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October 30, 2012

Semen Triggers Ovulation, New Study Suggests

Filed under: birth control options,conceiving,contraception — Tags: , — nirochabrun @ 3:06 am

The rhythm method has been a way of preventing pregnancy for some time however recent research has discovered it is even less reliable. New research conducted by Gregg Adams and his colleagues confirms that the fluid in semen is not just a vehicle for sperm to travel in; rather, it is also a substance which triggers ovulation in female mammals. Therefore there is a risk that women can become pregnant during the times when they are not ovulating simply because the liquid in semen itself is causing the female body to ovulate.

What is in the fluid that causes ovulation you may ask? It is a protein fundamental to the survival and development of sensory neurons, known as NGF or neural growth factor. Once injected, NGF in the male sperm contacts the brain by traveling through the female bloodstream. When in contact, the brain will initiate the hypothalamus and pituitary glands to release hormones that kick start ovulation.

This is not news for a group of Chinese researchers who had already noticed that there was an ovulation-inducing factor (OIF) found in semen back in 1985. They were simply ignored when they first introduced this hypothesis as it contradicted the commonly held views about the reproductive system at that time. The new study now supports their hypothesis and further research can lead to new fertility treatments for couples that are having difficulty conceiving.

Those avoiding pregnancy should make sure they are using contraceptives. This study provides evidence that NGF, or OIF in semen can activate ovulation in women even when they are not supposed to be ovulating. In other words, you can get pregnant, even when you are not ovulating. As a result, we cannot stress enough how important contraceptive use is for women who do not want to become pregnant. There are many contraception options available that are safe and effective. Speak to your doctor to find out which option is best for you.

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June 21, 2010

Why Do More U.S Teens Support Rhythm Method Birth Control?

Filed under: rhythm method — Tags: , , , , — Amanda @ 7:01 pm

The condom is still the most used form of contraceptive amongst teens – used by 66% of sexually active females and 71% of males – and the pill is the second most common,  however the more risky method of rhythm birth control is becoming increasingly popular in sexually active teenagers between the ages of 15 – 19 (thanks to the iPhone app?).  A recent government survey found that there is an increasing number of teenage girls in the U.S who say they rely on the rhythm method of birth control. The survey also reveals why teen pregnancy rates are no longer dropping.  Young adult attitudes since 2002 have not changed much concerning pregnancy and birth control, but there are some notable differences in the survey released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Rhythm birth control is essentially a way of tracking the period and noting days of ovulation and high conception risk. The idea is not to engage in sexual activity on days of ovulation. However this method is only 25% reliable as ovulation does not always occur according to a set schedule.   About 17 of sexually experienced girls say they have used the rhythm method compared to the 6% back in 2002.  Although they may have also used another form of birth control, it is still a concern considering that a sexually active teen who does not use contraceptives has a 90% chance of becoming pregnant within 12 months.

The survey was based on interviews with 2,800 teens 15 – 19 years old.  About 42% of unmarried teens had had sex at least once in their lifetime, and of those teens, 98% reported using a method of birth control.  Although these findings were the same as a survey in 2002, they do not explain why teen birth rate rose in 2005 – 2007.  The only possible reason must be because of the increase in the use of rhythm method birth control, and a change in teen’s attitudes towards teen pregnancy.  About 64% of teenage boys believe its okay for an unmarried girl to have a baby.  This shows an 50% increase from the statistic in 2002. 70% of girls agreed that it is okay for an unmarried girl to get pregnant compared to the 65% who agreed in 2002.

One possible reason for the more liberal approach to sex and pregnancy amongst teens is that the survey was conducted in the year of several publicized pro- pregnancy incidents including Jaimie Lynn spears’ pregnancy, Sarah Palin’s daughter Bristol’s pregnancy, and the release of the movie “Juno”, where a teen  accidentally becomes pregnant.

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