In the News Round-Up: Egg Freezing

There has been a lot of press regarding the ASRM’s discussion about Human Egg-Freezing. Below is a round-up of what we have found online in the past weeks that are quite helpful:

 

 

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Emotional Stress During Infertility Treatments- New Study

A new study completed in four European countries that had the highest numbers of assisted reproductive treatments solidified what many women undergoing treatments has felt/known for a long time: struggling with trying to conceive places a large amount of emotional stress on the woman.

The study was completed in France, Germany, Italy & Spain, then published in Human Reproduction, Vol. 27, No.4 pg. 1073-1079, titled  Understanding the perceptions of an emotional barriers to infertility treatment: a survey in four European countries.

445 women all between the ages of 18-44 with noted difficulties in trying to conceive were included in the study. Some of the women had treatments (in the last two years), some had not received any form of treatment and the rest were currently undergoing treatments. The researchers studied/analyzed the physical and psychological stress suffered by the participants during ovary stimulation.

Anxiety, depression, low self-esteem and anger are many emotions that women go through while struggling with trying to get pregnant. Many of the patients felt that the crumbling of their relationship with their partner was the biggest cause of stress while undergoing treatments. A large number also felt high levels of anxiety about the impending injections they were about to have.

Not surprisingly, 68% of the participants never felt that they would have problems with trying to get pregnant. Honestly, what woman wants to go into trying to have a baby thinking that it will never happen the natural way, what a way to start an exciting process.

Many of the women also waited at least two years before going to see someone about issues they were having with getting pregnant. Our OB/Gyn recommends visiting a physician after 6 months of trying naturally to alert them that there may be some issues, as well as to have some tests on both the female and male ran. Many physicians will still have the couple continue to try naturally for another 6 months (resulting in a full year of trying to conceive naturally) before referring them for other treatments.

Bottom line of the study: Women struggling with trying to conceive suffer a tremendous amount of stress and other emotions. Having a strong support group may help ease some of those emotions.

To read more about the study: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/10/121003111151.htm?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+sciencedaily%2Fhealth_medicine%2Ffertility+%28ScienceDaily%3A+Health+%26+Medicine+News+–+Fertility%29

You got pregnant how? Old Tales Passed Down

We have all heard them at one point or another in our lives whether it be from a neighbor, doctor or that zany relative on your mother’s side. Those tips or “tales” passed down through generations on how “so and so” got pregnant from touching a statue, having sex during a certain moon phase or by using egg whites. Wives tales were the oral version of storytelling for tips (many uncertified) on certain topics- mainly how to get pregnant or puberty. However they are also used to keep children from doing “bad” things. Every culture seems to have different tips but we all have the end goal of getting pregnant in mind. No matter what you believe, some of these could be a lot of fun! As always, please consult with a physician before trying anything that could be dangerous.

Tales on How to Get Pregnant:

-Stand on your head after sex.

-Do an upside-down bicycle after sex.

-Have sex standing up.

-Have sex during the full moon.

-Throw your under on your roof, retrieve on the night of a new moon. Glamour magazine posted an article this month about 4 Weird Ways to Get Pregnant, the article can be read here: http://www.glamour.com/health-fitness/blogs/vitamin-g/2012/09/4-really-weird-ways-to-get-pre.html. A tribe in Africa’s Congo Region had this tale on how to get pregnant.

– The same article discussed eating blueberry jam straight from the jar.

-Drink grapefruit juice (Popular British tale)

-Having your husband not wear socks in bed while trying to conceive.

-Visit the Ripley’s Believe or Not! Fertility statues: You can read all about the legend here: http://www.ripleys.com/weird/the-legend-of-the-fertility-statues/

-Eat wild yams to conceive twins (Popular African tale-Yoruba Tribe)

Tips on Conceiving Boys:

-Pack your partner’s male region in ice, the theory is that sperm that carry female chromosomes prefer warmer temperatures, while “boy-makers” prefer cold.

-Eat more salt at least three months of pre-conception. For a girl, it is said to eat more sweets.

Tips on Conceiving Girls:

-Put a wooden spoon and a pair of scissors under your bed.

How to tell if it’s a boy or girl after conception:

– Take a ring suspended on a string and dangle it over your pregnant belly. Old wive’s tales say that if the ring swings from side to side it is a little girl, if it circles the belly then it’s a boy!

-Women who have acne during pregnancy are said to be carrying boys.

The best way for trying to conceive is Fertility Awareness. Recently the news was full of articles stating findings that showed women really just do not understand their fertility. In you are new to tracking your ovulation or just trying to understand your fertility the American Pregnancy Association is a great place to start as well.