Statistics indicate that some 10 percent of women suffer from endometriosis – a chronic and often painful disorder in which the lining that typically grows inside the uterus (endometrium) grows on the outside of it instead. Symptoms often include chronic abdominal pain and irregular periods, but it can also cause infertility. In fact, some 50 percent of women who need fertility treatments suffer from the condition.
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For many couples, infertility can be a struggle. As prospective parents, we will try anything to have a child. A new study is suggesting, however that a specific fertility treatment may lower the sperm count of the future children.
A new study provides some reassurance regarding developmental difficulties in children conceived through infertility treatments. The findings were published in JAMA Pediatrics by Edwina Yeung PhD, of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Health and Human Development, part of the National Institutes of Health, and her research associates.
It is estimated that 1 in 8 couples (or 12% of married women) have trouble getting pregnant or sustaining a pregnancy. In an attempt to have a baby many couples go through endless treatments, and drugs to help with Ovulation Induction and egg release. This process can be a long road, but once they’re pregnant, all of the hard work is worth it.
Many women are waiting to have children these days; they want to get their careers secured, or find the right person to have a family with, or maybe they want to develop the kinds of relationships they feel they need to help them raise a baby.
It is estimated that 1 in 8 couples (or 12% of married women) have trouble getting pregnant or sustaining a pregnancy. And while often it is thought of as a women’s issue – it takes two to tango! Men have equal roles in the baby-planning process.
There could be any number of reasons that a woman suffer from infertility. Science now says that one of those possibilities could be linked to a lack of selenium, an essential trace antioxidant. Found in protein rich foods like red meat, seafood, and nuts, this nutrient is important for many biological functions, including thyroid hormone production, immune response, and detoxification of damaging chemicals in the body.
Despite many health dangers that can be caused by smoking during pregnancy, as much as 20% of young mothers in the United States continue to smoke during pregnancy. But that evidence, those reasons not to, keep building. The latest comes from the University of Newcastle in Australia, a study in which researchers found that smoking during pregnancy can negatively affect the fertility of sons later on in life.
Approximately one-third of all couples who undergo fertility treatments will be unsuccessful. Unless they are willing to adopt or choose surrogacy, those failed treatments will leave them childless. A new study, published in the journal Human Reproduction, suggests that the women may have extreme difficulty accepting this, and they are likely to suffer long-term mental health issues because of it.
Twenty years ago, researchers came up with a criteria that could be used to identify which girls are mostly likely to become infertile during chemotherapy. The benefit of using these guidelines today? Physicians of young female cancer patients can determine which patients would best benefit from ovarian tissue preservation.