Saturday, January 6, 2007

Wanna play the scrambled eggs game?

There are two ways to play. Here's one.

The other is to guess the answers to the following questions:

1. What does FSH stand for?

(a) ferrous sulfate and hemoglobin
(b) follicle stimulating hormone
(c) free silly hats
(d) fresh spring hyacinths

2. How many eggs are girl babies born with?

(a) about a dozen, give or take
(b) 400,000
(c) 2 million
(d) 8 million

3. Which food product do experts recommend avoiding if you are trying to become pregnant?

(a) soy
(b) fish
(c) wheat
(d) dairy
(e) all or none of the above, depending on the expert

4. Which of the following states are among the 12 that require insurers to cover infertility treatments?

(a) California
(b) Arkansas
(c) Vermont
(d) New Jersey
(e) both (b) and (d)
(f) none of the above

5. What year saw the lowest number of children adopted in the U.S.?

(a) 1944
(b) 1968
(c) 1975
(d) 1992

6. True or false: Human eggs hatch before implantation.

7. What is the average cost of a single IVF treatment?

(a) $6,200
(b) $9,500
(c) $12,400
(d) $16, 200

8. Which of the following treatments has a track record of success in treating women with diminished ovarian reserve?

(a) acupuncture
(b) high doses of clomiphene citrate
(c) chanting "ugga bugga" over a set of rabbit entrails
(d) laparoscopic surgery

9. Why do IVF cycles get cancelled?

(a) not enough follicles developing
(b) too many follicles developing
(c) ovarian cysts
(d) your check didn't clear
(e) any of the above

10. Essay: How many reproductive endocrinologists does it take to screw in a lightbulb? Explain.

Answers will be posted in the comments section on Wednesday.


hope4future said...

1) B
2) B
3) E
4) F
5) C
6) T
7) D
8) A
9) E
10) Well, I guess it would be 2...but it would have to be a really big lightbulb (to 'screw' in it...get it...screw??) :-D

Binky said...

Okay, folks, here are the answers:

1. (b) It's the hormone that gets the ovaries to mature eggs. A high level of FSH indicates a low ovarian reserve. A high level of free silly hats, on the other hand, indicates possible inebriation.

2. (b) Female fetuses have about 7-8 million at the five month mark. That diminishes to about 400,000 by birth and continues to diminish thereafter.

3. (e) Soy has been found in some studies to interfere with implantation. Other studies refute this. Fish is good food but some are high in mercury, which is bad for you (and your potential fetus). The wheat thing I don't get, but I've heard it. Traditional Chinese Medicine says don't consume too much dairy. I hate that one.

4. (e) Not reason enough to move, though.

5. (a)

6. True. And for an extra $500, the fertility clinic will help hatch them for you.

7. According to a recent article in Mother Jones magazine, it's (c).

8. While (c) may ultimately prove effective, (a) is the one with the track record.

9. (e)

10. Hope 4 Future gets full credit. The rest of you slackers do not.

hope4future said...


Binky said...

Yes, dear, you can rule the world. Just don't let it go to your head, and don't let too many other people know. They'll be jealous.