swedish woman became the first ever to give birth from a transplanted womb. A new paper published in The Lancet provides a “proof of concept” report on the case.

“Absolute uterine factor infertility” is the only type of female infertility still considered to be untreatable. This condition is often a consequence of Rokitansky syndrome, which is when a woman is born without a womb. Adoption and surrogacy have so far been the only options for women with absolute uterine factor infertility to acquire motherhood.

However, the news of the first baby to be born from a woman with Rokitansky syndrome who received a womb transplant brings hope to women with forms of absolute uterine factor infertility.

The researchers who performed the transplant – from the University of Gothenburg, Sweden – have been investigating the viability of womb transplantation for over 10 years. Before attempting the procedure in humans, the researchers conducted trials in rodents and non-human primates.

In 2013, the researchers initiated transplants in nine women with absolute uterine factor infertility who had received wombs from live donors. The Swedish woman who recently gave birth was one of these women.

Although two of the women in the trial had to have hysterectomies during the initial months – because of severe infections and thrombosis – the team reported success in the other seven women.

These women began menstruating during the first 2-3 months after transplant. Although occasional episodes of “mild rejection” were detected in some of the women, the researchers were able to overcome this by prescribing a short course of immunosuppression therapy.

Outside of this trial, only two other womb transplants had been attempted. The first of these required the womb to be removed after 3 months, due to progressive uterine necrosis.

The second attempt involved a womb from a deceased donor being transplanted into a woman with Rokitansky syndrome. Although this woman became pregnant twice via embryo transfer, both pregnancies resulted in miscarriage before week 6.

Eggs were fertilized using IVF prior to mother receiving womb transplant

The Swedish woman who gave birth received her womb from a 61-year-old family friend. As the recipient had intact ovaries, she was able to produce eggs, which were then fertilized using IVF prior to the transplant.

A total of 11 embryos were produced and frozen using this method. One year after the womb transplant, one of these embryos was transferred to the transplanted womb.

Prof. Mats Brännström, who led the team of researchers, says that fetal growth was normal through the first 31 weeks of pregnancy. “We found only one episode of mild rejection during the pregnancy that was successfully treated with corticosteroids,” he says, “and the woman was working full time until the day before delivery.”

As a consequence of preeclampsia, the woman was admitted to hospital at 31 weeks and her baby was delivered by cesarean section 16 hours later.

Although an abnormal fetal heart rate had been detected when the woman was admitted to the hospital, in the days after being born, the baby scored as being in perfect health according to the Apgar rating scale for determining the health of newborns.

The infant was discharged from the neonatal unit after 10 days, and the researchers say that both mom and baby are continuing to do well.

According to Prof. Brännström:

“Our success is based on more than 10 years of intensive animal research and surgical training by our team and opens up the possibility of treating many young females worldwide that suffer from uterine infertility. What is more, we have demonstrated the feasibility of live-donor uterus transplantation, even from a postmenopausal donor.”


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Getting Pregnant Tips October 1, 2014

Boost Baby Making for Men with these 6 Things

It‘s official. What you eat and how much you exercise can actually boost your baby making ability. According to new research you can change the strength of your gene’s (DNA) by keeping in optimum physical shape.

Research from Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology at the Robinson Institute, Research Centre for Reproductive Health at the University of Adelaide in South Australia found that a fathers diet and body composition at the time of conception is likely to affect his future child’s health and risk of disease during life.

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  1. You are what you eat. Diet affects not only your health but also your sperms molecular makeup. Eat healthier foods for healthier sperm. Research shows men who consumed 90mg of vitamin C a day had 20 percent less Sperm DNA Damage.
  2. Cut back on sugar. A 2013 FASEB Journal study found prediabetic conditions in males led to glucose intolerance and insulin resistance in offspring.
  3. Cut back on FAT. A study published in 2013 found that for every 5% increase in saturated fat, sperm count dove by 38%
  4. Cut back on Alcohol  Studies show alcohol intake lowers your testosterone levels potentialling coding reduced testosterone levels into the genes you pass on. Loyola University Researchers found that over indulgence can affect sperm production in three different ways, impairing hormone production in the brain and even the testes. There is a direct link between excessive consumption and the effects on successful baby making.
  5. Relax. A 2014 study published in Fertility and Sterility found an inverse relationship between stress and sperm strength.
  6. Lose weight. A Danish study found that men with high BMIs experienced a 20% decrease in sperm concentration.

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Getting Pregnant Tips, In the Media October 1, 2014

Get pregnant by getting a job!

You could increase your chances to get pregnant by… getting a job! A US study matched 140 million female birth records with unemployment rates and found that the negative effects of unemployment on fertility increase over time.

Scientists have been researching the relationship between fertility and unemployment for more than a century.

Most studies find that fertility falls with unemployment in the short run but it is not known whether these negative effects persist because women simply may postpone childbearing to better economic times. The study suggests that women are more likely to get pregnant when they have a stable job.

Using more than 140 million US birth records for the period 1975–2010, the new study analyses both the short and long-run effects of unemployment on fertility.

“We find that women in their early 20s are most affected by high unemployment rates in the short run and that the negative effects on fertility grow over time,” the researchers say.

A one percentage point increase in the average unemployment rate experienced between the ages of 20 and 24 reduces the short-run fertility of women in this age range by six conceptions per 1,000 women.

The study by Janet Currie at Princeton University and colleagues is published in the journal PNAS.


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Success Stories August 19, 2014

Alice Tan: “Trying to have a baby for OVER 3 YEARS”

Alice Tan: “Trying to have a baby for OVER 3 YEARS”

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Getting Pregnant Tips May 21, 2014

Women and fertility: What if it’s been a ‘Big Lie’?

We’ve all grown up with this same idea “First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes baby in a baby carriage.” But reality is that the society changes over time. For modern women, it’s a bit more like “First comes the education, then the graduate degrees and then having a good job and financial security” and only after all this come love, marriage and babies. But is this happy ending necessarily given??

As much as we would like to believe, we cannot control our biological timetable even with all the advances in reproductive science and technologies that we have.

Tanya Selvaratnam, the writer of the new book “The Big Lie: Motherhood, Feminism, and the Reality of the Biological Clock”, thought that she could do so and fulfill all her professional goal before trying for a baby.

But after 3 miscarriages, several IVF treatments and finally her divorce, she realized she has waited too long.

Tanya wrote this book, to share her story, her mistakes and remind us to think about our future fertility before it is too late.

“The Big Lie” is also a call to action for women. In the last few chapters, Selvaratnam includes a well-researched chapter entitled “Action Items for the Future,” so that women are better prepared and more aware of their options. She wants to remind us to think and become really aware about the possible future fertility problems before it is too late.

Sadly there are many stories like the one of Tanya. Doing our best to give you an advice on how to tackle fertility issues we have prepared several posts which you can look up together with your Conceive Plus fertility lubricant.

Many couples break up over infertility

How body weight (BMI) can impact our chances of getting pregnant

Help Things Along

Child health problems ‘linked to father’s age’

My fertility how can i tell if I’m fertile (Charting fertility)

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World News April 8, 2014

Celebrity Baby Scoop: Elisabeth Rohm says she can be voice on infertility

Elisabeth Rohm just wrapped up participation in Fertility Planit – a two day event April 4-5 at the University of California at Los Angeles. The first event of its kind, Fertility Planit was an all-fertility focused show featuring leading fertility experts. Topics included Beginners Guild to Infertility, Becoming a Single Parent by Choice, Egg Freezing, Creating a LGBT family, Adoption, Male Infertility, Fertility Over 40, Adoption, and IVF.

The actress talked about motherhood, IVF and her book, “Having the Child I Always Wanted (Just Not As Expected).” Other celebrities who spoke included Emily Blunt, The Guncles’ Scout Masterson and Bill Horn, and Jason Patric.

Celebrity Baby Scoop caught up with Rohm before the event to discuss Fertility Planit, her past struggle with infertility, and being mom to her daughter Easton.

Q: Many couples struggle with infertility, and in your book “Having the Child I Always Wanted (Just Not As Expected)” you openly share your experience. How do you think your story has provided hope for women who haven’t been able to conceive?

A: “I think we all need a friend and a safe place to be able to tell our truth. Secrets are sickness, and suffering in silence is not advised. We all need human connection and compassion. Turning a subject that is taboo into something that is open is also comforting. I hope it is comforting to younger women who have yet to traverse the road to motherhood but may want to. I want to give them the right information so they can have the power of knowledge about what’s happening with their bodies. I think it creates a deeper community with women.”

Q: Fertility Planit is a unique forum to learn more about treatment options. What inspired you to become a part of this outreach?

A: “I don’t necessarily know how to advise anyone on treatment, but I can be a voice of openness and compassion on the subject. I want to encourage women to be proactive on behalf of their bodies. This just happens to be the disease that I have. If I had a different disease, I’d probably care a lot about women in that regard and I’d want to be open about that, sort of like Angelina Jolie being very open about getting a double mastectomy. I think that that is the highest way to live. Women are a community by nature and should be, because they need to connect, they need to talk, and they need to be able to count on each other.”

Q: What kind of support is available to women who struggle with infertility?

A: “If I accomplished one thing from writing my book, it would be to help women in the reproductive generation. They have their destiny in their hands, as they can go to their OB/GYN and check their fertility levels and hormone reserves. If you start doing that at 30, then you are in control of your destiny as a mother. I really want to see women empowered with good information. As far as advising them on doctor’s stuff, I have an incredible doctor who helps me. I would happily recommend him.”

Q: You’re a huge advocate for literacy. What kind of books do you read to Easton?

A: “We’re reading Harry Potter and we love it. She’s getting ready to turn 6 in April, so she’s just learning to read. I think it’s a pretty big accomplishment that she’s letting me read her a 400-page novel!”

Q: What advice would you give to parents to help their kids develop good reading habits?

A: “Love reading yourself and put some life into it. Be excited about it, come home and say, ‘Let’s read what happens next in Harry Potter!’ I can’t wait when I’m shooting and I’m not home and unable to read to her. It breaks my heart and I say to her, ‘I can’t believe we’re not going to be able to find out what happens next.’ I love storytelling because it mirrors our human experiences. You can light that love in your child and make them fall in love with storytelling. Storytelling is all about truth . . . you’re coming to terms with your truth. You identify with characters in movies and books, and if you love that, then your children will love it too. My mother and stepmother love to read, and I love that my daughter now loves to read because I love to read.”

Q: Is Easton looking forward to summer vacation?

A: “You know, she’s one of those really happy kids in her school, which is great! She’s landed where I think she needs to be, but she’s definitely excited. She gets to come to Montreal with me on holiday while I work. Then she’ll roll right into her beachy summer plans.”

Q: What do you have planned to keep her busy this summer?

A: “We’re in a beach community so she’ll go to beach camp and learn to surf and all of that. My husband and stepdaughter are big tennis players, so she’s going to start learning tennis this summer. You know, just the usual stuff.”

Q: Kids can be our best teachers. What kinds of things have you learned from Easton as her mom?

A: “I guess what I’ve learned is, sort of like my own mother taught me, is that it’s not over until it’s over. There’s always the opportunity for renewal and restoration of love. Each day is new and you may fall into your bed haggard and worn out, then in the morning you wake up and you have a second chance at love and you have a second chance at mothering. She’s taught me that. Every morning I wake up and I’m like, ‘WOW, I love you like crazy!’ You always have a new beginning; it ain’t over until it’s over. Oh guess what? You get another day tomorrow.”

Q: What kind of mom would Easton say you are?

A: “She always tells me that I’m the greatest mom in the world. What I think she means by that is I’m fun. I engage with her and I like to keep her curious mind alive. I laugh with her, nurture her, and don’t ignore her. I think I’m present. I’m not sure what she’d say, she’d probably just go ‘You’re a great Mom.’ ”

Q: What is one of your favorite Mommy and Me moments?

A: “There’s so many. Ultimately, I guess it’s the moment I’m about to have that excites me.”

Q: Do you have any upcoming projects you’d like to share with us?

A: “I am filming a pilot right now for TNT called ‘Guilt By Association,’ and I have a movie out. That’s kind of what’s happening.”

Read more here: http://www.kansascity.com/2014/04/07/4942499/celebrity-baby-scoop-elisabeth.html#storylink=cpy

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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 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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