a blog by Helen Denise, CEO, Knowhen®, May 1, 2013
Since the 1960’s a lot has changed in the United States. In particular a lot has changed for women: how they are expected to act, how they are treated, what kinds of careers are available to them, what their duties are at home, the list goes on and on.
A study out of the University of Pennsylvania says that couples who are faithfully monogamous are more fertile than those who cheat. Cheaters suffer a decline in fertility from as early as the first date!
I’m always trying to keep up on the latest fertility science, so when I saw the headline “Scientists discover new gene linked to infertility” I clicked to read the BBC story. A study done on fruit flies, it reported, showed that their chromosomes—and especially their egg chromosomes—normally huddle together, like football players plotting a quarterback sneak or a flea flicker on the twenty yard line with ten seconds left in the game. More importantly, fruit flies whose egg chromosomes don’t exhibit this huddling behavior have trouble getting knocked up.
Clinical trials contribute to the understanding and treatment of infertility
Clinical trials are controlled studies that test a certain variable in relation to a disease or condition. Carefully regulated, these studies can occur in multiple locations across the country under set conditions. Each clinical trial has a set purpose, runs a set amount of time, and operates under certain conditions.
Among women trying to get pregnant, moderate exercise is tied to more success, according to a new study. However, with exception of overweight and obese women, women who exercise vigorously take a longer time to conceive.
When headlines read declarations like, “Scientists can halt menopause with ovary transplants,” you have to raise an eyebrow. A doctor at an infertility clinic has indeed performed “ovary transplants” on a small number of infertile women who have gone on to healthy pregnancies and births. Though this sounds futuristic, it’s certainly possible (it uses a piece of ovarian tissue, not the whole organ), and not so surprising as his other suggestion: That the procedure might help women avoid menopause altogether.
Women may be able to halt the menopause and preserve their fertility after doctors proved ovary transplants remain effective for at least seven years. Ovarian tissue transplants would allow women more choice about when to have children and would offer hope to those who believe they would never be able to conceive.Three women, who have already received transplants, have given birth to seven children, with one expecting another baby soon.
For the first time ever, researchers have proven the existence of egg-producing stem cells in the ovaries of humans. The breakthrough throws open the door — albeit years down the road — to the possibility that women in their 30s and 40s, whose fertility is on the decline, could replenish their dwindling egg supplies.
For some women, statistics relating to age and fertility can be something of a shock. Women reach their maximum fertility before 30, according to Access Australia, Australia's National Infertility Network. But between the ages of 35 and 40 the fertility rate drops by at least 30 percent. That's not to say you should throw in the towel. Statistics released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics only a few months ago showed that, while Australia's overall total fertility rate dropped slightly, fertility rates for women aged 35-39 and 40-45 actually increased from the previous year.