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Thursday, April 09, 2009
Male Infertility Help
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Although we typically correlate infertility issues and treatments to women,
a large number of men struggle with infertility and in recent years male
fertility has come to the forefront of research and headlines. In fact male
fertility research has spanned to Egypt were researchers have found that a
hormone antioxidant treatment may aid in boosting sperm count.

Forbes reported on this new study saying, "The research included 60 men
eligible for infertility treatment. They were randomly selected to take
either the combination treatment of clomiphene citrate and vitamin E or a
placebo for six months. By the end of the study, their partner's pregnancy
rate was about 37 percent among men who'd taken the combination therapy,
compared with 13 percent for those in the placebo group. The men in the
treatment group also had a greater increase in sperm concentration and an
improvement in sperm progression, the Cairo University researchers found."

Although the results of the study and experiment are promising and positive
it is still a small study that is only in it's preliminary stages, much more
research must be done before anything can be proven.

Thursday, April 09, 2009
Women in 40s Higher IVF Success
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Great news has emerged for women in their 40s undergoing In Vitro
Fertilization (IVF) treatment. The success rates have increased over the
past 2 years dramatically. Meaning that the instances of miscarriage,
illness and complications for mother and child have lessened. IVF numbers
in general have significantly increased over the years with more infertile
couples opting to use IVF.

Sydney Morning Herald reported on the success in Australia, "Better media
for culturing embryos and improved techniques to select those most likely to
develop healthily were disproportionately beneficial to older women, who
produced eggs of more variable quality, said Peter Illingworth, the
president of the Fertility Society of Australia. A trend in transferring
embryos at the blastocyst stage, five or six days after fertilisation,
rather than the two-to-three-day cleavage stage, had helped older women,
Professor Illingworth said. This allowed more certain selection of the
best-quality embryos."

For years there was a large number of women in theri 40s struggling to
conceive even with IVF, the success rates were low and there were some
complications and dangers involved. So this brings great hope for older
soon-to-be moms.

Tuesday, April 07, 2009
Main Line Egg Freezing
For years now In Vitro Fertilization has held true the notion of egg-freezing for fertility purposes. However a recent study and number of cases have shown positive affects of a new type of freezing technique. IVF has long been considered a viable method for infertile couples to successfully conceive. Though it has often had instances of multiple births or failures, people are still thrilled at the prospect of even better results post freezing eggs.

CBS news affiliate reported, "This is going to change and revolutionize infertility and IVF," said Dr. Michael Glassner with Main Line Fertility. He says until now eggs haven't survived well being frozen. His solution is something called vitrification, where eggs are retrieved from a woman then put in liquid nitrogen. "We have a 90 percent survival rate," said Dr. Glassner. He says there's no time limit on the eggs that are essentially flash frozen. This process is giving women a whole new world of expanded choices, like preserving fertility after cancer treatments or delaying having a family."

The freezing process is still considered new and expirimental so there is much research that needs to be done before things are implemented.

Monday, April 06, 2009
Same-Sex Couples Same Rules
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New rules have emerged for same-sex couples undergoing fertility treatment.
The new law permits both names of parents to be on the child's birth
certificate (which is the same for heterosexual couples).

The Press Association reported, "The Human Fertilisation and Embryology
Authority (HFEA) said the change removed some of the obstacles lesbian
couples and single women faced when trying to get access to fertility
treatment. The law states that, for married couples, the husband is
automatically recognised as the legal father and this will remain the case,
but from now the same principle also applies to lesbian civil partners."

This shows huge progress in the field of fertility laws in the UK. Many
other western nations are hoping to follow on the same path as the UK. This
actually allows for equal rights for lesbian partners.

Friday, April 03, 2009
IVF Research
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Scientists in Queensland, Australia may have discovered possible micro-organisms that may be causing In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) problems. Though IVF is considerably effective source as a fertility treatment, there are still a large number of IVF couples who do not successfully conceive.

ABC News Australia wrote, "Christine Knox from the Queensland University of Technology's Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation says a research project has found bacteria in the follicular fluid that surrounds eggs in the ovaries. Dr Knox says scientists had previously thought the fluid was sterile."We want to try and work out why this is happening, which micro-organisms may be causing the adverse IVF outcomes," she said."

In recent months IVF has stormed onto headlines for faulty practices at clinics in the US – the 'Octomom case' and also new research, studies and progress has been made in for IVF. Although IVF and fertility clinics may be scrutinized, it is still considered a credible and reliable method of conception.

Thursday, April 02, 2009
Radiation and Fertility
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Fertility ailments plague thousands of couples and women yearly. A recent study published in the Journal of Radiation Oncology*Biology*Physics, says that radiation therapy directed at the ovaries for female cancer patients may adversely affect fertility. This study is suggesting that there is a direct relationship between infertility and such treatments, thus if possible they should be avoided.

Science Daily said, "Radiation therapy to the pelvic region can cause ovarian failure or result in damage that makes the uterus unable to accommodate the growth of a fetus. These effects are not a great concern to cancer patients past their reproductive years, but due to the growing number of pediatric and young-adult cancer survivors, these effects are increasingly relevant."

The study also went on to say that though direct treatment has the most common causes of negative effects, even treatment not spot-on the ovaries can still induce fertility issues. However, the reason for this study was done to target younger women of fertility age, and the study is still fairly preliminary.

Wednesday, April 01, 2009
Embryo Profiling may be way of the Future for IVF
Although there has been great success in In Vitro Fertilization, there is still a need to better assess the quality of embryo being implanted into women. The quality of the egg is considered to be one of the most vital elements for successful conception. The problem at hand is that many fertility experts claim there is no viable way to profile eggs as of yet.

Science Daily reported on this new technology for IVF, "Metabolomic testing reveals trace molecules remaining after an array of cellular processes. Previous studies have shown that metabolomic profiling can be used to identify unique biomarkers left behind by embryos in culture, which foretell the embryos with the highest reproductive potential in IVF. "Think of it as a sort of smog test for the embryo," said Behr. "It tells you how clean the engine is burning, and whether there are any problems."

Further investigation needs to be done to show substantial evidence, but researchers are confident in the preliminary studies. This has the potential to drastically improve IVF success rates for infertile couples.

Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Egg Donation Thriving Through Recession
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Egg donation is not the likeliest of industry choices to be economic downturn immune. More and more financial struggling people are opting to donate their healthy egg and sperm for extra cash. In fact, MSNBC reported on the influx by looking at craigslist.com. "News 5 found ads on Craigslist.org placed by agencies and couples looking for what they consider to be a "good egg donor." The ads offer anywhere from $8,000 to $50,000 to women who are willing to donate their eggs."

In fact egg donation is so financially viable because the entire harvesting process only takes about 3 weeks for ideal candidates. Likewise, the demand for children is virtually unscathed, even during a global financial crisis, because frankly people will always want to have children. Although most donors want to help infertile couples, the demand and necessity for money is vital right now, so it makes sense that clinics are seeing increased numbers of women donating eggs.

Monday, March 30, 2009
Fertility Gets a Cash Boost
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Many countries internationally are looking to boost not only the economy of fertility but the research and medicine in fertility as well. The UK government will be spending an additional 1.5 million pounds in Northern Ireland to improve fertility services. The new funding is hoping to reduce downtime for infertile couples looking to get In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) and other fertility treatments.

BBC News reported on what the Health minister said, "Mr McGimpsey said: "The extra recurrent funding I am providing will ensure that, going forward, no-one who qualifies for publicly funded treatment will have a waiting time of longer than a year, and should allow a move towards increasing the number of cycles of treatment."

Hopefully other countries will learn from the UK's new fertility funding laws and begin to implement similar tactics to increase education and boost circulation.

Thursday, March 26, 2009
Price-Cuts Stimulating Sperm Donation
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Our economy clearly was not the only thing in dire need of some stimulation. Couples who were seeking out sperm donation due to infertility have now received a bit of a price cut for people seeking help from sperm banks. One of the nation's oldest sperm banks is offering $200 for a vile of sperm to help couples with financial troubles.

Fox News reported, "We're all feeling the effects of the economy and, especially for families seeking reproductive options, every dollar counts," Xytex spokeswoman Danielle Moores told the Washington, D.C. bureau of Agence-France Presse. So, in these touch economic times, the company decided to offer deals on vials from their "select" donors."

Alongside these slashed prices, many men and women looking to make an extra buck or two to make ends meet during these hard times, are offering their sperm and eggs for extra cash. So sperm banks and egg donation clinics are receiving a flurry of happy donors.


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