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24 Pregnancy Tips – The Pregnant Woman’s Unborn Baby’s Health Guide

November 25, 2011 by  
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www.GetPregnantGuaranteed.com This miracle book is written by Chinese medicine researchers, alternative health and nutrition specialist, health consultant, and former infertility sufferer Lisa Olson. This miracle book is just about the most thorough, complete, and accurate manual to infertility freedom you’ll possibly ever know. This is the best selling infertility cure book online. This pregnancy miracle guide helped thousands of infertile women to get pregnant fast. A mother gets endless joy and happiness with her child but there are some women also who cannot feel this joy and happiness. There are many reasons for not becoming pregnant. Many women try to avoid pregnancy for several years and they think when the time will come to have child, it will be so easy. Here is a sad truth. If you try to avoid pregnancy for a long time, it can create many problems in conceiving. Using contraceptive pills and other birth control methods for several years may hamper your pregnancy and it may make you infertile. Infertility means not able to get pregnant or not able to conceive your own child. This pregnancy miracle is precisely designed for this reason. The author of this guide Lisa Olson designed this book to help women get pregnant naturally and they can also experience the joy of becoming mother of a healthy baby. http This pregnancy miracle helped countless women of just about every age and they have totally solved their all type of infertility problems and they got pregnant

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How to Get Pregnant: Fertility Tips for Women and Men

June 15, 2011 by  
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www.PregnancyMiracles.us Deciding to get pregnant and starting your own family is really very exciting. It requires a lot of attention, care and emotions. Giving birth of a child is a very natural process. Some women get pregnant very easily without any difficult. In today’s generation there are huge quantities of that couples who are struggling to become parents for a long time. Some women try to get pregnant but not able to do so. There are many reasons behind why she cannot give birth of her own child? So, here is a product that will really help you in getting pregnant in just within 60 to 90 days. This pregnancy miracle teaches you step by step program to get pregnant fast when you are suffering from the any reason of not conceiving. Pregnancy miracle will help you in some cases such as www.PregnancyMiracles.us Age over 40 Endometriosis, Tubal obstruction or Ovarian cysts Diagnosed with high level of FSH PCOS for years Ovarian Cysts Or ‘Lazy Ovaries’ Or Acyclic Ovaries (An ovulation) A History of Miscarriages – again this is failure of correct implantation Uterine Fibroids or Uterus Scarring – these can interfere with the implantation process Undergone years of conventional infertility treatment without success So, above you have learned how this miracle book helps you in these types of problems and makes you get pregnant in just within 2 months. This miracle book is written by Chinese medicine researchers, alternative health and nutrition specialist, health

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How to Get Pregnant: Fertility Tips for Women and Men

May 26, 2011 by  
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www.GetPregnantGuaranteed.com Deciding to get pregnant and starting your own family is really very exciting. It requires a lot of attention, care and emotions. Giving birth of a child is a very natural process. Some women get pregnant very easily without any difficult. In today’s generation there are huge quantities of that couples who are struggling to become parents for a long time. Some women try to get pregnant but not able to do so. There are many reasons behind why she cannot give birth of her own child? So, here is a product that will really help you in getting pregnant in just within 60 to 90 days. This pregnancy miracle teaches you step by step program to get pregnant fast when you are suffering from the any reason of not conceiving. Pregnancy miracle will help you in some cases such as:- • Age over 40 • Endometriosis, Tubal obstruction or Ovarian cysts • Diagnosed with high level of FSH • PCOS for years • Ovarian Cysts Or ‘Lazy Ovaries’ Or Acyclic Ovaries (An ovulation) • A History of Miscarriages – again this is failure of correct implantation • Uterine Fibroids or Uterus Scarring – these can interfere with the implantation process • Undergone years of conventional infertility treatment without success www.GetPregnantGuaranteed.com So, above you have learned how this miracle book helps you in these types of problems and makes you get pregnant in just within 2 months. This miracle book is written by Chinese medicine researchers, alternative health and nutrition

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Bel Air, MD Chiropractic Health Tip of The Day

April 30, 2011 by  
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Baba Ramdev – Yoga To Increase Sperm Count In Men – English – Yoga Health Fitness

April 30, 2011 by  
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Watch Baba Ramdev – Yoga To Increase Sperm Count In Men – English – Yoga Health Fitness. This video is designed to help childless couples. Infertility is a problem that is on the rise and needs to be dealt with significance. Yoga techniques help you to redirect your attention to focus on yourself, your movement and your breathing. All of these elements merge to help you mitigate stress, feel more in tune with your body and facilitate to restore and balance out your body’s systems. This is exactly why many infertile couples have found yoga to be helpful for them. Click on www.rajshri.com to watch more Baba Ramdev Yoga videos and bring fitness and spirituality into your lives.

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BPA linked to male sexual dysfunction and infertility

June 1, 2010 by  
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BPA aka bisphenol A is in the headlines again but this time it has nothing to do with baby bottles and formulas. It is more about where babies come from – male fertility.

The research institute Kaiser Permanente reports that increased BPA levels in the urine of men can mean decreased sexual function that would desire, erectile dysfunction, and lower semen strength.

Why aren’t we surprised? Because BPA is quite known to be a human endocrine disrupter that creates havoc with hormones – a gender bender chemical, you might say.

The Kaiser Permanente researchers conducted a 5-year study of 427 factory workers in China. One group of workers employed as packagers, technical supervisors, laboratory technicians and maintenance workers in manufacturing facilities where BPA is used as an ingredient, the other group did not. The results showed significantly higher levels of BPA in BPA manufacturing facilities and these levels are correlated to sexual dysfunction.

According to study lead author Dr. De-Kun Li, a reproductive and perinatal epidemiologist at Kaiser Permanente’s Division of Research in Oakland, Calif.

“Because the BPA levels in this study were very high, more research needs to be done to see how low a level of BPA exposure may have effects on our reproductive system. This study raises the question: Is there a safe level for BPA exposure, and what is that level? More studies like this, which examine the effect of BPA on humans, are critically needed to help establish prevention strategies and regulatory policies.”

Although this has been previously observed in animal studies, this is supposedly the first study in humans to link BPA levels in the urine with sexual dysfunction

The levels measured were 50 times higher than what were measured in men in the general US population, indicating very high exposure. However, there is evidence that the endocrine disruption even occurs at low levels of long-term exposure.

Dr. Li continues to explain:

“This is the first human study to show that high urine BPA is associated with lower male sexual function. Also, even among men exposed to BPA from only environmental sources (no occupational exposure and with average BPA level lower than the average observed in the American population), there were indications of an increased risk of sexual dysfunction.”

Although BPA is slowly being phased out in the manufacturing of plastics for food packaging, it is still being used in the manufacture of non-food related plastics. Workers in these factories are exposed to high amounts of this chemical each day.

The male infertility-cancer link

March 30, 2010 by  
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Talk about hitting a man when he is already down. A recent research studyreports that male infertility in younger years may be an indication for increased likelihood of having aggressive prostate cancer later in life. The study looked at 22,562 male patients checked for infertility from 1967 to 1998. The data, which were include in 15 California infertility clinics were crosslinked to data in the California Cancer Registry.  Statistical analysis of the data showed that those who had been diagnosed to have the male factor infertility have the highest risk for high-grade prostate cancer, with a 2.6 times higher likelihood compared to those without the factor.

The authors concluded:

Men with male factor infertility were found to have an increased risk of subsequently developing high-grade prostate cancer. Male infertility may be an early and identifiable risk factor for the development of clinically significant prostate cancer.

The results were published in the journal Cancer. The study was conducted by American researchers from different research institutes, led by a team at the University of California at San Francisco (UCSF).

This is not the first study to link male infertility to male-specific cancer. Previous studies have reported that infertile males have higher risk for testicular cancer than those who have normal fertility. And many experts believe there is a strong genetic factor involve.

According to study author and fertility specialist Dr. Paul Turek, who founded the Turek Clinic in San Francisco:

“Over all, this leads me to think that a common genetic defect, or a defect in an important genetic pathway, may underlie all three and possibly even more conditions in life. The infertility is just the first ’sign’ of the problem. Maybe, infertility is the ‘ultimate’ medical disease of a species and reflects larger issues down the line that are serious enough to have God or Darwin say ‘no more reproduction’ to that individual.”

The infertility-cancer link has some consequences on in vitro fertilization (IVF). Are infertile fathers going through the IVF procedure passing on the infertility and cancer factor to their offsprings? Are there any other health risks related to infertility? Would this line of research eventually lead to the popular use of preimplantation genetic screening?

Home test kit for male infertility

January 21, 2010 by  
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About 15% of couples are childless and about 50% of these cases may be due to male infertility, according to Urology web. Yet, this is a fact that is difficult for men to accept. In many cultures, male infertility is taboo and can be taken as synonymous to impotence.

Many men suffering from infertility are in denial; many are resistant to the idea of consulting a fertility expert. In many cases, women get to be blames for the childlessness.

This latest innovation from Taiwanese researchers, the so-called male fertility home test kit may just be the perfect way to clarify issues surrounding male infertility. The kit basically measures the efficiency (i.e. motility) of sperm cells and gives a numerical value to the sperms’ ability to reach an egg.

The kit presents a lot of advantages, namely:

  • Men can learn about their fertility in the privacy of their own home. They do not need to go through the embarrassment of consulting a health professional.
  • Because infertility can be caused by unhealthy lifestyles, men can consider going through lifestyles changes and monitor the effects of these changes in their sperm quality. According to Dr. Andrew Wo, head of the National Taiwan University research team that carried out the study:

“Infertility is often caused by lifestyle, such as stress  or tobacco use. So if people change their lifestyles, they will be able to use the kit to monitor their progress.”

There are similar products on the market but they are basically for performing sperm counts. This kit is supposedly the first home kit to test for sperm motility.

In the laboratory, male fertility is evaluated through semen analysis and fertility problems may occur if semen quality is poor. Semen is regarded as abnormal if any of the following is present (Source. Urology Web):

With a combination of home kits that count sperms and assess sperm quality, we might just have the first do-it-yourself semen analysis.

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Lab-made sperms to help understand infertility

January 7, 2010 by  
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Lab-made sperms? Sounds like something out of a science fiction movie but it is not as impossible as you think. In fact, we are almost there.

In 2009, two groups of scientists claimed that they could create sperms in the lab. Other reports have misleadingly used the term “artificial” sperms but there was actually nothing artificial about those sperms. They were human sperms, alright.

Sperms and eggs are collectively called gametes, cells which have only one copy of chromosomes instead of the usual two, thus specially designed for reproduction, e.g. for DNA recombination. Gametes are derived from special cells called germ cells. The transformation of germ cells into eggs and sperm is a long and complicated process which can only take place in the human reproductive organs. However, scientists report that they may finally be able to simulate the processes involved in the lab, including meiosis, a complicated type of cell division that enables the division of the chromosome number into half.

I hereby describe the two studies that supposedly produced lab-made sperms.

Study # 1:

In July 2009, scientists from the University of Newcastle reported that they were able to create human sperms in the lab for the first time. Using human embryos left over from IVF procedures, the scientists were able to grow stem cells. The stem cells were induced to become germ cells, the precursors of gametes.

The stem cells were brought to body temperature and put in a chemical mixture to encourage them to grow. They were “tagged” with a genetic marker which enabled the scientists to identify and separate so-called “germline” stem cells from which eggs and sperm are developed.

The male, XY stem cells underwent the crucial process of “meiosis” – halving the number of chromosomes. The process over creating and developing the sperm took four to six weeks

The resulting gametes were mature sperms which were healthy and motile. The results were published in the journal Stem Cells and Development. Unfortunately, the paper was later retracted amidst accusations of plagiarism.

Study # 2:

In October 2009, researcher at Stanford University claimed they’ve done it as well. They, too, managed to turn embryonic stem cells into germ lines, and then on to produce spermatids or immature sperms. The fact that the results were published in the journal Nature gave these claims more credibility than the previous one.

According to study author Dr. Renee Riejo Pera

“Germ cells in humans normally develop between day 12 after fertilization through the first trimester. That is a place we can’t look. We can’t see because obviously it is in utero.”  

But with their new technique, they can.

“[Now] We are really trying to look at the origins of normal and abnormal human development by going to the source.”

There are people who are horrified by these new developments. There are also those who are jubilant.

What  are the objections to these new developments?

The ethical issues. This is, first and foremost, interfering with nature and playing good, some people would say.

The cost. Some people would question the amount of money spent on such a venture. After all, there are more than enough naturally made sperms in sperm banks the world over.

How can we put these new discoveries to use?

Understanding the causes of infertility, especially in men. A large number of infertility problems is due to sperm insufficiency. Environmental factors have been linked to low sperm count and poor sperm motility, thus infertility. In simulating the process of sperm production, scientists may find out what are the causes behind infertility and how important is the role of the environment.

Treating genetic diseases. Some genetic defects are passed on from father to child. In understanding the mechanism behind the transmission of these defects from one generation to the other, we might be closer to finding the cure for them.

Understanding human development. By going back right to the very beginning when gametes are formed, we are seeing a clearer picture of how human life really starts.

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Helping cancer patients retain their fertility

December 8, 2009 by  
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laboratory2Cancer treatments sometimes come with a price – infertility and inability to have children. This is especially hard on women.

While men have the option to have their sperms frozen before starting chemo and radiation therapy or undergoing radical surgery, this doesn’t work for women for a number of reasons.

  • Cryopreservation of female eggs did not really produce successful results. Human eggs do not fare well during the freezing and thawing process.
  • Women usually produce only one mature egg at a time, once every menstrual cycle. While more eggs can be artificially induced to mature, as what is done in IVF, this process can be detrimental to the cancer patient’s health. In addition, the patient might not have the luxury to wait for the eggs to mature before treatment is initiated.

A new research funded by the National Institutes for Health (NIH) may just give female cancer patients some hope.  Researchers at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine looked into the possibility of maturing and preserving eggs outside the body. As a first step, the researchers were already able to maintain human follicles, which are little sacs containing immature eggs, in the laboratory for 30 days. Furthermore, they were able to grown these cells to near maturity.

There are still two steps to finish before women can fully benefit from the technique. The second step is to induce the cells to undergo “meiosis”, a process wherein half of the genetic material is shed off in a cell called polar body while the other half is retained within the mature egg, ready for fertilization.

The process of meiosis has been already initiated in the lab by researchers at Stanford using stem cells, producing sperm-like cells. More work needs to be done before this technique can be applied to produce mature eggs but wheels are in motion. The Stanford study was also funded by NIH.

The third and final step is still to figure out how to cryopreserve mature eggs without causing damage. This is currently the focus of many research studies.

Currently, the most common method to help women preserve their child bearing potential is still to fertilize the eggs and cryopreserve the resulting embryos. However, this presents problems for women who do not have partners or whose partners are not willing to provide the sperms for fertilization.

Also in development is a technique which entails freezing part of or a whole ovary which can again later be implanted when the woman is ready for reproduction. However, this doesn’t work for those with ovarian cancer. There is also the danger that undetected cancer cells may be present in the ovarian tissue and that by introducing the said tissue later, new cancer cells are introduced back into the body.

According to Dr. Duane Alexander, M.D., director of NIH’s Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD):

“The new technique could provide an option for women and girls who have cancer and are not yet ready to start families. An additional benefit is that it will allow researchers to more closely follow the process by which immature eggs grow and mature. In turn, these observations may lead to new advances for treating other forms of infertility.”

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