Thursday, September 25, 2008

In utero blood transfusions

I just read this story - incredible. Here is another story about a family in which there was isoimmunization - the mother's antibodies were attacking the fetus' antigens - which put the fetus at risk of severe anemia during the pregnancy. Here too, in-utero blood transfusions (a total of five) were performed and were able to bring to a successful birth at 36 weeks.

I remember once seeing a documentary on tv about surgery performed on an embryo (a story like this one) and the documentary following through until after the birth. What I found to be completely mind blowing was that there were no scars.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Unsung Lullabies - Infertility Giveaway

I'm giving away the copy of Unsung Lullabies that I received from the authors. It has really fabulous reviews on Amazon (see the above link).

To be included in the drawing, link back to this post or to Fertility Stories on your blog or website and leave me a comment.

The winner will be chosen randomly and announced on October 2nd. I'll be happy to ship it to any country.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Male Infertility Q&A

Lately msnbc has been posting interesting articles about infertility.

The one I saw today is questions & answers (answers by Dr. Edmund Sabanegh) about male factor infertility. Most of the answers are brief and at least semi-informative, but his answer to the second question as to whether there is a way to test for infertility in her 14-year-old son conceived with the help of ICSI didn't really answer the question that was asked... Was he recommending that she take her son in to test his y-chromosome for deletions? Or perhaps her husband? And if the problem causing his infertility was a y-chromosome deletion (not that I know what that means) wouldn't it cause the defective sperm not to fertilize the egg?

Another article (also published yesterday) discusses this very issue (fertility of sons of infertile men).

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Beating the odds with Cystic Fibrosis

I read this article on msnbc about a 44-year-old father of twins born despite fertility challenges caused by Cystic Fibrosis. The truth is, I know almost nothing about CF - except that I did genetic testing for it and that one doctor suggested Nomi might have it (she doesn't) and I wasn't aware that it causes infertility in both men and women.

Interestingly, the article talks both about Brad Hildebrandt and about his sister, Debra, who also has CF, is 48 and is a mom to two children.

I hope it gives hope to others with CF who want to become parents.

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Monday, September 01, 2008

Cancer during pregnancy

I found this article about cancer during pregnancy fascinating.

I particularly enjoyed reading that some women feel that it is easier to go through treatments knowing that they are pregnant, that it increases their will to survive...