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Endometriosis Might Be Determined By Blood Test, Study Shows

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine June 23, 2016

Pennsylvania State University researchers have revealed that lipid metabolism, a parameter easily measured with a blood test, is different in mice models of endometriosis. The finding may ultimately lead to a new diagnosing tool for endometriosis patients.

Service Members Need More Access to Reproductive Medicine

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine June 22, 2016

Just three weeks ago, on Memorial Day, we honored our service members who gave the ultimate sacrifice while serving our country. Soon we will celebrate our National Day of Independence. Americans will take time to enjoy their families on this federal holiday.

Human Cloning Fear Could Stymie Effort to Provide Wounded Vets with Fertility Care

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine June 22, 2016

A prominent conservative group hopes to derail a congressional effort to give wounded veterans access to fertility services through the VA, saying it could lead to human cloning and three-parent embryos.

Infertile Women Could Get New Wombs Grown from Stem Cells Within 10 Years, Says Transplant Pioneer

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine June 22, 2016

Infertile women could be implanted with new wombs grown from their own stem cells within 10 years, the doctor who achieved the first uterus transplant has predicted.

Louisiana Surrogacy Bill and Cases of Interest

Legally Speaking June 22, 2016

The Louisiana legislature passed a bill addressing gestational surrogacy; and Governor John Bel Edwards signed it into law on June 15th. The new law provides for enforceability of gestational carrier agreements, but only if they meet certain requirements. Among other things, the law requires that: the intended parents be a heterosexual, married couple who have undergone a background check and obtained pre-transfer court approval; no donor gametes or embryos are used to form the embryos; and no payment other than reimbursement for actual expenses (including lost wages) may be made to the gestational carrier.

Do Women Who Donate Their Eggs Run a Health Risk?

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine June 21, 2016

Maggie Eastman considers it the worst decision she ever made. In 2003, beset by $30,000 in tuition debt and imbued with a burst of altruism, Eastman, a college senior, decided to donate her eggs to help an infertile couple have a baby. Over the next decade she donated nine more times, earning a total of about $20,000 — money that helped Eastman and her then-husband buy a house.

DIY Sperm Test to Hit the Market this Fall

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine June 21, 2016

A semen centrifuge is the newest direct-to-consumer fertility device on the market. The Trak, a desktop gadget that measures a man’s sperm count, was approved by the Food and Drug Administration earlier this month for consumer use.

These Feminine Smells Get Sperm Moving

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine June 21, 2016

Sperm are the cheetahs of the microscopic world: Made of little more than molecular muscle and batteries, tipped with a payload of genetic information, they are optimized for speed. But to orient themselves before their epic, seven-inch sprint (it’s more impressive if you’re less than one three-thousandth that size), they first need to sniff out the location of the egg—and, it turns out, the analogy to the sense of smell may be particularly apt.

Zika Vaccine Approved for First Human Testing

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine June 20, 2016

Two companies announced Monday that they have received the first approval to test a Zika vaccine on humans. While the approval from the Food and Drug Administration is early in the long process of approving a vaccine for widespread use, it is a step forward in finding a vaccine for the virus, which has become a global health emergency.

Vermont Insurers Must Now Cover Vasectomies

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine June 20, 2016

Vermont has become one of several states working to make sure vasectomies are among the birth control options couples can afford.

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