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New SART Data Live, Online: Over 63,000 Babies Born from IVF Cycles Performed in 2013

ASRM Bulletins March 04, 2015

In 2013, 380 SART member clinics reported on 174,962 in vitro fertilization cycles resulting in the birth of 63,286 babies, up from 165,172 cycles and 61,740 babies born in 2012.  ART babies continue to represent more than 1.5% of the children born in the US.

Mutation May Cause Early Loss of Sperm Supply

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine March 04, 2015

Problems in a gene responsible for producing the protein TAF4b leave mice — and maybe men — unable to sustain sperm production. As embryos, mice lacking the protein failed to develop an adequate number of key cells in the sperm production process and as adults they quickly lost their initial fertility.

When Do I Get A Sibling? How To Talk To Your Child About Infertility

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine March 04, 2015

Like so many – actually, most – of our friends, my wife and I had a helluva time conceiving our daughter. After SEVEN rounds of IVF (An award for my wife, please), we had Viva. And because we're either incredibly hopeful or love flying too close to the sun, we've even gone a couple of luckless rounds with the help of a gestational carrier to try for a second baby. Are we done trying? Ask us at the end of a long day or when we're plucking out our gray hairs and we'll say, “Yes.” Ask us when we're trying to decide if we're getting rid of the bassinets and the changing table and we'll say, “Maybe not.”

Women With Endometriosis Need Support, Not Judgement

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine March 04, 2015

Known for years as the "career woman's disease" based on the idea that women without children develop disease in their reproductive organs, endometriosis is a painful condition thought to affect one in ten women worldwide.

Over 63,000 Babies Born from IVF Cycles Performed in 2013

Press Releases March 03, 2015

The Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology is pleased to release its report for the year 2013 on assisted reproductive technology in the United States. In 2013, 380 SART member clinics reported on 174,962 in vitro fertilization cycles resulting in the birth of 63,286 babies, up from 165,172 cycles and 61,740 babies born in 2012.  ART babies continue to represent more than 1.5% of the children born in the US.

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.

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