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Control your DNA destiny

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Thursday, March 12, 2009 | 0 comments

Control your DNA destinyYour fertility
Some day, younger women might be able to find out how long they can wait before trying to get pregnant. Researchers at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas have discovered nearly 350 genes related to fertility, which may hold the key to causes of early infertility. “We hope to narrow down the genes with the greatest impact on fertility and test women to find out who carries defective versions; those who do can consider having children earlier,” says study author Diego Castrillon, M.D.

Override your DNA:

If any woman in your family has gone through menopause before age 40, or if you have erratic periods, ask your ob/gyn for a blood workup that includes a follicle-stimulating-hormone test; high FSH levels may indicate your ovaries aren’t functioning normally. Any woman can enhance her fertility by not smoking, limiting alcohol consumption and practicing safer sex. (STDs like chlamydia can damage reproductive organs.)

And if you’ve been trying to get pregnant for a year (six months if you’re older than age 35), ask for a referral to a fertility specialist: About 65 percent of women who seek medical assistance give birth successfully.

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