As we approach the 5th decade of the use of in vitro fertilization technology for the treatment of infertility as well as the 4th decade of the use of this technology for the prevention of serious genetic diseases in offspring, we continue to face new scientific frontiers fraught with ethical challenges. One of the latest issues under serious discussion is whether or not we should attempt to manipulate intra-cellular DNA in human eggs.
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Your best friend may say to you "Relax and you'll get pregnant faster". This frequently noted advice is the research topic of a recent publication in the journal Human Reproduction by the investigative group LIFE Study.
The LIFE (Longitudinal Investigation of Fertility and the Environment) Study is a project designed to examine the relationship between ubiquitous environmental chemicals, lifestyle, and human fecundity and fertility. The study comprises of 501 couples recruited prior to attempting pregnancy, who were followed while attempting to become pregnant for up to 12 months of trying. Of the 501 couples recruited, 401 completed the study, and were followed as they tried to conceive. All women were between the ages of 18 to 40, were married or partnered, had stopped contraceptives for only up to 2 months and had a male partner at least 18 years old.
Infertility profoundly affects how we view ourselves and often comes as an extremely painful shock. Everyone navigating this path may cope differently- some by crying, some by stoicism, some by praying, some by talking with others who have experienced the same pain, some by buying another book on infertility. Some will be able to stay optimistic and others will protect their hearts by predicting failure. There is no right or wrong way.
PFC's Dr. Isabelle Ryan was chosen as San Francisco Medical Society (SFMS) Featured Member of the Month for May 2014!
Learn more about Dr. Ryan in her SFMS profile, such as why she loves being a fertility specialist, her favorite restaurant in San Francisco, what she might be if she wasn't a physician, and more. You can read her full profile here.
PFC's Dr. Eldon Schriock, a longtime advocate of fertility services for the LGBTQ community, was interviewed for The Bay Area Reporter's story, "Hopeful moms see fertility options." The story focuses on family building for lesbian women and the LGBTQ community.
Read the full story here.