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Health Insurance a Key to IVF Success, Researchers Say

Posted 28 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, March 28, 2017 – Having health insurance that covers in vitro fertilization (IVF) boosts the odds the treatment will lead to childbirth, a new study finds. For women undergoing IVF, "the biggest hurdle may not be the fertility treatment, but the cost," said study lead author Dr. Emily Jungheim of Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. A single IVF treatment costs $12,000 to $17,000, according to the American Pregnancy Association. If the first treatment fails, many women can't afford to try again, Jungheim's team said. The study included nearly 1,600 IVF patients at the university's Fertility and Reproductive Medicine Center, between 2001 and 2010. Of those women, 56 percent had insurance that covered IVF. The others paid for the treatment themselves. Women with IVF coverage were slightly younger than those without. Seven out of 10 who had insurance coverage ... Read more

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Smartphone Device Sizes Up Sperm Health

Posted 23 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, March 22, 2017 – A new smartphone device has shown early promise as a convenient way for men to check the health of their sperm in the privacy of their home. The infertility test analyzes semen using a disposable rubberized microchip that's designed to enclose and handle samples. The microchip is slid into an attachment that can be plugged into a smartphone. The semen sample is kept within the microchip, so it never enters the smartphone. But a smartphone app is able to scan and video the sample. Roughly five seconds later, an analysis is produced, indicating whether or not the sample meets World Health Organization standards in terms of healthy sperm concentrations and sperm motility (movement). So far, the tests have shown 98 percent accuracy. "We developed the technology, and we have a prototype that seems to work very well, and with high reliability and accuracy," noted ... Read more

Related support groups: Anxiety, Erectile Dysfunction, Female Infertility, Performance Anxiety, Ovulation Induction, Oligospermia, Diagnosis and Investigation, Follicle Stimulation

TV Ads Help Drive Testosterone Supplement Sales

Posted 21 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, March 21, 2017 – TV ads have helped spur a boom in testosterone treatments, convincing many men that they need hormone replacement therapy, a new study suggests. In places where testosterone therapy ads ran, researchers discovered increases in testing for low T, initiation of testosterone replacement in new patients, and testosterone treatment without proper testing to see if hormone levels were abnormally low. "We found that each advertisement aired was associated with new use, new testing and new use without recent baseline tests," said lead author J. Bradley Layton, a research assistant professor of epidemiology with the University of North Carolina's Gillings School of Global Public Health. Testosterone replacement therapy experienced a boom in recent years, with the number of patients leaping from 1.3 million in 2009 to 2.3 million in 2013, according to the U.S. Food and ... Read more

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A Plug Instead of a Snip for Male Birth Control?

Posted 7 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Feb. 7, 2017 – A new gel-based vasectomy has proven effective in a group of monkeys, raising hopes it could one day provide a permanent but easily reversible male contraceptive option in humans. Vasalgel works by plugging the vas deferens, the two tiny tubes that convey sperm into a male's semen, researchers said. The gel "doesn't break down. It just sets up a little more, and sticks where you inject it," said lead researcher Catherine VandeVoort. She's a professor of obstetrics and gynecology with the University of California, Davis School of Medicine. Sixteen male rhesus macaque monkeys injected with the non-hormonal gel have proven incapable of reproduction, according to the study findings. No females have become pregnant in the males' presence, even though they were housed together for at least one breeding season – about 6 months. "We're over two years in a lot of these ... Read more

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Obese Couples May Take Longer to Conceive

Posted 3 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Feb. 3, 2017 – It's not just a woman's weight that matters when couples are trying to conceive, a new study suggests. When a woman and her partner are both obese, their chances for pregnancy during any menstrual cycle are about half that of a normal-weight couple, according to the analysis from the U.S. National Institutes of Health. "It translates to maybe a longer time to get pregnant," said lead study author Rajeshwari Sundaram. She is a senior investigator at the U.S. National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, a unit of NIH. Prior studies show an association between female obesity and reduced odds for pregnancy in a single menstrual cycle, as well as a link between men's increased body weight and lower sperm count, the researchers noted. This study breaks new ground because it enrolled couples hoping to get pregnant, not couples undergoing fertility ... Read more

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Don't Ban Anonymous Sperm Donations: Study

Posted 31 Dec 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Dec. 30, 2016 – Prohibiting anonymous sperm donations might lead to fewer donors and prompt those still willing to donate to ask for higher fees for donations, researchers report. While sperm donor anonymity is the norm in the United States, a number of other countries have banned anonymous donations. Most of those countries require all sperm donors to put identifying information into a registry available to the donor-conceived children by the time they reach the age of 18, the researchers explained. "Donor-conceived children across the world have clamored for the right to have identifying information on their sperm and egg donors," said study author Glenn Cohen. He is faculty director of the Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology and Bioethics at Harvard University. To assess the potential impact of banning anonymous sperm donation in the United States, ... Read more

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Men Don't Know About Risks to Fertility, Survey Finds

Posted 29 Dec 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 28, 2016 – Many men don't know about risk factors that can lead to infertility, a new study reveals. In a survey, Canadian men could identify only about half of the activities and medical conditions that can harm their sperm count and reduce fertility. The men were more likely to know about risk factors such as cancer, smoking and steroid use. However, they were less aware of the fertility threat posed by obesity, bicycling and frequent use of a laptop computer on the lap, the researchers said. The knowledge gap was true across all ages, education and income levels, the investigators found. "Men aren't as inclined to ask questions about their health, so it stands to reason that they would be less well-informed about their fertility," said study leader Phyllis Zelkowitz. She is an associate professor of psychiatry at McGill University and director of research in the ... Read more

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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

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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

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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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