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Essure Female Sterilization Device Appears Safe: Study

Posted 11 hours ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Jan. 23, 2018 – Essure implants used in female sterilization have come under fire in recent years, with women reporting a wide array of problems to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. A new study from France shows the implants are relatively safe and do not raise the risk of side effects or health problems, however. The results show that Essure should remain on the market as a viable option for some women who want to avoid pregnancy, said Dr. Eve Espey, chair of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine. "I do hope calmer minds will prevail and we don't lose a very valuable technique that's helped lots and lots of women," said Espey, who wrote an editorial that accompanied the study. Both were published in the Jan. 23/30 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association. Traditional female sterilization – "having your tubes tied" ... Read more

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Health Tip: Talk to Your Youngster About Adoption

Posted 8 days ago by Drugs.com

-- If you are a parent of a young adopted child, it may be time to talk about the child's birth story. The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests: Be honest, and make your explanation simple and direct. Tell the child that he or she was born to other parents who could not take care of the youngster. Explain to the child why you chose to adopt him or her. Talk about how much you and your spouse wanted the child. Briefly explain the adoption steps you went through. Read more

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Having Too Little Iodine Could Harm a Woman's Fertility

Posted 12 days ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Jan. 11, 2018 – Nearly half of U.S. women have at least a mild deficiency in the nutrient iodine, and new research suggests it could impair their fertility. Iodine – a mineral that helps regulate metabolism – is found in seafood, iodized salt, dairy products, and some fruits and vegetables. But in a new study of 467 American women who were trying to get pregnant, those with moderate-to-severe iodine deficiency were 46 percent less likely to get pregnant during each menstrual cycle than those with sufficient iodine levels. Even women with mildly deficient iodine levels had a slightly harder time getting pregnant, according to researchers led by Dr. James Mills of the U.S. National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. "Women who are thinking of becoming pregnant may need more iodine," said Mills, who conducted the study along with colleagues at the New York state ... Read more

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With IVF, Are Fresh or Frozen Embryos Better?

Posted 13 days ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Jan. 11, 2018 – The chances of having a baby after in vitro fertilization (IVF) are similar for most women whether frozen or fresh embryos are used, a new study finds. In a group of infertile women with normal ovulation, rates of live birth were nearly 49 percent in those who received frozen embryos. Rates were just over 50 percent for women who received fresh embryos, said researchers at Penn State College of Medicine. The study included more than 2,100 women undergoing their first round of IVF. The treatment involves fertilizing a woman's egg with sperm in a laboratory dish. The resulting embryo is then inserted in the woman's uterus. Previous research by this team found that women with polycystic ovarian syndrome – abnormal ovulation – fared better with frozen embryos. But it wasn't clear whether fresh and frozen embryos offered better chances of success in women who ... Read more

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Mild Low Thyroid Levels May Affect a Woman's Fertility

Posted 20 Dec 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 20, 2017 – Having even a slightly underactive thyroid may interfere with a woman's ability to get pregnant, a new Harvard Medical School study has found. Doctors have known for some time that women with low thyroid hormone levels struggle with fertility, said the study's senior researcher, Dr. Pouneh Fazeli. She's an assistant professor at Harvard Medical School and a neuroendocrinologist with Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. But this study suggests that difficulties can arise even when the thyroid – a butterfly-shaped gland near the throat – is functioning at the low end of the normal range. More than a quarter of the women in the study who had unexplained infertility showed signs of a thyroid gland performing at low-normal levels. Those women were about twice as likely to have higher levels of thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) than women who did not ... Read more

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When Treating Infertility, Vitamin D Levels May Be Key

Posted 20 Nov 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Nov. 20, 2017 – Women with low vitamin D levels may be less likely to have a baby after assisted reproductive technology (ART) than those with normal vitamin D levels, a new study suggests. The finding stemmed from a review of 11 published studies that involved a total of 2,700 women who were undergoing ART, which includes in vitro fertilization and frozen embryo transfer to achieve pregnancy. The British researchers found that women with correct levels of vitamin D were 34 percent more likely to have a positive pregnancy test, 46 percent more likely to achieve a clinical pregnancy and a third more likely to have a live birth than women with low levels of vitamin D. There was no link between vitamin D levels and miscarriage, according to the study, published Nov. 14 in the journal Human Reproduction. The researchers, from the University of Birmingham, noted that just 26 percent ... Read more

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Weighing Too Much or Too Little When Pregnant Can Be Risky

Posted 14 Nov 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Nov. 14, 2017 – For women contemplating having a baby, new research adds to the evidence suggesting that starting a pregnancy at a normal weight is best. The study found that too much or even too little weight increases an expectant mom's risk for severe illnesses and death. "Not only for baby's sake, but also for your own sake, have a healthy diet and get regular exercise before pregnancy," said study lead author Dr. Sarka Lisonkova. She's an assistant professor in the department of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of British Columbia and the Children's and Women's Health Centre in Vancouver. "It's never too late, even if you're already pregnant," Lisonkova said, adding that weight gain during pregnancy can also increase the risk for severe illnesses and even death in expectant mothers. The study, published Nov. 14 in Journal of the American Medical Association, ... Read more

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Health Tip: Stop Smoking

Posted 6 Nov 2017 by Drugs.com

-- While the harmful effects of smoking are well-documented, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reminds us of the benefits of quitting: Reduced risk of lung cancer and other types of cancer. Lowered risk of heart disease and stroke within two years of quitting. Fewer respiratory symptoms, such as coughing, wheezing and shortness of breath. Quitting may not make these symptoms go away completely, but they will not progress as quickly as if you did not stop smoking. Decreased risk of lung problems, such as deadly chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Reduced risk of infertility. Women who stop smoking during pregnancy also reduce their risk of having a low birthweight baby. Read more

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Improve Your Odds During Infertility Treatments

Posted 1 Nov 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 1, 2017 – There's a better chance that in vitro fertilization (IVF) will lead to pregnancy if fresh donor eggs are used instead of frozen eggs, a new study suggests. Frozen donor eggs are cheaper and more convenient, while fresh eggs tend to be more expensive and require the recipient to coordinate with the egg donor. The study also found that, regardless of whether fresh or frozen eggs are used, transfer of a single embryo increases the chances of a healthy pregnancy and birth, compared with the transfer of two or more embryos. The findings, which came from the researchers' analysis of nearly 30,000 IVF cycles over three years in the United States, are scheduled for presentation at the American Society for Reproductive Medicine's annual meeting, in San Antonio, Texas. "The most impressive finding that has relevance for all patients undergoing IVF is that performing the ... Read more

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High-Pesticide Produce Not the Best Recipe for Fertility

Posted 30 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Oct. 30, 2017 – Couples who are trying to have children should probably be picky about their produce, a new study suggests. Women were less likely to reproduce if they ate large amounts of fruits and vegetables known to have high levels of pesticide residue, said lead researcher Dr. Jorge Chavarro. He is an associate professor of nutrition and epidemiology with the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston. In fact, a woman's odds of becoming pregnant increased by 79 percent and her odds of delivering a live birth by 88 percent if once a day she swapped a serving of high-pesticide produce for a fruit or vegetable with less pesticide residue, the researchers found. So, is organic the way to go? Not necessarily, Chavarro said. "I don't think there's any reason to buy organic versions of some of the low-pesticide fruits and vegetables," Chavarro said. "Buying the organic ... Read more

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Women Falling Short on Birth Defect Prevention

Posted 13 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Oct. 13, 2017 – Only a third of women are taking a multivitamin containing folic acid – a nutrient known to prevent serious birth defects – before they know they're pregnant, a new survey has found. The poll, conducted by the March of Dimes, also revealed significant racial disparities: Just 10 percent of black women and 27 percent of Hispanic women of childbearing age report taking multivitamins with folic acid before pregnancy. "One of the things that's striking for us is how much more we need to make sure women understand the importance of being healthy before pregnancy," said Stacey Stewart, president of the March of Dimes Foundation. "Half of all pregnancies are unexpected, which means women of childbearing age need to be doing all they can to be healthy in the event they do get pregnant," she said. In the United States, more than 120,000 babies – about 3 percent of all ... Read more

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Fertility Tests May Not Be Best Gauge of Your Biological Clock

Posted 10 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Oct. 10, 2017 – Women in their 30s and early 40s who want to know whether their biological clocks are running out should skip fertility testing, a new study suggests. Fertility clinics commonly use blood and urine tests to assess the quantity and quality of eggs remaining in a woman's ovaries – information that clinicians can use in making decisions about treating infertile women. However, a study in the Oct. 10 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association found that these tests cannot predict whether a woman in her later reproductive years will get pregnant naturally. "We were hoping to see that these biomarkers would predict a woman's ability to get pregnant, but we didn't find that," said Dr. Anne Steiner, the study's lead author. Steiner, a professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, said there's "huge interest" in ... Read more

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Could Folic Acid Fight a Cause of Autism?

Posted 8 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Sept. 8, 2017 – By taking folic acid around the time of conception, mothers-to-be may reduce their child's risk of pesticide-related autism, a new study suggests. "We found that if the mom was taking folic acid during the window around conception, the risk associated with pesticides seemed to be attenuated," said study first author Rebecca Schmidt. "Mothers should try to avoid pesticides. But if they live near agriculture, where pesticides can blow in, this might be a way to counter those effects," said Schmidt. She is an assistant professor of public health sciences at the University of California, Davis. It's estimated that one in 68 U.S. children has an autism spectrum disorder, which can range from mild to severe. There is no single cause, but research suggests a combination of genetic and environmental influences plays a role, according to the U.S. National Institutes of ... Read more

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America's New Dads Are Older Than Ever

Posted 30 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 30, 2017 – New dads may sport a few more gray hairs than in years past, a U.S. study finds. The average age of new fathers has risen in recent decades, research shows, raising questions about the possible social and public health impact. The study, which analyzed federal birth records, found that fathers of newborns are now 3.5 years older, on average, than their counterparts in the early 1970s. And the percentage of births to fathers older than 40 has more than doubled – from about 4 percent in 1972, to 9 percent in 2015. The pattern is not surprising, since it parallels what's been seen among U.S. women. But much less research has explored the changing demographics of American fathers, according to senior researcher Dr. Michael Eisenberg. "I think it's important for us to pay attention to these demographic shifts and what their implications could be for society," ... Read more

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Do Flame Retardants Hinder Infertility Treatments?

Posted 25 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Aug. 25, 2017 – Researchers have linked higher exposure to a type of flame retardant to a greater likelihood that in-vitro fertilization won't work. "Couples undergoing IVF and trying to improve their chances of success by reducing their exposure to environmental chemicals may want to opt for products that are flame retardant-free," said senior study author Russ Hauser. He is a professor of reproductive physiology at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston. The study is said to be the first to look at possible connections between pregnancy and exposure to organophosphate flame retardants, also known as PFRs. These are used in the manufacturing of polyurethane foam products, and are found in upholstered furniture, baby supplies and gym mats. "These findings suggest that exposure to PFRs may be one of many risk factors for lower reproductive success," study first ... Read more

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