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Flip side of six-pack abs: dipping sperm count

The Growing observation of young men to build six-pack abs may be making them lose out on something else; their sperm count. “Many young men use steroids to build muscle mass. Steroids are mainly a form of testosterone, which sends a feedback to the pituitary glands.  This leads to a fall in hormones formation which is necessary for sperm synthesis,” says Dr Kaberi Banerjee, IVF and Infertility consultant at Moolchand Medcity.

“Even 2-3 months of steroids use can result in sperm count going down. Sometimes in 3-6 months, the situation can be reversed by discontinuing the use of steroids but in sometimes infertility medication is needed.” She warns.

Dr Shivani Sachdev Gour, IVF and Infertility expert at SCI Healthcare, “In some cases, prolonged use of steroids has lead to infertility, when couples have had to recourse to Assisted Conception techniques.”

According to Dr Sunita Mittal professor and head of the department of obstetrics and gynecology at the All India Institute of Medical …

Test boosts chances of IVF success

A new test that can detect if the eggs produced by a woman are defective may prove to be a boon for wannabe mothers who opt for in-vitro fertlisation (IVF). Till now woman would routinely subject themselves to a series of failed IVF attempts without realizing they carried defective eggs, which would produce abnormal children.

It’s a technique that would have saved 49-year-old Umesh Chandrashekhar and his 42-year-old wife five failed IVF attempts. Three of their IVF tries were in the UK and two in Coimbatore. “We started the procedure in 1990 in Bristol, UK, where I was posted. After coming back to India, we even tried unsuccessfully with donor eggs. I’ve ended up spending Rs 15 lakh on this but to no end,” says Chandrashekhar, a Delhi-based marketing executive.

The couple might have been spared the trouble, expense and heartache of repeated IVF attempts had there been a way to ascertain the viability of eggs. But this new technique now available in the city may change all that. Medic…

“Acne cream harmful during pregnancy”

NEW DELHI: Women careful of their looks should learn to live with acne, at least during pregnancy, as experts say the use of anti-acne creams can lead to miscarriage.

“Acne is a common problem faced by millions of women especially those who are pregnant. But use of anti-acne creams is completely avoidable as it can lead to abnormal babies even if taken one month prior to conceiving,” says Dr Shivani Sachdev Gour, a gyaecologist with SCI Healthcare.

“The cream gets absorbed from the skin, goes into the mother’s bloodstream and passes through placenta into the bloodstream of the foetus,” experts say.

Dr. Gour says studies indicate that use of Sodium Sulfacetamide, Tretinoin, Adapalene, and Azelaic acid in the anti-acne creams can lead to toxicity in the new born, resulting in anaemia, jaundice, and several other physical disorders.