|By PR Newswire||
|February 13, 2014 07:03 AM EST||
LONDON, February 13, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --
Sperm meet egg
Pressure to make Valentine's Day all about sex and passion can feel daunting for the 3.5 million people in the UK who may face difficulty conceiving. Office of National Statistics figures confirm that 1 in 5 women in England and Wales are childless at what's considered to be the end of childbearing years - age 45, with the average age of women giving birth now nearly 30. However, when it comes to fertility, age matters; both women and men are at their most fertile in their early twenties.
"Over recent years, establishing a career, getting on the housing ladder and ensuring financial stability are up there on the public's to-do list ahead of starting a family. There are so many fertility myths out there that need to be addressed but what is important for couples to consider is that the chances of becoming pregnant do dwindle with age," said Raj Rohilla, Pharmacist at Battersea Pharmacy and owner of a chain of family focused pharmacies in the UK.
With a range of societal factors delaying women having children, fertility support is becoming an increasingly important part of conception for all couples trying to get pregnant.
This February 14th, SASMAR - the fertility, family planning and female health specialists - looks to debunk common fertility myths; clarifying the do's and don'ts when trying to get pregnant.
- Myth #1: It's easy for most women to get pregnant
The truth: While many fall pregnant without difficulty, one-in-six couples in the UK may face issues conceiving. Fertility support can be crucial in preparing the body for conception.
- Myth #2: Vaginal secretions usually indicate an infection
The truth: Vaginal secretions are natural and healthy. What's known as 'cervical mucus' plays a fundamental role in the process of conception by nourishing and protecting sperm as it travels through the female reproductive tract to meet the egg. Around 75% of couples experience vaginal dryness when trying for a baby. Moreover, of the 70%, most do not consider it to be a problem - this despite the body's conditions not being optimal for conception. For these couples, a scientifically tested fertility lubricant may be worth considering to ease and enhance the comfort of sexual activity, supplement the body's natural lubrication and help couples on the path to conceiving naturally.
- Myth #3: Sperm can only live up to three days
The truth: Actually, sperm can survive up to seven days in a woman's reproductive tract. It is crucial that a couple trying to conceive select a fertility lubricant designed and scientifically proven to be compatible with sperm, eggs, the process of fertilisation and embryo development to help keep sperm viable for the journey.
- Myth #4: A woman can get pregnant only one day per cycle
The truth: In most women, ovulation usually happens 10-16 days before the start of her next period. An egg lives for about 12-24 hours after being released. Sperm can survive in a woman's body for several days after sex. If a woman wants to get pregnant, having sex every couple of days will mean there are always sperm waiting in the fallopian tubes to meet the egg when it's released., A fertility lubricant with calcium and magnesium ions can mimic natural fertile cervical liquid and semen to create a conception-friendly environment.
- Myth #5: You get pregnant by having intercourse in almost any position
The truth: While there are no scientific studies on the best sexual positions for baby-making, the missionary (man-on-top) position is typically considered optimal for conception. Some suggest that placing a pillow under the hips and keeping legs raised after sex may enhance the sperms' ability to swim upstream.
For trying-to-conceive couples, a scientifically tested fertility lubricant may be worth considering. It is critical that couples trying to conceive select a personal lubricant scientifically proven for this purpose as clinical studies have found that several popular personal lubricants lower the chances of conception.,, However, others, such as Conceive Plus® Fertility Lubricant, can help trying-to-conceive couples increase their chances of getting pregnant.
Designed specifically for trying-to-conceive couples, Conceive Plus is the only fertility lubricant that contains calcium and magnesium ions, which are naturally present in our bodies and essential for the process of fertilisation.Scientifically proven, the gentle formulation of Conceive Plus mimics fertile cervical liquid and semen to create a conception-friendly environment. It does not impair sperm motility or viability, nor does it harm sperm chromatin (DNA) or act as a barrier. The formulation does not harm the fertilisation process and is compatible with embryo development.
"70% of couples experience vaginal dryness when trying for a baby which can be overcome with the use of personal lubrication gels. It is important that the fertility lubricant used is scientifically tested and shown not to harm sperm DNA, such as Conceive Plus, which is isotonic and formulated to meet a pH range compatible with human sperm survival and migration. Conceive Plus can therefore be used by all couples trying-to-conceive, increasing their chances of getting pregnant," explained Raj Rohilla.
When women are not trying to get pregnant, this product is also compatible with natural rubber latex and polyurethane condoms.
About Conceive Plus: The scientifically proven fertility lubricant
Conceive Plus is the only fertility lubricant cleared by the FDA as gamete, fertilisation and embryo compatible. It is formulated to be isotonic and meet a pH range compatible with human sperm survival and migration.
Designed specifically for trying-to-conceive couples, Conceive Plus is intended to ease and enhance the comfort of intimate sexual activity, supplement the body's natural lubrication and help couples on the path to getting pregnant naturally.
- FDA cleared for couples trying to conceive. Only personal lubricant cleared as gamete, oocyte (egg), fertilisation and embryo compatible
- Safe for sperm, egg and embryos
- pH balanced and isotonic to mimic fertile fluids
- Contains calcium & magnesium ions essential for fertilisation process. Conceive Plus is a patent pending formulation based on this
- Published data demonstrating sperm safety. Conceive Plus does not harm sperm motility or viability nor sperm chromatin (DNA)
Conceive Plus is uniquely available in both a multi-use tube and a pre-filled applicator.
Conceive Plus is available via all Lloyds pharmacies, fertility product websites, online pharmacies and amazon.co.uk (visit 'where to buy' page on http://www.conceiveplus.com).
SASMAR is a pharmaceutical company focused on the categories of fertility, family planning and female health. Founded in 2005, the company is a major manufacturer of personal lubricant and supplier to international governmental organizations in HIV/AIDS prevention and awareness programs in third world and developing countries.
The founding purpose of SASMAR in 2005 was to provide high quality personal care products that benefited the lives of consumers in Australia and since then the company has grown its product portfolio and international distribution in a very short period. Headquartered in Brussels, Belgium, the group has operations based in Sydney, London, Hong Kong and Chicago and has a presence in more than sixty countries through a network of distribution partners.
- NHS Choices. (2012) Infertility. Available from: http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/Infertility/pages/introduction.aspx Last accessed: February 2014
- Office for National Statistics (2013). Around one fifth of women are childless at age 45. Available from: http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/rel/fertility-analysis/cohort-fertility--england-and-wales/2012/sty-cohert-fertility.html Last accessed: February 2014
- Office for National Statistics. (2013) Statistical bulletin: Live births in England and Wales by Characteristics of Mother 1, 2012. Available from: http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/rel/vsob1/characteristics-of-Mother-1--england-and-wales/2012/sb-characteristics-of-mother-1--2012.html?format=print Last accessed: February 2014
- NHS Choices. (2012) Protect your fertility. Available from: http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/Fertility/Pages/Protectyourfertility.aspx Last accessed: February 2014
- NHS Choices. (2013) Infertility - causes. Available from: http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/infertility/pages/causes.aspx Last accessed: February 2014
- Ellington, J., Daugherty, S (2003) Fertility and Sterility. Prevalence of vaginal dryness in trying-to-conceive couples. Available from: http://www.fertstert.org/article/S0015-0282%2803%2900127-4/abstract?source=aemf Last accessed: February 2014
- NHS Choices. (2013) Getting Pregnant. Available from: http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/pages/getting-pregnant.aspx Last accessed: February 2014
- NHS Choices. (2012) When can I get pregnant? Available from: http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/menstrualcycle/Pages/WhencanIgetpregnant.aspx Last accessed: February 2014
- Sandhu, R., Wong, T. (2013) Fertility and Sterility. In vitro effects of coital lubricants and synthetic and natural oils on sperm motility. Available from: http://www.fertstert.org/article/S0015-0282(13)03456-0/abstract Last accessed: February 2014
- Anderson, L. Lewis, S. et al. (1998). Human Reproduction. The effects of coital lubricants on sperm motility in vitro. Vol 13, p3351-3356
- Kutteh, W. Chao, CH. et al. (1996) International Journal of Fertility. Vaginal lubricants for the infertile couple: effect on sperm activity. 41 (4), p400-404
- Conceive Plus. Data on file.
For more information, please contact:
The basic integration architecture, as defined by ESBs, hasn’t changed for more than a decade. Most cloud integration providers still rely on an ESB architecture and their proprietary connectors. As a result, enterprise integration projects suffer from constraints of availability and reliability of these connectors that are not re-usable across other integration vendors. However, the rapid adoption of APIs and almost ubiquitous availability of APIs amongst most SaaS and Cloud applications are ra...
Jul. 2, 2015 03:18 PM EDT
Agile, which started in the development organization, has gradually expanded into other areas downstream - namely IT and Operations. Teams – then teams of teams – have streamlined processes, improved feedback loops and driven a much faster pace into IT departments which have had profound effects on the entire organization. In his session at DevOps Summit, Anders Wallgren, Chief Technology Officer of Electric Cloud, will discuss how DevOps and Continuous Delivery have emerged to help connect dev...
Jul. 2, 2015 03:00 PM EDT Reads: 946
"What Dyn is able to do with our Internet performance and our Internet intelligence is give companies visibility into what is actually going on in that cloud," noted Corey Hamilton, Product Marketing Manager at Dyn, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 16th Cloud Expo, held June 9-11, 2015, at the Javits Center in New York City.
Jul. 2, 2015 02:52 PM EDT Reads: 168
The Internet of Things is not only adding billions of sensors and billions of terabytes to the Internet. It is also forcing a fundamental change in the way we envision Information Technology. For the first time, more data is being created by devices at the edge of the Internet rather than from centralized systems. What does this mean for today's IT professional? In this Power Panel at @ThingsExpo, moderated by Conference Chair Roger Strukhoff, panelists addressed this very serious issue of pro...
Jul. 2, 2015 02:30 PM EDT Reads: 1,136
Manufacturing has widely adopted standardized and automated processes to create designs, build them, and maintain them through their life cycle. However, many modern manufacturing systems go beyond mechanized workflows to introduce empowered workers, flexible collaboration, and rapid iteration. Such behaviors also characterize open source software development and are at the heart of DevOps culture, processes, and tooling.
Jul. 2, 2015 02:15 PM EDT Reads: 723
Internet of Things is moving from being a hype to a reality. Experts estimate that internet connected cars will grow to 152 million, while over 100 million internet connected wireless light bulbs and lamps will be operational by 2020. These and many other intriguing statistics highlight the importance of Internet powered devices and how market penetration is going to multiply many times over in the next few years.
Jul. 2, 2015 02:15 PM EDT Reads: 2,181
Today air travel is a minefield of delays, hassles and customer disappointment. Airlines struggle to revitalize the experience. GE and M2Mi will demonstrate practical examples of how IoT solutions are helping airlines bring back personalization, reduce trip time and improve reliability. In their session at @ThingsExpo, Shyam Varan Nath, Principal Architect with GE, and Dr. Sarah Cooper, M2Mi’s VP Business Development and Engineering, will explore the IoT cloud-based platform technologies drivi...
Jul. 2, 2015 02:00 PM EDT Reads: 1,020
Containers have changed the mind of IT in DevOps. They enable developers to work with dev, test, stage and production environments identically. Containers provide the right abstraction for microservices and many cloud platforms have integrated them into deployment pipelines. DevOps and Containers together help companies to achieve their business goals faster and more effectively. In his session at DevOps Summit, Ruslan Synytsky, CEO and Co-founder of Jelastic, reviewed the current landscape of...
Jul. 2, 2015 01:45 PM EDT Reads: 2,271
Live Webinar with 451 Research Analyst Peter Christy. Join us on Wednesday July 22, 2015, at 10 am PT / 1 pm ET In a world where users are on the Internet and the applications are in the cloud, how do you maintain your historic SLA with your users? Peter Christy, Research Director, Networks at 451 Research, will discuss this new network paradigm, one in which there is no LAN and no WAN, and discuss what users and network administrators gain and give up when migrating to the agile world of clo...
Jul. 2, 2015 01:36 PM EDT Reads: 388
SYS-CON Events announced today that JFrog, maker of Artifactory, the popular Binary Repository Manager, will exhibit at SYS-CON's @DevOpsSummit Silicon Valley, which will take place on November 3–5, 2015, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Based in California, Israel and France, founded by longtime field-experts, JFrog, creator of Artifactory and Bintray, has provided the market with the first Binary Repository solution and a software distribution social platform.
Jul. 2, 2015 01:00 PM EDT Reads: 1,202
"We got started as search consultants. On the services side of the business we have help organizations save time and save money when they hit issues that everyone more or less hits when their data grows," noted Otis Gospodnetić, Founder of Sematext, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at @DevOpsSummit, held June 9-11, 2015, at the Javits Center in New York City.
Jul. 2, 2015 01:00 PM EDT Reads: 1,032
Internet of Things (IoT) will be a hybrid ecosystem of diverse devices and sensors collaborating with operational and enterprise systems to create the next big application. In their session at @ThingsExpo, Bramh Gupta, founder and CEO of robomq.io, and Fred Yatzeck, principal architect leading product development at robomq.io, discussed how choosing the right middleware and integration strategy from the get-go will enable IoT solution developers to adapt and grow with the industry, while at th...
Jul. 2, 2015 12:00 PM EDT Reads: 2,011
Containers are revolutionizing the way we deploy and maintain our infrastructures, but monitoring and troubleshooting in a containerized environment can still be painful and impractical. Understanding even basic resource usage is difficult – let alone tracking network connections or malicious activity. In his session at DevOps Summit, Gianluca Borello, Sr. Software Engineer at Sysdig, will cover the current state of the art for container monitoring and visibility, including pros / cons and liv...
Jul. 2, 2015 11:50 AM EDT Reads: 406
The last decade was about virtual machines, but the next one is about containers. Containers enable a service to run on any host at any time. Traditional tools are starting to show cracks because they were not designed for this level of application portability. Now is the time to look at new ways to deploy and manage applications at scale. In his session at @DevOpsSummit, Brian “Redbeard” Harrington, a principal architect at CoreOS, will examine how CoreOS helps teams run in production. Attende...
Jul. 2, 2015 11:17 AM EDT Reads: 408
"We have a tagline - "Power in the API Economy." What that means is everything that is built in applications and connected applications is done through APIs," explained Roberto Medrano, Executive Vice President at Akana, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 16th Cloud Expo, held June 9-11, 2015, at the Javits Center in New York City.
Jul. 2, 2015 11:15 AM EDT Reads: 1,029