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Infertility on Mother’s Day, How You Can Help

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine May 06, 2016

Mother’s day can be one of the most heartbreaking days of the year for a woman who has struggled to conceive a child. This is the day that women all across the world who are mothers are recognized and honored for the one thing that a woman struggling with infertility has been praying for, pleading with and at times even sacrificing her life for. With all of the reminders in the media and in the retail sector to name a few, there is no shortage of indicators that the one dream that a woman struggling with infertility yearns for the most, the title of “Mother” has not yet been realized.

Vets Groups Rally Behind Bill to Let VA Provide IVF

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine May 05, 2016

A dozen veterans groups and support organizations are rallying behind legislation that would enable the Veterans Affairs Department to offer in vitro fertilization services to veterans with wounds and injuries prevent them from fathering children.

Advances in Human Embryo Research Rekindles Ethical Debate

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine May 05, 2016

Scientists have been able to make and study human embryos in their labs for decades. But they have never been able to keep them alive outside a woman's womb for more than about a week.

Control of Fertility: New Player Identified

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine May 03, 2016

Individual small RNAs are responsible for controlling the expression of gonadoliberin or GnRH (Gonadotropin-Releasing Hormone), a neurohormone that controls sexual maturation, the appearance of puberty, and fertility in adults, new research shows. The involvement of microRNAs, transcribed from DNA, occurs around birth, and marks a key step in postnatal development.

Scientists Successfully Made Sperm Cells From Human Skin Cells

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine May 03, 2016

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 6 percent of married women in the US are unable to get pregnant, and about 12 percent of women have difficulty getting pregnant or carrying a pregnancy to term, regardless of marital status."What to do when someone who wants to have a child lacks gametes [eggs or sperm]?" one of the researchers in a new study, Carlos Simon from the Valencian Infertility Institute, said in a press statement. "This is the problem we want to address: to be able to create gametes in people who do not have them."

Ask Well: Exercise Can Impair Fertility

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine May 03, 2016

Exercise is good, but too much — as in women who are endurance-distance athletes — can hinder fertility.

Will the End of IVF Twins Lead to More Fertility Benefits

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine May 02, 2016

New figures released by the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology, or SART, show that twin births from in-vitro fertilization are on the decline. Out of more than 190,000 IVF cycles — an all-time high — 78% of births were singletons, up from nearly 76% for 2013.

Four Things Doctors Wish they Knew about Infertility

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine May 02, 2016

About 12 percent of American women of childbearing age have trouble getting and staying pregnant, and about 7.5 percent of sexually experienced men under 44 have seen a fertility doctor, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Yet despite the fact that infertility is so common, there’s a lot we don’t know about it.

Four Journeys Through Infertility: Where Are They Now

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine May 02, 2016

From celebrating the everyday joys of being a new parent, to preparing to adopt another child, to contemplating future pregnancies, four couples who have struggled with infertility are moving forward.

Should You Take an at-Home Fertility Test?

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine April 29, 2016

For women who know they want to have kids, that’s a pretty grim thought, but it turns out to be even worse than that: We lose hundreds or even a thousand eggs per month through a process that’s like programmed cell death, says Owen Davis, MD, president of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM). And even if you’re preventing ovulation with the pill or an IUD, those unreleased eggs don’t stick around — they die.


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