Medical Minute 3-22-12

By: Gina Pitisci Email
By: Gina Pitisci Email

March 22, 2012 - A sonogram 20 weeks into pregnancy has been the only way for a pregnant woman to really know a baby's gender. Two Texas moms have now developed a test that gives an answer a lot sooner. According to an expectant mother who tried the first ever over the counter test, she was able to confirm the sex of her baby two months before the sonogram confirmed it. How the test works is a secret, but the idea is much like a pregnancy test. It comes with a siringe that's used to insert the urine into the test and then you swirl the test, set it on a flat surface and in five minutes it's either going to match the orange for girl or green for boy. The Texas "Mom-Preneurs" claim their gender test is about 80-percent accurate, as early as ten weeks into pregnancy.

Also, a study of 99 men attending a U-S fertility clinic found those eating junk food diets had poorer sperm quality. High intakes of Omega-3 fatty acids, found in fish and plant oils, were associated with higher sperm concentration. When compared with those eating the least fat, men with the highest fat intake had a 43% lower sperm count and 38% lower sperm concentration. However, 71% of participants were overweight or obese, which could have had an impact on sperm quality. The study does argue that having a good healthy diet may benefit male fertility as well as being good general health advice. More work is needed to confirm the findings of the researchers report in the journal Human Reproduction.


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