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Female Embryos Less Likely To Survive To Birth

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine April 01, 2015

New research has challenged the prevailing belief that the higher proportion of male babies born in the general population results from a higher proportion of males being conceived. The conclusions suggest that embryonic death is bound up with the embryo's sex in ways that are not yet fully understood.

Controversial Fertility Treatments Focus On Eggs’ Power Plants

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine April 01, 2015

Derived from bacteria, mitochondria are our cells’ energy-producing powerhouses. Now, a Massachusetts company is convinced that these microscopic cylinders are also key to conceiving a baby, and it has persuaded several groups of physicians outside the United States to test that controversial premise in women with fertility problems.

Making The Case For Employee-Covered Fertility Treatments

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine April 01, 2015

In 2013, Katie Lelito was a graduate student and research assistant at the University of Michigan. She and her husband were ready to start a family, but months of trying brought no success. Tests lead to an infertility diagnosis and one possible solution for conception: in vitro fertilization (IVF).

Pesticide Residue In Fruits And Vegetables Associated With Low Sperm Count

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine April 01, 2015

Consumption of fruits and vegetables that contain relatively large amounts of pesticide residue may affect men's sperm counts and the number of normal-looking sperm they produce, a potential factor in fertility problems, Harvard University researchers reported Monday. The study by researchers at the T.H. Chan School of Public Health, described as the first to link pesticides in fruits and vegetables to reproductive problems, leaves many questions unanswered.

Endometriosis Is Often Ignored in Teenage Girls

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine March 31, 2015

Senie Byrne began menstruating at 15, and she quickly became an expert in pain management. Every month, it felt as if 1,000 darts had plunged into her abdomen; she sometimes passed out from the cramps. She was often nauseated, constipated and exhausted. At times, she had diarrhea. She said she saw 22 doctors over the years, but none took her seriously.

Body Proportions Go Back to the Egg … and Its Ration of Maternal Resources

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine March 31, 2015

It has been said that nothing requires an architect’s care more than “due proportions.” What is true of buildings is also true of bodies, though the means by which bodies achieve their proportions are rather more mysterious than an architect’s whims. With bodies, much depends on genes, gene expression, and the localization and diffusion gradients of gene products called morphogens.

Investing In You: A smart Approach To Using A Surrogate

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine March 31, 2015

Prospective parents may be willing to pay any price. But first, examine the sensitive financial questions behind hiring a legal, legitimate surrogate (by legal, we mean not a woman you found online).

ASRM and VirtaMed to Create Embryo Transfer Simulator

Press Releases March 30, 2015

The American Society for Reproductive Medicine, America’s leading professional organization in reproductive medicine and infertility, and VirtaMed, the world’s leader in building customized virtual reality simulation devices for medicine, are pleased to announce the development of a simulator for training in ultrasound -guided and -unguided embryo transfer in In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) and Intrauterine Insemination (IUI).

Ozone Air Pollution Could Harm Women's Fertility

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine March 30, 2015

Many urban and suburban areas have high levels of ground-level ozone, an air pollutant that can adversely affect lung and heart health. New research in mice suggests breathing high levels of ozone could also affect women's ability to conceive.

Confessions Of A Fertility Doctor

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine March 30, 2015

Ever wonder why someone would work with eggs and sperm for a living? Or what funny things happen at the fertility clinic? Five reproductive endocrinologists reveal their behind-the-scenes stories.

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