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Baby Bust Over and Other Big Fertility News
The Great Baby Delay caused by the Great Recession is over, according to a report released by Demographic Intelligence, which provides U.S. birth forecasts.
The total fertility rate (TFR) and number of births dropped more than 7 percent during the Great Recession, from 2007 to 2010, but now they are rising again, according to the January edition of The U.S. Fertility Forecast. The report projects that the TFR will rise from 1.93 children per woman in 2010 to 1.98 children per woman in 2012, and that the United States will register more than 4 million births this year.
The report also found that births are now rising fastest among older (30+) and college-educated women.
"Many women put off having a child in the wake of the Great Recession," says Bradford Wilcox, president of Demographic Intelligence and a professor of sociology at the University of Virginia. "Now, we think more women and couples have decided to go ahead and have a child — especially that second or third child that they put off at the height of the recession."
Three years is quite a while to delay childbearing. Our prediction? Fertility clinic phones will be ringing off the hook. Find a fertility clinic near you by clicking here.
In other exciting fertility news, the New Year and started out with a bang for fertility developments that could improve success rates for in vitro fertilization (IVF). Here are a few highlights:
FERTINATAL, a micronized DHEA supplement, has been launched. Fertility Nutraceuticals, LLC, has launched a micronized dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) supplement designed to increase female fertility. The product was developed to offer the public exactly the same kind of DHEA utilized by New York fertility clinic Center for Human Reproduction (CHR) in their research studies. CHR recently received a second patent on DHEA as an infertility treatment to increase pregnancy rates, reduce time to conception and reduce chromosomal abnormalities (aneuploidy) in embryos.
Wiggly eggs more likely to implant. Scientists at Cardiff University in the United Kingdom say an egg's wiggle may predict IVF success. The advanced imaging technique, which analyzes the internal contents of the human egg to observe and track distinct rhythmic patterns during fertilization, has been used on mice to identify embryos likely to result in a successful pregnancy. The researchers have shown that the same type of rhythmic movements occur in human eggs, and they published their findings in Fertility and Sterility.
A frozen embie may be "healthier." In more news out of Great Britain, researchers at the Centre for Reproductive and Genetic Health in London, found that babies born from frozen embryos were, on average 253 grams heavier than those born from fresh embryos and that they have a significantly longer gestation period. This may be because only the highest quality embryos survive freezing and thawing. The researchers presented their findings at the British Fertility Society annual meeting and say that if the findings are accurate, it will give the medical profession more evidence to encourage patients to accept single embryo transfer in IVF.
Rejuvenating aging eggs. Check out our story about OvaScience and the exciting research they have planned during 2012 using mitochondria from a woman's stem cells to rejuvenate her aging eggs.