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  • Sumanta 8:27 AM on July 17, 2013 Permalink |
    Tags: , In vitro fertilisation, Infertility, Mental retardation, ,   

    Artificial fertilization methods can cause mental retardation 

    Today’s discussion is about, if artificial methods of fertilization used in infertile couples have any detrimental effects on the newborns. Interestingly small amount of increased risk of mental retardation is feared of to occur in the newborn, although risk of autism were almost excluded. The specific cause of such decreased mental capabilities are yet to unfold but proposed hypothesis is the need of traditional methods of at least 2 embryos implantation in utero, during the in vitro fertilization (IVF). More than one embryo implantation increases the risk of developing multiples like twins or triplets and this increased the chance of preterm or low birth weight problems. And these are already blamed for affecting mental functions sometimes. Henceforth, one embryo implantation instead might be a better solution.

    Some also suspect ICSI i.e. intracytoplasmic sperm injection (where a sperm is injected inside the cytoplasm of the egg), during this procedure, method of natural selection can’t take place since the sperm is chosen by humans rather than nature, which may not be the healthiest sperm. Whereas in IVF generally sperms are allowed to compete in a dish in lab to fertilize the ovum and mimic the natural process that takes place in internal reproductive organs of women.

    Intracytoplasmic sperm injection can be used t...

    Intracytoplasmic sperm injection

    For all your health concerns please be guided by your healthcare provider.  Please cross check informations from other sources too. Reference: http://jama.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=1707721

  • Sumanta 4:02 PM on April 21, 2013 Permalink |
    Tags: Clomiphene, , , , Infertility, , Semen analysis, , ,   

    Vitamin E and sperms 

    Vitamin E is a well-known fat soluble vitamin for its antioxidant actions. Few food products rich in vitamin E are: sunflower oil, safflower oil, almonds, mangoes,avocados etc. Studies have shown that vitamin E if taken along with certain antiestrogenic drugs (like clomiphene ) can increase sperm count and sperm motility.

    Low sperm count is called oligospermia (generally less than 15 million sperms per ml) and decreased sperm motility is called asthenospermia. Oligospermia isn’t an uncommon cause of oligospermia.

    Clomiphene is an anti-estrogenic drug used for treatment of infertility. Clomiphene is used in women to induce ovulation as a part of infertility treatment in women. Although people are concerned about risk of various infertility drugs a recent study showed no association between infertility drugs and ovarian cancer.


    You may share your opinions below in the comments section. Please cross check information from other sources too. For all your health concerns please be guided by your healthcare provider.References:1,2,3,4

    • James 11:10 AM on February 4, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      We use sunflower oil for cooking and i love eating almonds, good to know that both of these are rich in vitamin E, now feeling relieved from having vitamin E deficiency.


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