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Wednesday, January 23, 2008

At-home test aims to give insight into fertility

By Marilyn Kennedy Melia Special to the Tribune
January 22, 2008
Lots of couples want a baby -- someday.Then, when someday finally comes, they want to conceive right now.While some might term such impatience an impudent attempt to control fate, it does have a practical side: It's important to know if you will have trouble getting pregnant as soon as possible. That's because the more time you have during your fertile years to remedy the problem, the better.
The standard advice is that couples who spend 12 months unsuccessfully trying to conceive should see a doctor for fertility screenings; after age 30 they may want to seek help after six months, said Dr. Arthur Haney, a reproductive endocrinologist and chairman of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Chicago Medical Center.Now an at-home test called Fertell aims to provide an early alert to either male or female fertility problems and thereby shorten the wait for professional help.
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