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US Supreme Court Agrees To Hear Same-Sex Marriage Cases

Legally Speaking January 22, 2015

On January 16th, the US Supreme Court announced it would hear same-sex marriage challenges resulting from the split in the federal circuits on the issue.

Politics and Women’s Fertility

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine January 22, 2015

We are used to public discussions about contraception and abortion; in those areas, there are strong opinions and often vehement disagreement about women’s decisions. There is, however, much less information and discussion in the public square about declining fertility; in fact, there is appalling ignorance about women’s “window of fertility.”

Japan Not So Easy: Half the Country's Not Having Sex

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine January 22, 2015

Nearly half of the adult population in Japan is not having sex, a new study conducted by the Japan Family Planning Association reported.

Should More Young Women Consider Freezing Their Eggs?

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine January 22, 2015

It’s a complex and rather fraught issue that has many women wondering whether they should put all their eggs into (fate’s) one basket or take advantage of available technology.

School of Medicine Scientist Finds the Cause of ‘Headless’ Sperm in Male Infertility

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine January 21, 2015

Male infertility affects one out of 20 adult men worldwide, and headless sperm are often seen in the semen of male infertility patients. In some infertile males, all their sperm are headless, a condition called “acephalic sperm.”

Injecting Sperm into Egg Doesn't Guarantee Pregnancy

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine January 21, 2015

The use of the new IVF procedure has doubled in prevalence over the past decade without evidence of reproductive outcome.

'Designer Babies' Debate Should Start, Scientists Say

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine January 20, 2015

Rapid progress in genetics is making "designer babies" more likely and society needs to be prepared, leading scientists have told the BBC.

When Conception Is Not Reality: 1 in 8 Couples Struggles to Get and Stay Pregnant

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine January 19, 2015

Thirty-six years ago, Louise Brown became the first baby born from a new experimental reproductive procedure called in vitro fertilization (IVF). Her British parents had been trying to conceive for nine years, but they struggled with infertility due to the mother’s blocked fallopian tubes.IVF seemed like science fiction to many observers at the time. But the birth of a healthy “test tube baby” gave hope to millions of others around the world battling infertility. IVF launched a revolution in the field of reproductive medicine that continues today, with new advancements helping women conceive.

U-M Alum's Embryo Donation 'Responsible, Right'

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine January 19, 2015

For Brooke Kendrick, there was never a decision to make. Donating her embryos — the ones that carried a genetic mutation that stole her brother's ability to walk on his own — was a conclusion before it was a question.

I Thought Having A Baby When I Was 'Ready' Would Be Easy. I Was Wrong

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine January 15, 2015

After getting married, I wanted to have kids, but I didn’t want to work at having them – I wanted a baby to come naturally. I refused to be that neurotic, maternal Medusa scheduling sex with her husband. I took for granted that I’d get pregnant without having to think twice about it. I was so wrong.


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