'Quite amazing': One in 10 babies born to women over 35 are now conceived via IVF; Men who use smartphones at night are damaging their fertility and does having an abortion affect fertility?
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'Quite amazing': One in 10 babies born to women over 35 in Australia and New Zealand are now conceived via IVF.
Men who use smartphone at night are damaging their fertility, study suggests.
Does having an abortion affect fertility?
How far can female fertility be extended?
What fewer people on the planet would mean for the environment.
Scientists from Israel have found that greater exposure to light-emitting devices, such as smartphones, in the evening and after bedtime is linked with poor sperm quality. One in 10 babies born to women over 35 in Australia and New Zealand are now conceived via IVF, with the President of the Fertility Society of Australia suggesting the proportion of IVF children could be even higher in affluent suburbs because parents in those communities tended to be older when they started their families. The CEO of GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare talks to McKinsey about the business impact of COVID-19, the global challenges and possibilities of the next normal and the shifts now underway in patient behavior. Women's health company Emme, which sells a smart case that automatically senses and tracks birth control pill usage, has raised $2.5M. The FDA plans to more meaningfully include the perspective of patients in the medical device regulation process with the release of draft guidance that outlines best practices for collecting such data. A landmark report looked at all the available data on genome editing safety and warns that genome editing is NOT yet ready to be tried safely in humans and should only be used to treat serious single-gene diseases.
From The Clinicians
Modern medicine is already allowing women to have children far later in life than their ancestors, but how far can female fertility really be extended? Andrea Jurisicova, an embryologist at the Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute of Mount Sinai Hospital, has spent years studying the mechanisms that underpin the decline in female fertility with age, and investigating what can be done to slow this. Her research has found that “ovarian reserve is genetically regulated but that a woman’s life experiences – such as stress, exposure to radiation or toxic chemicals – determine egg numbers in later life.” Michelle Fernandes / BBC
Reproductive endocrinologist Dr. Natasha Andreadis warns that exercising too much could affect fertility in young, healthy women. Amanda Shalala / ABC News
Forbes asks does having an abortion affect your fertility? It quotes Dr Jen Gunter, author of the Vagina Bible, as saying: “The data tells us there is no link between abortion and future fertility when abortion is safe. Only abortions that are associated with complications could potentially impact future fertility.” Alice Broster / Forbes
A recent study showed that about 50% of women who were planning to have children before their breast cancer diagnosis were not referred for fertility-preservation counselling. Many patients who do not access fertility preservation ultimately experience deep regret. This CMAJ review provides a summary of the impact of breast cancer treatment on ovarian function, reviews the most common fertility-preservation options available for young patients with breast cancer, and summarizes the evidence supporting the safety of ovarian stimulation and post-treatment pregnancy, as well providing a list of relevant resources for patients and health care providers. Dr. Ellen Warner et al. / CMAJ
This article looks at how the menstrual cycle affects glucose levels. Dr Casey Means / Levels Health
From The Patients
Coronavirus: 'Lockdown made my miscarriage far more traumatic.' Four women tell their stories of miscarriage during the coronavirus pandemic. Vibeke Venema / BBC
How the long-standing myth of Black hyper-fertility, tied to Black sexuality, is harming women to this day. “In Chicago, where IVF treatment is covered by health insurance under Illinois law, Black people make up 32 percent of the population but only 5.3 percent of people seeking IVF.” Edna Bonhomme / Al Jazeera
Fertility Diary: “I’m in my 20s and my partner and I both struggle with fertility.” Refinery 29
Olivia Culpo Reveals Endometriosis Diagnosis and urges others with symptoms to “take it seriously” as it could get in the way of your fertility." Georgia Slater / People
SNL Alum Abby Elliott Expecting First Child with Husband Billy Kennedy After Fertility Struggles. Jen Jeneau / People.
Science & Ethics
Fertility is falling, people are aging, and by the end of the century humans will be shrinking in number on almost every country on Earth, according to a recent study published in the journal Lancet. Far from an overpopulation crisis, demographers are asking where the next generations of young people will come from. Deutsche Welle delves into what fewer people on the planet would mean for the environment, and finds that overconsumption, not overpopulation, drives climate change. Deutsche Welle.
The German Catholic church is voting on key definitions around human sexuality and relationships. One vote that centers on gay people is on whether “fertility is more than the ability to give birth to new life, which is only possible in the sexual union of a woman and a man.” The proposed text states that “even same-sex couples and other couples who cannot give birth to a new life have the potential for a fertile life.” Edward Pentin / National Catholic Register
Highlighting how important it is that mHealth apps take patient data seriously, senators are urging the Federal Trade Commission to look into a fertility app, Premom, that allegedly shared data without users’ consent. Premom’s Android app was found to be collecting a wide range of data from more than half a million users and sharing it with three advertising-focused companies in China. Molly Longman / Refinery 29
Fertility and Sterility publishes the largest outcomes research to date on Cicero Diagnostic’s BCL6 Protein Test for unexplained infertility. Successful pregnancy outcomes reportedly rose to 64% following treatment in BCL6-Positive patients on next IVF transfer. Fertility and Sterility.
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