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Parasitic worm “Increases Women’s Fertility”

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine November 23, 2015

Infection with a species of parasitic worm increases the fertility of women, say scientists.

Male Subfertility Increases the Risk of Testicular Cancer; Semen Analysis Results Point to Different Levels of Risk

Press Releases November 23, 2015

A new study out of the University of Utah looking at the incidence of common forms of cancer in males found that subfertile men-  those who have undergone semen analysis (SA) as part of an examination for fertility-  are at greater risk of developing testicular cancer than fertile men, and that the risk varies depending on which semen quality parameters are deficient.  In contrast to previous studies on sperm quality and cancer risk, they found no increased cancer risk in men with azoospermia, a complete absence of sperm in the ejaculate.

Italian scientists Used 'chromosomally Abnormal' Embryos to Produce 6 Healthy Babies

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine November 20, 2015

Embryos with a mix of normal and abnormal chromosomes implanted during in vitro fertilization (IVF) can develop into healthy newborns, a small new study suggests.

Who Should Really Pay for Plan B if the Condom Breaks?

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine November 20, 2015

Since 2009, when Plan B first became available over-the-counter for men and women 17 and up (and later without an age restriction in 2013), the morning-after pill has been a life-changing option for many couples who forget to pull out or have a condom break while they're getting it on. In fact, according to 2013 data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 11% of women have used Plan B after having sex.

Venom May be a Perfect Male Contraceptive

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine November 20, 2015

Venom May be a Perfect Male Contraceptive

Divorced Couple's Embryos Can Be Discarded, Rules California Judge

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine November 20, 2015

A woman must abide by an agreement with her ex-husband to destroy five frozen embryos if they got a divorce, despite her contention that they represent her last chance to have children, a California judge ruled Wednesday.

This is why a Mouse's sperm is Longer than an Elephant's

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine November 20, 2015

There are competing ideas about why sperm size differs among animals. One idea holds that small animals and large animals have wildly different metabolic constraints. Small animals with high metabolisms are better able to produce new sperm cells than large animals that form new cells more slowly.

Nobel Laureate Blackburn Named Salk Institute's New President

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine November 20, 2015

Elizabeth H. Blackburn, Ph.D., a 2009 Nobel laureate who has specialized in telomere and telomerase research, was named the new president of the Salk Institute for Biological Studies today, effective January 1, 2016.

That Cool New Female Viagra Is a Bust

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine November 18, 2015

The drug, flibanserin, known commercially as Addyi, was developed by a German drug firm and acquired by a small North Carolina drug company that in turn was bought by Canadian pharma giant Valeant for a billion dollars in cash a day after the FDA approved its use by women suffering from low libido. That FDA approval came in the wake of a studied PR campaign by the North Carolina company, Sprout, that involved charging the FDA with sexism and busing dozens of women to FDA hearings where they offered tearful testimony about the havoc not wanting to have sex was wreaking on their lives. According to Sprout, more than 40 percent of all women are experiencing sexual dysfunction.

Lena Dunham on Her Battle with Endometriosis: 'I Had Lost All Trust in or Connection to My Own Body'

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine November 18, 2015

Lena Dunham is opening up about the painful struggle with endometriosis that forced her to lose "all trust in or connection to" her own body.


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