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New Gene Linked to Male Infertility

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine May 29, 2015

 Mutations in TEX11 were found in 2.4% of infertile men with non-obstructive azoospermia without another known cause. Azoospermia refers to the absence of sperm cells in the semen. This may be due to an obstruction, or an inability to produce mature sperm cells (non-obstructive azoospermia). While some chromosomal abnormalities have been associated with subtypes of non-obstructive azoopermia, the genetic basis of the majority of patients affected is not fully understood.

Why I Can’t Just Throw Out Frozen Sperm

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine May 28, 2015

All it needs is for me to sign the 18 letters of my name, giving the fertility clinic permission to thaw and discard our donor’s sperm – the remaining fractions from a week he spent here four years ago for the sole purpose of donating his genes, his history and a little piece of his soul to help us build our family.

Quebec to Allow IVF for Women Over 42

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine May 28, 2015

The Quebec government is backing away from draconian proposals that would have forbidden women from seeking in-vitro fertilization beyond age 42 and would have forced couples to have intercourse for up to three years before qualifying for IVF.

EEVA Fertility Treatment

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine May 27, 2015

As many as 1.5 million married couples in the United States have a difficult time starting a family, and many of them turn to fertility experts for help. Now a new technology is increasing the odds that an implanted embryo will result in a successful pregnancy and delivery.

First Part of Ejaculate May Be Primed for Conception

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine May 27, 2015

The initial portion of ejaculate is most likely to lead to conception, a small new study suggests.

New Study is Shedding Light on the Safety of Infertility Options

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine May 26, 2015

Many couples trying to start a family need medical intervention before they can conceive. About 15 percent of all married couples in the United States have a tough time conceiving. Many turn to assisted reproductive technologies or art, including in vitro fertilization. A major, published study is shedding new light on the safety of infertility options.

What Veterans Affairs Won’t Pay for: Chance for the Wounded to Have kids

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine May 26, 2015

VA will not pick up the bill for in vitro fertilization, which fertility experts say offers those with spinal cord and genital injuries the best hope for a biological child.

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.

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. 

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."


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