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Antihistamines Have Been linked to Fertility Problems in Men

April 23, 2018 2:41 pm

Common allergy medications have been linked to fertility issues in men. Antihistamines are just another over the counter medication that can have a negative effect on fertility over time. An Argentinian review of commonly taken drugs has identified antihistamines are one of the drugs that impairs normal testicular function. Researchers have found that these drugs can lead to altered sperm morphology, decreased sperm motility, and lower sperm count. However, these studies are on animals and human studies are still limited. A rise in allergies throughout the western world has turned antihistamines into one of the world’s most popular drugs. While histamines are produced in response to allergens, they are also involved in other physical processes such as sleep regulation, sexual... View Article

Concern for Future of NHS Fertility Treatment

April 7, 2016 4:16 pm

A third of GPs have indicated that they do not believe that IVF should be funded by the NHS. A survey involving 1158 different healthcare workers has exposed the shocking truth with some stating that they did not believe that children “were a right”. The figures for couples who have problems conceiving are understood to be 1 in 6 and the current guidelines for NHS funded IVF state that couples under 40 who have been trying to conceive for two years are entitled to up to three cycles of IVF but it has been noted that some authorities allow only one cycle, indeed recent figures suggest that under one in five authorities are allowing more than one cycle. This is... View Article

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Increasing Fertility: Does Aspirin Boost Fertility?

November 16, 2015 9:00 am

According to a recent US study at The National Institute of Child Health and Development in Maryland, USA low dose aspirin could improve pregnancy rates in some women due to its anti-inflammatory effects.  There are both advocates and critics of this new information, as summarised below. The US Study On Aspirin and Fertility The original study, called the EAGeR (Effects of Aspirin in Gestation and Reproduction) was administered in 2014 to 1128 female participants who had previously suffered from a miscarriage.  As mentioned, it was conducted by researchers from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development in Maryland, USA. Participants were given either aspirin or a placebo- neither the researchers nor the participants were aware of who was... View Article

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Fertility Treatments are Denied by NHS to Save Money

February 1, 2015 10:48 am

The government’s NHS care watchdog has found that women throughout England are being denied fertility treatments and NICE  recommended care because NHS trusts need to cut costs. Previous studies have found that fewer than 1 in 5 NHS groups are paying for the recommended number of IVF cycles before suggesting that women look at private healthcare or alternative options, with the worst IVF provisions being offered throughout the South. In some areas, women are refused IVF altogether – such as those living in the Vale of York. Other clinical commissioning groups, such as Mid Essex, are no longer providing fertility services except in ‘exceptional clinical circumstances’. However, in just over half of England the commissioning groups offer 1 cycle of... 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