Infertility:

Primary infertility describes couples
who have never been able to become
pregnant after at least 1 year of
unprotected sex (intercourse).

Secondary infertility describes couples
who have been pregnant at least once,
but have not been able to become
pregnant again.

According to the American Pregnancy
Association, six million women a year
deal with infertility.


VITAMIN SUPPLEMENT DHEA HELPS
WOMEN TO GET PREGNANT
A Tel Aviv University study is giving
new hope to women who want to
conceive - in the form of a pill they can
find on their drugstore shelves right
now.

Prof. Adrian Shulman of Tel Aviv
University's Sackler Faculty of
Medicine  has found a statistical
connection between the over-the-
counter vitamin supplement DHEA,
used to counter the effects of aging,
and successful pregnancy rates in
women undergoing treatment for
infertility.

In the first controlled study on the
effects of the supplement, Prof.
Shulman found that women being
treated for infertility who also received
supplements of DHEA were three times
more likely to conceive than women
being treated without the additional
drug. The results were recently
published in AYALA, the journal of the
Israeli Fertility Association.

The researchers conducted a study in
which a control group of women
received treatment for poor ovulation,
and another group received the same
treatment with the addition of the
DHEA supplement. The latter group
took 75mg of the supplement daily for
40 days before starting fertility
treatments, and continued for up to
five months.

Not only were women who combined
infertility treatment with DHEA more
likely to conceive, the researchers
discovered, they were also more likely
to experience a healthy pregnancy and
delivery.


VITRIFICATION FLASH FREEZES A
WOMAN'S EGGS UNTIL SHE IS READY
This  new technology "flash freezes" a
woman's eggs until she's ready to
conceive, and yields significantly
higher pregnancy rates over older
technology. That way a woman can
substantially delay of having a child.
Shady Grove Fertility, the nation's
largest fertility and IVF center, opened
its Center for Fertility Preservation,
offering the most advanced technology
in egg freezing.
Until recently, older egg
cryopreservation techniques were
yielding unpredictable results and
lower pregnancy rates. For this
reason, they have been used primarily
as a last resort for women with medical
complications that compromise their
fertility such as those at risk for
premature menopause or those about
to undergo cancer treatment.
The Center for Fertility Preservation,
along with a handful of other fertility
centers across the U.S., is now able to
offer a new, more successful egg
freezing technique known as
vitrification. Vitrification is a flash
freezing technique which protects eggs
from injury during the freezing and
subsequent thawing process.


DOES  CHEMOTHERAPY AFFECT
PREGNANCY?
Chemotherapy for cancer doesn't
always affect fertility. But it can stop
the ovaries from working for a while, or
possibly permanently.
Ways to keep the fertility:
It is not as easy for women to preserve
their fertility as it is for men, but there
are ways of doing it, such as
  • Freezing embryos
  • Freezing eggs
  • Freezing ovarian tissue
These procedures are done before the
chemotherapy starts and involve
having some eggs collected.
There are two possible problems with
this. Firstly, you can't have this type of
treatment with some types of cancer. If
you have a hormone dependent breast
cancer for example, your specialist
may advise against it.
Secondly, it can take a few weeks to
stimulate your ovaries and collect the
eggs.
The Clearblue® Digital Ovulation One-
Month Supply Kit, with 20 individually
wrapped test sticks, takes the
guesswork out of  getting pregnant
naturally and is most suited to women
with irregular cycles. There’s no
calculating when to start testing
for ovulation – the One-Month
Ovulation Kit tells you the exact day to
begin and ensures you have plenty of
test sticks so you won’t run out or miss
identifying your 2 best days to
conceive.