“Among women with diminished ovarian reserve or unexplained infertility, low serum free triiodothyronine and thyroid peroxidase antibody positivity are associated with low antral follicle count, according to findings published in Thyroid.” – Quote by Tim Korevaar
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“Louise Joy Brown, the world’s first baby to be conceived by in vitro fertilization (IVF), turn[ed] 40 [recently].”
“Louise’s birth as the first ‘test tube baby’ made headlines around the world, attracting vicious condemnation at the time as well as widespread applause and amazement. Forty years on, IVF is considered a mainstream medical treatment for infertility.” – Quotes by NEWSAHEAD (newsahead.com)
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“Dr Okezie Emenike, an Abuja based physician, said on Saturday that being over weight or under weight could cause infertility.
Emenike told the the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja that it was important to understand that both underweight and overweight women and men suffered from a higher incidence of infertility.”
“He added that severe obesity in men had been shown to alter fertility often due to imbalances in hormone regulation tied to sperm production.”
“He also noted that in many cases, overweight or underweight women would have hormonal disorders, which could cause them to ovulate infrequently or not at all.” – Quotes by Daily Trust (dailytrust.com.ng)
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“New Delhi: In a significant development that could yield vital insights into fertility, scientists have for the first time created embryo-like structures in the lab using stem cells, rather than eggs or sperm, says a new study. The Dutch researchers say the procedure was not meant for cloning people or animals, but to find out why pregnancies fail at an early stage-implantation.” – Quote from Times Now Digital
The study’s author, Dr. Nicolas Rivron, said, “These early embryos have all the cell types required to form a whole organism. They will help us better understand the hidden processes at the start of life, to find solutions for fertility problems, and to develop new drugs without the use of lab animals.” – Quote by Dr. Nicolas Rivron for Times Now Digital
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“Scientists say they have developed the most robust model yet to estimate how likely a woman is to have a chromosomally normal embryo for IVF depending on her age.”
“The likelihood of aneuploidy – having the incorrect number of chromosomes – in an embryo, goes up with a mother’s age. The model shows not only that the chance of getting a euploid embryo decreases with a woman’s age, but that the odds worsen progressively year on year.”
“However, Dr Esteves cautioned that other factors might also affect the likelihood of obtaining a normal embryo.” – Quotes by Shaoni Bhattacharya for BioNews
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“Fast food is known to expose consumers to higher risks of obesity, digestive disorders, and even cancer. Now, a recent Australian study determined that fast food, when consumed regularly, doubles the risks of infertility in women.”
“Researchers have found that women who regularly eat fast food are doomed to face a huge problem, namely, the difficulty to remain pregnant, as it is more likely for them to develop infertility.” – Quotes by Vadim Caraiman of Health Thoroughfare
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Foods that may help with female fertility: salmons, nuts and seeds, spinach, beans, whole grains, and fruits and vegetables.
Foods that may help with male fertility: dark chocolate, berries, citrus fruits, fish, chicken, and whole grains.
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“Dr. Raymond Mansoor, head of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Mount St. John’s Medical Centre (MSJMC),” said, “The male factor has now reached the point where it has its own category of infertility. We do have a sense that the average sperm count has declined in the last 40 to 50 years.”
“Social Worker at the MSJMC, Koren Norton,” said, “Males are difficult when it comes to getting assistance, as they are not often as open about issues of infertility as women.”
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“A common cause of female infertility – polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) – may be due to a hormonal imbalance before birth, researchers have found.
Researchers have been able to cure it in mice, and a clinical trial in human women is due to begin later this year, the New Scientist reports.
PCOS affects up to one in five women worldwide, it says.
It affects how a woman’s ovaries work – symptoms include irregular periods and difficulty getting pregnant.” – Quote by BBC News
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“‘Artificial’ human ovaries have been created for the first time in a breakthrough that promises hope for infertile women.
Scientists successfully grafted follicles, the precursors to eggs, onto a biological “scaffold” which then grew normally.
The development, which could be available within three years, means women with malfunctioning ovaries can look forward to getting pregnant naturally.” – Quote by Henry Bodki
“The world’s first in-vitro fertilization baby was born in 1978 in the UK. Since then, 8 million babies have been born worldwide as a result of IVF and other advanced fertility treatments, an international committee estimates.”
“While IVF births have increased over the past four decades, rates of twins and multiple births have declined, according to the report from the International Committee Monitoring Assisted Reproductive Technologies, a nonprofit that disseminates global information on assisted reproductive technologies.” – Quotes by CNN
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“In a recent study published in Stem Cell Research & Therapy, researchers from Russia utilized a rat model to investigate whether stem cell transplantation might be an effective treatment for cases in which surgical methods are ineffective.”- Quote by Debra A. Kellen, PhD
Conclusion of study:
“Human endometrial mesenchymal stem cells (eMSC) can be successfully applied for Asherman’s syndrome (AS) treatment in the rat model. eMSC organized in spheroids were more therapeutically effective than the cells in monolayer. After transplantation of eMSC in spheroids the pregnancy outcome and litter size in rats with AS was higher than in rats that received autologous rat bone marrow cells. It suggests the therapeutic plausibility of heterologous eMSC in case of failure to use autologous cells.” – Quote from the study by the Institute of Cytology, Russian Academy of Sciences, and the Faculty of Medicine, St. Petersburg State University
Low zinc levels affect fertility: Women lacking in the mineral will struggle to conceive for up to three months, study finds
Findings from the Pennsylvania State University study:
“The most striking finding was that insufficient levels of zinc impaired the egg cell’s ability to properly divide, a necessary step before successful fertilization can occur. This defect persisted even after more zinc was introduced to the environment.
The zinc-deficient environment was also found to disrupt follicle cell growth, resulting in smaller eggs and fewer somatic cells, which are needed to support the egg.
Overall the findings revealed that low levels of zinc inhibited the body’s ability to produce eggs that would be able to become fertilized.” – Quote by Megan Sheets for DAILYMAIL.COM
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The Norwegian Mother and Child Cohort Study (MoBa) study found caffeine intake during pregnancy can lead to a mother’s child being obese as a child and throughout his/her life.
Additionally, “Previous research indicates that pregnant women who consume more than 200 milligrams of caffeine per day are more than twice as likely to have a miscarriage than those who don’t consume caffeine.” – Quote by Dana Leigh Smith
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