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Also see: FDA announcements and NIH announcements

Common Gene Variant May Raise Miscarriage Risk, Study Finds

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine October 09, 2015

Scientists report that a common gene variant may be linked to both early pregnancy loss and failed in vitro fertilization (IVF) treatments. The variant in a woman's genome, which causes errors in the cell replication process, is strongly associated with risk of aneuploidy -- an abnormal number of chromosomes in a cell, the researchers said. But they did not prove that the variant causes pregnancy problems.

More US Women May Now Get IUD Minutes After Giving Birth

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine October 09, 2015

A new study shows that increased insurance coverage in more states is making contraception, particularly in the form of an intrauterine device (IUD), more available among women at the hospital right after delivery.

UNL Professor's New Study Examines Sexual Satisfaction in Marriage vs. Cohabitation

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine October 08, 2015

Being sexually satisfied can be a priority for many adults. In fact, the decision of whether to cohabitate or marry may be a stressor if sex becomes less satisfying for a couple, depending on which they choose.Professor Larry Gibbs, a postdoctoral research associate in the sociology department at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, became interested in the topic of sexual satisfaction among heterosexual couples who are married versus those who simply cohabitate. He said this emanated from a broader discussion on relationship quality and stability.

Should Doctors Help Infertility Patients Who Cross Borders For Care?

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine October 07, 2015

Yes, if they want to, some ethicists argue in an essay in the European Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Reproductive Biology.“Physicians should abide by national laws,” lead author Wannes Van Hoof, a bioethicist at Ghent University in Belgium, said by email. As long as they are providing care that is legal where they practice, states shouldn’t interfere, Van Hoof added.

Trying for a Baby? You should Have sex ALL Month Long: Intercourse Triggers Changes in the Immune System Which Prepare the Body for Pregnancy

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine October 07, 2015

Having sex even outside a woman’s ‘fertile window’ can boost the chances of having a baby, according to research.Scientists found that regular sex throughout the month alters the woman’s immune system, making her body more hospitable for pregnancy.

Ovarian Tissue Transplant Can Help Some Women Have Kids After Cancer Treatment

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine October 07, 2015

Cancer patients who have ovarian tissue removed and stored for later transplantation have a chance at a successful pregnancy, a new study finds.

Women Find A Fertility Test Isn't As Reliable As They'd Like

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine October 06, 2015

Women concerned about their fertility can use a test to help decide whether they should freeze their eggs now or whether they still have time to have a baby.

Why Science Can't Say When a Baby's Life Begins

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine October 05, 2015

Modern science offers no clarity. If anything, the past century of scientific advances have only made the answer more complicated. As scientists have peered into wombs with ultrasound and looked directly at sperm entering an egg, they’ve found that all the bright lines they thought existed dissolving.

Researchers Call for WHO Review After One-seventh Meet Normal Sperm Count

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine October 02, 2015

A Western Australian study of men in their 20s, published on Friday, found only one in seven met the World Health Organisation’s male fertility criteria

Scientists Report New Avenue for Study of Male Infertility, Contraception

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine October 02, 2015

Japanese scientists have reported a potential breakthrough in the study of male infertility after they identified the role a certain protein plays in the motility of sperm.


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