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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

5 Surprising Facts About Egg Freezing

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine June 20, 2016

A city in Japan has announced that it will pay a large part of the cost of egg freezing for women who live there, as part of a program aimed at raising the country's low birth rate. Egg freezing is the process of extracting egg cells from a woman's ovaries and storing them for later use.

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.

How a Transgender Woman Could Get Pregnant

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine June 16, 2016

When Mats Brännström first dreamed of performing uterus transplants, he envisioned helping women who were born without the organ or had to have hysterectomies. He wanted to give them a chance at birthing their own children, especially in countries like his native Sweden where surrogacy is illegal. He auditioned the procedure in female rodents. Then he moved on to sheep and baboons. Two years ago, in a medical first, he managed to help a human womb–transplant patient deliver her own baby boy. In other patients, four more babies followed.

GOP Objection kills Senate Funding for Military Fertility Program

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine June 15, 2016

In January the Pentagon launched a pilot program that allowed U.S. troops to freeze their sperm and eggs before deployment. Defense Secretary Ash Carter lauded it as a way that service members could preserve their reproductive cells in case they suffered catastrophic wounds or merely wanted to put off having children. Now the program might be heading for a quick demise: On Tuesday, the Republican-led Senate voted 85-13 to approve a $602 billion military spending bill for 2017 that stripped funding for the program.

Gaps In Women’s Health Care May Derail Zika Prevention In Texas, Florida

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine June 15, 2016

Mosquitoes bearing Zika — a virus that can cause birth defects when contracted by pregnant women — are expected to reach the United States as soon as this summer, with Florida and Texas likely to be among the hardest-hit states.

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