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Headlines in Reproductive Medicine

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.  

New Gene Linked to Male Infertility

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine May 29, 2015

 Mutations in TEX11 were found in 2.4% of infertile men with non-obstructive azoospermia without another known cause. Azoospermia refers to the absence of sperm cells in the semen. This may be due to an obstruction, or an inability to produce mature sperm cells (non-obstructive azoospermia). While some chromosomal abnormalities have been associated with subtypes of non-obstructive azoopermia, the genetic basis of the majority of patients affected is not fully understood.

VA Cannot Pay for Fertility Treatments for Injured Veterans

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine May 29, 2015

Current federal law does not allow the Department of Veterans Affairs to pay for the treatments. The current law went into effect 23 years ago, but is now being challenged from both sides of the political aisle, as injured heroes from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars try to have children.

Have Fibroids? Freaked Out About Your Fertility? Don’t Worry!

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine May 29, 2015

It can be very stressful to hear you have a fibroid. I see a lot of patients who have fibroids and while some of these fibroids can impact fertility, not all of them do. If you have received a fibroid diagnosis and are feeling a bit freaked out, take a deep breath.

Women Over 50 are Smashing Fertility Records by Giving Birth More Now Than Ever Before

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine May 28, 2015

We generally think that after women go through menopause, around age 50, their child-bearing years are behind them, and any new children in their lives will be grandchildren. A pregnant woman over 50 is a rare sight. But data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that, while not widespread, births to women 50 and older do happen — more now than ever before. 

Quebec to Allow IVF for Women Over 42

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine May 28, 2015

The Quebec government is backing away from draconian proposals that would have forbidden women from seeking in-vitro fertilization beyond age 42 and would have forced couples to have intercourse for up to three years before qualifying for IVF.

Why I Can’t Just Throw Out Frozen Sperm

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine May 28, 2015

All it needs is for me to sign the 18 letters of my name, giving the fertility clinic permission to thaw and discard our donor’s sperm – the remaining fractions from a week he spent here four years ago for the sole purpose of donating his genes, his history and a little piece of his soul to help us build our family.

First Part of Ejaculate May Be Primed for Conception

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine May 27, 2015

The initial portion of ejaculate is most likely to lead to conception, a small new study suggests.

EEVA Fertility Treatment

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine May 27, 2015

As many as 1.5 million married couples in the United States have a difficult time starting a family, and many of them turn to fertility experts for help. Now a new technology is increasing the odds that an implanted embryo will result in a successful pregnancy and delivery.

What Veterans Affairs Won’t Pay for: Chance for the Wounded to Have kids

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine May 26, 2015

VA will not pick up the bill for in vitro fertilization, which fertility experts say offers those with spinal cord and genital injuries the best hope for a biological child.

New Study is Shedding Light on the Safety of Infertility Options

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine May 26, 2015

Many couples trying to start a family need medical intervention before they can conceive. About 15 percent of all married couples in the United States have a tough time conceiving. Many turn to assisted reproductive technologies or art, including in vitro fertilization. A major, published study is shedding new light on the safety of infertility options.

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