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11 Things You Should Know if You're Considering Freezing Your Eggs

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine April 26, 2016

Freezing your eggs used to be an out-there procedure deemed “experimental” because of its iffy odds. But thanks to better success rates—and major media buzz from celebrities like Olivia Munn, Maria Menounos, and Jennifer Love Hewitt—it’s become an empowering way to buy time to have a baby on your own terms. More fertility clinics are offering it, and tech giants like Google and Facebook are covering it in their benefits packages.

Inside the Hidden Global Supply Chain for Frozen Sperm, Eggs, and Embryos

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine April 26, 2016

In a world with porous borders and wildly divergent surrogacy laws, making a baby can be a global affair: The eggs might come from a woman in South Africa, the sperm from a man in Canada, and the surrogate herself might be in Cambodia. What connects them, literally, is a cold chain.

Breast Cancer Gene Might Lower Women's Fertility

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine April 21, 2016

The BRCA1 gene mutation, which raises the risk of breast cancer by 80 percent, may be linked to having fewer eggs in the ovaries as a woman ages, the Australian investigators said. But a cause-and-effect relationship was not proven.

Infertility Treatment in the Age of Zika

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine April 21, 2016

Elena (not her real name) had been undergoing fertility treatments for more than a year when she learned that the Zika virus had arrived in Puerto Rico. Naturally, she was concerned. She'd heard the stories about babies born to Zika-infected mothers in Brazil—babies with abnormally small heads and uncertain futures. And briefly, she considered suspending her fertility treatments.

Are You Worried About Your Fertility? Young People Share Their Stories

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine April 20, 2016

The Guardian asked young readers about the subject, and we heard from lots of people who said that they couldn’t even think about starting a family until they had a home and stable income – which tend to come much later for young adults today.

Sperm Donor Lied About Criminal and Mental Health History, Lawsuit Alleges

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine April 20, 2016

He was handsome and healthy, with several degrees and a genius-level IQ. On paper, Donor 9623 embodied the best genetics had to offer. At least 36 children were born using his donated sperm. According to a lawsuit filed by three families, it took almost 14 years before the donor's true identity was revealed: A schizophrenic college dropout with a felony conviction.

Should Students Learn About Declining Fertility?

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine April 19, 2016

Mentioning the topic of declining fertility is surprisingly controversial -- partly because of political arguments over sex education in schools. But there are also different ideas about whether a policy priority of avoiding teenage pregnancy clashes with teaching students how to preserve their fertility.

Researchers Have Found a ‘Striking’ New Side Effect from Eating Fast Food

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine April 19, 2016

Researchers at George Washington University have linked fast-food consumption to the presence of potentially harmful chemicals, a connection they argue could have "great public health significance." Specifically, the team found that people who eat fast food tend to have significantly higher levels of certain phthalates, which are commonly used in consumer products such as soap and makeup to make them less brittle but have been linked to a number of adverse health outcomes, including higher rates of infertility, especially among males.

Gene-Editing Research in Human Embryos Gains Momentum

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine April 19, 2016

At the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Fredrik Lanner is preparing to edit genes in human embryos. It’s the kind of research that sparked an international frenzy in April last year, when a Chinese team revealed that it had done the world’s first such experiments.

Mammal Embryos Develop Normally in Space

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine April 19, 2016

It seems increasingly plausible that humans will colonize space. But to continue the human race as we know it, we would have to reproduce in space. Up until now, scientists weren’t sure that was possible—one 2009 study conducted in simulated zero gravity, and another done in 1996 in which NASA scientists sent embryos to space, did not see any mammalian embryos develop.


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