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Tel Aviv University Study Throws Spotlight on Gene Mutation Responsible for Premature Ovarian Failure

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine December 18, 2014

Premature ovarian failure, also known as primary ovarian insufficiency (POI), affects 1% of all women worldwide. In most cases, the exact cause of the condition, which is often associated with infertility, is difficult to determine. A new Tel Aviv University study throws a spotlight on a previously-unidentified cause of POI: a unique mutation in a gene called SYCE1 that has not been previously associated with POI in humans.

The Five Arms for Maintaining Your Fertility Naturally

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine December 16, 2014

There have been some tremendous scientific developments over the last three decades in the realm of assisted conception, opening a great number of doors for women and transforming the way we think about fertility. However, I still believe that self-care needs to be front of mind for couples that are trying to conceive.

Source of Sperm and Egg's Zinc Sparks Identified

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine December 16, 2014

When egg meets sperm in mammals, zinc sparks fly.

Few Employers Cover Egg Freezing for Women With Cancer

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine December 16, 2014

As some companies add egg freezing to their list of fertility benefits, they're touting the coverage as a family-friendly perk. Women's health advocates say they welcome any expansion of fertility coverage. But they say that the much-publicized changes at a few high-profile companies such as Facebook and Apple are still relatively rare, even for women with serious illnesses like cancer who want to preserve their fertility.

Lesbian Couple Goes to Court Fighting Sperm Donor for Kids

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine December 12, 2014

 A legal battle over parental rights - a lesbian couple is going to court after their sperm donor is fighting for their kids. They had a contract in California but now that the couple is living in metro Detroit, the deal may not be binding. 

Hypertension, Medical Conditions Linked to Low Semen Quality

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine December 12, 2014

Medical comorbidities are linked to poor semen quality, suggesting that current health condition and genetic factors affect sperm production, according to findings of a cross-sectional study published online December 9 in Fertility and Sterility.

Checkups: For Cancer Patients Hoping to Start a Family, Cincinnati Fertility Experts Offer Options

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine December 11, 2014

For many, starting a family is the ultimate dream. But when a young woman gets a diagnosis of cancer, that dream can be replaced with difficult questions about surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, and potential loss of fertility.

What Problem Is Quebec’s IVF Bill Trying to Solve?

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine December 10, 2014

Discussions surrounding Quebec’s proposed reforms to its laws relating to assisted procreation have focused on its decision to eliminate its program of funding three cycles of in vitro fertilization (IVF). But this narrow focus ignores other significant changes in Bill 20: notably, its decision to prohibit women over the age of 42 from using IVF and the requirement that Quebeckers using donated sperm or eggs undergo a psychosocial assessment prior to accessing treatment.

Longer Sperm Better at Fertilising Eggs: Study

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine December 10, 2014

Long sperm is more likely to reach and fertilise eggs compared to short sperm, even if the short sperm is given a 'head start', a new study on birds has found.

D.C. Conference to Focus War Wounds' Impact on Sex and Intimacy

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine December 10, 2014

A two-day conference in Washington, D.C., this week will tackle an often overlooked result of combat injuries: the impact war wounds can have on fertility, sex and relationships.


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