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7 Things Only Someone Dealing With Infertility Understands

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine December 01, 2015

Imagine the irony: You spend most of your young adult life trying not to get pregnant. Then when you’re ready to be in the pink or blue, month after month that stupid pregnancy test says no. That’s the reality for the 1 in 8 couples who have trouble conceiving. Yep, it’s that many. Don’t think you know anyone? Take it from someone who hid it from most of her friends—they’re just not telling you. Keep these facts in mind should they choose to confide.

The alternative infertility treatment that's helping some women get pregnant

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine November 30, 2015

Any woman who is struggling with infertility will tell you that one of the worst parts of going through in vitro fertilization (IVF) are the daily hormone injections. And for some women, those injections could even be downright dangerous.Although IVF is still considered the gold standard, there’s an infertility treatment available that is offering hope — in vitro maturation (IVM). IVM has the potential to improve the chances for women to have babies without a long course of hormones.  

Progesterone May Not Help Women With History of Miscarriages, Study Finds

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine November 30, 2015

Giving progesterone to women who have had three or more miscarriages does not improve their chances of carrying a pregnancy to term, according to a study published on Wednesday.

Contaminating Our Bodies With Everyday Products

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine November 30, 2015

In recent weeks, two major medical organizations have issued independent warnings about toxic chemicals in products all around us. Unregulated substances, they say, are sometimes linked to breast and prostate cancer, genital deformities, obesity, diabetes and infertility.

Parasitic worm “Increases Women’s Fertility”

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine November 23, 2015

Infection with a species of parasitic worm increases the fertility of women, say scientists.

This is why a Mouse's sperm is Longer than an Elephant's

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine November 20, 2015

There are competing ideas about why sperm size differs among animals. One idea holds that small animals and large animals have wildly different metabolic constraints. Small animals with high metabolisms are better able to produce new sperm cells than large animals that form new cells more slowly.

Divorced Couple's Embryos Can Be Discarded, Rules California Judge

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine November 20, 2015

A woman must abide by an agreement with her ex-husband to destroy five frozen embryos if they got a divorce, despite her contention that they represent her last chance to have children, a California judge ruled Wednesday.

Italian scientists Used 'chromosomally Abnormal' Embryos to Produce 6 Healthy Babies

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine November 20, 2015

Embryos with a mix of normal and abnormal chromosomes implanted during in vitro fertilization (IVF) can develop into healthy newborns, a small new study suggests.

Foreign Couples in Limbo After India Restricts Surrogacy Services

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine November 18, 2015

Gea Bassett and Doug Smith of Seattle counted on a surrogacy service in India to fulfill their years’ long desire to have a second child. Now the couple is scrambling to recover their frozen fertilized eggs from a Mumbai fertility clinic after the country’s recent move to bar foreigners from hiring surrogate mothers.

Womb Transplants – is Surrogacy Safer?

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine November 17, 2015

The recent news that the Health Research Authority has given approval to a UK charity to conduct a clinical trial for womb transplants is seen as welcome news for women without wombs. Womb Transplant UK, led by Dr Richard Smith, a consultant gynaecologist at the Queen Charlotte's and Chelsea Hospital in London, has been given approval to conduct a clinical trial involving ten womb transplants.


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