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3-Person Embryos May Fail to Vanquish Mutant Mitochondria

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine May 20, 2016

A gene-therapy technique that aims to prevent mothers from passing on harmful genes to children through their mitochondria — the cell’s energy-producing structures — might not always work.

Senate Moves to Approve Fertility Care for Wounded Veterans

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine May 20, 2016

Veterans whose war wounds have rendered them infertile are one step closer to having their service-related condition covered by the Veterans Affairs Department. The Senate version of the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs funding bill, which passed Thursday in an 89-8 vote, included a provision that would require VA to cover fertility treatments for the estimated 1,800 to 2,000 post-9/11 troops whose combat or training-related injuries have affected their ability to have children.

ASRM Praises Senate for Acting to Lift Ban on VA Providing IVF Care to Wounded Veterans

ASRM Bulletins May 19, 2016

Today the U.S. Senate voted 89-8 to pass HR 2577, an appropriations measure funding Transportation-Housing and Urban Development and related agencies. The bill was combined with a measure to also fund Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, which included a provision giving the Department of VA the funds to begin providing IVF services to wounded veterans in need of assisted reproduction.

ASRM Praises Senate for Acting to Lift Ban on VA Providing IVF Care to Wounded Veterans

Press Releases May 19, 2016

“We are thrilled the Senate voted overwhelmingly today (89-8) to take care of our wounded veterans and provide them access to the care they need to build their families.”

Men’s Overall Health Is Related to IVF Success

Press Releases May 18, 2016

In the first report exploring links between men’s somatic health and assisted reproductive technology (ART) outcomes, researchers analyzed over five thousand IVF cycles using fresh eggs and sperm, performed between 2004 and 2014 at the Stanford Fertility and Reproductive Health Center. They found that male partners’ health conditions influenced outcomes such as fertilization, implantation, pregnancy, miscarriage, and live birth rates.

Many Fertility Apps, Websites Miss the Mark

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine May 18, 2016

Websites and apps that promise to calculate a woman's most fertile days may often be off base, a new study suggests.

How to Have a Baby: Fertility Clinic Founders Share 5 Dos and Don’ts

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine May 18, 2016

Women can spend years avoiding getting pregnant. Then when they’re ready to have kids, one in six Canadian couples can’t conceive.

The Never-ending Saga of the Obamacare Contraception Mandate

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine May 17, 2016

The long saga of the Affordable Care Act’s contraception mandate — which requires that contraception be covered as part of private health plans — took another turn at the Supreme Court today. And the Court — which, don’t forget, is still divided 4-4 between liberals and conservatives — sent it back down to the appeals courts, essentially telling them to find a solution to this problem that the religiously-affiliated organizations in this case will find acceptable, practically begging them to be reasonable while doing everything it can to make sure their tender feelings aren’t hurt.

1 in 7: Infertility a Harsh Reality for Many Couples

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine May 17, 2016

Infertility. It’s a common problem that impacts one in seven couples in the United States. Infertility is defined as “a couple trying to get pregnant for a year and not being successful,” according to Dr. George Hill with the Nashville Fertility Center.

Struggling with Male Infertility, A New Dad Recounts his Experience

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine May 17, 2016

It's what many married couples strive for, the idea of having a family.For one Midlands man his dream of becoming a father turned to a nightmare.But with a little help now he and his wife can hold on to their miracle.


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