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FDA Warns of Dangers From Testosterone Supplements

Posted 26 Oct 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 26, 2016 – Supplemental testosterone and related anabolic-androgenic steroids (AAS) can cause heart attacks, personality changes and infertility, and are easily abused, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warns. The agency said Monday that labeling on all prescription testosterone products – which are approved to treat men with low testosterone due to certain medical conditions – will be revised. Millions of American men currently use testosterone pills, gels or get injections in hopes of boosting their physical health or libido. Anabolic steroids are synthetic variations of testosterone and are legally prescribed to treat conditions such as delayed puberty and diseases that cause muscle loss, such as cancer or AIDS. But "testosterone and other AAS are abused by adults and adolescents, including athletes and body builders," according to an FDA news release. "Abuse ... Read more

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Sleep Can Affect Male Fertility

Posted 19 Oct 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 19, 2016 – Sleeping too little or too much can affect a man's ability to impregnate his partner, new research suggests. The "sweet spot" appears to be 7 to 8 hours of sleep a night, said study author Lauren Wise, a professor of epidemiology at Boston University School of Public Health. Among the 790 couples the researchers followed, "we found both short and long sleep duration – less than 6 hours or 9 or more per night – were associated with a reduced probability of pregnancy," Wise said. Using 8 hours of sleep as the reference point, men who slept less than 6 or more than 9 hours a night "had a 42 percent reduced probability of conception in any given month," she added. The main explanation is most likely hormonal, Wise said. Fertility experts know that testosterone is crucial for reproduction and the majority of daily testosterone release in men occurs during sleep, ... Read more

Related support groups: Sleep Disorders, Insomnia, Fatigue, Female Infertility, Sleep Apnea, Drowsiness, Hypersomnia, Oligospermia, Obstructive Sleep Apnea/Hypopnea Syndrome, Shift Work Sleep Disorder, REM Sleep Behavior Disorder

Fewer Birth Defects for Older Moms Who Have Fertility Treatments

Posted 17 Oct 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Oct. 17, 2016 – Older women who get pregnant through assisted reproduction may be less likely to have babies with birth defects than those who conceive naturally, a new Australian study suggests. The findings challenge the widely held belief that assisted reproduction increases the risk of birth defects in all women, according to the researchers at the University of Adelaide. "There's something quite remarkable occurring with women over the age of 40 who use assisted reproduction," study lead author Michael Davies said in a university news release. He is a professor and epidemiologist at the university's Robinson Research Institute. The researchers looked at information from births in South Australia between 1986 and 2002. The study included more than 301,000 naturally conceived births, 2,200 in vitro fertilization (IVF) births and nearly 1,400 births from intracytoplasmic ... Read more

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Males Conceived Via Fertility Treatment May Have Weakened Sperm: Study

Posted 7 Oct 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Oct. 7, 2016 – Males who were conceived using an infertility treatment where sperm is injected into an egg may themselves have lower sperm quantity and quality than those conceived naturally, Belgian researchers report. "We treated couples where the husband had very abnormal sperm, so it is not so surprising that in their sons the quality of their sperm had an impact on them," explained lead researcher Dr. Andre Van Steirteghem, an emeritus professor at Vrije Universiteit in Brussels. The 54 young men in the study – all conceived by infertility treatments – had about half the sperm concentration, nearly one-third the sperm count and fewer motile sperm (sperm that can swim well) than men who were conceived naturally, the investigators said. In addition, men conceived through the method known as intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) were nearly three times more likely to have ... Read more

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Infertility Patients' Mental Health Problems Often Unaddressed

Posted 11 Aug 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Aug. 11, 2016 – People undergoing fertility treatment often suffer symptoms of depression or anxiety, but few get any formal help, a new study suggests. The study, which followed patients at five fertility clinics in California, found that more than half of women and one-third of men had clinical-level depression symptoms at some point. Even more – 76 percent of women and 61 percent of men – had symptoms of clinical anxiety. Yet only about one-quarter of all patients said their fertility center had given them any information on mental health resources. "It was very surprising to find that," said lead researcher Lauri Pasch, an associate professor of psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco. Many studies have found that infertility patients often feel distressed. And, Pasch said, professional groups have underscored the need for patients' emotional health to ... Read more

Related support groups: Depression, Anxiety, Anxiety and Stress, Major Depressive Disorder, Female Infertility, Dysthymia, Ovulation Induction, Oligospermia, Primary Ovarian Failure, Follicle Stimulation

Who's Most Likely to Seek Infertility Help

Posted 1 Jul 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, July 1, 2016 – Nearly half of people with infertility problems don't seek treatment, according to a new British study. "One of the important and concerning findings in our study is the difference in educational attainment and job status between people who sought help for infertility and those who did not," said study leader Jessica Datta. She is a lecturer at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine in London. Datta's team surveyed 15,000 adults in Britain. The investigators found that one in eight women and one in 10 men had experienced infertility, but nearly 43 percent of those women and nearly 47 percent of those men didn't seek medical help for the problem. Infertility was defined as unsuccessfully trying to become pregnant for a year or longer. Those with infertility who did seek help were more likely to be better educated, have higher incomes and to be older, ... Read more

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Could Fast Food Expose People to Harmful Chemicals?

Posted 13 Apr 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, April 13, 2016 – Eating fast food may expose a person to potentially harmful chemicals known as phthalates, a new study suggests. People who consumed lots of fast food tended to have levels of phthalates in their urine that were 24 percent to 40 percent higher than people who rarely ate take-out fare, the researchers found. "We found statistically significant associations between the amount of fast food consumed in the prior 24 hours and the levels of two particular phthalates found in the body," said study author Ami Zota. She is an assistant professor of environmental and occupational health at George Washington University's Milken Institute School of Public Health, in Washington, D.C. However, the study did not prove a cause-and-effect relationship between fast food and phthalate exposure. The two phthalates in question are di(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP) and diisononyl ... Read more

Related support groups: Obesity, Weight Loss, Oligospermia, Toxic Reactions Incl Drug and Substance Abuse

Scientists Spot 'Switch' That Helps Sperm Penetrate Egg

Posted 29 Mar 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, March 29, 2016 – The "switch" that triggers the sudden tail whip that sperm use to penetrate and fertilize an egg has been pinpointed by researchers. The finding could help identify a possible cause of male infertility. And, the study authors suggested, the switch could be a potential target for new contraceptives that work in both women and men. The investigators found that the surface of a sperm's tail has thousands of protein receptors. These receptors respond to the female hormone progesterone, which is released by the egg. When sperm get close to the egg, these receptors react to the progesterone and cause the tail to snap like a whip in an attempt to reach the egg. "If the receptor protein doesn't recognize progesterone, you would be infertile," study first author Melissa Miller, a postdoctoral fellow at the University of California, Berkeley, said in a university news ... Read more

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Women Who Survive Childhood Cancer Stand Good Chance of Having Kids: Study

Posted 23 Mar 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, March 23, 2016 – Women who survive childhood cancer after receiving chemotherapy stand a good chance of having children, but the same doesn't appear to be as true for men, a new study finds. More than 80 percent of children with cancer survive into adulthood, so their ability to have children is a major concern, the researchers noted. Their findings were published March 22 in The Lancet Oncology journal. "We think these results will be encouraging for most women who were treated with chemotherapy in childhood. However, I think we, as pediatric oncologists, still need to do a better job discussing fertility and fertility preservation options with patients and families upfront before starting cancer treatment," said Dr. Eric Chow, of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, in Seattle. "In particular, all boys diagnosed post-puberty should be encouraged to bank their sperm ... Read more

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More Young Americans Support Gay Adoption: Survey

Posted 17 Mar 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, March 17, 2016 – Young Americans increasingly favor adoption rights for gays and lesbians, with three-quarters of females and two-thirds of males now voicing support, according to a new government report. These statistics from the U.S. National Center for Health Statistics reflect a steady rise from 2002, and a significant shift in attitudes across the nation among people 15 to 44 years old. The report doesn't explore the reasons for this change. But one gay dad who studies sexuality believes familiarity with gays and lesbians has fostered growing acceptance of gay families. "We have more visibility, and more people see us as individuals who live nearby, which contributes to more favorable attitudes," said Sean Massey, an associate professor of women, gender & sexuality studies at Binghamton University in New York. Massey and his husband adopted a son, now 13, in 2002. The ... Read more

Related support groups: Birth Control, Contraception, Emergency Contraception, Postcoital Contraception, Female Infertility, Ovulation Induction, Oligospermia, Primary Ovarian Failure, Follicle Stimulation

In Mice, Scientists Turn Stem Cells Into Sperm

Posted 25 Feb 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Feb. 25, 2016 – Scientists in China say they used mouse stem cells to create functional mouse sperm in the laboratory. The research team used mouse embryonic stem cells and turned them into spermlike cells that were injected into egg cells to create embryos. The scientists reported that the embryos developed normally in female mice and produced healthy and fertile offspring. The study was published Feb. 25 in the journal Cell Stem Cell. "Reproducing germ cell [reproductive cells] development in vitro has remained a central goal in both reproductive biology and reproductive medicine," co-senior author Jiahao Sha, from Nanjing Medical University, said in a journal news release. Working with a team of scientists from the Institute of Zoology at the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the researchers first exposed mouse embryonic stem cells (ESCs) to a chemical cocktail, which coaxed ... Read more

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Male Childhood Cancer Survivors Less Likely to Have Kids, Study Finds

Posted 24 Feb 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 24, 2016 – Men who survived cancer when they were children, teens or young adults seem to be less likely to have children of their own than men who never had cancer, a new study reveals. The likelihood of having children was especially low among those who survived testicular cancer, bone cancer, brain tumors, lymphoma and leukemia, researchers at the University of Bergen in Norway found. The findings "are important for male cancer survivors, seeing as we can identify groups at risk of having reproduction problems," study author Maria Winther Gunnes, a Ph.D. candidate in the department of global public health and primary care, said in a university news release. For the study, researchers reviewed data from all Norwegian men born between 1965 and 1985. Male cancer survivors were three times more likely to use assisted fertilization than those who never had cancer, the ... Read more

Related support groups: Cancer, Female Infertility, Leukemia, Lymphoma, Brain Tumor, Oligospermia, Testicular Cancer

More IVF Tries Improve Odds of Having a Baby

Posted 22 Dec 2015 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Dec. 22, 2015 – Couples having trouble getting pregnant may have a better chance if they have more than the usual three-to-four cycles of in vitro fertilization (IVF), a new British study suggests. Among more than 150,000 women in the study, 29.5 percent had a baby after the first cycle. The rate remained above 20 percent through the fourth cycle, and 65 percent of women had a live birth by the sixth cycle, the researchers said. "IVF should be thought of as a relatively long-term treatment, with repeat treatment cycles if success is not immediate," said lead researcher Debbie Lawlor, a professor of epidemiology at the University of Bristol. Currently, it's common practice to assume that further treatment isn't likely to be successful after three or four embryo transfers, but that's not true, Lawlor said. "It is also not true that if there is a small egg yield in one treatment ... Read more

Related support groups: Birth Control, Contraception, Emergency Contraception, Postcoital Contraception, Female Infertility, Ovulation Induction, Oligospermia, Primary Ovarian Failure, Follicle Stimulation

Infertile Men May Have Higher Risk of Heart Disease, Diabetes

Posted 7 Dec 2015 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Dec. 7, 2015 – Infertile men may have a higher risk of developing other health problems such as diabetes, heart disease and substance abuse disorders, compared with fertile men, a new study suggests. "We found that infertile men developed several chronic diseases in the years following an infertility evaluation," said lead researcher Dr. Michael Eisenberg, director of male reproductive medicine and surgery at Stanford University Medical School, in Palo Alto, California. "What's interesting is that these are young, healthy men," he said. "Prior studies suggested a higher risk of [testicular] cancer or even death. But for the first time, we are seeing higher risk of these metabolic diseases." These findings suggest that infertility may provide a window into later health, Eisenberg added. For the study, Eisenberg and colleagues collected data on more than 100,000 men from an ... Read more

Related support groups: Diabetes, Type 2, Heart Disease, Angina, Female Infertility, Insulin Resistance, Pre-Diabetes, Diabetes Mellitus, Oligospermia, Ischemic Heart Disease, Abnormal Glucose Tolerance, Myocardial Infarction - Prophylaxis

Male Infertility Might Signal Higher Odds of Testicular Cancer

Posted 16 Nov 2015 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Nov. 16, 2015 – Men with reduced fertility could be at increased risk for testicular cancer, according to a new study. Researchers looked at over 20,000 men who underwent semen analysis as part of infertility treatment between 1996 and 2011. They were compared to a control group with the same number of men known to be fertile. Overall, 421 cases of cancer were diagnosed. The most common cancers were melanoma skin cancer, testicular and prostate cancers. The subfertile men – those who sought infertility treatment – were three times more likely to develop testicular cancer than those in the control group, the study found. The risk was 10 times higher in those with an abnormally low sperm count. Other types of sperm problems also increased the risk, the University of Utah researchers said in the Nov. 16 issue of the journal Fertility and Sterility. However, the study doesn't ... Read more

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