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Getting Pregnant Tips, World News April 12, 2016

Asthma May Have Negative Effect on Fertility

Asthma May Have Negative Effect on Fertility

New study suggests that women with asthma could have more difficulty conceiving, resulting in prolonged time to pregnancy. Researchers say the study, published in the European Respiratory Journal, adds to previous research suggesting that asthma may have negative effect on fertility.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 1 in 12 people in the US has asthma, which totals around 25 million individuals.

Women are more likely than men to have asthma, which makes this current study particularly important.
Although the coexistence of infertility and asthma has been previously observed, this recent study investigates the link between asthma and delayed pregnancy in a large-scale analysis of twins.

The researchers, from Bispebjerg University Hospital in Denmark, looked at data from a cohort study of over 15,000 twins who were aged 12-41 years, and who completed a questionnaire about asthma and fertility.

Twins were used for the study so that direct comparisons could be made between sisters. The researchers note this also allowed them to use a sample representative of the whole population, from all social groups, without needing to measure genetic and lifestyle data for each individual.

The women were then divided into asthma and non-asthma groups, and they were then further divided into sub-groups for those treated for asthma and those not treated. Each woman was asked whether she had been trying to get pregnant for a year or more without success.

The researchers found that in the group with asthma, a “significantly higher proportion” of women (27%) experienced prolonged time to pregnancy, compared with the group of women who did not have asthma (21.6%).

In the group of women whose asthma was untreated, the risk of delayed conception increased by a significant amount, compared with women whose asthma had been treated, at 30.5% versus 23.8%.

Additionally, the researchers observed that as a general trend, women with asthma over the age of 30 had a longer waiting time to pregnancy, compared with women under the age of 30, at 32.2% versus 24.9%.

But the researchers do note that ultimately, women with asthma gave birth to the same number of children on average as the women without asthma, adding that women with asthma tended to have children at an earlier stage in their lives.

As the negative effect of asthma on fertility increases with age and grows with the intensity of the condition, the researchers say this indicates “that a systemic disease (asthma) characterized by systemic inflammation also can involve reproductive processes.”

Dr. Elisabeth Juul Gade, lead author of the study, says: “Our results shed light on the complex interactions between fertility and asthma. Although we observed women with asthma experiencing longer waiting times to pregnancy, our findings suggest that if women take their medication and control their asthma, they can reduce this delay.”
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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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