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Medical Experts Talk Kim Kardashian, Sex Selection, And The Fear Of ‘Designer Babies’

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine June 29, 2015

Kim had just announced that she and Kanye were expecting a second child, a boy conceived through In Vitro Fertilization. Kim reportedly had only male embryos implanted; as you may have heard, she and Kanye already have a girl. Now they’re having a boy. (Update: Kardashian has since denied those reports, though she has confirmed she’s expecting a boy.)Steinberg founded The Fertility Institute in 1986. The technology rumored to be utilized by the Kardashian-Wests isn’t brand new, he pointed out — sex-selection is about 20 years old, IVF near 35 — but “people call us up, and they can’t believe it’s available.” After the Kim and Kanye news came out, the center was “blitzed” by calls, Steinberg said.

Fertility Experts Divided Over Benefits of Freezing eggs Cryogenically

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine June 29, 2015

Public broadcaster NHK aired a current affairs program on fertility in 2012 that caused a stir nationwide. Titled “The Impact of Aging Eggs,” the program warned viewers that women in their 30s and 40s were flirting with disappointment by delaying any attempt to conceive until they are older.

US Congress Moves to Block Human-Embryo Editing

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine June 26, 2015

The US House of Representatives is wading into the debate over whether human embryos should be modified to have heritable changes.

Here's How Men Make 200 Million Sperm Every Day

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine June 26, 2015

Human testes are masters of mass production, spitting out sperm at a rate of 200 million per day. But that doesn’t mean the process is fast–it takes 64 days to make a sperm. The organ keeps the count high with an assembly-line anatomy that scales up sperm development from a trickle to a flood.

Why Doctors Aren't Giving You the Fertility Tests They Should Be

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine June 26, 2015

For most gynecologists, the lack of communication is due in part to the fact that health insurance doesn't reimburse doctors for spending more time talking to their patients. Another factor is that most plans only cover the tests for women over 35 (the full battery costs about $1,000).

Freeze Sperm at 18, Bioethicist Urges Men

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine June 25, 2015

The sperm of all 18-year-olds should be frozen for use in later life because of the risks attached with being an older father, a UK bioethicist has argued.

This Common Medicine-Cabinet Drug Could Hurt Your Fertility

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine June 25, 2015

A small, new study shows that taking non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) can temporarily harm women’s fertility.

Biological Clock Ticking? Egg Freezing Now an Option

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine June 25, 2015

Reproductive specialists have frozen the eggs of women facing chemotherapy or radiation for decades. But in 2012, the American Society for Reproductive Medicine essentially endorsed the practice as an elective procedure by declaring that egg freezing was no longer considered experimental. Since then, the egg-freezing business has ramped up at fertility centers across the country.

Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Holds Hearing on IVF Legislation to Benefit Wounded Warriors and Veterans; ASRM Submits Testimony in Support

ASRM Bulletins June 24, 2015

Today, the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs held a hearing on several bills addressing benefits for veterans, including S. 469, the Women’s Veterans and Families Health Services Act of 2015. ASRM was invited to comment on the bill and submitted a letter of support.

Mayo Clinic: Effect of PCOS on Fertility Can Vary From one Woman to Another

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine June 24, 2015

The effect of polycystic ovary syndrome, or PCOS, on fertility can vary quite a bit from one woman to another. In some women, the syndrome can make getting pregnant more difficult than usual. But that's not always the case. When PCOS does have an impact on fertility, treatments can help.

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