Can mayonnaise cure my infertility?

A controversial treatment that has divided medical professionals is offering hope to women who have suffered multiple miscarriagesIt is a warm spring day, and I am sitting in a private clinic in Surrey with a drip in my arm. I am having an infusion of intralipids, a white emulsion of soybean oil and egg: mayonnaise, basically. On top of that, I am taking a daily dose of steroids. I have signed a form declaring that I am aware intralipids are not licensed for use in pregnancy, and that there is a lack of scientific evidence for their use in my condition; and I know that the steroids have potential side-effects ranging from psychosis to liver failure. Yet here I am, watching the mayonnaise make its way into my bloodstream, hoping this unproven treatment will protect the tiny twins I am carrying.After years of infertility and a miscarriage, I have decided to put my faith in reproductive immunology, a field of medicine that is either fantastically promising or utterly bogus, depending on whom you ask. Its critics see the treatments as bad medicine, and a cash cow for private fertility clinics. Its advocates, including women who finally have a healthy baby after four or five losses, think it could revolutionise the way we think about pregnancy. As for me, I feel I have nothing to lose. At the NHS hospital where I miscarried at the beginning of this year, I was told there was nothing I could do but go away and try again.Continue reading...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - Category: Science Authors: Tags: Fertility problems Family Health Society Life and style Source Type: news

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Publication date: Available online 12 June 2018 Source:European Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Reproductive Biology Author(s): Li Jie, Deng Li, Chen Yang, Zhang Haiying This systematic review aimed to compare the clinical efficacy of tamoxifen with that of clomiphene citrate (CC) in anovulatory patients. The PubMed, EMBASE, and CNKI databases were searched up to October 2016 for literature comparing tamoxifen with CC in anovulatory women. The pooled risk ratios (RR) or standardized mean differences (SMD) with 95% confidence intervals (CIs) were subjected to statistical analysis. Twelve studies involving 1302 p...
Source: European Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Reproductive Biology - Category: OBGYN Source Type: research
While infertility may be a problem affecting nearly 7.3 million women in the United States between the ages of 15-44, it is a topic that women often don’t discuss. Rather, they suffer from the emotional pain that accompanies hormone injections, multiple procedures, and sometimes miscarriage. How is it best to treat this vulnerable population that rarely gets the attention it deserves? The answer lies in a team approach to medicine. According to Dr. Michael Jacobs, reproductive endocrinologist and infertility expert, who is director of Fertility and IVF Center of Miami, “The best way to treat couples challenged ...
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - Category: General Medicine Authors: Tags: Conditions OB/GYN Source Type: blogs
CONCLUSION: Grief and depressive symptoms is reduced over time while emotional experiences such as isolation, loss of baby and a devastating event persist for longer time than four months. Lack of previous children, previous miscarriage and infertility diagnosis could increase negative emotional experiences after miscarriage, this was especially pronounced for grief reaction. The questionnaires could be used both clinically and in research to understand the emotional experiences after miscarriage. PMID: 29864578 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Source: Midwifery - Category: Midwifery Authors: Tags: Midwifery Source Type: research
In conclusion, the results of this study indicate that FXR1 is a novel COX-2 regulatory factor. PMID: 29852926 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Source: Reproduction, Fertility, and Development - Category: Reproduction Medicine Authors: Tags: Reprod Fertil Dev Source Type: research
AbstractEvidence on the treatment of euthyroid infertile women and thyroid autoimmunity with thyroid hormone is scare, and therefore the recent study by Wang et al. is a welcome addition to it. Based on their results, thyroid hormone seems not to be indicated to decrease the miscarriage rate in that particular group of infertile women. This comment is meant to put the study results into perspective with the available evidence and the current guidelines, and to highlight its strengths and weaknesses.
Source: Thyroid Research - Category: Endocrinology Source Type: research
Conclusion(s) Letrozole has good effect on endometrial thickness more than Clomid or Clomid plus estradiol when used in women with unexplained infertility with statistically significant difference, but there was no significant difference regarding pregnancy and abortion rate with slight increase toward Letrozole.
Source: Middle East Fertility Society Journal - Category: Reproduction Medicine Source Type: research
This study investigated the relationship between the vitamin D [25(OH)D] level in individual follicles and oocyte developmental competence.MethodsA prospective cohort study in a private infertility center. Infertile women (N = 198) scheduled for intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) and a single embryo transfer (SET) provided serum samples and 322 follicular fluid (FF) specimens, each from a single follicle on the day of oocyte retrieval.ResultsFFs corresponding to successfully fertilized oocytes (following ICSI) contained significantly lower 25(OH)D level compared with those that were not fertilized (28.4 ...
Source: Journal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics - Category: Reproduction Medicine Source Type: research
Recurrent pregnancy loss ( repeated miscarriages or habitual abortions) is one of the most frustrating problems in medicine. It is hard for patients , because getting pregnant , and then losing the baby again and again is traumatic. It's bad for doctors, because patients have so many questions , and we don't have any answers ! The truth is that our tests are not very good, and there is little we can do to make n accurate a diagnosis. This is why, in about 80% of patients with recurrent pregnancy loss , inspite of extensive testing, we will not be able to find an underlying cause.Based on experience over many years, the one...
Source: Dr.Malpani's Blog - Category: Reproduction Medicine Tags: IVF miscarriage recurrent abortions recurrent miscarriage recurrent pregnancy loss Source Type: blogs
This study was descriptive and retrospective. Wider implications These results are consistent with those in the literature. Hysteroscopic enlargement metroplasty is now a well-established technique with few complications but which should nevertheless be reserved for symptomatic patients.
Source: European Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Reproductive Biology - Category: OBGYN Source Type: research
Authors: Hu C, Chen Z, Chen Y, Hou H, Chen X, Cao Z, Shi H Abstract PURPOSE: To assess pregnancy outcomes after minimally-invasive fertility restoration surgery in women with infertility secondary to tubal pregnancy treated with salpingectomy. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The study included 77 women diagnosed with infertility after salpingectomy for tubal pregnancy between December 2008 and October 2010 for intraoperative assessment and treatment of tubal and pelvic adhesions. The mean age of the patients was 31.12 ± 3.58 years and their duration of infertility was 3.91 ± 2.80 years. Chi-square test, St...
Source: Clinical and Experimental Obstetrics and Gynecology - Category: OBGYN Tags: Clin Exp Obstet Gynecol Source Type: research
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