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20% of Variation in BMI is Down to Genetics

May 21, 2015 8:42 am

  As obesity rates rise throughout the west, researchers are struggling to find the reason behind the change and discover how it can be curbed. A recent meta-analysis of 200,000 people have discovered that a fifth of variation in BMI is due to genetics. The study showed that predisposition to obesity and a higher body mass index is not down to a single gene or genetic change, but over 90 genes that all have a small effect. Appetite and feeding pathways play a significant role in maintaining an individual’s weight – much more of a role than metabolism. There is also a significant overlap between these loci, and the genomes associated with metabolic diseases such as insulin resistance, cholesterol levels... View Article

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How Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) Affects Fertility

May 5, 2015 8:41 am

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) affects the hormonal pathways that produce eggs and prepare the uterus for pregnancy, meaning that it can be a challenge for women with PCOS to become pregnant. A large part of the challenge is down to irregular periods or anovulation. Women with PCOS may not ovulate, may have irregular periods (so it can be hard to work out when ovulation occurs), or the uterus lining may not be prepared for pregnancy when an egg is released and fertilised. Just one of these effects can have a devastating impact on pregnancy chances, but many women with PCOS suffer more than one of these fertility complications. Non-Medical Treatments to Help Fertility Obesity is an issue for over a... View Article

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7 Tips to Improve Your Chances of Pregnancy

April 13, 2015 8:13 am

  While fertility research is developing new and exciting treatments as time goes on, it’s important to do whatever you can to increase your chances of becoming pregnant and carrying it to term. Many of these tips are simply a good idea for overall health, while others significantly increase your chances of success. Eat well: a healthy diet is essential to your long term health, mobility at an older age, ongoing wellbeing, and your reproductive health. You need a well-balanced diet that is appropriate for your sex and size. Sleep well: Sleep is essential to maintaining a healthy body and mind. Studies have shown that lack of sleep and irregular sleeping patterns affects the reproductive health of men and women.... View Article

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Breast Cancer Patients Consistently Miss out on Fertility Care

January 2, 2015 10:44 am

  A UK Charity has found that 5,000 young breast cancer patients are not being offered treatments to preserve their fertility. Survival rates for breast cancer are increasing consistently and the majority of women will survive their chemotherapy, but the treatments can damage ovaries and even bring on early menopause. That’s why clinical guidelines state that patients should consider freezing eggs or embryos to preserve their fertility in case they wish to conceive after completing their treatment. Breast Cancer Care spoke to 50 breast cancer specialists and 176 women who had been diagnosed before the age of 45. Over a third of the specialists interviewed said that they did not discuss fertility at all during the diagnosis, and 88% of... View Article

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Women Over 35 Should Get Fertility Checks

December 16, 2014 10:44 am

A major London fertility clinic has stated that all women aged 35 or over should have their fertility checked and consider freezing their eggs if they would like to conceive. However, few GPs are up to date on the latest practices and do not offer the right advice to patients. Tests have been developed to measure the number of eggs available and see whether there are any other fertility markers that would complicate conception and pregnancy. As women’s fertility declines after the age of 35 (more rapidly after the age of 40), this should be a consideration for couples who would like to delay conception until their late 30s or further. Even with treatments such as IVF, success rates begin... View Article

The Role of Folic Acid in Pregnancy

September 16, 2014 4:10 pm

Folic acid (known as Vitamin B9 or folate) is a food supplement that is not synthesized in natural circumstances. Folic acid primarily aids the repair of DNA and the production of red blood cells. Folic Acid in Pregnancy Folic acid is used to prevent birth defects associated with the neural tube (The neural tube is what develops into the spinal cord). If the requirements of folic acid intake are not met, then a condition known as ‘spina bifida’ may occur. In spina bifida, part of the spinal cord is exposed in the back. The effects can range from learning difficulties to paralysis or lower limbs. Although it is an unfortunate condition, its prevention is not difficult to accomplish.  The use... View Article

The Effect of Hormones in Fertility and Pregnancy

September 5, 2014 8:22 am

Many complex processes occur within the body. In order to control these processes, different parts of the body need to communicate with each other. Hormones are a group of chemicals  that are involved with internal communication. They are transported via the blood which grants them access to every part of the body. This is why one hormone can have so many varying effects.   Oestrogen and Progesterone Govern the Menstrual Cycle  In women, the two main hormones in fertility are Oestrogen and Progesterone. Both are produced within the ovaries. These two hormones govern the menstrual cycle. The menstrual cycle is divided into two phases: 1. The Follicular Phase (governed by Oestrogen). 2. The Luteal Phase (governed by Progesterone). The names... View Article

Higher Risk of Pre-Eclampsia and Other Complications Using Donor Eggs

July 15, 2014 8:24 am

Researchers have found that using donated eggs in fertility treatments may increase the risk of complications such as pre-eclampsia and high blood pressure. Pre-eclampsia tends to affect sufferers in the second half of pregnancy or after the baby is delivered, and affects around 5-8% of pregnancies. However, risks are higher for women who are pregnant in their teens or past the age of 40. The Institut Mutualiste Montsouris studied 580 IVF patients in France, and suggested that egg donation is also a risk factor for pregnancy-induced hypertension and pre-eclampsia. 217 of the women in the study became pregnant with donated eggs, and 18% of that 217 developed hypertension. This is a significant number when compared to the 5% of women... View Article

Drugs and Infertility: The Most Common Drugs that Cause Infertility

June 18, 2014 8:19 am

Prescription and recreational drug use can have a large impact on fertility, and is responsible for a large percentage of cases where infertility has no known medical cause. Even once drug use has stopped, the effects on fertility can be permanent. Alcohol Excessive alcohol consumption can actually change your body’s hormonal balance to affect sperm production or ovulation. The effects of light to moderate consumption have not been fully studied yet, but there is a consensus that moderate drinking kills off sperm-producing cells in men and disrupts female hormones to affect fertility too. Heavier drinking can have extreme effects on the body. In women, it can result in luteal phase defects (meaning that the uterus lining doesn’t thicken as usual... View Article