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Headlines in Reproductive Medicine

The following links have been gleaned from current news to help keep you informed on reproductive medicine's impact on our world. Note:  Some newspapers and periodicals require free registration to access their online articles. The links on this page may expire within a week of posting; however, most news web sites keep online archives with articles offered either free or available for purchase. WARNING! THE ASRM HAS NOT REVIEWED THE CONTENTS OF THE EXTERNAL WEB SITES LISTED ON THIS PAGE, NOR CAN WE ENDORSE THEM OR THE VIEWS EXPRESSED WITHIN.  

Lena Dunham Has Endometriosis, Here are 5 Facts About the Disease

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine February 10, 2016

This isn't surprising at all, considering that endometriosis is mostly mysterious and difficult to diagnose — yet, as Dunham notes, incredibly common in women of reproductive age. Here are five important facts about the condition.

Sperm Banks Draft Zika Virus Policy

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine February 10, 2016

Some sperm banks and fertility societies are taking steps to keep the Zika virus out of their supplies of donor sperm to avoid infecting women trying to get pregnant.

California Considers Funding Controversial Research: Editing Genes in Human Embryos

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine February 10, 2016

The California Institute of Regenerative Medicine was created in 2004 to fund stem cell research, after the federal government stopped paying for most experiments with human embryos. Now the state agency is considering underwriting another controversial use of embryos that the federal government won’t support — editing their genes.

Stark correlation Found Between Heavy Cell Phone Use and Male Infertility

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine February 09, 2016

Men, don't throw out your mobile phones just yet. But if you want children, don't slump while talking on your phone, because you have to keep the thing more than half a meter from your groin. Never talk on it while it's charging and yes, it's time to take your man-purse out of storage – you shouldn't keep your cellphone in your pants pocket.

Debate About Fertility Treatment Ethics as South African Company Flies Women to Australia to Donate Eggs

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine February 09, 2016

A South African company has sparked renewed debate about the ethics of some fertility treatments. The company recruits young women to donate their eggs and is heavily promoting itself in Australia.

Pentagon to Offer Plan to Store Eggs and Sperm

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine February 08, 2016

Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter believes he has come up with a way to help the Pentagon retain troops: freezing sperm and eggs. As part of an initiative to make military service more appealing and family friendly, Mr. Carter has created a pilot program that will pay for troops to have their reproductive cells preserved.

Hair Dye that Could Harm Women's Fertility Banned

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine February 08, 2016

A hair dye that can harm a woman's fertility and endanger her unborn child has been banned in Britain.

Inside One of The World's Largest Sperm Banks

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine February 03, 2016

Cryos International is located on the fifth floor of a small building in Aarhus, Denmark. It looks like any other office, but inside, it's among the world's largest sperm banks.

Report: It's Ethical to Test Embryos From DNA of 3 People

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine February 03, 2016

Creating babies from the DNA of three people — a man and two women — one day might prevent mothers from passing on devastating genetic diseases, and advisers to the government now say it's ethical to test the procedure under certain conditions.

Fertility Issues for Cancer Patients Can Also Bring Legal Headaches

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine February 02, 2016

Reproductive technology has made it easier for cancer survivors to start families despite being infertile after treatment, but some patients may still find their future parenthood plans dashed by legal complications, says a group of U.S. doctors and lawyers.

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