How to Get Pregnant: Fertility Tips for Women and Men

December 16, 2011 by  
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I just found this health related video on YouTube … and thought you might enjoy it!

Click to go to for more information on how to select your baby gender using the most natural ways possible. Conceive a baby boy or a baby girl, its really your choice, and your family planning starts today.

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Women’s Health: Ovarian Disease : Polycystic Ovary Syndrome & Fertility

March 27, 2011 by  
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I just found this health related video on YouTube … and thought you might enjoy it!

Polycystic ovary syndrome affects fertility because there is usually an absence of consistent ovulation, making it much more difficult to get pregnant. Explore the options of conceiving with this disease withinformation from a board-certified obstetrician and gynecologist in this free video on women’s health. Expert: Dr. Josh Vogel Contact: Bio: Dr. Joshua Vogel has been a board-certified obstetrician and gynecologist for more than 13 years. Filmmaker: Reel Media LLC

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Ovary removal and cancer risk: weigh your options

September 1, 2009 by  
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chanceWhat a bummer! Many women undergo oophorectomy in order to prevent the development of cancer, a procedure which comes with a heavy price – losing the ability to reproduce. Now comes the next blow: while the risk for ovarian cancer is drastically reduced with the procedure, the risk for lung cancer is greatly increased.

Oophorectomy is a surgical procedure that removes a woman’s ovaries. The procedure is performed to treat problems with the ovaries but it is already performed as proxylactic intervention in connection with cervical and breast cancers.

According to information from the Mayo Clinic:

Women with BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene mutations have a significantly increased risk of developing breast cancer and ovarian cancer. Several options are available for reducing the risk of cancer in these women. One option is preventive (prophylactic) oophorectomy, the surgical removal of the ovaries. Although removing your ovaries is usually performed to reduce the risk of ovarian cancer, oophorectomy can also reduce the risk of breast cancer.

During a hysterectomy (removal of the uterus) due to cervical cancer, it is also a common practice to remove the ovaries to reduce the risk of ovarian cancer. Some studies have questioned the necessity of this, considering the repercussions, namely

  • Loss of reproductive potential
  • Premature menopausal
  • Hormonal problems

A recent study by esearchers at the University of Montreal indicates another effect of removal of the ovaries – increased risk for lung cancer.

The researchers looked at 422 women with lung cancer and 577 men and women without lung cancer and collected data on

  • socio-demographic characteristics
  • residential history
  • occupational exposures
  • medical history
  • smoking history
  • menstrual history
  • pregnancy history

The study results revealed that women who went through non-natural menopause have almost double the risk of developing lung cancer compared to women who experienced natural menopause.

 In particular, women who have had non-natural menopausal as a consequence of surgical removal of ovaries are at an increased risk. The median age of those who went through normal menopause was 50 years; those who went through it non-naturally, either by surgery or as result of radiation or chemotherapy was 34 years. It wasn’t clear whether the study distinguished between oophorectomy that was absolutely necessary and prophylactic oophorectomy.

According to Dr. Jack Siemiatycki a professor at the Université de Montréal’s Department of Social and Preventive Medicine and a scientist at the Research Centre of the Centre Hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal

“Non-natural menopause, particularly surgical menopause, may represent an increased risk with younger age at menopause given that surgery is usually done before natural menopause occurs. It’s possible that vulnerability to lung cancer is caused by early and sudden decrease in estrogen levels or potentially long-term use of hormone replacement therapy and further research is needed to explore these hypotheses.”

Many health experts believe that women should very carefully the think about the decision to have the ovaries removed unless there is a very strong medical reason for it. Weigh your pros and cons carefully!

Saving the fertility of female cancer patients

July 20, 2009 by  
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It is just like hitting someone where she is already down. A woman is diagnosed with cancer, and cervixin order to fight the disease and survive, she has to sacrifice her fertility.

Chemotherapy and radiation therapy save the lives of women suffering from ovarian and cervical cancers. However, at a great cost – losing their fertility and their ability to reproduce.

Preserving fertility in male cancer patients is much easier. Sperms can be collected in large amounts and cryopreserved (deep frozen) for future use. It is more complicated in women because there is usually only one mature egg produced a month. Fertility treatment can increase the egg numbers but may have some detrimental effects on an already failing health as well as delay cancer treatments.

Researchers from Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine may just have come up with a novel technique to save female cancer patients’ fertility better. The researchers removed follicles containing immature egg cells directly from the ovaries and cultured to maturity in the lab. Mature eggs are then ready to be fertilized. But why hasn’t this ever done before? Well, ovarian follicles are very fragile and delicate and culturing them to maturity outside the ovary is very difficult and tricky. But it seems that these researchers managed to do this for the first time and the resulting eggs are healthy.

According to Teresa Woodruff, chief of fertility preservation at the Feinberg School and a member of the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University

 “By being able to take an immature ovarian follicle and grow it to produce a good quality egg, we’re closer to that holy grail, which is to get an egg directly from ovarian tissue that can be fertilized for a cancer patient.”

There are other new techniques to preserve fertility during cancer treatment. One is by freezing part of or a whole ovary and reimplanting the tissue back after treatment. However, this comes with the limitation that the ovary cells themselves may contain cancer cells that will eventually spread in the body again.

The NU researchers have already managed to carry the technique to completion in mice. The egg follicles were mature in vitro, fertilized and re-implanted back into the mother to produce healthy offsprings. It is just a matter of time till they successfully perform the complete process in human females.

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