Africa: Let's Challenge Perceptions About Infertile Women

[New Times] According to World Health Organisation (WHO), more than 180 million couples in developing countries (one in every four couples) suffer from primary infertility. In Africa, infertility is caused by infections in over 85 per cent of women. The social stigma of childlessness, especially for infertile women, still leads to isolation in many cultures. Inability to have a child or to become pregnant can result in being greatly ostracised, isolated, disinherited or assaulted. This may result in denial access to f
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CONCLUSIONS: Women can be reassured that fertility drugs do not appear to significantly increase the risk of invasive ovarian, endometrial, breast or other cancers, while achieving a pregnancy at an earlier age is a significant protective factor. PMID: 30536354 [PubMed - in process]
Source: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences - Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Tags: Eur Rev Med Pharmacol Sci Source Type: research
Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a complex endocrine condition that represents a lifelong health concern for 1 in 10 women worldwide.1 PCOS is commonly diagnosed by the presence of ovulatory dysfunction, androgen excess, and/or ovaries with polycystic morphology on ultrasound examination.2 Half of patients experience overweight or obesity.3 Most are at increased risk for serious comorbidities, including infertility, pregnancy complications (eg, gestational diabetes mellitus), impaired glucose tolerance, insulin resistance, type 2 diabetes mellitus, cardiovascular disease, gynecological cancers, anxiety, depression, eati...
Source: Journal of the American Dietetic Association - Category: Nutrition Authors: Tags: Research Source Type: research
ConclusionOur study showed that the microfluidic technique does not change fertilization, CPR, and LBR during IVF treatment for couples with unexplained infertility. Despite the fact that the total number of grade 1 embryos after ICSI treatment and the surplus number of grade 1 embryos after embryo transfer were higher in the microfluidic technique group, the study was not powered to detect this difference.Trial registrationNCT02488434
Source: Journal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics - Category: Reproduction Medicine Source Type: research
It can be difficult to treat infertile patients, especially when they have very unrealistic expectations of what medicine can do for them.This is because their feelings range wildly all the way from one end of the pendulum - false hope, to the other end - false despair.False hope is the expectation that I'm going to get pregnant if I do IVF ; or that IVF has a 100% success rate .Patients who do IVF treatment with this false hope will often go to pieces when their cycle fails , because they're not able to build up the courage to try again . Because they had such high (unrealistic) expectations , they cannot deal with the fr...
Source: Dr.Malpani's Blog - Category: Reproduction Medicine Source Type: blogs
The Journal of Mental Health Training, Education and Practice, Ahead of Print. Purpose Coping and communication strategies affect how one perceives potentially stressful life events, such as infertility. Cognitive behavioral interventions (CBI) can reduce the distress related to undergoing in vitro fertilization (IVF). The purpose of this paper is to examine the effect of CBI on the coping and communication skills as well as perceived stress and depressive symptoms of women undergoing IVF treatment. The authors also explored the relationship between coping strategies and pregnancy rates. Design/methodology/approach The aut...
Source: The Journal of Mental Health Training, Education and Practice - Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research
ConclusionsPsA patients do not have more infertility or worse pregnancy outcomes compared to healthy controls.
Source: Clinical Rheumatology - Category: Rheumatology Source Type: research
Publication date: Available online 6 December 2018Source: African Journal of UrologyAuthor(s): M.S. Abdel-Kader, A.M. Hassan, M. AbdelRazekAbstractObjectivesTo compare the results of unilateral and bilateral subinguinal varicocelectomy for patients with primary infertility, including sperm parameters and pregnancy rate.Patients and methodThis a retrospective study including 91 men with primary subfertility with bilateral varicocelectomy. The patients were divided into two groups. Group A (46 patients) were subjected to bilateral varicocelectomy. Group B (45 patients) subjected to left varicocelectomy. Patients with unilate...
Source: African Journal of Urology - Category: Urology & Nephrology Source Type: research
We describe, to our knowledge, the first case worldwide of livebirth following uterine transplantation from a deceased donor in a patient with MRKH syndrome. The results establish proof-of-concept for treating uterine infertility by transplantation from a deceased donor, opening a path to healthy pregnancy for all women with uterine factor infertility, without need of living donors or live donor surgery.FundingFundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de São Paulo and Hospital das Clínicas, University of São Paulo, Brazil.
Source: The Lancet - Category: General Medicine Source Type: research
In my experience, most people dealing with infertility would say that their longing for a child brings sadness year-round. Still, there are times and seasons when the pain intensifies. This may be in spring or early summer when the world is in bloom, winter coats are off and pregnant bellies are out, when greeting card companies and florists ambush airwaves to promote Mother’s Day and Father’s Day. Similarly, the winter holidays present an ever-lengthening stretch during which many women and men who are struggling with infertility feel pummeled. Bookended by Thanksgiving and New Year’s, this has become a ...
Source: Harvard Health Blog - Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tags: Health Infertility Source Type: blogs
A novel transplantation procedure may help more infertile women become pregnant.
Source: NYT Health - Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tags: Uterus Transplants Pregnancy and Childbirth Infertility Lancet, The (Journal) Brazil Source Type: news
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