Cracked Open, book by Miriam Zoll

Liberty, Fertility, and the Pursuit of High-tech Babies

Cracked Open - Liberty, Fertility, and the Pursuit of High-tech Babies, by Miriam Zoll, on Flickr
Cracked Open – Liberty, Fertility, and the Pursuit of High-tech Babies

Cracked Open is Miriam Zoll’s eye-opening account of growing into womanhood with the simultaneous opportunities offered by the women’s movement and new discoveries in reproductive technologies. Influenced by pervasive media and cultural messages suggesting that science had finally eclipsed Mother Nature, Zoll –– like millions of women –– delays motherhood until the age of 40.

When things don’t progress as she had hoped, she and her husband enter a science-fiction world of medical seduction, capitalist conception and bioethical quagmires. Desperate to conceive, they turn to unproven treatments and procedures only to learn that the odds of becoming parents through reproductive medicine are far less than they and their generation had been led to believe.

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My name is Grace. I’ve been reading the personal stories on this site since last year, and when my partner Cara and I started IUI treatments with donor sperm 10 months ago, I thought I’d be writing in to share the news of my pregnancy. Sadly, the story that I am sharing is a different one. ”

Continue reading Losing our baby: The pain of a miscarriage
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Continue reading Learning the hard way that science has not outsmarted mother nature
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Children born after In Vitro Fertilization at 33% higher Risk of Cancer

Fertility treatment and childhood cancer risk: a systematic meta-analysis

IVF Babies May Be at Higher Cancer RiskChildren born after in vitro fertilization (IVF) or other fertility treatments appear to be at modestly elevated risk of cancer, although causality still isn’t clear, a meta-analysis showed. ”

DES Info commented:  IVF is now very common and given the history with DES, there appears to be a linkage for cancer in this population. Research needed!

Read IVF Babies May Be at Higher Cancer Risk
by Crystal Phend, MedPage Today.

Abstract

Objective
To clarify the association between fertility treatment and the risk for cancer in children.

Patient(s)
Twenty-five cohort and case-control studies involving children born after fertility treatment as the exposure of interest and cancer as the outcome.

Main Outcome Measure(s)
Medline was searched through September 2012 to identify relevant studies. The study-specific estimates for each cancer outcome were combined into a pooled relative risk (RR) with 95% confidence interval (CI) by a meta-analytic approach.

Result(s)
We found that children born after fertility treatment were at increased risk for all cancers (RR = 1.33; 95% CI, 1.08–1.63) and for hematological cancers (RR = 1.59; 95% CI, 1.32–1.91), central nervous system/neural cancers (RR = 1.88; 95% CI, 1.02–3.46), and other solid cancers (RR = 2.19; 95% CI, 1.26–3.80). For specific cancer types, we found increased risks for leukemias (RR = 1.65; 95% CI, 1.35–2.01), neuroblastomas (RR = 4.04; 95% CI, 1.24–13.18), and retinoblastomas (RR = 1.62; 95% CI, 1.12–2.35) associated with fertility treatment.

Conclusion(s)
The results of the largest meta-analysis on this topic to date indicate an association between fertility treatment and cancer in offspring. However, our results do not rule out that factors related to underlying subfertility, rather than the procedure itself, are the most important predisposing factors for childhood cancer.

Sources Fertility treatment and childhood cancer risk:
a systematic meta-analysis
, American Society for Reproductive Medicine, 2013.

IVF on Steroids: the Dangerous Off-Label use of ‘Dex’ during Pregnancy

It also sounded too close to the history of DES (diethylstilbestrol)

IVF on Steroids: The Dangerous Off-Label Use of 'Dex' During Pregnancy

Fertility clinics across the U.S. are prescribing a medication with a seriously concerning safety profile and no proven benefits

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Read IVF on Steroids: The Dangerous Off-Label Use of ‘Dex’ During Pregnancy
theatlantic, JAN 16, 2013.

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In Vitro Fertilization does not increase Women’s Risks of Breast and Gynecological Cancers

IVF does not boost cancer risk, study finds

IVF does not boost cancer risk, study finds

DES Action USA commented:
 This study will be reassuring for those who’ve undergone IVF. But it’s difficult to rest completely reassured knowing all the hormones used in fertility treatments.
Not clear whether DES exposure changes the equation any
.

Read IVF does not boost cancer risk, study finds

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