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Scientists Describe Mechanism that Nourishes Early Embryo in the Womb

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine May 01, 2015

A new study reveals how a mechanism - involving glands in the lining of the uterus - ensures the early embryo receives the nourishment it needs to grow into a healthy fetus that is big enough to receive blood from the mother.

Embryo Editing Sparks Epic Debate

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine May 01, 2015

In a world first, Chinese scientists have reported that they have used powerful gene-editing techniques to modify human embryos. Their paper, published in the Beijing-based journal Protein & Cell on 18 April, came as no surprise to the scientific community, but it has ignited a wide-ranging debate about what types of gene-editing research are ethical. The publication also raises questions about the appropriate way to publish such work.

Sofia Vergara's Ex Nick Loeb Defends Suit Over Embryos

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine April 30, 2015

Businessman Nick Loeb is defending his lawsuit to bring to term two frozen embryos he created with actress Sofia Vergara, writing in an opinion piece in the New York Times that, "for as long as I can remember, I have dreamed of being a parent."

Sperm Bank Challenges Parents' Lawsuit Over Donor's Defects

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine April 30, 2015

A Georgia-based sperm bank said in a court filing Wednesday that a lawsuit accusing it of misrepresenting the medical and social history of a sperm donor is baseless.

Widow Wins Right to Preserve Dead Husband's Frozen Sperm

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine April 29, 2015

A Canadian widow has won the right to save her dead husband's sperm from being destroyed by a Canberra fertility clinic.

Pregnancy After Tubal Ligation

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine April 29, 2015

It was not all that long ago a woman would choose to have her fallopian tubes “tied” being absolutely sure her baby making years are over and they were, in fact ... truly over. Today, that has changed and women can once again get pregnant. There are two procedures to assist her. As a physician who practices fertility medicine, I am fortunate to have at my disposal both accepted techniques to help women who lament their tubal ligation — Tubal Reversal Surgery or In Vitro Fertilization. Each process has its own benefit, success rate and risks. I’d like to share my thoughts about how I approach these patients.

The Other Side of Infertility: I Finally Joined the Elusive Mommy Club, But Did I Really Belong?

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine April 29, 2015

I walked along the sidewalk with two other moms I’d recently met, three astride, our newborn babies in strollers in front of us. A jogger approached from the other direction, but none of us made a move, expecting her to go around us on the grass. “You could get out of the way,” she snidely snipped as she passed. I felt bad for our lack of consideration, but one of the moms said, “You never know, maybe she can’t have kids and is taking it out on us.” The other mom agreed, but they didn’t know “us” didn’t really apply to me.

Millennial Women are the Slowest to Have Babies of Any Generation in U.S. History

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine April 28, 2015

Millennial women are the slowest to have kids of any generation in U.S. history. But don't blame increasingly popular fertility innovations like egg freezing. Career ambitions appear to play a lesser role in delaying parenthood than a sputtering economy, according to a new study from the Urban Institute.

Bill Seeks to Expand Coverage for Hawaii Fertility Law

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine April 28, 2015

A proposal in Hawaii's Legislature would expand a state mandate on fertility treatments to include same sex couples and single women, updating a law that now only offers such benefits to women who are married to men.

Infertility: Causes, Remedies and Options

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine April 24, 2015

Baby-making seems easy. There is a lot of education, even anxiety, around preventing unwanted pregnancy once we become sexually active. But many couples dealing with infertility would dispute the notion that getting pregnant is as simple as shelving birth control. Dr. Jamie Grifo, program director for NYU's Fertility Center, sees struggling couples in his clinic every day.

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