We Need to Study Infertility

by Jennifer Lahl, CBC President on July 25, 2008

If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a thousand times! And today, on the eve of the 30th anniversary of Louise Brown, the first test tube baby, I’ll say it again. We need to start studying and better understanding infertility. Once we were able to make life in the lab, we stopped studying and treating infertility. If you were having trouble getting pregnant, off to the IVF doctor you go to start mixing up a baby in the lab.

Two new studies presented at the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE) conference in Barcelona had this to say about male infertility.

Obesity in men has a negative effect on sperm volume and quality. Men with a higher BMI showed lower sperm volume and more abnormal sperm.

And another study found that men with Type-1 Diabetes had sperm with “genetic abnormalities in their sperm of sufficient severity to reduce its ability to fertilise an egg.”

Some experts in the UK are saying we should deny expensive fertility treatments to the obese.

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