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In Vitro Births Continue to Rise in US

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine March 03, 2015

More babies in the United States are being conceived by in vitro fertilization, a new report shows. Nearly 2,000 more infants were born with the help of this assisted reproductive technology in 2013, compared with 2012, the researchers reported

The Future of Fertility: From Womb Transplant to Ovarian Tissue and Embryo Freezing

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine March 03, 2015

Fertility doctors don’t give standing ovations very often. But when a team of Swedish doctors announced at a recent conference the first-ever birth of a baby to a woman who had a womb transplant, it nearly blew the doors off the room.

Is 50 the New 40 for Motherhood?

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine March 03, 2015

Before singer Sophie B. Hawkins, who already has a 6-year-old son, decided to have another baby at 50, she admits, her age made her think more than twice about the humongous and life-changing step.

Retroviruses: Human Embryos May Be Affected By Ancient Viral Invaders

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine March 02, 2015

Viruses that invaded the DNA of humanity's ancestors millions of years ago may now play critical roles in the earliest stages of human development, researchers say.

Mitochondrial Manipulation Technology Unlikely in United States Anytime Soon

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine March 02, 2015

Lawmakers in the United Kingdom voted recently to allow fertility clinics to use mitochondrial manipulation technology (MMT) to enable women with mutations in mitochondrial genes to have genetically healthy children . But the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is being much more conservative and is awaiting results of further preclinical research before allowing clinical trials to begin. The technology is of concern because it manipulates the germline, something many countries prohibit.

Over-The-Counter Birth Control Could Be Huge For Women — With One Exception

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine March 02, 2015

In the wake of the Affordable Care Act contraception mandate, religious exemptions and the Hobby Lobby case, a new avenue for low-cost birth control emerged: over-the-counter pills at your local pharmacy. As it turns out, this may be the way to lower unintended pregnancies once and for all in the United States — or at least greatly reduce them. Researchers at the University of California, San Francisco recently found that over-the-counter birth control pills could reduce unplanned pregnancies among low-income women by up to 25 percent.

What Are Your Odds Of IVF Success? Consider These 5 Factors

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine February 27, 2015

A new expert-developed algorithm can predict your success rate for in vitro fertilization. We caught up with the docs to learn what drives your odds.

Is U.S. Fertility at an All-Time Low? It Depends

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine February 27, 2015

U.S. fertility rates have reached another record low, at 62.5 births per 1,000 women of childbearing age, according to the most recent government figures. To some, this is cause for hand-wringing, as concerns arise that low fertility will spell problems for the nation’s economy; while others, concerned about limited natural resources, may look positively on the decline.

My Life: Praying for Miracle End to Infertility

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine February 24, 2015

Infertility was one thing I never imagined I would have to deal with as no one in my family had any problems conceiving.

More Young Women Getting Fertility Checkups

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine February 24, 2015

You may not even be thinking of having a baby yet, but if you’re in your 20’s maybe you should start thinking about and planning for that bundle of joy now.

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