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Monday, 11 August 2008

Common fertility treatments given to thousands of couples do nothing to boost their chances of getting pregnant, according to a recent study.

Common fertility treatments 'do not aid conception'
Article in the Telegraph


"Giving couples a popular fertility drug or a common form of insemination are no more effective than encouraging them to 'keep trying', researchers said.

Both treatments are officially recommended as one of the first courses of action for couples having trouble conceiving.

They are designed to improve fertility rates either by stimulating egg production in the ovaries or by injecting sperm directly into the womb.

But the study suggests that both have little or no effect on conception rates.

More than 21,000 couples a year receive the drug, called Clomifene citrate, which has cost the NHS around £1 million over the last five years.

The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority, which regulates fertility treatment in Britain, does not collect information on how many couples receive unstimulated intrauterine insemination (IUI) but experts believe there are thousands of the treatments carried out every year, at a cost of around £300 per cycle."

Sounds as though it would be a good idea to discontinue these treatments. -This would save raising false hopes, save people's time, save money...

A drug-free, cost-free way to improve fertility is to avoid salt and salty food. This also benefits health in many ways.

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