by expert on call (297 Posts), Sun May 02, 2004 03:47 pm
Preeclampsia deserves its name of the disease of theories. However, while the Ã¢â‚¬Å“dangerous partnerÃ¢â‚¬Â may be a catchy phrase, the theories discussed in the article are not new. The concept that preeclampsia was more likely to occur after multiple gestations when the mother changed partners appeared in the 1970s, and we have been asking multiparas who develop preeclampsia if this baby is from a different partner ever since! Similar, the theory of having sex more often, and with different partners, as to its effect on preeclampsia has been in the literature for years (Gus Dekker, the obstretician in the article even studied the effects of frequent oral sex). The pros and cons of different aspects of these immune, and the development of immune tolerance theories, are too complex to discuss here, nor is the much studied protein (TGF-beta), only to point out the leap in the article from the immune determinants of preeclampsia in humans to reproductive failures in mice.
In essence, the discussions on the Australian web site, are a rehash of old theories plus some new preliminary findings with vague implications, and so far no practical applications.
The moral, In 2004, the only time to worry and investigate oneÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s partnerÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s sperm, is when faced with infertility, and the examinations he and his sperm will undergo has very little to do with preeclampsia.
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