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Stop Freaking Out About Having Babies in Your 30s. Your Great-Grandma Did It, Too

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine December 19, 2014

The shift toward late motherhood – commonly defined as motherhood after 35 – is often presented as a story of progress and technological liberation from the biological clock.While this triumphal narrative contains a few grains of truth, it is as simplistic as it is satisfying. History shows us that the “best age” to have a child is very much a product of the cultural and economic moment, not a just dictate of biology that we need to escape.

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.

ASRM President Rebecca Sokol, MD, MPH Visits NYC and DC to Represent the Society

ASRM Bulletins November 20, 2014

ASRM President and California resident Rebecca Sokol braved the East Coast cold this week to represent the society at several important events.

ASRM Celebrates November as National Adoption Month

Press Releases November 19, 2014

The American Society for Reproductive Medicine joins in recognizing November as National Adoption Month.  First proclaimed by President Bill Clinton in November 1995, it is a month to acknowledge the special families brought into being through love and hard work, rather than biology, and to share information and encouragement with those who are on the adoption road to family-building.

“In Re Baby,” Tennessee Supreme Court

Legally Speaking November 14, 2014

“In Re Baby,” Tennessee S. Ct. (September 2014), [2-14 Tenn. LEXIS 642] http://www.tncourts.gov/courts/supreme-court/opinions/2014/09/18/re-baby-et-al

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