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Monday, March 31, 2008

Brazil Nuts, Liver, and Sperm Health


 Sperm Helped By Vitamin E and Selenium in Brazil Nuts

Here is an article from Men's Health about ways for men to spice up their sex life and to increase their sperm health.
My site: www.getpregnantover40.com

 The site gives a number of foods that are good for a man's reproductive system.  In terms of fertility, tell the man in your life to eat Brazil Nuts and liver...maybe not what he's used to, but it's worth a try.  Read more:

The Sex-for-Life Diet Spicing up your sex life is simple: Just eat these 10 superfoods

From the article:

The food: BRAZIL NUTS
The benefit: Shape up your swimmers

Cigarette smoke, air pollution, and other toxins in the air can damage your sperm, altering the DNA inside your cells and possibly increasing your child's risk of birth defects. Your best bet for fighting these pollutants? Call in the Brazilians. Brazil nuts are a top source of selenium, a vitamin that helps keep sperm cells healthy while also helping the little buggers swim faster. When researchers in the United Kingdom had men with fertility problems increase their selenium intake, the men produced hardier, more viable sperm cells.

"Brazil nuts are also a good source of vitamin E, an antioxidant that helps protect sperm cells against free-radical damage," says Keith Ayoob, RD, a spokesman for the American Dietetic Association.

The food: LIVER
The benefit: Boost your sperm count when it counts

It doesn't sound sexy, but ounce for ounce there are few better sources of fertility-boosting vitamin A than liver. Studies show that men who get plenty of A each day have higher sperm counts and perform better sexually than men who don't.

"When your body's low on A, your sperm production goes down dramatically," says Lachance. Liver is also an excellent source of zinc. Your body expels 5 milligrams of zinc -- a third of your daily requirement -- every time you ejaculate, so a single amorous weekend could leave your body's zinc reserves running on empty.

Thursday, March 27, 2008

IVF Success Rates - How Are They Calculated or Manipulated?


IVF Success Rates Can Be Confusing For Couples Who Want Information

Obviously I'm an advocate of conceiving naturally, but I know some couples need assisted reproduction.
My site: www.getpregnantover40.com
 I found this interesting article about IVF Success rates. When I was going through IVF, I always wondered how these statistics were calculated. Having worked in healthcare for many years, I've seen how data can be manipulated.
Here is another one of my blog posts about IVF success rates:

http://infertility-fertility.blogspot.com/2011/06/some-little-known-facts-about-fertility.html

 These sites explain more:

http://bioethics.georgetown.edu/pcbe/reports/reproductionandresponsibility/chapter2.html

 From the article:
(i) Success rates: Under the implementing regulations of the Act, each ART program or clinic in the United States is required to report annually to the CDC data relating to its rates of success.86 The Act defines ART as “all treatments or procedures which include the handling of human oocytes or embryos, including in vitro fertilization, gamete intrafallopian transfer, zygote intrafallopian transfer, and such other specific technologies as the Secretary [of Health and Human Services] may include in this definition . . .”87 An “ART program or clinic” is defined as a legal entity practicing under state law, recognizable to the consumer, that provides ART services to couples who have experienced infertility or are undergoing ART for other reasons.88 Each ART program is required to collect and report data for each cycle of treatment initiated. For these purposes, an “ART cycle” is initiated when a woman begins taking fertility drugs or starts ovarian monitoring with the intent of creating embryos for transfer. The data that must be collected include: patient demographics; medical history and infertility diagnosis; clinical information pertaining to the ART cycle; and information on resulting pregnancies and births.
Information is presented in terms of pregnancies per cycle, live births per cycle, and live births per transfer (including never-frozen and frozen embryos from both patients and donors). The statistics are also organized according to age (younger than 35, 35 to 39, and older than 39). Programs are also required to report information on cancelled cycles, number of embryos transferred per cycle, multiple birth rates per transfer, percentage of patients with particular diagnoses, and types and frequency of ARTs used (for example, the frequency with which ICSI is used). The outcome information that ART clinics must report includes the maximum number of fetal hearts observed in ultrasound, whether there was a medically induced fetal reduction, and birth defects diagnosed for each live-born and still-born infant. 

Here is a site that explains how some date may be manipulated:

http://fertilitysuccessrates.com/blog/looking-beyond-fertility-clinic-success-statistics.html 

From the site:
 In conclusion, there are two sides to the story. Clinics that have low success rates may say they don’t manipulate their success rates, and instead, listen to their patients. Clinics that have good success rates but low numbers of patients of advanced maternal age or higher numbers of egg donor cycles may defend themselves by saying that they are not taking a couple's money for treatment that has a low chance of success, which is also a noble reason.

 Here is a link to the Society of Assisted Reproductive Technology

http://www.sart.org/SART_Success_Rates/

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

The Ups and Downs of Ovulation Predictors


The following article gives some information about the different kinds of ovulation predictors and the advantages and disadvantages of each.

When I underwent fertility treatments, I used ovulation predictors when we were just starting out with inseminations. My experience was that they were accurate (we would sometimes have ultrasounds to confirm that there were follicles ready).

Ovulation predictors can be expensive depending on the brand and if you use them every month. I preferred to use my own body's ovulation signals and well-timed intercourse.

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