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Women who work shifts are more likely to have reduced fertility levels, new research has revealed. Shift work also increases the chance of menstrual disruption, while night work increases the risk of miscarriage, the study found.
The annual meeting of the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology in London heard that previous research has linked shift work, which causes sleep deprivation and disruption to the body clock, with ill health.
Given that the Progress Educational Trust (PET) has just completed a project on gamete donation I was more than intrigued about this debate, which took place at the European Society for Human Reproduction and Embryology's annual meeting in London.
Despite the slightly odd framing of the question I was looking forward to a really good discussion and getting a wider perspective on gamete donation. One speaker was from Denmark, where donor anonymity is still the norm, and the other from Sweden, where identity release donation was introduced in 1985.
The press has reported the case of a UK woman who has won permission from the HFEA to have her deceased husband’s sperm exported abroad for IVF treatment after his death. You can read more about the story here.
How does UK law work on post-death use of sperm?
Sperm donation is a recognised way of having a child where there isn’t another option. Sperm donation is when sperm is donated by a healthy adult male so single women, lesbian couples and heterosexual couples with fertility problems can have a child. Women usually become pregnant through artificial insemination when using a sperm donation.
Sperm donors fall into two categories: known and anonymous.
Sperm Donor Screening
The increasing amount of sperm donors over the age of 45 years appears to be adversely affecting the clinical pregnancy success rates of women undergoing donor insemination (DI).
The finding was uncovered in research by UWA School of Anatomy, Physiology and Human Biology PhD candidate Su-Ann Koh, who was interested in investigating the effect of paternal age on fertility.
Since the introduction of an open-identity program in WA in December 2004, sperm donors in the 40–45 year age group have been steadily increasing.
Todd Whitehurst was a young grad student at Stanford when he began donating sperm to pay his way through school.
“I went about 3.5 years, two or three times a week,” said Whitehurst, who estimated he’d raked in more than $12,000.
Then six years ago, Whitehurst, 48, married with children and living in Los Gatos, Calif., was contacted by a 14-year-old girl who said she was his daughter and that she had obtained his information from the cryobank he’d visited.
Hypnosis for childbirth has garnered a lot of attention in recent years and even has a celebrity following with the likes of Kate Middleton and Kim Kardashian reportedly using the techniques to make their experiences easier.
If you’re pregnant and worried about giving birth, you might have wondered if the techniques would work for you. Here, find out what hypnosis really is, how it works, and if it can really make labor pain-free.
Fear causes pain
It is noon and I just got Bryce down for his nap after feeding the kids lunch. All of the guests have left, the nanny is on the beach "cruising chicks" and Ben is laying on the couch watching Pokemon. The house is quiet with the exception of Copa, (the 10 week old golden retriever barking at the other dogs). We had a beautiful morning at the beach and the air here at the shore though warm smacks of fall. This is my favorite time of the year and the month we spend coming up every weekend is by far my favorite.
Hillary Clinton visited San Francisco this week to receive the endorsement of it's mayor, Gavin Newson.
Newsom used a separate ocassion - later that day - to discuss his pioneering efforts in the history of gay marriage.
The Mayor was honored by the National Lesbian and Gay Law Association of the American BAR Association.
The San Francisco Sentinel published portions of his speech he gave that evening.