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The following links have been gleaned from current news to help keep you informed on reproductive medicine's impact on our world. Note:  Some newspapers and periodicals require free registration to access their online articles. The links on this page may expire within a week of posting; however, most news web sites keep online archives with articles offered either free or available for purchase. WARNING! THE ASRM HAS NOT REVIEWED THE CONTENTS OF THE EXTERNAL WEB SITES LISTED ON THIS PAGE, NOR CAN WE ENDORSE THEM OR THE VIEWS EXPRESSED WITHIN.  

Sperm Donors Are Winning Visitation Rights

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine February 24, 2015

When it comes to parents, it seems that three or even four is no longer a crowd. At least, that’s the conclusion one might draw from the case of Sheena and Tiara Yates, a married lesbian couple in New Jersey. They’ve had their parenting expectations upended—twice—by the sperm donors of their two kids. Both men agreed, in writing, to provide their raw materials and to leave the parenting to the women. But then they decided that, after all, they’d like to have some role in the lives of their biological children, so they applied for visitation rights. As of now, the bio dads are winning. Their case is just the latest reminder of how perilous and confusing assisted reproduction cases can become.

More Young Women Getting Fertility Checkups

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine February 24, 2015

You may not even be thinking of having a baby yet, but if you’re in your 20’s maybe you should start thinking about and planning for that bundle of joy now.

'Fertility Tourism' struck Down by Thai Lawmakers. Why Now?

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine February 23, 2015

The case of 'Baby Gammy' involving an Australian couple, and a 'baby factory' case where a Japanese businessman fathered 16 children, brought a public outcry.

What Can My Insurance Do To Cover My Fertility?

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine February 23, 2015

While many Utah couples are aware of the steep costs of conceiving a baby using fertility treatments, the law surrounding insurance coverage for those treatments may be a bit more vague.

Highlights from Fertility and Sterility: Heightened Risks Identified for Births to Subfertile Women Conceiving without Assisted Reproductive Technology

Press Releases February 20, 2015

A new birth outcomes study published in Fertility and Sterility includes- for the first time in a US-based cohort-  a category of births to mothers with an indicator of subfertility, but who did not have an ART cycle in association with that birth.   The inclusion of this group allows an examination of birth outcomes associated with infertility apart from ART, in addition to comparisons of outcomes of ART births with births to mothers with and without subfertility.

US Tax Court clarifies that income received by egg donors is taxable income: guest author Nidhi Desai, J.D.

Legally Speaking February 20, 2015

On January 22nd, 2015, the United States Tax Court held that an egg donor’s compensation, despite being characterized as “pain and suffering,” is not excludable from income but is taxable gross income as defined under the IRS code (“I.RC.”). 

New Male Birth Control Options In The Works

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine February 20, 2015

Women have been largely in charge of making sure unwanted pregnancies don’t happen unexpectedly due to the availability of various forms of contraception. While men have the obvious choice of using condoms or in extreme cases going for the snip (and there have been talks of a future pill-form for men), other potentially affective options are in research stage.

Elective Human Egg Freezing on the Rise

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine February 19, 2015

Human egg freezing is going mainstream. The biggest reason: it works. A handful of studies suggest the success rate for women undergoing in vitro fertilization (IVF) is just as high when using frozen eggs as fresh ones. The results increase the flexibility and control women can have in their reproduction and their careers.

Fertility Clinic First in Canada to Allow IVF Patients to ‘Incubate’ Embryos Inside their Bodies

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine February 19, 2015

A Toronto fertility clinic has become the first in Canada to offer women undergoing in-vitro fertilization the chance to “incubate” the embryos they hope will one day become a baby inside their bodies, instead of a lab dish.

Autism, Low IQ Linked to Sperm Mutation in Teen Fathers

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine February 18, 2015

Teenage fathers are likelier to have children with health problems because of mutations in their sperm, a study said Wednesday.

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