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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.  

IUDs Have A New, Secret Billionaire Backer

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine July 31, 2015

According to a feature from Bloomberg's latest issue, titled "Warren Buffett’s Family Secretly Funded a Birth Control Revolution," the Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation has been quietly providing seed funds for research on lowering the cost of IUDs, along with studies and initatives meant to increase access to and overage usage of the device.

Thailand Commercial Surrogacy Ban Takes Effect

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine July 31, 2015

A law banning commercial surrogacy took effect in Thailand on Thursday, the public health ministry said.The law made it illegal for clinics to provide surrogacy services, including the buying and selling of sperm and eggs, and the renting of wombs by surrogate mothers.

Transgender Teen, 18, Undergoes Rare Surgery So He Can Be a Dad One Day

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine July 31, 2015

Cole Carman, 18, became the first transgender teen to have a surgical procedure that will give him the opportunity to have a genetic link to the kids he knows he wants one day.

Wheaton College Ends Coverage Amid Fight Against Birth Control Mandate

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine July 30, 2015

Taking a firm stand against Obamacare's controversial contraception mandate, Wheaton College on Friday will stop providing any health insurance for students.

Why I Had an Abortion After Struggling With Infertility for Years

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine July 30, 2015

Minnesota lawyer Hannah Stein had her first abortion at 22 and went on to conceive four more children, three of them through in vitro fertilization (IVF). Yet when faced with an unplanned, unwanted pregnancy after years of infertility, Stein didn't hesitate to terminate. Stein spoke to Cosmopolitan.com about how struggling with infertility didn't sway her in her inherent belief that a person should be able to choose if she wants to end a pregnancy.

8 Things No One Ever Told You About Menopause

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine July 29, 2015

Menopause. Say the word and it instantly conjures images of hot flashes, zero amounts of sex, and a general feeling of why is this happening to me​? But don't lose your cool just yet—it's not all downhill from here on out.

New Data Shows Young Cancer Patients Uninformed Of Infertility

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine July 29, 2015

Data suggests that many young cancer patients are completely unaware that treatment for their condition may result in fertility.

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome: The Silent Disorder that Wreaks Havoc on the Body

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine July 28, 2015

One in every 10 women has polycystic ovary syndrome, a disorder that is the leading cause of female infertility and a risk factor for diabetes, cancer, heart disease and other life-threatening illnesses. Yet half of all women with PCOS are undiagnosed.

A Nobel Winner Looks to Create Life in His Lab

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine July 28, 2015

Many scientists spend their lives trying to answer just one question. But geneticist Jack Szostak says there’s lots of problems to solve. He spent the first two decades of his career investigating chromosomes, specifically the role played by telomeres, tiny structures at the ends of chromosomes, and the enzyme telomerase, which revolutionized what we know about the aging process. That research, from the 1980s, earned him a share of the 2009 Nobel prize for physiology or medicine. In the 1990s, Szostak turned his attention to RNA and its role in the early evolution of life.

Biological clock Ticking? What You Need to Know About Freezing Your Eggs.

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine July 28, 2015

When Apple and Facebook announced last year that they would cover elective egg freezing for their female workers, the companies sparked a lot of curiosity about this procedure. The ability to put motherhood on hold by preserving your eggs for future use seemed like an alluring way to ease the babymaking pressure for couples who are meeting and marrying later in life.

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