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Egg Freezing’s Popularity is Booming, But It’s a Choice That Offers No Guarantees

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine November 21, 2014

After the abrupt end of her marriage, Tiffany Angelo gave herself a few months to grieve. Then she moved on. Not to the next romance, but to something she could plan for: the children she deeply desired and would still have. With or without her ex.

D.C. Circuit Upholds Contraceptive Coverage Mandate

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine November 21, 2014

Last week, a unanimous three-judge panel of the D.C. Circuit upheld the religious accommodation to the Affordable Care Act’s (“ACA”) contraceptive coverage mandate (Priests for Life v. HHS, D.C. Cir. No. 13-5368, Nov. 14, 2014).  The court held that the accommodation set out by the Department of Labor (“DOL”) and Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) is a simple solution that does not impose a burden for purposes of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993 (“RFRA”).

Guidelines Recommend Against Testosterone Therapy in Otherwise Healthy Women

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine November 20, 2014

Guidelines from the Endocrine Society report that postmenopausal women with low sexual desire may benefit from up to 6 months of testosterone replacement therapy but say there’s no other demonstrated benefit to women who receive the treatment.

Mutation Boosts Paternal Age’s Autism-Like Effects in Mice

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine November 20, 2014

Mice born to older males with mutations in PAX6 — a gene involved in brain development — vocalize less than those with younger dads. The unpublished findings, presented today at the 2014 Society for Neuroscience annual meeting in Washington, D.C., suggest how genes and paternal age can work together to trigger symptoms.

The Potential Minefield of Gay Parenthood

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine November 20, 2014

Gay parenthood can be joyful – or go disastrously wrong, as two recent news stories have shown. What are the dangers of surrogacy and co-parenting?

UCSF to Study Early Menopause vs. Preventive Cancer Surgery Risks

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine November 19, 2014

Cavalheiro is one of about 100 Bay Area women between 35 and 50 years old with the BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutations who are participating in a clinical trial that is examining changes in cardiovascular health, bone density, sexual function, quality of life and other effects on women who go into early menopause.

CMC Helps Pave The Way For A New Treatment For Infertility

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine November 19, 2014

Neri Thompson is like many women.  She suffers from Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), a common testosterone imbalance that often leads to infertility.  In fact, it's the most common hormonal disorder in reproductive-age women.  She found out about it when she and her husband were ready to have a family just over seven years ago.  

Egg-Freezing Shindigs Aren’t Like Tupperware Parties

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine November 19, 2014

The latest trend in assisted reproduction is egg-freezing parties, sales events often described as the “new Tupperware parties.”

Conception Is A Process

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine November 18, 2014

Earlier this month voters in two U.S. States, Colorado and North Dakota, considered new laws that would bolster the legal rights of a fetus before birth. Neither of these ballot initiatives passed, but they’re part of a “personhood movement” that’s been gaining notoriety among pro-life advocates since about 2008. Reading about this movement in the press  has made me wonder about the slippery, contentious, and profound meaning of “personhood.”

Unexplained Infertility Explained

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine November 18, 2014

In the months before I turned thirty my husband I decided it was time to grow our family, we had been married for almost three years, were very much in love and both wanted children. It was time! It soon became apparent that it wasn't time after all. Month after month there was so sign of conception and the "baby making" that had once been fun and exciting became mechanical, draining and at times bordered on unpleasant. This devastated me. My whole life I held a philosophy that hard work and following the rules garnered the desired results. My whole foundation was shattered.

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