Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Really? Just 2%?

This article by Kathryn Roethel in the San Francisco Chronicle surprised me. It claims that of the 7.2 million couples with clinical infertility, less than 2% go for in vitro fertilization. My jaw dropped. Really? So what do the other 98% do? I'm guessing some are successful with clomid or IUI. Some give up. Some adopt, perhaps. But, really. That's going to leave quite a large number of couples yearning for a baby for many, many years.

But that's not actually the point of the article. The point was to introduce a new test developed by researchers from Stanford University that uses more than 50 parameters to estimate the chances of success for a couple who's had at least one IVF cycle. Its goal is to help couples know whether they should keep trying or move on to other options. The test isn't available yet, but they're expecting it to be available sometime in 2011.

Sounds promising.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

So let me rephrase this...

Still on the topic of adoption... If you ever considered adoption, what were your concerns? Would you have / did you go ahead with it? If not, why not? If you did, what things surprised you most?

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Dee update: All's well. Now at about 11 weeks :-) They've even picked out a name (if it's a boy).

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Also coming soon: Medical research reveals that lycopene improves male fertility in men who have a concentration of >5 million cells/ml. I first heard about this in 2000 or 2001 and have been recommending it to people as "something worth trying". It's nice to see that the research has shown its effects to be statistically significant.