XRobyn NazarE-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Info: Posts by the author (11)Posted by RobynNazarRN on May 2, 2013 at 2:15 pm
Can you get pregnant with PCOS? Does PCOS decrease your fertility? What are the treatment options for PCOS?
Dr. Norbert Gleicher, infertility expert at the Center For Human Reproduction, New York, discusses Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) and its effect on infertility. He also answers these common questions listed above, which are often asked by women, with PCOS, who are trying to conceive.
To see more educational videos about infertility issues and treatment options, visit the CHR Youtube channel.
XE-mail: email@example.com Info: Posts by the author (11)Posted by Health News Watch on December 6, 2012 at 10:55 am
One of the reasons an IVF center may tell a women she is suffering from infertility and subsequent failed IVF is due to diminished ovarian reserve (DOR). This may be caused by premature ovarian aging, or, simply by the female aging process. But what exactly is premature ovarian aging?
Premature ovarian aging
Ovarian aging is the final step in menopause. It is a process that starts with a decrease in follicle numbers leading to cycle irregularity, which eventually leads to natural sterilization. It is signified by the ending of the women’s menstrual cycle. The process is gradual, and, while the follicle numbers decrease there is also a decrease in the quality of the female eggs. As a woman enters further into the ovarian aging process it becomes more difficult, although not impossible, to conceive.
Women do no undergo this change in fertility at the same age. Some women can conceive into their fifties while others productive life span is prematurely ended in their 30’s. This is called premature ovarian aging. Reasons for these variation in age are not clear. Research has been completed that would signifies that genetic, metabolic and endocrine factors are involved, however we are far from understanding the full picture.
Women do not just find it difficult to conceive due to early onset of ovarian aging. In the western world, woman find it difficult to conceive due to the fact that average age for child birth has increased dramatically in the last 50 years. Fertility medicine in the west has been challenged not only by premature ovarian aging, but also by the fact that women want to conceive later in life when their ovarian activity is decreased.
This leads to the question:
What is modern medicines solution to this problem?
A recent supplement has been receiving attention in both medical research and the media. This supplement is called dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA). A type of steroidal hormone, DHEA naturally occurs in both men and women. Secreted by the adrenal gland, this hormone peaks for women in their 20’s and gradually decreases as they get older.
For women with diminished ovarian reserve (DOR) due to premature ovarian aging or solely due to increased female age, DHEA has been proved to benefit the ovarian environment.
Taken as a supplement before IVF, DHEA, appears to decrease IVF failure in women with DOR. A systematic review carried out by The Center for Human Reproduction in 2011 associated DHEA with higher embryo counts, higher quality embryos, improved fertility treatment results and decreases in miscarriages.
Although this agent is used by of third of IVF centers globally some precautions must be taken before commencing this hormonal treatment.
DHEA is a hormone. Not all women with DOR have low DHEA levels. Taking a hormone without testing the natural occurring body levels first can be detrimental for both a women’s general health and her fertility health. If a women’s already has high levels of DHEA and takes more synthetic supplements of DHEA it can actually stop ovulation and give undesirable side effects such as acne and facial hair.
DHEA can be bought over the counter in the United States, however, it is much safer for a women to make an appointment with an IVF center so her pre-IVF treatment with DHEA can be monitored by a health care professional.
DHEA is a great development in the fertility field. And the future looks bright as researchers quote that there are many more agents waiting to be discovered that can benefit the ovarian environment.
DHEA, is just the tip of the iceberg.
This video by the Center for Human Reproduction, experts in DHEA use, further explains the uses and benefits of DHEA. Enjoy some interactive learning!
XE-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Info: Posts by the author (11)Posted by Health News Watch on August 10, 2012 at 3:20 pm
Approximately one in ten couples in the United States are unable to conceive children and male infertility accounts for half of these cases. According to researchers at Stanford University, infertility evaluations have traditionally focused on women, mostly because women tend to seek gynecological care, but men tend to be reluctant to seek infertility-related advice from their doctors.
Male infertility can be caused by a wide range of disorders including hormonal disturbances, physical problems and also psychological problems. In the majority of cases, the condition is caused by testicular damage resulting in the inability for testicles to produce sperm. Another leading cause of male infertility is low sperm production or poor sperm quality.
From erectile dysfunction to damaged sperm ducts, there are many disorders that can inhibit a man’s ability to reproduce, but new forms of male infertility treatment are available. Regardless, prevention methods do exist. Male fertility experts say a man’s ability to reproduce is strongly linked to his overall health. Men who live a healthy lifestyle are more likely to produce healthy sperm.
The following is a list of lifestyle choices that negatively impact male fertility:
Smoking can significantly decreases both sperm count and sperm cell motility.
Prolonged use of marijuana and other recreational drugs.
Chronic alcohol abuse.
Anabolic steroid use can cause testicular shrinkage and infertility.
Overly intense exercise produces high levels of adrenal steroid hormones which cause a testosterone deficiency resulting in infertility.
Inadequate vitamin C and Zinc in the diet.
Tight underwear increases scrotal temperature which results in decreased sperm production.
Exposure to environmental hazards and toxins such as pesticides, lead, paint, radiation, radioactive substances, mercury, benzene, boron, and heavy metals.
Malnutrition and anemia.
And don’t forget: Excessive stress can reduce fertility.
Modifying these behaviors can improve a man’s fertility and should be considered when a couple is trying to achieve pregnancy.
XFranco CignelliE-mail: email@example.com Info: Posts by the author (8)Posted by Franco Cignelli on June 29, 2012 at 9:58 am
Egg Donation NY helps couples with infertility issues start and build their families.
For a variety of reasons and conditions, some couples are unable to conceive a child, mostly because the woman can not produce good quality eggs.
As a result, couples have experienced significant emotional and financial strain while trying to conceive a child on their own. In many cases they look to egg donors to make their dreams come true.
Through the process, egg donors receive the same kind of individualized attention and clinical vigilance as recipient couples. Since egg donation is a complicated medical process, donors’ safety is taken very seriously.
A typical egg donor process involves:
Application The first step in the egg donation process is the completion of a confidential questionnaire that assesses mental and physical health.
After reviewing the application donors are contacted and undergo a lengthy screening process, both physically and psychologically. If the medical profile and family history are sufficient the donor will be referred to a physician to assess psychological and medical profile. After the consultation, a physical examination including laboratory tests will be performed. Upon satisfactory results of these tests, a stamp of approval is given.
When approved as an egg donor, information is entered into a egg donor database. A wish list is submitted by a potential recipient couple identifying desired traits. When an appropriate match is found, donor characteristics are anonymously presented to the recipient couple. A recipient couple may accept or reject the egg donor. Once a match is made the egg donation cycle begins.
Ovarian stimulation begins. The average donor cycle lasts 3 to 5 weeks from the beginning of injectable medication until the day of retrieval.
Egg Donation NY offers online and telephone consultations about your fertility questions, including information on FSH hormone, IVF, and many other treatments and conditions.
XFranco CignelliE-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Info: Posts by the author (8)Posted by Franco Cignelli on June 13, 2012 at 7:46 am
Contrary to popular belief, new research published in Human Reproduction, says that unhealthy lifestyles have little impact on sperm quality and male infertility.
Infertile men are often told my doctors to radically change their lifestyle habits, but the Universities of Manchester and Sheffield suggests otherwise.
Current guidelines advise doctors to warn infertile men about the risks of smoking, alcohol consumption and recreational drug use, in addition to the dangers of being overweight and wearing tight underwear.
But research is now showing that common lifestyle choices make little difference to male fertility, based on how many swimming sperm men produce.
The study involved 2,249 men from 14 fertility clinics around the UK. The men completed detailed questionnaires about their lifestyle.
The information was then compared between 939 men who had low numbers of swimming sperm and a control group of 1,310 men who produced high numbers.
The research found that men who produced low numbers of swimming sperm were 2.5 times more likely to have had testicular surgery, twice as likely to be of black ethnicity, and 1.3 times more likely to be in manual work, not wear boxer shorts, and not have already fathered a child.
The use of recreational drugs, tobacco and alcohol, as well as weight measured by body mass index (BMI), had little effect.
These finding can potentially change the current advice given to men about how they might improve their fertility and suggests that many common lifestyle risks may not be as important as previously believed.
However, experts suggest that, despite their study findings, it’s important for men continue to follow sensible health advice and watch their weight, stop smoking and drink alcohol in moderation.