The menopause moment; Causes of early miscarriage; And PCOS links to acne

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Here’s what we’re covering in today’s newsletter:

  • How PCOS impacts acne

  • Early miscarriage causes and symptoms

  • Pregnant during the pandemic: the bump that no-one saw

  • Impact of COVID-19 on male fertility is confirmed

  • Fertility planning and self-care: a special Galentine’s event

What’s New:

It’s official: menopause is having a moment.

As a vast, global and underserved market, there’s been a recent explosion of products, services and investment aimed at the peri-menopause and menopause life stages. These include telehealth services (like Gennev and Elektra Health), data startups (like, wearables (such as Pebl, which has developed a stone-shaped cooling device, Grace - a cooling wristband designed to help menopausal women moderate their temperature at night, and Moona - which sells thermoregulating pillows) as well as a large and growing range of digital startups, social media communities (like @thewomen_hood) and informational platforms.

Scotland’s leader Nicola Sturgeon even sent a taboo-smashing Tweet highlighting one of them:

The Financial Times then featured an interview with the founders of the platform, Gen M, which styles itself as “Google for the menopause.” With everything from Alzheimer’s risk to multiple sclerosis implicated in management of hormone balance over this life stage, researchers are welcoming the spotlight finally shining on what has been called the “last taboo.”

From The Experts

  • Why has egg freezing demand surged during lockdown? ELANZA’s Catherine Hendy and Dr. Geeta Nargund from CREATE Fertility talk to BBC Radio 2’s Jeremy Vine. ELANZA Wellness

  • What is a chemical pregnancy? Early miscarriage symptoms and causes. Dr. Juliet McGrattan / NetDoctor

  • Coronavirus vaccine: What should you do if pregnant or breastfeeding? Clare Wilson / New Scientist

  • PCOS & acne — what you need to know by dermatologists. Blake Newby / The Zoe Report

  • “Paris Hilton’s IVF controversy adds to shame and stigma of fertility treatments. Don't pile on. I know how hard her road is going to be — no matter her motives.” Amy Klein / NBC

From The Patients

  • Pregnant during the pandemic: the bump that no one saw. “Finding meaning for life’s milestones—in my case growing a child—can seem bizarre in COVID isolation.” Katie Weeman / Scientific American

  • Emily Ratajkowski on the loneliness of pregnancy and why she dislikes the phrase: “We're Pregnant.” Katie O’Malley / Elle

  • Chrissy Teigen has marked her late son Jack's due date hours before she undergoes endometriosis surgery. “My little jack would have been born this week so I’m a bit off, [sic] I truly feel kicks in my belly, but it’s not phantom. I have surgery for endometriosis tomorrow … but the period feeling this month is exactly like baby kicks. Sigh.” Ata Owaji Victor / Elle

  • BBC News

  • Why perceptions of the coronavirus vaccine are split among fertility patients. Alice Broster / Forbes

Science & Ethics

  • The impact of SARS-CoV-2 on male reproduction has been confirmed in preliminary studies, says a review published in the journal Reproduction. COVID-19 infection may result in a drastic reduction of fertility in males through inflammation and destruction of the testes. Yu Tian and Li-quan Zhou / Reproduction

  • The Lancet has published a series of expert guidelines and recommendations for fertility preservation in childhood, adolescent, and young adult cancer patients, and for ongoing communication and ethical considerations. The Lancet

  • A study shows that most of Canada’s employers don’t offer fertility benefits. And the ones that do offer less than $3,500. Cision

Upcoming Online Events

Click the register button to secure your spot at these free Zoom webinars with experts…

What It’s Like to Use Your Frozen Eggs

Friday 5 February, 11am PT / 2pm ET / 7pm GMT

Despite the boom in elective egg freezing, due to its recency only a relatively small percentage of people who have frozen eggs have actually gone back to try to use them to become pregnant. Agnes Fischer is one them. Join us to hear her story.


Fertility Care & Self Love ~ with Kindbody

Wednesday 10 February, 3pm PT / 6pm ET

Join the ELANZA founders and a host of fertility and wellness experts in this Galentine’s event by Kindbody, which explores how leaning into your reproductive health and exploring preventive steps can be the ultimate act of self care.


Engineering Your Family Building Years

Friday 19 February, 11am PT / 2pm ET / 7pm GMT

We hear from a software-engineer-turned-coach about how to apply tried and tested change methodologies to concept-model your life, and help you design a plan to optimally work through all stages.


Past Events

Couldn’t make it to a previous event? Don’t worry! Find recaps and recordings below.

Essential Advice From a Fertility Doctor Who Had IVF

Dr. Diana Chavkin has helped thousands of individuals and couples through fertility treatment. Now, she shares what she learned when she found herself on the other side of the desk as a patient facing her own IVF journey.

Listen Now

What to Expect From Each Stage of Egg Freezing

Dr. Aimee Eyzavvadeh, a top California fertility doctor, explains what you need to know about the process from start to finish.

Recap Event

How Much Should Egg Freezing Cost?

Patient advocate and multi-time freezer Valerie Landis shares her expert insights on costs and savings around egg freezing treatment.

Recap Event

Thought for the day

“In a very real sense we have two minds, one that thinks and one that feels.”

-Daniel Goleman, author ‘Emotional Intelligence’

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