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Fertility & Having Children

The First Person Who Ever Saw Sperm Cells Collected Them From His Wife

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine June 02, 2015

It’s a bright day in 1677, in the city of Delft, and Antonie van Leeuwenhoek is making love to his wife. But moments after he shudders with orgasm, he hurries out of bed to grab his microscope. After all, he’s not just spending time with his wife: he’s running an important scientific experiment at the request of the Royal Society in London.

Other People’s Children: Surrogacy And Its Misconceptions

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine June 01, 2015

It was a medical problem and a sister’s deep concern that first planted the idea in Sarah Cowen’s mind of carrying a baby to term for someone else.

VA Cannot Pay for Fertility Treatments for Injured Veterans

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine May 29, 2015

Current federal law does not allow the Department of Veterans Affairs to pay for the treatments. The current law went into effect 23 years ago, but is now being challenged from both sides of the political aisle, as injured heroes from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars try to have children.

New Gene Linked to Male Infertility

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine May 29, 2015

 Mutations in TEX11 were found in 2.4% of infertile men with non-obstructive azoospermia without another known cause. Azoospermia refers to the absence of sperm cells in the semen. This may be due to an obstruction, or an inability to produce mature sperm cells (non-obstructive azoospermia). While some chromosomal abnormalities have been associated with subtypes of non-obstructive azoopermia, the genetic basis of the majority of patients affected is not fully understood.

Why I Can’t Just Throw Out Frozen Sperm

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine May 28, 2015

All it needs is for me to sign the 18 letters of my name, giving the fertility clinic permission to thaw and discard our donor’s sperm – the remaining fractions from a week he spent here four years ago for the sole purpose of donating his genes, his history and a little piece of his soul to help us build our family.

Quebec to Allow IVF for Women Over 42

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine May 28, 2015

The Quebec government is backing away from draconian proposals that would have forbidden women from seeking in-vitro fertilization beyond age 42 and would have forced couples to have intercourse for up to three years before qualifying for IVF.

Women Over 50 are Smashing Fertility Records by Giving Birth More Now Than Ever Before

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine May 28, 2015

We generally think that after women go through menopause, around age 50, their child-bearing years are behind them, and any new children in their lives will be grandchildren. A pregnant woman over 50 is a rare sight. But data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that, while not widespread, births to women 50 and older do happen — more now than ever before. 

EEVA Fertility Treatment

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine May 27, 2015

As many as 1.5 million married couples in the United States have a difficult time starting a family, and many of them turn to fertility experts for help. Now a new technology is increasing the odds that an implanted embryo will result in a successful pregnancy and delivery.

First Part of Ejaculate May Be Primed for Conception

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine May 27, 2015

The initial portion of ejaculate is most likely to lead to conception, a small new study suggests.

New Study is Shedding Light on the Safety of Infertility Options

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine May 26, 2015

Many couples trying to start a family need medical intervention before they can conceive. About 15 percent of all married couples in the United States have a tough time conceiving. Many turn to assisted reproductive technologies or art, including in vitro fertilization. A major, published study is shedding new light on the safety of infertility options.


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