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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.  

Father of In-vitro Fertilization Delivers Final Story of Medicine, Love

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine October 09, 2015

Always known for his prodigious work habits, Dr. Howard Jones Jr. is still producing two months after his death.His last book - "Howard & Georgeanna - Sixty Years of Marriage & Medicine" - has just been released on, the tale of the courtship and married years of Jones and his wife, Georgeanna Seegar Jones.Together, they formed an in vitro fertilization program at Eastern Virginia Medical School that led to the country's first IVF baby.

More US Women May Now Get IUD Minutes After Giving Birth

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine October 09, 2015

A new study shows that increased insurance coverage in more states is making contraception, particularly in the form of an intrauterine device (IUD), more available among women at the hospital right after delivery.

Common Gene Variant May Raise Miscarriage Risk, Study Finds

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine October 09, 2015

Scientists report that a common gene variant may be linked to both early pregnancy loss and failed in vitro fertilization (IVF) treatments. The variant in a woman's genome, which causes errors in the cell replication process, is strongly associated with risk of aneuploidy -- an abnormal number of chromosomes in a cell, the researchers said. But they did not prove that the variant causes pregnancy problems.

Halt Hormone Therapy in Postmenopausal Women After MI

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine October 08, 2015

Hormone therapy might be protective in postmenopausal women during a first myocardial infarction (MI), but could increase the risk — and severity — of a second, results from an observational Finnish study suggest.

Gene Studies Shed Light on Women’s Reproductive Health

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine October 08, 2015

Genetics has revolutionized the study of women’s cancers. Now a woman can swab her cheek and learn whether she’s at an elevated risk of developing breast or ovarian cancer. And if she does find a lump in her chest, that woman can take another genetic test to determine whether she’s a good candidate for targeted drug therapy.

UNL Professor's New Study Examines Sexual Satisfaction in Marriage vs. Cohabitation

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine October 08, 2015

Being sexually satisfied can be a priority for many adults. In fact, the decision of whether to cohabitate or marry may be a stressor if sex becomes less satisfying for a couple, depending on which they choose.Professor Larry Gibbs, a postdoctoral research associate in the sociology department at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, became interested in the topic of sexual satisfaction among heterosexual couples who are married versus those who simply cohabitate. He said this emanated from a broader discussion on relationship quality and stability.

Ovarian Tissue Transplant Can Help Some Women Have Kids After Cancer Treatment

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine October 07, 2015

Cancer patients who have ovarian tissue removed and stored for later transplantation have a chance at a successful pregnancy, a new study finds.

Trying for a Baby? You should Have sex ALL Month Long: Intercourse Triggers Changes in the Immune System Which Prepare the Body for Pregnancy

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine October 07, 2015

Having sex even outside a woman’s ‘fertile window’ can boost the chances of having a baby, according to research.Scientists found that regular sex throughout the month alters the woman’s immune system, making her body more hospitable for pregnancy.

Should Doctors Help Infertility Patients Who Cross Borders For Care?

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine October 07, 2015

Yes, if they want to, some ethicists argue in an essay in the European Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Reproductive Biology.“Physicians should abide by national laws,” lead author Wannes Van Hoof, a bioethicist at Ghent University in Belgium, said by email. As long as they are providing care that is legal where they practice, states shouldn’t interfere, Van Hoof added.

Women Find A Fertility Test Isn't As Reliable As They'd Like

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine October 06, 2015

Women concerned about their fertility can use a test to help decide whether they should freeze their eggs now or whether they still have time to have a baby.


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