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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.  

Inside the Hidden Global Supply Chain for Frozen Sperm, Eggs, and Embryos

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine April 26, 2016

In a world with porous borders and wildly divergent surrogacy laws, making a baby can be a global affair: The eggs might come from a woman in South Africa, the sperm from a man in Canada, and the surrogate herself might be in Cambodia. What connects them, literally, is a cold chain.

11 Things You Should Know if You're Considering Freezing Your Eggs

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine April 26, 2016

Freezing your eggs used to be an out-there procedure deemed “experimental” because of its iffy odds. But thanks to better success rates—and major media buzz from celebrities like Olivia Munn, Maria Menounos, and Jennifer Love Hewitt—it’s become an empowering way to buy time to have a baby on your own terms. More fertility clinics are offering it, and tech giants like Google and Facebook are covering it in their benefits packages.

A Brief History of Menstruating in Outer Space

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine April 26, 2016

In this unprecedented era of menstrual activism, invention, and public discourse, it was only a matter of time before period talk reached outer space. Last week, in a report published in Npj Microgravity, researchers made one of the first scientifically backed recommendations for astronauts who menstruate.

Infertility Treatment in the Age of Zika

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine April 21, 2016

Elena (not her real name) had been undergoing fertility treatments for more than a year when she learned that the Zika virus had arrived in Puerto Rico. Naturally, she was concerned. She'd heard the stories about babies born to Zika-infected mothers in Brazil—babies with abnormally small heads and uncertain futures. And briefly, she considered suspending her fertility treatments.

Breast Cancer Gene Might Lower Women's Fertility

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine April 21, 2016

The BRCA1 gene mutation, which raises the risk of breast cancer by 80 percent, may be linked to having fewer eggs in the ovaries as a woman ages, the Australian investigators said. But a cause-and-effect relationship was not proven.

Sperm Donor Lied About Criminal and Mental Health History, Lawsuit Alleges

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine April 20, 2016

He was handsome and healthy, with several degrees and a genius-level IQ. On paper, Donor 9623 embodied the best genetics had to offer. At least 36 children were born using his donated sperm. According to a lawsuit filed by three families, it took almost 14 years before the donor's true identity was revealed: A schizophrenic college dropout with a felony conviction.

Are You Worried About Your Fertility? Young People Share Their Stories

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine April 20, 2016

The Guardian asked young readers about the subject, and we heard from lots of people who said that they couldn’t even think about starting a family until they had a home and stable income – which tend to come much later for young adults today.

University of Maryland Tests Non-Surgical Methods of Treating Fibroids

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine April 20, 2016

Surgery is by far the most frequent treatment for fibroids, which afflict up to 80 percent of women of childbearing years, and doctors say most people are like Spellman and don't know there are other options available and in the works. Up to a quarter of sufferers have symptoms, and many live with the excessive bleeding, cramping and pressure because they want to avoid invasive procedures that come with risks and recoveries lasting weeks or months.

In IVF, Questions About ‘Mosaic’ Embryos

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine April 19, 2016

The couple wanted a baby boy, but the male embryo they had chosen — the only one available after an expensive round of in vitro fertilization — received a troubling test result. A handful of cells from the five-day-old embryo were deemed abnormal, apparently missing Chromosome 21, an absence that can lead to developmental defects.

Mammal Embryos Develop Normally in Space

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine April 19, 2016

It seems increasingly plausible that humans will colonize space. But to continue the human race as we know it, we would have to reproduce in space. Up until now, scientists weren’t sure that was possible—one 2009 study conducted in simulated zero gravity, and another done in 1996 in which NASA scientists sent embryos to space, did not see any mammalian embryos develop.

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