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Later, Baby: Will Freezing Your Eggs Free Your Career?

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine April 21, 2014

There comes a point in every childless woman’s life, usually around 35, when the larger world becomes very interested in her womb. Friends and family inquire about its health, asking why it’s not being utilized, when it will be, and then: Will it even work? For those who do want children, the pressure can be crushing and counterproductive.

Infertility: Not Just a Problem for Women

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine April 21, 2014

Are you having problems getting pregnant? You may be doing all you can to increase your odds, but part – or all – of your struggle with infertility might be to blame on your guy. In approximately 40 percent of couples, the male partner is either the sole cause or a contributing cause to infertility, according to the American Society for Reproductive Medicine.

Sperm Meets Egg: Protein Essential for Fertilization Discovered

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine April 17, 2014

Researchers at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute have discovered interacting proteins on the surface of the sperm and the egg essential to begin mammalian life. These proteins, which allow the sperm and egg to recognize one another, offer new paths towards improved fertility treatments and the development of new contraceptives.

Multiple Births Don't Have To Be An Inevitable Result of Fertility Treatments

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine April 17, 2014

While fertility treatments have helped many people become parents, they commonly result in multiple births, increasing the risk of prematurity, and leading to lifelong complications. But this doesn't have to be the case, according to Yale School of Medicine researchers and their colleagues, who recommend sweeping changes to policy and clinical practice in a study published in the April issue of Fertility & Sterility.

New Report Recommends Policy and Practice Changes in Fertility Treatment for Fewer Multiple Births

ASRM Bulletins April 16, 2014

In a new study commissioned by The March of Dimes Foundation and published in Fertility and Sterility, researchers from The Hastings Center and Yale Fertility Center examined the practical circumstances of infertility treatment in the US that influence patients and their doctors to make treatment choices that too frequently result in multiple births.

Funding One IVF Treatment Is Not The Answer For Infertility

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine April 16, 2014

The announcement that Ontario will provide new funding for in vitro fertilization (IVF) was met with praise from advocates of Ontarians seeking infertility treatment. The expanded funding will cover one cycle of IVF, and will be tied to the transfer of one embryo at a time to reduce the number of high-risk multiple births in the province.

Weight Loss to Improve Fertility Outcomes: How Far Should We Go?

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine April 16, 2014

Obesity is now a pandemic and undoubtedly the greatest burden facing health services worldwide. Twenty percent of women of childbearing age are thought to be obese. It is well-established that, in women, obesity is associated with reduced rates of ovulation, increased miscarriage rates and poor response to ovarian stimulation during assisted conception. Male fertility also appears to be similarly adversely affected with evidence of a reduced ejaculate volume, reduced sperm count and increased sperm DNA damage in obese men.

ASRM, ACOG, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the March of Dimes Host Congressional Briefing

ASRM Bulletins April 14, 2014

At a congressional briefing on Capitol Hill yesterday, more than 100 hill staffers and other interested individuals heard from the leaders of ASRM, ACOG, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the March of Dimes about the need to reform the Toxic Substances Control Act, which governs the use of toxic chemicals in commerce. Several proposals have been introduced in Congress to reform the Act which was passed in 1976.

Going Solo

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine April 14, 2014

Jo Hartley meets three women whose longing for a baby was so great they each decided not to wait for a partner.

Gene Peeks: A Way to See Your Baby Before It's Conceived

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine April 11, 2014

For many couples looking to get pregnant, doctors may recommend that they each get tested for genetic diseases. Some expectant moms are also advised to undergo tests like an amniocentesis during their second trimester to rule out certain birth defects like Down syndrome. However, GenePeeks is a company that takes testing one step further by combining the DNA of the prospective parents to make ‘virtual babies.’


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