Tuesday November 19, 2019

Treatment with Uterine Fibroids helps restoring Fertility in Women

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According to a study, women can restore their fertility by simply undergoing a minimal invasive treatment with uterine fibroids. VOA
  • Women can restore their fertility by simply undergoing a minimal invasive treatment with uterine fibroids (UFE)
  • UFE can be performed in patients with a prior myomectomy or In Vitro Fertilization (IVF)
  • “In our study there are now almost 200 newborns following UFE,” Dr. Pisco said

USA, June 13: If you wish to enter the motherhood and are pregnant with a thought of bearing a child but infertility creates hurdles for you, then here is a study which will prove a boon to you.

According to a study, women can restore their fertility by simply undergoing a minimal invasive treatment with uterine fibroids. These smooth muscle tumors of the uterus are majorly responsible for infertility in women consequently creating bottlenecks and complications in the pregnancy.

The study suggests a treatment through ‘Uterine fibroid embolization’ (UFE). It involves an injection of an embolic agent which is basically prepared by tiny beads. This injection makes its way into the uterine arteries and cuts away the blood supply to the fibroids and uterus. When the blood supply is blocked, fibroids begin fading away by contracting and shrinking. As a result uterus begins to prosper again.

Removing these fibroids through surgery or myomectomy is also an option to revive fertility in women. But as per stated by study co-author Joao Martins Pisco, with myomectomy comes other complications such as hysterectomy.

“Our findings show that UFE is a fertility-restoring procedure in women with uterine fibroids, who wish to conceive and pregnancy following UFE appears to be safe with low morbidity,” Dr. Pisco said.

ANI news reported: “UFE can be performed in patients with a prior myomectomy or In Vitro Fertilization (IVF)”.

A test was conducted on 359 women who were not capable of conceiving due to the uterine fibroids. They underwent the UFE treatment. It was seen as a result that out of 359 women, 149 (41.5%) were able to bear children one or more than one time in the span of almost six years.  It is also important to note that 131 women give birth to about 150 babies in total. What excites more is the fact that it was for the first time for more than 85 percent of the women to enter their motherhood.

It has been further informed that the procedure was successful in 79 percent of the cases and in removing fibroid-related symptoms. However, there were complications too accounting to approximately 14.6 percent for partial UFE and 23.1 for conventional UFE.

“In our study there are now almost 200 newborns following UFE,” Dr. Pisco said.

– prepared by Himanshi Goyal of Newsgram, Twitter: @himanshi1104

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Impaired Liver Function During Pregnancy Leads To Obese Kids

Impaired liver function during pregnancy increases the risks of obesity in kids

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Impaired liver function during pregnancy may increase the risk of obesity in children. PIxabay

Impaired liver function during pregnancy may alter gut bacteria composition and increase the risk of obesity in children, according to a new study.

In a rodent of model of the most common liver disease in pregnancy, the composition of gut bacteria in offspring was altered and liver function impaired, particularly when they were fed a Western-style, high-fat diet.

“These findings further suggest that health during pregnancy can have long-term effects on children. In this case they suggest that gut microbiome alterations, may increase the risk of obesity in children, when fed a western style, high-fat diet, ” said study researcher Caroline Ovadia from King’s College London.

The most common liver disease in pregnancy, intrahepatic cholestasis (ICP), reduces the release of digestive fluid bile from the liver causing bile acids to build up in the blood, impairing liver function. This causes severe itching in the mother and increases risks of stillbirth and preterm birth for the baby.

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In a rodent of model of the most common liver disease in pregnancy, the composition of gut bacteria in offspring was altered and liver function impaired. Pixabay

Previous studies suggest that children of women with ICP are more likely to develop childhood obesity.

For the findings, the research team investigated how gut microbiota are affected in the offspring of a mouse model of ICP.

The results reported that the offspring had a different gut microbiome composition and liver function, particularly when fed a high-fat diet, which could contribute to impaired metabolism and increase risk of obesity.

The results suggest that mice born to mothers with ICP, or other liver diseases, may benefit from maintaining a healthy diet and should avoid fatty foods.

These findings also suggest that targeting microbiome composition with treatment strategies in pregnant women, such as using pre-biotics or pro-biotics, could help prevent the risk of child obesity.

Also Read- Parents With Only Child More Likely To Tackle Obese Kids

“Understanding changes in composition of the gut microbiome and their effects may provide new ways of diagnosing patients at particular risk of obesity before it occurs. We could then develop personalised medicine and target appropriate treatments to alter gut bacteria accordingly,” Ovadia added.

The study was presented at The Society for Endocrinology Annual Conference in the UK. (IANS)