A blood molecule has been identified that could help doctors spot the very earliest signs of ovarian cancer and prevent thousands of deaths. Discovering the new biomarker, an antibody forming part of the immune system, could pave the way to screening women at high risk of ovarian cancer or those with early-stage tumours, say researchers from the University of Chicago. They investigated what molecules women with a risk of ovarian cancer and those with ovarian cancer had in common and found a a link between the mesothelin antibody, infertility, and ovarian cancer.
Regular exercise and a good diet can help lower insulin levels, thus help regulate hormones and have a positive effect of fertility. Dr. Laurence Jacobs, a Chicago fertility doctor with Fertility Centers of Illinois, discusses the benefits of exercise and eating "good carbs."
Dr. Angie Beltsos, a fertility doctor with Fertility Centers of Illinois in Chicago, explains elective single embryo transfer. With single embryo transfer, only one embryo is transferred during an IVF cycle. Why would you choose to transfer one embryo, and who is the best candidate? Dr. Beltsos answers those questions and more.
Katie Davis, 24, lost her ovaries to cancer when she was 12. Doctors told her that if she wanted to have a baby one day, she would have to use donor eggs and undergo in vitro fertilization. She has been trying to have a baby since September 2010, but so far no luck. Davis said infertile women sometimes feel like members of a "silent sorority." On Saturday, Davis and her husband will share their story at a free conference on infertility and adoption, called A Family of My Own, in Glenview.
Many women with infertility want to have more than one child. Because IVF is expensive and time consuming, twins may seem desirable. Dr. Karande, a fertility doctor with InVia Fertility Services in Chicago, explains the risks associated with having twins, why twins can be costlier, and how a frozen embryo transfer may help you have a second child without a second IVF cycle.