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Coffee Linked to Reduced Risk of Erectile Dysfunction

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine May 22, 2015

Drinking two to three cups of coffee every day could lower a man's risk of erectile dysfunction.

IVF Bid for Swedish Singles Moves Forward

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine May 22, 2015

Plans to allow single women in Sweden to have fertility treatment funded by taxpayers are expected to come into force next year. The new rules would allow the same reproductive rights to singles as women in a relationship. 

High Cost of Fertility Treatment Sends Many into Debt

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine May 22, 2015

Many women who want a baby aren't letting the high cost of fertility treatments dissuade them—and are carrying loads of debt as a result.A new survey found that 44 percent of women who sought fertility treatment racked up more than $10,000 in debt, with about a third of them using credit cards to finance at least part of that expenditure.

Sperm Recognized as Property in B.C. Case; Donors win $6.2M Settlement

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine May 21, 2015

VANCOUVER — The University of B.C. has agreed to compensate hundreds of cancer victims whose sperm was inadvertently destroyed, in a settlement that recognizes for the first time sperm as property.

8 Surprising Facts About Male Infertility

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine May 21, 2015

From riding bikes to wearing tighty whities and, ironically, using sex toys, there are lots of rumors and myths surrounding male infertility.

Study Says This Type of Guy Has the Healthiest Sperm

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine May 21, 2015

The research suggests that intelligence and humor are biology's way of attracting a mate. After putting 400 Vietnam War veterans through intense mental tests, the study "found that men who scored high on a battery of intelligence tests boasted high counts of healthy sperm. Whereas, low scorers tended to have fewer and more sickly sperm."

Barcode Your Egg and Sperm Cells to Avoid IVF Mix-ups

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine May 20, 2015

WHAT a mix-up. How can a couple undergoing IVF be sure that the right egg and sperm have been used? A personalised barcode for their sex cells could be the answer.

Investigating the Benefits of 'Sticky Sperm' for IVF

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine May 20, 2015

Scientists from the University of Leeds are investigating whether a molecule usually found in moisturisers and skin creams could improve IVF success rates in the UK. Embryologists running a clinical trial at the University are investigating whether hyaluronic acid, normally found in beauty products which are designed to maintain elasticity in the skin and keep hair and joints hydrated, helps sperm stick to the human egg when it is released from the ovary. 

Dino-Chicken Gets One Step Closer

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine May 20, 2015

Talk of a "chickenosaurus" lit up the science world last week when researchers announced they had modified the beak of a chicken embryo to resemble the snout of its dinosaur ancestors. But although some experts have lauded the feat, a beak is just one of many modifications needed to revert a chicken into a dinosaur. Given these obstacles, how close are scientists to creating a dino-chicken?

ASRM Applauds Introduction of Legislation Lifting Ban on IVF for Veterans

Press Releases May 19, 2015

“We are thrilled to see the introduction of HR 2257. With introduction of this bill, Chairman Miller has made a vital step towards assuring our country lives up to its obligation to do its best to make our service members whole upon their return.  For far too long, veterans whose service related injuries have left them unable to have children have not been able to access the best treatment available  - In Vitro Fertilization. In fact, federal law currently bans the Department of Veterans Affairs from providing this care. Currently, active duty service members with certain classes of injuries have access to care that includes in vitro fertilization, while those who separate from service and enter the Department of VA health care system do not. This bill would rectify that inequity and address the reproductive health care needs of veterans that arose due to their service."

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