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Virus Hiding in Our Genome Protects Early Human Embryos

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine April 21, 2015

We may owe our survival and complexity to a stowaway virus that springs to life in the very first cells of human embryos. Not only does the virus seem to protect embryos from other viruses, but it also assists genes when the groundwork is under way for the body plan of a new human.

Editorial: Infertility Bill Would Be Misuse of State Power; Judging Whether Women Are Morally Worthy of Medical Care Has No Place in Maine

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine April 21, 2015

Maine does not use the pillory or the stocks to shame people for perceived sin, but that isn’t stopping some lawmakers from trying to do the same thing with the insurance code.

What Causes Infertility? Learn The Truth Behind These 8 Common Myths

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine April 21, 2015

Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve known that I’ve wanted to have children; but ever since I was 22, when I began to hear some of the most prominent myths about what causes infertility, I’ve been worried that I would never be able to have them.

Sperm Bank Sued After Donor Details Emerge 7 Years Later

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine April 20, 2015

He was good on paper: Eloquent, mature, healthy and smart to boot. That's why Angela Collins and Margaret Elizabeth Hanson say they chose Donor 9623 to be the biological father of their child.Then last June, almost seven years after Collins gave birth to a son conceived with his sperm, they got a batch of emails from the sperm bank that unexpectedly — and perhaps mistakenly — included the donor's name. That set them on a sleuthing mission that quickly revealed he is schizophrenic, dropped out of college and had been arrested for burglary, they said in a lawsuit filed March 31 in Atlanta.

Things to Know About the Sperm Bank Industry

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine April 20, 2015

Sperm banking is a huge industry that has been around for decades but one that is relatively loosely regulated in the U.S. Here are some things to know about the industry.

Signs Ebola Spreads in Sex Prompt a CDC Warning

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine April 20, 2015

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention revised its guidelines on Ebola transmission on Sunday night, urging survivors to abstain from all forms of sex or use condoms every time “until more information becomes available,” rather than three months as previously recommended.

Jump on Twitter Monday at Lunchtime for a Chat on Infertility- Monday, April 20, 1-2 pm EDT

ASRM Bulletins April 17, 2015

National Infertility Awareness Week is April 19 to 25 and ASRM is participating in a Twitter Chat on Infertility. For an hour, representatives from six diverse organizations with expertise in infertility will be tweeting the facts about the condition and answering questions like:  What is infertility?  How is it treated?  How is infertility misunderstood?  How does the infertility affect the lives of patients?

ProCreation: Women Share Stories of Infertility Through Artwork

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine April 17, 2015

A May exhibit invites women to submit very personal art and artifacts.

Study: Millennials Overconfident About Future Fertility

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine April 17, 2015

A new study claims that an overwhelming number of young people are overconfident in their abilities to conceive in their 30s, once their career gets going.

In Vitro Fertilization Accounts for 1.5% of Births in the USA

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine April 17, 2015

The Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology represents the greater majority of in vitro fertilization clinics in the United States. Their report showed that doctors at these clinics performed 165,172 procedures, including IVF, with 61,740 babies born as a result of those efforts in 2012. In 2012 in the USA, more than 3.95 million babies were born. IVF treatments account for about 1.5% of all babies born in the United States in 2012.

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