Low fat dairy may increase risk of ovulation problems

Dairy foods and ovulation Lactose is the main carbohydrate in milk and other dairy foods. In the intestine, lactose is broken down into two sugars, glucose and galactose, which are further broken down and used by the body. The ability to breakdown these sugars is an important factor in normal ovarian development. for example, women…

Uterine artery embolization and fertility

In January 2003, the Food and Drug Administration approved the use of miniature acrylic copolymer beads to be used for treating symptomatic uterine fibroids. This procedure is known as uterine artery embolization or UAE. The uterine artery embolization procedure entails inserting a catheter through the femoral artery and into the uterine artery, where the beads…

PCOS depression

Depression in PCOS patients may be due to obesity A total of 35% of those with polycystic ovary syndrome also had depression in a recent study of 206 women. The study compared a total of 103 PCOS patients with 103 controls. PCOS was diagnosed by the criteria established by the Rotterdam conference in 2003.

Fertility Drugs and Ovarian Cancer

Study fails to find link between fertility drugs and ovarian cancer This information was updated on 12/20/2004 A study performed by the National Cancer Institute studied over 12,000 women at five fertility clinics. These women received infertility treatment between 1965 and 1988. About 2/3 of them did not use fertility medications and about 1/3 did….

FSH 3D Structure

Three dimensional structure of FSH is detailed – could lead to new drug forms Last published /updated 1/22/2005 Whenever you see a publication in the journal Nature, expect something big and important. This is no exception. Wayne A. Hendrickson and his colleague Qing Fan of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) have created detailed images…

Could Leptin be the next fertility medication?

Could Leptin be the next fertility medication? Leptin is a hormone produced in adipose tissue (fat cells). It has been the subject of much study in recent years. Leptin was first discovered in 1994. It is primarily thought of as an appetite and weight regulation hormone. However, leptin also functions to signal the brain and…

Indiana legislature rules in favor of lesbian couples using donor insemination

Indiana legislature rules in favor of lesbian couples using donor insemination Last published / updated on 02/04/2005 In a landmark decision, the Indiana Court of Appeals has ruled that lesbian partners who agree to conceive a child through artificial insemination are both the legal parents of any children born to them. In a unanimous ruling,…

Varicocele treatment

Medical Varicocele Treatment Last updated / published 4/15/2005 Varicocele and infertility Varicocele is a finding in men where enlarged or dilated veins occur in the blood vessels of the scrotum. Normally the scrotal veins have valves that regulate the blood flow. However, in some cases, the valves are absent or defective and the blood does…