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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Women's Health:Longevity hormone is lower in stressed, depressed women ♦ Hormone fluctuations disrupt sleep of perimenopausal women ♦ IVF in women over 38: The doctor's dilemma

Longevity hormone is lower in stressed, depressed women Women under chronic stress have significantly lower levels of klotho, a hormone that regulates aging and enhances cognition, researchers have found in a study comparing mothers of children on the autism spectrum to low-stress controls.
Hormone fluctuations disrupt sleep of perimenopausal women Women in the early phases of menopause are more likely to have trouble sleeping during certain points in the menstrual cycle, according to a new study. During perimenopause -- the earliest stage of the menopausal transition -- women may have irregular menstrual cycles due to the body's fluctuating hormone levels. Symptoms such as sleep disturbances and hot flashes typically begin three to five years prior to the onset of menopause
Rate of ectopic pregnancy following IVF has almost halved in past 12 years The risk of ectopic pregnancy following fertility treatment with assisted reproduction (ART) is small but significantly higher than found in natural conceptions. Now, a nationwide population-based analysis of all ART pregnancies achieved in the UK between 2000 and 2012 has found that the rate of ectopic pregnancy following IVF and ICSI progressively decreased throughout these 12 years, almost halving from an overall rate of 20 to 12 cases per thousand.
IVF in women over 38: The doctor's dilemma It is a biological fact that female fertility declines with age -- in assisted conception as in natural. Indeed, findings from a 12-year study showed that in her own one clinic cumulative live birth rates following IVF declined from 23.6 percent in women aged 38-39 years to 1.3 percent in those aged 44 and over.

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