Bacteria Linked To Infertility In Women

Wednesday, November 16, 2011 14:38
Posted in category Women's Health

Women with urinary tract infections caused by the organism Urea urealyticum appear to have a threefold higher incidence of infertility compared with women who have not had the bacterial infection, according to a report from a meeting in Barcelona, Spain.

At the Fourth International Conference on the Macrolides, Azalides, Streptogramins, and Ketolides in Barcelona, Dr. R.D. DeLollis of Harvard University, Boston, Massachusetts, reported that he and his colleagues found that mothers of children found to harbor the bacteria reported a high incidence of difficulty conceiving. The investigators were in the process of studying the incidence of wheezing in young children with U. urealyticum infections.

The Harvard team performed urine cultures on 33 mothers of 34 children in the wheezing study. Thirty-one of the 33 women (94%) had a positive urine culture for U. urealyticum. The researchers then conducted detailed reproductive histories on all 33 mothers of the infected children, in 74 mothers of wheezing children who did not have Urea urealyticum infections, and in 38 mothers of healthy children.

The mothers of colonized children reported infertility problems almost three times more often than did either of the other groups of mothers. Of infected mothers, nine (27%) reported an inability to conceive for a period of more than two years, and six (18%) had infertility problems for more than five years. Eighteen percent had seen a specialist for their problem and 12% had required an intervention to achieve pregnancy. Meanwhile, only 8% of control mothers and 8% of mothers of wheezing children with negative cultures cited delays in conception.

The Harvard researchers treated culture-positive mothers and their partners with antibiotics (clarithromycin or doxycycline). Two mothers who had had prolonged infertility problems became pregnant within two months of treatment.

DeLollis emphasized that identifying women who have U. urealyticum and treating them with the appropriate antibiotics before they attempt to conceive may prevent infertility, and painful and costly evaluation of infertility. Treatment of affected women prior to pregnancy may also prevent transmission of the organism to their infants. Urea urealyticum is a risk factor for respiratory disease in the first three years of life.

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