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Lawsuit Alleges Sperm Bank Got Order Wrong

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine October 01, 2014

A suburban sperm bank was sued by an Ohio woman who alleges she was inseminated with the sperm from a different donor than the one she chose.

Should You Freeze Your Eggs?

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine October 01, 2014

The cocktail party at the trendy Crosby Street Hotel in SoHo could have been a networking event for a hip New York investment bank or publishing house—a swarm of young women in their late 20s and 30s, mostly in business attire. But the attendees weren’t thinking about their careers. They were thinking about their ovaries. The event was hosted by a company called EggBanxx, and the women had come to drink free wine and learn about egg freezing, something their hosts were promoting as a way to stop the biological clock so they can have their babies later, whenever they damn well please.

The Recession's Baby Bust

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine September 30, 2014

There's a reason why "boom times" and "baby boom" both contain an onomatopoeic signifier of the procreative act. In developed countries, fertility rates tend to go up and down with GDP.

Conceiving The Possibilities: The Management of Infertility in Women with Endometriosis

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine September 30, 2014

Endometriosis is a poorly understood, progressive disease affecting women in their reproductive years. It creates an inflammatory environment in the pelvis and reproductive system, leading to the development of adhesions (scar tissues) and endometriomas (cysts known as chocolate cysts), which cause chronic pelvic pain symptoms and can compromise fertility.  

French Researchers 3D Print Embryo Models for In Vitro Fertilization

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine September 29, 2014

Clearly, anything that can be done to improve the chance of successful fertilization followed by a healthy pregnancy and baby is extremely valuable. It is here that 3D printing enters the story.

Local Governments Offer to Subsidize Infertility Teatment for Men

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine September 29, 2014

To counter the nation’s ultralow birthrate, five prefectural governments are offering to subsidize fertility treatment for men, sources said, in addition to the nationwide program.

Emergency Contraception May Not Be Available to All Young Men

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine September 26, 2014

Young men often run into difficulties when they attempt to buy the morning-after pill for their partners, a new study suggests.

Diet Affects Sperm Competitiveness

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine September 26, 2014

It's well known that omega-3 long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids (n-3 LC-PUFA) can help to prevent heart disease but new research has found that these essential fatty acids can also increase the chance of paternity success.

Praying for a Child: The Catholic Church Makes Life Impossible for Infertile Women

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine September 25, 2014

The Catholic Church’s rigid stance against abortion and contraception is well known. In Humanae Vitae, Pope Paul VI described the “transmission of human life” as a “sacred duty.” In Catholic thought, it is incumbent upon us to create life, not to prevent or destroy it. What is less well known is that this same logic is arrayed against women who seek to become pregnant through certain reproductive technologies such as IVF, in which a significant number of embryos are fertilized, many of which are then typically destroyed. Embryo destruction in the course of fertility treatments is, like abortion, murder in the eyes of the church.

New Guidelines For Estimating Women's Due Dates Issued By OB-GYN Group

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine September 24, 2014

On Monday, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) joined with the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine and the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine to release new guidelines for health care providers on estimating accurate due dates for expectant mothers.

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