Fertility & Having Children

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Can Cycling Crimp Sex for Men?

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine September 19, 2014

With the quiet explosion in popularity of recreational bicycling in the United States, it's natural that men would wonder about the potential health effects of spending serious time on a bike. Men, research shows, account for almost all the growth in the pastime in the last three decades. A recent study both silences some of the most prevalent fears, which center on sexual dysfunction and infertility, and raises the specter of another. It suggests that prolonged cycling may be linked to higher risks of prostate cancer in men over age 50.

Surrogates and Couples Face a Maze of Laws, State by State

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine September 19, 2014

While surrogacy is far more accepted in the United States than in most countries, and increasing rapidly (more than 2,000 babies will be born through it here this year), it remains, like abortion, a polarizing and charged issue. There is nothing resembling a national consensus on how to handle it and no federal law, leaving the states free to do as they wish.

Advances May Improve Success Rate for In-Vitro Fertilization

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine September 18, 2014

New techniques offer the possibility of improving a patient's odds of having a baby through in-vitro fertilization.

Risks of Twins, Triplets May Prompt IVF Patients to Opt for Singletons

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine September 18, 2014

A new study bolsters the argument that fertility doctors should transfer just one embryo at a time when they are trying to help women give birth.

Woman Gives Birth to Triplets From Two Separate Wombs

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine September 17, 2014

A woman in England is considered a true medical miracle, giving birth to triplets from two separate wombs — a rare condition known to affect one in 1 million women worldwide.

Why Do We Treat Infertility Like It’s Just Rich Women’s Problem?

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine September 17, 2014

When Ann V. Bell, an assistant professor of sociology at the University of Delaware, started combing through infertility research back in 2008, it didn’t take long for her to notice a pretty gaping hole: The existing infertility literature focused almost exclusively on the experience of affluent white women.

Senate Lifts Restrictions On IVF Embryo Screenings

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine September 16, 2014

Parliament has decided in principle to ease restrictions on embryo screenings as part of a reform of the law on reproductive medicine.

Mommy Monday: Fertility Facts

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine September 16, 2014

One in eight couples will have trouble getting pregnant or sustaining a pregnancy. There's a lot of information out there, but how much do you know about fertility?

NHS Accused Of Rationing Fertility Treatments

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine September 16, 2014

The NHS has been accused of rationing fertility treatment for couples who desperately want to have a baby.

So You Think You Know Where Babies Come From?

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine September 15, 2014

We know a lot about the world around us. We know a lot about ourselves and how we work. We even know where babies come from, and this is no mean feat. Imagine it's 350BC, and you're trying to work it out, with no textbooks, and no microscopes.

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