A blog by Alice Domar, PhD, Executive Director of the Domar Center for Mind/Body Health, Director of Mind/Body Services at Boston IVF, May 16, 2014
It makes intuitive sense that stress should lead to decreases in fertility. It has certainly been observed in the animal model. If you stress animals by crowding them or limiting their access to food, their fertility rates decrease. When you put them in more comfortable surroundings or give them more food, they quickly begin to reproduce normally.
The term "designer babies" is misleading everyone on the benefit of pre-testing with in vitro fertilization (IVF). It cannot be applied to current medical techniques and is a theoretical term and connotes the idea that technologies can genetically engineer a child with specific and desired traits based on a preference for such characteristics as blue eyes, brown hair, and skin with freckles for example.
Last week I attended the annual American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) meeting in Boston. I was able to attend some intriguing talks and discussions about male fertility and female fertility, use of donor gametes, and a few on current research studies. It was energizing to speak with so many colleagues who are dedicated to this field, who value their patients, and who are working very hard to improve technology and services in the reproductive community.
Michelle Dipp, M.D., Ph.D., CEO of OvaScience is ringing the NASDAQ Stock Market Opening Bell this morning. OvaScience has patented technologies that intend to advance infertility treatment. OvaTureSM seeks to create mature fertilizable eggs from a woman’s own egg precursor cells without the need for hormone injections, and AUGMENTSM aims to improve egg quality and increase IVF success.
The New England Fertility Society (NEFS) recently announced the establishment of the Selwyn Oskowitz New England Fertility Society Endowment. Dr. Oskowitz founded the NEFS 25 years ago (then the Boston Fertility Society), and is a founder and reproductive endocrinologist with Boston IVF.
We at FertilityAuthority are sending our thoughts and prayers to our Boston friends and family. The senseless tragedy is being felt nationwide, and we are with you as we sort through it and work toward the process of healing.