Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Study: Infertility In Women Could Indicate Higher Risk Of Premature Death

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Study: Infertility In Women Could Indicate Higher Risk Of Premature Death

Study: Infertility In Women Could Indicate Higher Risk Of Premature Death


A large study has found that infertile women have 10% higher chance of dying in early age than those able to conceive and are 45% more likely to die from breast cancer.

Experts suggest that having a baby could have a rejuvenating effect on the health of a woman at the annual congress of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) in San Antonio.


Yet it is not sure what links early mortality and infertility, the stark association with breast cancer, plus a 70% increased risk of death from diabetes, points strongly towards hormone-related disorders.

“Associations between infertility and medical disease have been noted in the male population, the relationship between a woman’s fertility and her overall health has not been as robustly examined,” lead researcher Natalie Stentz from University of Pennsylvania in the US was quoted as saying.

“The study highlights the fact that a history of infertility is indeed related to women’s lifelong health and opens potential opportunities for screening or preventative management for infertile women,” Stentz added.

The study showed that more than 78,000 women for 13 years whom reported infertility, a lack of ability to conceive for one year or more.

Even though the occurrence of diabetes was similar in all women, infertile women have an increased risk of death from endocrine-related diseases, including diabetes and breast cancer.

Infertility was not, however, linked to increased rates of ovarian or uterine cancers.


“One of the things we do know is that having a baby at some point in a woman’s life is protective for health,” Stentz said.

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