This week, we saw two wrongful birth cases with two entirely different rulings. I'm a fertility doctor that wants to educate, empower and help patients every single day. The reason for talking about these cases is so I can help patients learn what they can do to protect themselves from similar situations. The first case is one in which a family with a known genetic issue had a procedure done to test their pregnancy while pregnant called a CVS procedure. The results returned normal but the genetic testing company wasn't given information that a parent was a carrier of an unbalanced translocation. As a result of the lack of information, the wrong results were reported. They were told the pregnancy was normal when it wasn't. How can you make sure you don't have an issue like this if you have similar testing done? 1. Talk to a geneticist. A geneticist will handhold your case every step of the way. I'm sure that very important protocols were put into place as a result of this case so that cases like this don't happen in the future. 2. Double check and keep a paper record of all your medical records and blood...
Study summarized today in the Daily Mail showed that men who smoked pot more than once per week had lower sperm counts and if they used other recreational drugs, the sperm count dropped even more. To read the details of the study, click here.
I hope that one day, I'll be able to tell my patients who have run out of eggs, "Wait, there's a cure." For now, I scour the medical literature for everything and anything that could possibly make a difference. While this study is in the mouse model, their findings may suggest that shift work and social jet lag (where the sleep/work schedule does not coincide with the sleep/wake cycle dictated by the circadian clock) affects ovarian reserve and manipulating it can reverse ovarian aging.
If having a triple heart bypass at 21 years of age doesn't make you exceptional, not sure what does! This is a story of perseverance out of the UK. They have a gestational carrier pregnant now at 20 weeks of pregnancy. Read their story here.