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Can Traumatic Memories Be Passed on in Human Sperm?

July 3, 2018 12:20 pm

A recent study involving men who experienced early life trauma has displayed surprising results. It involved 28 Caucasian men, all of whom had experienced some form of abuse or neglect as a child. The results suggest that as the amount of early trauma increased amongst participants, so did the reduction in microRNAs. This is an example of the type of information found on the internet that should not be taken at face value. Psychologists have known for a long time that traumatic experiences can lead to behavioural problems in offspring, but there has been little understanding as to why. With only 28 participants, the results of this research are inconclusive and could simply be coincidental. For example, the participants could... View Article

Human Eggs Have Been Grown to Maturity in a Lab

March 8, 2018 10:33 am

In a potential breakthrough for fertility treatment, scientists have successfully grown early-stage human egg cells to full maturity in a lab. The results of the research suggest that one day it might be possible to grow viable eggs from thawed frozen ovarian tissue and also gives more information to researchers working on producing eggs and sperm from other cells, which could eventually offer new solutions for patients unable to conceive a child. The experiment was carried out by researchers at the University of Edinburgh and the Center for Human Reproduction, who obtained ovarian tissue and matured the proto eggs within it until they were ready to be fertilised. This has previously been achieved with mouse egg cells and human egg... View Article

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Is Red Wine Good for Fertility?

November 20, 2017 10:16 am

A recent study on the effects of alcohol on ovarian reserve resulted in a spate of newspaper articles claiming that red wine has a positive effect on fertility – the Daily Mail has even claimed a set figure of 5 glasses per month could help women get pregnant. Unfortunately, many newspaper articles reduce the findings of scientific studies into clickable headlines or do not approach studies critically. The original study itself concluded that red wine was associated with ovarian reserve measured by AFC (antral follicle count). It states that “resveratrol is a naturally occurring polyphenol found in higher concentrations in red wine, and it is known to have anti-inflammatory effects. Resveratrol may act to decrease reactive oxygen species at the... View Article

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Asthma May Affect Your Fertility

October 24, 2017 10:00 am

Women who suffer from asthma are more likely to require fertility treatment in order to conceive, according to a new study. Research presented at the European Respiratory Society International Congress showed that 12% of women with asthma received fertility treatment before getting pregnant, compared with just 7% of women who do not suffer from the condition. The study has not established a causal relationship between asthma and infertility, but the correlation has led researchers to suggest that good asthma management may help improve chances of natural conception, and conception following fertility treatment. The Director of Research and Policy at Asthma UK has commented on the research, saying, “There is a wealth of existing research linking asthma and hormones and this... View Article

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Common Flame Retardants Associated with Lower Rates of Pregnancy

September 19, 2017 9:34 am

Couples experiencing infertility may look at lifestyle factors such as stress, weight, and past/present drug use as part of their assessment and treatment, but it’s unusual for people to assess all of the chemicals found in their home. Unfortunately, these can also have an impact on fertility and chances of pregnancy. The first study looking at the association between organophosphate flame retardants (PFRs) and reproductive outcomes in women has been completed, and the findings show an association between higher rates of PFRs and lower pregnancy rates. While the association appears strong, there is no proven direct link. It is also unclear whether this association is only seen in couples undergoing IVF or if it appears in rates of natural conception... View Article

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80% of Women Give Birth within 5 Years of Fertility Treatments

September 12, 2017 9:34 am

The majority of women under 35 will give birth within 5 years of starting fertility treatments, a Danish study has shown. While treatments such as IVF and IUI do not necessarily work first time, this study has revealed that over half have a baby within 2 years of starting treatment, with that figure rising dramatically when you look at birth rates over 5 years. Maternal age did have an impact on the results – while 80% of women under 35 gave birth within 5 years, that figure dropped to 60% for women between 35 and 40, and 26% for women over 40. Overall, of the almost 20,000 followed as part of the study, 57% had a child as a result... View Article

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PTID and the Importance of Therapy During Fertility Treatments

May 24, 2017 10:06 am

Infertility is stressful for the majority of couples – the combination of wanting to be parents with sometimes intense hormonal changes, treatment schedules, and financial pressures, can make conception attempts increasingly upsetting. Rather than soldiering through, it’s essential that couples speak openly about these pressures and try to work through them to ensure good mental health and to even improve chances of success by reducing stress and the harmful hormonal changes that it can bring about. PTID: Post Traumatic Infertility Disorder In some rare cases, patients may develop something called PTID after failed pregnancy attempts or multiple treatment cycles – in some cases, the symptoms continue even after a successful pregnancy and birth. Many of the symptoms are normal for... View Article

Mother in Bid to Carry her Late Daughter’s Baby Wins Right to Appeal

March 31, 2016 4:16 pm

A couple known only as Mr. and Mrs. M have been granted the right to appeal a High Court ruling which would block Mrs. M from the right to use her late daughter’s frozen eggs. The woman maintains that her daughter, referred to as AM in the court, asked her to use the eggs to “carry my baby for me” before she passed away from bowel cancer in 2011 aged 28. AM’s parents claim that she wanted her them to bring up her baby as their own child in order that she could die, knowing that her genes would be carried on. But a lack of written evidence for this assertion has so far blocked the couple from taking the... View Article

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HNG May Combat Infertility from Chemotherapy

February 1, 2016 1:09 am

Side Effects of Chemotherapy Chemotherapy can have both life-saving benefits and life-altering side effects.  It can slow cancer growth by destroying cancerous cells, yet it also can harm and destroy healthy cells in the process.  For males, side effects of chemotherapy can include a reduction in the amount of sperm they are able to produce and a decreased ability for their sperm to fertilise an egg. In a recent study, HNG (a humanin analogue) was tested in male mice who were undergoing chemotherapy to measure whether it could protect sperm output, spermatogonial stem cells, and other specific cell types called peripheral leucocytes.  What is a humanin analogue is and what does it have to do with sperm cells? HNG’s Relationship to... View Article

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Recent Findings on Autism and Antidepressant Connection

January 15, 2016 1:00 pm

A University of Montreal study reveals a connection between the use of antidepressants during pregnancy and the occurrence of autism. This study is called ‘Antidepressant Use During Pregnancy and the Risk of Autism Spectrum Disorder in Children’. Details of the Study on Autism and Antidepressants Factors in the Montreal study include defining specific trimesters of antidepressant use (2nd and third trimester) and the class of antidepressant used (Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors). The second and third trimester was specifically studied because it incorporates a critical stage of infant brain development. Exposure to antidepressants was defined as the mother having one or two prescriptions for SSRIs filled during the second or third trimester. Data was gathered from the Quebec Pregnancy/Children Cohort which... View Article