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December 2007 Blog Archive

Monday, December 31, 2007
2007 Fertility News Review
Before we head into 2008, let's take a look back at the fertility news that really reached our hearts in the year that we're about to wrap up.

Some of the favorite 2007 fertility news stories were:

- Preconception Health Advice. This one came out early in the year to help women get prepped for getting pregnant.

- Recommendations to eat ice cream along with reminders to eat right made it a little hard to know what diet to follow. But it made for some interesting 2007 reading. Your doctor can tell you what diet is right for you.

- Celebrity infertility. We like learning about the problems of the stars including their struggles with fertility. In 2007, we saw Cindy Margolis tell all about it in her new book. And we saw some celebrity surrogacy with Kelly Klein.

- Surrogacy. Surrogacy was a hot topic in 2007 even without the Kelly Klein news. We saw times that it worked well, times that it worked out and times that it was tragic. We also saw it grow as an industry in other parts of the world and we looked at what both parties in the situation feel about the process.

Those were just a few of the interesting stories in infertility options throughout 2007. There were plenty of others that detailed scientific achievements, successful conceptions and random news about treatment options. Check through our archives for a full recap. And come back tomorrow to kick off 2008 with more news.

Question of the Day: What was your favorite type of infertility story in 2007?

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Friday, December 28, 2007
New Year's Resolutions for Women with Infertility
Breathe. You've done it. You've gotten through all of the major family holiday celebrations despite the fact that you were dealing with the emotional ups and downs that infertility can cause at this time of year. You survived. Now it's time to look forward to the year ahead and see what you would like to have happen.

Of course, what you want to have happen is that you'll get pregnant and have a baby at this time next year. But there are probably also some other things that you want for your life. You want to be more relaxed about the process. You want to get more information about a certain procedure. You want to find a doctor that you actually like working with.

The end of the year is about getting through what's left and reflecting on what it meant to you. But the end of the year is almost over. We're about to enter the beginning of a new year and that's all about setting some goals and envisioning some dreams. Here are a few New Year's Resolutions that women with infertility might be making this year:

- Taking more time to just relax and focus on your own health.
- Learning more about all of the options out there including in vitro fertilization, surrogacy and adoption.
- Starting a journal about the process. After all, someday you're going to have a baby and you'll want him or her to know how much work you wanted to go through to get to that bundle of joy.
- Networking with other women who are dealing with infertility.
- Letting people (like your boss) know that you're on fertility treatments.
- Having more intimate moments with your partner that are about the intimacy and not about conception.
- Being less hard on yourself about the circumstances.

There are many different things that you can do for yourself in 2008. Make a few resolutions that will make the year go more smoothly for you. After all, a happy mom is a good mom.

Question of the Day: After making your list of resolutions, how many are there?

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Thursday, December 27, 2007
On The Other Side of Surrogacy
Just yesterday, we took a look at a really inspirational story of a positive experience with surrogacy. It's nice to notice when a surrogate devotes herself to assisting another woman in bringing a child into her home. However, we noted that this isn't always the way that surrogacy goes. There are risks that potential parents take when they rely on a surrogate mother to assist them with pregnancy. Unfortunately, today's story addresses ones of those risks.

The story came out last week in The Columbus Dispatch and can be read in its entirety here. To summarize it, a couple in Ohio contracted with a surrogate way back in 2003. The result was that a pair of triplets was born to the surrogate. A week later, the surrogate mother broke the contract and took the babies home with her. She raised the children for nearly three years when a court ruled that she must give them back to the parents. The reason that it's in the news again is because an Ohio court made another ruling supporting that decision and addressing the finances involved.

Some would say that this is a story with a happy ending for the parents who are keeping the triplets. Even though they ultimately were able to have the babies that they used surrogacy to obtain, it's not really a happy story. They have spent years struggling over the issue as a result of the fact that surrogacy contracts are not clear in many states.

Surrogacy can be a terrific experience. The story which ran yesterday supports that. And it shouldn't be ruled out as an option by people who are considering how to add to their families despite fertility problems. However, these stories serve as a reminder that there are risks involved in working with others to bring a child into the world.

Question of the Day: If you read both yesterday's story and today's, has your answer to yesterday's "question of the day" changed?

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Wednesday, December 26, 2007
Surrogacy Brings Bundle of Joy to Christmas Celebration
The Hillsboro Reporter recently ran an uplifting article about a successful experience with surrogacy. The article, which you can read in full here, shares the story of Christi and Bret Hodges. The couple had one child together but then had trouble conceiving again as a result of the fact that Christi suffers from Lupus. They explored their options for treating infertility and decided to use a surrogate mother to add to their family. The surrogacy was successful and the baby was born just before Christmas.

The story is inspirational for a few different reasons. First of all, surrogacy is always something of an inspiration. After all, it requires a woman to give nine months of her life to caring for what will ultimately be another woman's baby. That's a gift that not many people are able to give. There's just too much bonding going on within the body for most women to choose to be surrogates. Those that do are inspirational to women who know that they never could.

Moreover, the story is inspirational because it offers a look at a positive experience with surrogacy. Surrogacy often only makes headlines when it's gone wrong. For example, it made headlines not too long ago when a surrogate mother wasn't able to give up the baby after it was born. More recently, we saw a surrogacy scam take money away from couples who desperately wanted to have babies. So it's nice to see that good surrogacy situations can also be considered newsworthy.

And finally, it's just nice to think of a new baby being brought home around Christmastime!

Question of the Day: Do you think surrogacy more often goes right or more often goes awry?

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Tuesday, December 25, 2007
Infertility Charities
Merry Christmas!

The holidays are all about giving and sharing. In the spirit of that holiday season, you might consider giving some of your income to a charity in the upcoming year. If infertility is an issue of concern to you, that could be a place where you want your money to go. But perhaps you don't know which charities are out there that could use your help.

Here are several charities doing good work related to infertility:

- RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association. This is the organization for people in the United States who are dealing with infertility.

- American Fertility Association. This organization helps fund research to allow for developments in fertility treatments.

- Fertile Dreams. This organization does a number of things for families suffering from infertility including offering a grant to help a family who can't afford in vitro fertilization treatments to get them and get pregnant.

- Infertility Network UK. If you're located over in the UK, you might already know about this largest of the area's infertility organizations.

- Childlessness Overcome Through Surrogacy. This is another UK organization with a more specific focus.

- Organization of Parents Through Surrogacy. If you're interested in the surrogacy side of things but aren't in the UK, this could be the place that you want to spend your money.

If giving to charity isn't quite your thing, consider whether there is someone in your life that could benefit from a good deed. Offer to carpool with some of the other women getting in vitro fertilization treatments at your clinic or compile a scrapbook of photos for someone who has successfully used treatments to get pregnant.

Question of the Day: What good deed can you do for someone with infertility problems?

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Monday, December 24, 2007
Remember Your Fertility Doctor on Christmas
It's Christmas Eve and you have the nagging feeling that you forgot somebody this year. You went through your address book and sent out cards to your old friends. There are gifts under the tree for everyone in your family. So you should be covered. But there's someone ...

Oh, that's right! Your fertility doctor!!

This person has played an important role in your life. Maybe you've just begun gathering information about your options because you're hoping to use in vitro fertilization to get pregnant in the new year. Or perhaps you've already successfully had a baby through in vitro fertilization and you haven't seen your doctor in quite some time. No matter what stage of treatment you're at, you surely have a fondness for the doctors that have helped you along the way.

These doctors know that what they do is important. However, we all like to get acknowledgment now and then for the role that we have played in helping others. Let your fertility doctor know that he or she wasn't actually forgotten this Christmas. Call the office now and leave a message thanking him or her for the work that was done to assist you in your fertility and wishing the whole staff a Merry Christmas. Better yet, write a letter of thanks that they can hang on the wall for other patients to see. You don't have to do something big or expensive to let your doctor know that you're appreciative. It's the little things that count at this time of year.

Question of the Day: What do you usually do for service-providers like doctors when the holidays roll around?

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Friday, December 21, 2007
Gift Ideas for Women with Infertility Problems
The holidays can bring up many different emotions for women who are struggling with infertility. They may go to spend time with families where many children are present, making them both happy to be with their loved ones and sad to have no children of their own yet. This emotional rollercoaster can make buying the right gift for someone with fertility problems quite difficult. If you've been delaying your holiday purchase for this reason, you're getting close to the deadline.

Here are some gift ideas for women with infertility problems:

- Organic household products. Women who are trying to get pregnant may be attempting to reduce the risks of household products in their home by going organic. Help out with a basket of organic cleaning products.

- Basket of healthy treats. Any woman trying to get pregnant is probably trying to stay healthy. This can be especially hard at the holidays when so many bad treats are around us. Help her out with a gift basket of healthy goodies that she can indulge in.

- Journal and pen. Give her a chance to release those pent up emotions by writing them out in a beautiful new journal.

- A good book. Books always make a great holiday gift. If you can find one that relates to the ups and downs of infertility, you'll probably have a winner this holiday season. One to check out is Choice.

- A hug. Sometimes the best gifts are the ones that don't cost anything at all.

Christmas is mostly a happy time, even for women who are struggling with the emotions of infertility. Expressing your love for the people in your life is the best gift that you can give during this holiday season.

Question of the Day: What other gifts would you consider getting for someone in this position?

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Thursday, December 20, 2007
Elective Caesareans Increase Baby's Breathing Problems
If you've gotten pregnant using in vitro fertilization or some other form of fertility treatment, you probably have elevated concerns about the health of your baby. If that's the case, you should be aware of a new study which shows that elective Caesarean deliveries may increase the likelihood of respiratory problems in your newborn child. This doesn't necessarily mean that you shouldn't elect to have a Caesarean delivery, especially if you're a high-risk pregnancy. However, it brings up another issue that you shoud discuss with your fertility doctor before going into labor.

The study (reported on here) showed that breathing problems were more likely in babies born by elective Caesarean than by natural childbirth. Moreover, it showed that these problems were more likely in cases of elective Caesareans than in cases of emergency Caesarean delivery. It is believed by the authors of the study that this is due in part to changes in the body of the mother at the time of labor. If the elective Caesarean fails to allow for the hormonal alterations that the body undergoes during labor, the lungs of the baby may not be able to mature as effectively.

An important finding of the study is that the timing of the Caesarean may be able to mitigate the risk of respiratory problems in the baby. Women who are undergoing fertility treatments and who are considering elective Caesarean delivery should work with their doctors to make sure that their delivery will be timed optimally for the baby's health. Postponing the delivery until after the 39th week of pregnancy is recommended by the study.

Question of the Day: Do you feel that you have increased concerns about your delivery because your pregnancy was achieved through fertility treatments?

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Wednesday, December 19, 2007
IVF Isn't Just For Humans
In vitro fertilization is primarily used to assist women who are having fertility problems in getting pregnant and having their own biological children. However, studies in the use of IVF haven't been limited to how the process can assist humans. This is evidenced by the fact that last weekend marked the one year birthday for Komale, a gorilla conceived through in vitro fertilization.

Komale, who lives at the Bristol Zoo, was conceived as part of a project to reduce the endangerment of Western Lowland gorillas. These gorillas have seen a signifcant decrease in population over the last sixty years due to both poaching and deforestation in their native homes. Komale's birthday celebrates some success in bringing new gorilla life into the world.

As for Komale's mother ... Like many women who give birth as a result of in vitro fertilization, she was fairly old when she got pregnant with Komale. In fact, it had been twenty years since she had given birth to her previous gorilla babies. The zoo reports that she has taken well to new motherhood.

Question of the Day: Which other animal populations would you like to see revived through in vitro fertilization?

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Tuesday, December 18, 2007
In Vitro Celebrity Returns to Life as Mommy
This past weekend marked the end of five years of regular performance for Celine Dion. The singer known to be one of the biggest reasons that some people spend so much time in Las Vegas is retiring from her near-daily performances and doing something a little closer to home: being a mom. Of course, she's been a mom for years since she gave birth to a boy in 2001 after successful in vitro fertilization. But her break from the Vegas stage will give her a chance to be even more actively involved in the life of the child that she worked so hard to bring into this world.

Celine Dion has had both good and bad press for her Vegas performances over the years. This isn't surprising considering the amount of money that was invested in bringing her to the Vegas stage. Specifically the stage that was created specifically for her over at Caesar's Palace on the Vegas Strip; it cost nearly $100 million to build. Negative reviews in the press frequently cited Dion's difficulty in balancing her performances with being an active mom.

Back in 2005, Dion got additional press by bringing attention to her infertility issues again. She reported that she had frozen embryos waiting to be implanted into her after she was done with her Vegas shows. (Read more about this here and here.) It's unclear whether Dion plans to stick with the plan to bring a second child into the world using IVF. What is known is that she has world tour dates planned for the next year so although she's going to be playing Mommy, she's also going to be busier than your average stay-at-home-mom.

Question of the Day: How closely have you followed the celebrity IVF news that Celine Dion has brought to the spotlight?

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Monday, December 17, 2007
Surrogacy Scam Serves as Important Reminder
Last week a South Carolina couple made headlines when they were arrested for a surrogacy scam. The scam involved a young woman who was pretending to be a surrogate mother for a number of women across the nation. Her husband was also involved in perpetuating the scam. Through the attention of savvy hopeful-moms and the investigation of police, the couple was caught. However, this serves as an important reminder for women seeking surrogates to work with a legitimate fertility clinic to meet their needs.

The scam involved online solicitation of prospective parents by a woman in her late twenties. She incurred empathy from the hopeful moms by reporting that her husband had recently died in Iraq. These women decided that she would be a good mom for carrying their child and proceeded to pay her money. The full details of the scam (and her husband's involvement) can be learned here.

It's unfortunate that anyone would prey on the infertility problems of women to commit fraud like this. However, it's important that mothers-to-be who are interested in surrogacy take care to protect themselves from the risks of a scam such as this one. Going solely through the Internet to locate a surrogate mother isn't the wisest of plans. Instead, work with a local fertility clinic where you can actually visit the office and talk with the doctor. This may sound pricier at first glance but a deeper look will reveal that this kind of caution is the only way to make sure that you're getting real surrogacy for the money you're spending.

Question of the Day: What do you think should be the legal repercussions for the surrogacy scamming couple?

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Friday, December 14, 2007
First Comes Marriage, Then Comes Baby Carriage
Close your eyes for a minute and picture a woman sitting at her doctor's office discussing the option of in vitro fertilization. What does the woman in your mental image look like? Is she an older woman who waited until her forties to try to conceive? Is she there with her husband or is she a single woman who wants to get in vitro because she doesn't have a partner but still wants a family?

Is there any chance that you pictured a young woman in a same-sex marriage who is at the doctor with her female partner? This isn't the typical in vitro fertilization candidate that comes to mind for most people but it's someone that you're likely to find in the waiting rooms of most fertility doctors. And recent research indicates that gay couples in same-sex marriage states are more likely than non-married gay couples to use IVF for pregnancy.

In 2004, the state of Massachusetts legalized gay marriage. Since that time, there has been a marked increase in the number of same-sex couples who are seeking out a doctor for in vitro fertilization. One doctor says that there is approximately a fifty percent increase in these types of patients each year. He suspects that a main reason for this is that assisted reproductive methods can assist these couples in having children which are biologically related to them.

Learn more about the issue here.

Question of the Day: Will you share your description of the IVF patient you pictured in the above scenario?

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Thursday, December 13, 2007
Feminist Reporter Recognized for Reporting News about Infertility
Many women today believe that it's fairly easy to find information about women's issues in the modern media. That may be true but it's only been in very recent years that issues such as in vitro fertilization and hormone replacement therapy made the headlines of the main news outlets. Just a decade ago, female reporters were still regularly fighting for the right to include stories about these issues in their regular reports.

One of those reporters was Carole Simpson. This African-American woman who worked as a news anchor for ABC's World News Tonight was recently quoted by Ms. Magazine about the way that the media was formerly shaped primarily by the interests of "white men". It was noted that she was a leader in forcing men in her field to take seriously issues such as infertility which were formerly considered to only affect women in our society.

The advances made by the media have come about through a number of different channels. However, there are still a significantly higher number of men in news management positions than there are women. If you're concerned about getting access to the best information about infertility and other "women's issues", pay attention to who is reporting the news around you. Women are still fighting to make sure that these stories make it to the front pages of your newspapers every day.

Read more about the Ms. Magazine article on this issue from Newsbusters.org.

Question of the Day: Do you believe that Web 2.0 media has had any impact on moving so-called women's issues into mainstream media?

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Wednesday, December 12, 2007
Get Healthy Before Going to A Fertility Doctor
If you're trying to get pregnant, you need to follow a series of steps. Sure, you could just do it the old-fashioned way and hope that things fall into place properly. But if you're serious about getting pregnant and concerned about the health of your baby, you'll want to approach the process in a more organized fashion. That means making sure that your health is in good shape before you even begin fertility treatments.

Of course, you'll want to get yourself healthy just because that's what is best for you and the baby. But did you know that it's not just good for your baby's development inside of you? Healthy bodies lead to the creation of healthy individuals. For example, recent research indicates that getting the right amount of Vitamin B12 can help you to reduce the likelihood of certain adult-onset diseases in your as-yet-unborn child. (Read about the study here.)

This is just one piece of evidence which suggests the importance of making sure that you're healthy before you do the work that you need to in order to get pregnant. If you work with a good fertility doctor, he or she will help you to make sure that your health is all good to go before starting treatments such as in vitro fertilization. But it doesn't hurt to get started with improving your health even before you make that first appointment with your new fertility doctor. Healthy moms = healthy babies.

Question of the Day: Would you consult a pregnancy nutritionist before working with a fertility doctor?

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Tuesday, December 11, 2007
Household Products May Increase Infertility
There are many different factors which have been found to cause fertility problems. Genetics, aging, disease and other problems commonly create difficulty in conceiving. But despite the fact that we know some of the reasons that people suffer from infertility, there are still many more reasons that we don't yet know. One of those causes could be the household products that you keep in the kitchen cabinets.

"A new UC Davis study shows that a common antibacterial chemical added to bath soaps can alter hormonal activity in rats and in human cells in the laboratory--and does so by a previously unreported mechanism." (Source)

The study took a look at a particular kind of antibacterial compound which is commonly used in cleaning products such as body soaps and detergents. What was determined was that this product caused the prostate gland of lab rats to grow enlarged. When tested on human cells, it was found that gene expression typically regulated by testosterone was affected by the compound.

The study does not yet provide conclusive evidence that anti-bacterial products containing this ingredient affect fertility. However, it suggests that they may be a cause in the rising infertility rates that have been seen and yet not explained. This serves as a reminder that, for as much as we do know these days about fertility, there is still a whole lot left that we need to figure out.

Question of the Day: Do studies like these encourage you to use organic products in your home?

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Monday, December 10, 2007
Beliefs about Fertility: Myth or Medicine?
Fertility is an area of life that's been around ... well, it's been around as long as humans have. In terms of the medical world, we have made a lot of advances over the years. We're able to help women who are having trouble conceiving get pregnant using in vitro fertilization and we're able to use surrogacy to let one woman carry another's baby to term. But despite these amazing medical advances, many people are still prone to believing folklore when it comes to getting pregnant.

Some of the beliefs that people have about fertility are relatively harmless. They hang extra mistletoe in the house at the holidays and drink teas that were once thought to appease the fertility goddesses. They probably don't work fertility magic but they certainly don't harm the mother-to-be. And these folklore-based rituals may even be comforting to women who are suffering from infertility.

However, there are other beliefs about pregnancy that are derived from times before medicine helped our understanding and some of those can be damaging to women. For example, a recent study revealed that over thirty percent of women believe that a mother's bad mood could cause either miscarriage or a baby born with birth defects. (Read the full study here.) Blaming the mother for her fertility problems is something that medicine should have helped us stop doing long ago.

There is definitely something a little bit magical about having a baby. One life being brought to fruition inside of another is an amazing thing. But it's not something that's so unbelievable that we lack understanding about it. Myths like these can cause women to believe that something is wrong with them when it comes to having a baby. The reality is that if you find a fertility doctor to assist you in getting pregnant, you're taking charge of your life and bringing something wonderful to the world around you.

Question of the Day: Can you think of any fertility myths that you think might be true?

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Friday, December 07, 2007
Dealing with the Emotions of Infertility
You're a well-adjusted, independent, educated human being. When it comes to your infertility treatments, you've done everything by the book. You did your research (and you keep on doing it as new information becomes available). You made sure to find a doctor who could answer all of your questions and help you decide on the courses of action that are right for you. You've made and kept all of your appointments, kept up on your health and nutrition and done everything else that you were "supposed to do".

And you should be proud of that.

But even the most well-adjusted person is going to have emotional ups and downs when dealing with infertility. You may find that the upcoming holiday season increases your stress levels and makes you more prone to emotional highs and lows surrounding your infertility. It's important that you deal with these feelings as they arise.

The American Academy of FertilityCare Professionals has some great basic information about the emotional aspect of dealing with infertility. (You can find that here.) Other fertility resources, such as books and magazines, can also provide you with insight into how to cope with this aspect of the issue. But what's most important is that you acknowledge your feelings, try to understand them and surround yourself with people who will support you whether you're feeling high or low about the situation.

Of course, if at any time you feel like you can not cope with these types of problems, you should consult a professional counselor. Ask your fertility doctor for a recommendation to someone in your area who is knowledgeable about dealing with the emotions of infertility.

Question of the Day: How do you cope with the ups and downs of infertility? Who do you turn to when you're in emotional need?

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Thursday, December 06, 2007
At-Home Infertility Testing
You're over the age of thirty five and trying to have a baby. You haven't conceived yet and you think that there might be a fertility problem. Should you go to a fertility doctor and get tested? Or should you check out one of the over-the-counter fertility tests that are now available on the shelves of your local pharmacy store?

The Sun Herald recently ran an article about these at-home infertility tests, focusing specifically on one called Fertell. They point out that there are tests for men and for women so either party (or both) can determine how fertile they are in the privacy of their own homes. Well, kind of. As the article also points out, the tests may not be accurate for all types of people.

"At 40, even if the (Fertell) test were reassuring, there are so many other factors to consider - are the tubes blocked, are the sperm not only swimming but do they look normal, are their other factors involved," said Michele Pisciotta, a recently retired Gulfport obstetrician/gynecologist and mother of small children herself. "One monthly cycle may be smooth and ovulatory, but are the results consistent month to month, and so on. If I were 40 or older with the whole goal of bringing home a baby, I would not want to spend valuable time hanging my hat on this kind of result." (source)

The article goes on to suggest that these at-home fertility tests may be suitable for women or couples who have just started trying to conceive and are still relatively young. If you've just turned 35 and you just started trying to conceive a few months ago, there's no real reason to assume that you have a problem with infertility. If you just want to ease your mind about that, these tests could help. However, if you are seriously concerned about your fertility and are working actively to try to have a baby, going to a fertility doctor is the course of action that makes the most sense.

Question of the Day: Would you rely on the results of an at-home fertility test? Why or why not?

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Wednesday, December 05, 2007
Cancer-Fighting Protein Linked with Fertility
There is a cancer-fighting protein in the body that you probably don't know anything about. Called the p53 protein, it has been studied extensively by cancer researchers because of its ability to fight cancer. A lack of p53 in the body is correlated with an increase in cancer because the body isn't fighting off the tumors. (You can learn more about this here.)

Okay, so what does this have to do with infertility?

Approximately a year ago, researchers discovered that there was a link between the p53 protein and infertility problems in women. At that time, the link wasn't understood. Additional research has now been completed which helps researchers to better understand this link. It has been determined that a lack of the p53 protein in the body could contribute to problems with infertility. This is due basically to the fact that p53 regulates a gene which is linked with embryo implantation.

Just like cancer researchers have used their information to further study how p53 can be used to assist patients with cancer, fertility specialists can now utilize this information to do further research into how p53 may be used in treating infertility. This information will be important for women who have infertility problems related to failure of the embryo to implant.

Question of the Day: What other relationships between cancer and infertility have you come across?

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Tuesday, December 04, 2007
DNA Study Could Improve Infertility Research
You're probably interested in infertility issues because they strike close to home for you. As a result, you might not bother to read some of the more scientific information that's released regarding research into infertility. Sure, it's important but it doesn't affect you immediately so it doesn't catch your attention. But when you start to look at the developments that are being made in the scientific understanding of infertility, you realize that this stuff could impact you sooner than you might think.

One such recent study may have slipped your attention because it's not directly about infertility. It's about DNA. More specifically, it is about the way that DNA breaks form. The study has found that double-strand DNA breaks (DSBs) don't form randomly but actually tend to form near certain chromosome end caps. (Learn more here.) This scientific jargon may not mean anything to you. But it does mean that there's been a breakthrough for infertility researchers.

You see, when these breaks occur, they can lead to problems with genetic birth defects as well as with infertility. Now that researchers have more awareness of how this works and where to look for it, they'll be able to focus their studies on using that information to decrease infertility problems. This news isn't going to get you pregnant like advances in IVF will but it's still important stuff to learn about if you're interested in advances in fertility treatment.

Question of the Day: How interested are you in the scientific developments related to infertility?

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Monday, December 03, 2007
Eat Right to Get Pregnant
The co-authors of a new book say that you might not actually have to get treatments like in vitro fertilization to resolve your problems with infertility. Instead, according to The Fertility Diet, you just need to eat properly and your chances of getting pregnant will increase. As demonstrated in this in-depth interview that U.S. News and World Report did with one of the authors, the book doesn't have much of a scientific basis to it. The fact of the matter is that you'll probably want to work with a fertility doctor and to continue considering treatments like IVF if you really want to get pregnant.

However, the book does offer some good information about improving your health and diet while you're trying to conceive. There's certainly nothing wrong with that since what's good for your body is going to be good for your baby. Plus, a healthy body is more likely to take well to the infertility treatments that you're using to try to get pregnant. For that reason, the book may be worth checking out.

Essentially what the book will tell you is what you should and shouldn't be eating to improve your chances of getting pregnant. The advice that it gives (such as upping your iron intake and reducing your "bad fats") is basically good advice. The information is based off of surveys that were done by women who were trying to get pregnant. What the results of these surveys may indicate is that eating a certain way makes your body healthier and therefore more capable of carrying a healthy baby. This is good information to have whether you're continuing to try to get pregnant the old-fashioned way or working with a fertility doctor to conceive.

Question of the Day: How much importance do you place on your own diet in the big scheme of trying to get pregnant?

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