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Funding One IVF Treatment Is Not The Answer For Infertility

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine April 16, 2014

The announcement that Ontario will provide new funding for in vitro fertilization (IVF) was met with praise from advocates of Ontarians seeking infertility treatment. The expanded funding will cover one cycle of IVF, and will be tied to the transfer of one embryo at a time to reduce the number of high-risk multiple births in the province.

Weight Loss to Improve Fertility Outcomes: How Far Should We Go?

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine April 16, 2014

Obesity is now a pandemic and undoubtedly the greatest burden facing health services worldwide. Twenty percent of women of childbearing age are thought to be obese. It is well-established that, in women, obesity is associated with reduced rates of ovulation, increased miscarriage rates and poor response to ovarian stimulation during assisted conception. Male fertility also appears to be similarly adversely affected with evidence of a reduced ejaculate volume, reduced sperm count and increased sperm DNA damage in obese men.

ASRM, ACOG, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the March of Dimes Host Congressional Briefing

ASRM Bulletins April 14, 2014

At a congressional briefing on Capitol Hill yesterday, more than 100 hill staffers and other interested individuals heard from the leaders of ASRM, ACOG, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the March of Dimes about the need to reform the Toxic Substances Control Act, which governs the use of toxic chemicals in commerce. Several proposals have been introduced in Congress to reform the Act which was passed in 1976.

Going Solo

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine April 14, 2014

Jo Hartley meets three women whose longing for a baby was so great they each decided not to wait for a partner.

Gene Peeks: A Way to See Your Baby Before It's Conceived

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine April 11, 2014

For many couples looking to get pregnant, doctors may recommend that they each get tested for genetic diseases. Some expectant moms are also advised to undergo tests like an amniocentesis during their second trimester to rule out certain birth defects like Down syndrome. However, GenePeeks is a company that takes testing one step further by combining the DNA of the prospective parents to make ‘virtual babies.’

Payment of ‘Reasonable Expenses’ To Embryo Donors Suggested

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine April 10, 2014

New relationships Bill allows for payment of expenses to surrogate mothers, but prohibits use of commercial surrogacy services

In Vitro Test Spots Healthy Embryos, Improving Success Rate

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine April 10, 2014

A woman struggling to conceive children through in vitro fertilization can now turn to a growing number of Bay Area startups with sophisticated technologies designed to make the frustrating process cheaper and more successful.

Italy Court Rules Ban on Sperm Donors 'Unlawful'

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine April 10, 2014

Italy’s constitutional court on Wednesday ruled that a ban on the use of donor sperm and eggs, which forms part of the country's restrictive law on fertility treatment, is “unlawful” and “unconstitutional”.

Embryo Screening Gives Couples Hope for Healthy Pregnancy(2)

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine April 10, 2014

Five months into her first pregnancy, Christina Lee learned the baby she was carrying would not survive.

Health: Fertility Problems Could Be Caused by PCOS

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine April 08, 2014

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) affects between 5 per cent and 10 per cent of women in their reproductive years. It is considered one of the leading causes of subfertility in females. Subfertility describes a situation where a person less fertile than normal but still capable of reproducing. PCOS is treatable.


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