Sunday, August 23, 2009

PCOS, Acupuncture, Surrogacy & Donor Gamete Babies

In this article published by NewsMax (which my dad sent me), they discuss a recent study performed by Elisabet Stener Victorin at the Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg, Sweden. In it, they studied women diagnosed as having polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS).

During the study, one group of women with polycystic ovary syndrome received acupuncture regularly for four months. They received a type of acupuncture known as “electro acupuncture”, in which the needles are stimulated with a weak low frequency electric current, similar to that developed during muscular work. A second group of women were provided with heart rate monitors and instructed to exercise at least three times a week. A control group was informed about the importance of exercise and a healthy diet, but was given no other specific instructions.

The results showed more normal menstruation and significantly lower testosterone levels in the group who received acupuncture.

My mom sent me this article (yeah, sounds like I no longer have to do any of my own research) about children born via surrogacy, egg donation and sperm donation. Polly Casey from the Centre for Family Research at Britain's Cambridge University studied nearly 200 families – 128 with children born using assisted reproduction of one of the types mentioned above and 70 conceived without ART. She found that “the family types did not differ in the overall quality of the relationship between mothers and their children and fathers and their children”.

The article also discusses parents’ intentions as to revealing donor and surrogacy issues to their children and what they actually chose to do by the time the children were seven years old.


Sara said...

Very interesting (both studies).

I did a bunch of research on donor-conceived children recently, and found several more studies that said the same thing. They seem to do just as well in every measure of happiness as children conceived without the use of donor gametes. Of course it will be interesting to see what happens in adulthood. Many donor-conceived adults report unhappiness with their origins, but it is quite possible that most donor-conceived adults have no issues with their origins, and therefore don't talk about it much. I hope that somebody manages to do a quantitative study one of these days, but it will be tricky.

Female Fertility said...

Really Informative and Interesting Article....

I appreciate !

Unknown said...

Hi,interesting research.Just wanted to share my thoughts about acupuncture.Although several possible effects of acupuncture on the female reproductive system have been reported by various workers, one should not regard acupuncture as a cure for infertility. The true approach should focus on optimizing a patient's entire system and to improve overall health. As a result, fertility may be greatly enhanced. Within the modern medical approach to fertility, there still exists a fair amount of controversy and disagreement among the reproductive specialists. However, there are two factors that every specialist agrees upon. First, when the woman is younger, the in vitro fertilization (IVF) success rate is significantly higher. Second, when the woman is healthier, the success rate of IVF is also increased. Thus, acupuncture can be used to improve one's overall health status, thereby positively enhancing the chance of pregnancy.

Michelle said...

Has anyone heard else had breakouts and acne because of PCOS? I have had acne all over my chest and back for years, and didn’t know it was related to my PCOS. I just found this great article about it. Just thought I would pass this along!

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