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Stop Freaking Out About Having Babies in Your 30s. Your Great-Grandma Did It, Too

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine December 19, 2014

The shift toward late motherhood – commonly defined as motherhood after 35 – is often presented as a story of progress and technological liberation from the biological clock.While this triumphal narrative contains a few grains of truth, it is as simplistic as it is satisfying. History shows us that the “best age” to have a child is very much a product of the cultural and economic moment, not a just dictate of biology that we need to escape.

Tel Aviv University Study Throws Spotlight on Gene Mutation Responsible for Premature Ovarian Failure

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine December 18, 2014

Premature ovarian failure, also known as primary ovarian insufficiency (POI), affects 1% of all women worldwide. In most cases, the exact cause of the condition, which is often associated with infertility, is difficult to determine. A new Tel Aviv University study throws a spotlight on a previously-unidentified cause of POI: a unique mutation in a gene called SYCE1 that has not been previously associated with POI in humans.

Source of Sperm and Egg's Zinc Sparks Identified

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine December 16, 2014

When egg meets sperm in mammals, zinc sparks fly.

Few Employers Cover Egg Freezing for Women With Cancer

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine December 16, 2014

As some companies add egg freezing to their list of fertility benefits, they're touting the coverage as a family-friendly perk. Women's health advocates say they welcome any expansion of fertility coverage. But they say that the much-publicized changes at a few high-profile companies such as Facebook and Apple are still relatively rare, even for women with serious illnesses like cancer who want to preserve their fertility.

ASRM President Rebecca Sokol, MD, MPH Visits NYC and DC to Represent the Society

ASRM Bulletins November 20, 2014

ASRM President and California resident Rebecca Sokol braved the East Coast cold this week to represent the society at several important events.

ASRM Celebrates November as National Adoption Month

Press Releases November 19, 2014

The American Society for Reproductive Medicine joins in recognizing November as National Adoption Month.  First proclaimed by President Bill Clinton in November 1995, it is a month to acknowledge the special families brought into being through love and hard work, rather than biology, and to share information and encouragement with those who are on the adoption road to family-building.

“In Re Baby,” Tennessee Supreme Court

Legally Speaking November 14, 2014

“In Re Baby,” Tennessee S. Ct. (September 2014), [2-14 Tenn. LEXIS 642] http://www.tncourts.gov/courts/supreme-court/opinions/2014/09/18/re-baby-et-al

2nd Tennessee Case May Clarify Gestational Surrogacy Parentage

Legally Speaking November 14, 2014

2nd Tennessee Case May Clarify Gestational Surrogacy Parentage [In Re: The Adoption of Male Child AFC by CMC and DFC and JLB (July 2014); https://www.tba.org/sites/default/files/afc_071714.pdf (appeal request pending)

ASRM Plenary Speaker Reports Birth Following Uterine Transplant

ASRM Bulletins November 11, 2014

Professor Mats Brannstrom and colleagues from the University of Gothenburg and Stockholm IVF announced the birth of a healthy baby to a patient following a uterine transplant. The announcement came over the weekend ahead of scheduled publication in the Lancet. Dr. Brannstrom, who published much of the preliminary work on uterine transplant in Fertility and Sterility, will be giving the Society of Reproductive Surgeons Plenary Lecture at the ASRM Annual Meeting in Honolulu on Monday, October 20.

SRBT Offers Advice on Ebola

ASRM Bulletins October 31, 2014

ASRM’s newest affiliate society, the Society of Reproductive Biologists and Technologists (SRBT), has developed a communication to its members about the Ebola virus.

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