(Natural News) We’ve known for a long time that a Mediterranean style diet is just as healthy as it is tasty. Now scientists are saying that the famously excellent diet can improve a woman’s chance of conceiving a child through IVF, as reported by a Daily Mail article.The Mediterranean diet (a mouthwatering mix of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, olive oil and fish) is rich in antioxidants. According to a research team from Harokopio University of Athens, high levels of antioxidants can improve the fertility of a woman’s eggs and protect the vulnerable lining of the womb.Furthermore, the diet only has a slight smattering of red meat, which has been found to reduce the chances of pregnancy. Instead, it is rich in whole grains, which can improve the chances that an embryo will develop and survive.Thanks to these healthy bonuses, a woman on a Mediterranean diet can expect a 70 percent success rate when she has an in vitro fertilization (IVF) treatment.“Women … [Read more...] about Increase your chance of success with IVF by 70% with the Mediterranean diet
(Natural News) With all the Frankenstein-like science that we’ve been seeing in recent years, it was only a matter of time before scientists found a way to create babies using three parents. Now, doctors in the UK have been given the green light to create three-parent babies.The country’s fertility regulator is allowing doctors at Newcastle Fertility Centre to create healthy embryos for two women who have a risk of passing on a genetic disease to their children. The identity of the women is protected by patient privacy laws, but they are said to have gene mutations that cause a rare condition called Merff syndrome, which worsens over time and can lead to early death. The procedure will be carried out using fertilized eggs made with standard IVF along with DNA from female donors.These women will undergo a radical IVF procedure known as mitochondrial donation. The procedure entails creating fertilized eggs with IVF, but instead of letting them develop into embryos, the … [Read more...] about Medical monstrosity: Doctors creating “three-parent” babies to be carried to term by female volunteers
A testicular ultrasound is a low-risk procedure that is used to diagnose a range of medical issues, such as testicular torsion, testicular cancer, and epididymitis. This article will look at the uses of testicular ultrasound, what to expect during the procedure, and how to prepare for a scan. An ultrasound is a medical procedure that uses sound waves to create a picture of the inside of the body. The images can help a doctor to diagnose an illness or injury. A testicular ultrasound, also called ultrasound imaging of the scrotum, looks specifically at the testicles. The testicles are part of the male reproductive system. Their primary purpose is to create sperm and hormones. Testicles are contained within a sac called the scrotum. The ultrasound procedure is safe, very low-risk, and non-invasive. The examination takes place entirely outside the body. A testicular ultrasound is used to investigate a range of problems with the scrotum, testicles, or epididymis. A doctor may recommend a … [Read more...] about What happens during a testicular ultrasound?
A bicornuate uterus occurs when a woman has a uterus that is heart-shaped. Hence, the condition is sometimes referred to as "heart-shaped womb." The uterus in the female body is the organ where a fertilized egg grows and develops into a baby. The shape of a woman's uterus can be significant when she is trying to conceive, as well as during her pregnancy. A woman with a bicornuate uterus may find that her baby lies in an irregular position, which can affect childbirth. Some reports have shown that this womb variation does not make a difference when a woman is trying to get pregnant. It is thought that having a heart-shaped uterus does not affect embryo implantation. However, prior research suggests that having a uterine abnormality is more common in women who have not managed to conceive a child. A bicornuate uterus can also increase the risk of a woman having a miscarriage in the later stages of pregnancy, and of her baby being delivered early. These problems are thought to be due to … [Read more...] about What is a bicornuate uterus?
A salpingo-oophorectomy is a surgical procedure to remove the ovaries and fallopian tubes. It may be carried out for a variety of reasons, including treating cancer, endometriosis, or an ectopic pregnancy. In this article, we look at the reasons for a salpingo-oophorectomy, as well as how to prepare for the surgery and ensure a smooth recovery. A salpingo-oophorectomy is a surgical procedure, which involves removing a woman's ovaries and fallopian tubes. A woman can have a bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy, where both ovaries and fallopian tubes are removed, or a unilateral salpingo-oophorectomy, where only one ovary and fallopian tube is removed. A salpingo-oophorectomy can be performed independently or as part of a total hysterectomy where the uterus is also removed. This procedure can be performed in a few different ways. Laparoscopically: A surgeon makes a small incision in the abdomen and inserts a laparoscope, which contains a small camera and light, into the pelvis. These … [Read more...] about Salpingo-oophorectomy: Preparation, side effects, and recovery
Hydrosalpinx is the name for a condition in which a woman's fallopian tube becomes blocked with fluid. There are different causes for this condition and symptoms can vary depending on the individual. Some women do not experience any symptoms, but hydrosalpinx can have a severe impact on fertility. Symptoms of hydrosalpinx include: abdominal and pelvic pain unusual vaginal discharge However, it is possible to have hydrosalpinx and not experience any symptoms. Because hydrosalpinx impacts infertility, many women only discover they have the condition when trying to get pregnant. A doctor can diagnose hydrosalpinx using several methods. These include: A sonohysterosalpingography: This is when saline fluid and sterile air are passed through a woman's cervix and into the uterus. A transvaginal ultrasound is then used to look at the reproductive organs to see if a blockage is present. An ultrasound: This is one way of looking for hydrosalpinx, but is not as effective. One study reported … [Read more...] about Hydrosalpinx: Symptoms, fertility, and treatment
(Natural News) Scientists are being asked to take into consideration a new aspect when it comes to acquiring sexually transmitted diseases (STD), mainly in part because there are now forms of STD that can be transmitted even through oral and anal sex. “ Does active oral sex contribute to female infertility?” This is the question asked by University of Maryland School of Dentistry professor Patrik Bavoil and his colleagues at the University of Maryland in Baltimore . In a study which appeared in the Journal of Infectious Diseases on Nov. 15, 2017, Bavoil and his colleagues presented a compelling argument that can support their hypothesis that Chlamydia trachomatis can go from “principal pathogen to commensal organism/opportunistic pathogen”. Chlamydia is the most commonly reported bacterial genital infectious disease in women in the United States; it can be asymptomatic (producing or showing no … [Read more...] about Careless sex practices may be contributing to female infertility; researchers urge additional testing for Chlamydia
Erections are the product of a healthy bodily function that is useful when a man wants to have sex or masturbate. Sometimes, however, an erection happens when a man does not want one. What are the best ways to stop an unwanted erection? The most obvious way to stop an erection is to ejaculate. This is not always possible or appropriate, so it can be helpful to understand other ways to get rid of one. As erections start in early life, this article also details how parents can talk to their children about erections. Erections start in early life. They are healthy bodily functions that happen several times a day for most men. A 2013 study found that the average erection is 5.6 inches long. In adulthood, erections may happen when a man is sexually aroused or for other reasons. The different types of erection include: Reflexogenic: These occur in response to touch. Psychogenic: These happen in response to sexual thoughts or fantasies. Nocturnal: These happen while a man is asleep. On … [Read more...] about How to get rid of an unwanted erection
(Natural News) A group of scientists from the University of Otago in New Zealand determined how the brain controls fertility, through a landmark study that revealed how the pituitary gland controls the activity of the reproductive organs by sending pulses of hormone.In their study, they found a group of around 2000 kisspeptin neurons in the hypothalamus that synchronize their activity to create the hormonal pulse. This discovery was essential in better understanding and manipulating fertility.“Since the discovery of pulsatile hormone secretion over 40 years ago one of the key challenges in this field has been to understand how the brain actually generates these pulses,” said Allan Herbison, one of the authors of the study.They found that the brain controls fertility by controlling the pituitary gland first, which in turn controls the ovaries in females and testes in males. The brain generates pulses of hormone secretion in the blood about once every hour, … [Read more...] about The brain’s role in fertility: Landmark study discovers how the pituitary gland sends pulses to the reproductive organs
A hysteroscopy is used to diagnose and treat problems of the uterus or womb. The procedure involves a thin, telescope-like camera inserted into the uterus via the vagina. The camera has a light on the end and is called a hysteroscope. A diagnostic hysteroscopy is carried out to investigate abnormal uterine bleeding. Abnormal bleeding is defined as menstrual periods becoming heavier, happening more frequently or lasting longer than usual. Abnormal bleeding can also occur in prepubescent or postmenopausal women, while bleeding between periods is another abnormality. A second type of hysteroscopy called an operative hysteroscopy uses the hysteroscope as a surgical tool. A hysteroscopy cannot be performed when a woman is having a period. It is usually carried out in a hospital or doctor's office and does not require an overnight hospital stay. The goal is to diagnose or treat problems of the uterus or womb. The two types of hysteroscopy are diagnostic and operative. A woman undergoing a … [Read more...] about What you should know about hysteroscopy