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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.

Sperm Donors Are Winning Visitation Rights

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine February 24, 2015

When it comes to parents, it seems that three or even four is no longer a crowd. At least, that’s the conclusion one might draw from the case of Sheena and Tiara Yates, a married lesbian couple in New Jersey. They’ve had their parenting expectations upended—twice—by the sperm donors of their two kids. Both men agreed, in writing, to provide their raw materials and to leave the parenting to the women. But then they decided that, after all, they’d like to have some role in the lives of their biological children, so they applied for visitation rights. As of now, the bio dads are winning. Their case is just the latest reminder of how perilous and confusing assisted reproduction cases can become.

What Can My Insurance Do To Cover My Fertility?

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine February 23, 2015

While many Utah couples are aware of the steep costs of conceiving a baby using fertility treatments, the law surrounding insurance coverage for those treatments may be a bit more vague.

'Fertility Tourism' struck Down by Thai Lawmakers. Why Now?

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine February 23, 2015

The case of 'Baby Gammy' involving an Australian couple, and a 'baby factory' case where a Japanese businessman fathered 16 children, brought a public outcry.


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