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Publications may be obtained at your local library or bookstore or in some cases ordered from the publisher’s address provided. Generally, titles reviewed on this site are restricted to those published within the last five years. This list is in no way comprehensive or intended to replace, dictate, or fully define evaluation and treatment by a qualified professional. It is intended solely as an aid for persons seeking general information on issues in reproductive medicine. The views expressed in these book reviews are those of the reviewer and do not necessarily reflect those of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine.

The Netherlands OKs Growing Human Embryos for Research

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine May 31, 2016

Amid the furor raised by reports that American scientists are raising chimeras, or half-human, half-animal embryos, another country gave approval on Friday for researchers to grow human embryos. The reason why the Dutch government allowed scientists to grow human embryos is that the country’s limited supply of  leftover embryos from in vitro patients is fast depleting. However, the government said the human embryos could only be used for study in a limited number of fields, reports Reuters.

Women With Severe Symptoms of Depression May Have Difficulty Getting Pregnant; It's Not The Antidepressants

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine May 27, 2016

Clinical depression blankets every aspect of a person’s life, from social engagements to meals to work. The illness even reduces a woman’s chance of having a baby, according to a new study by researchers from the Boston University Schools of Public Health and Medicine.

A Critical Inheritance From Dad Ensures Healthy Embryos

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine May 27, 2016

An important feature for life is what embryos receive from mom and dad upon fertilization. Oddly enough, centrioles, the structures responsible for cell division and flagella movement, are given by the paternal gamete. How oocytes, the maternal gametes, lose centrioles and the importance of doing so for female fertility has been an enigma since the 1930s. A team led by Mónica Bettencourt-Dias at the Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência (IGC; Portugal) have cracked this mystery, shedding light upon a critical mechanism whose deregulation leads to infertility, and that is important for the working of other cell types.

How Zika Is Making Couples Question Their Pregnancy Timelines

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine May 27, 2016

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is currently monitoring nearly 300 pregnant women in the United States and its territories who have tested positive for Zika. To date, there has not been a single case of the virus that has been contracted in this country (that is not true of Puerto Rico), but many experts believe it’s only a matter of time before there are pockets of the disease that originate here. All of which means that many women and their partners have begun to grapple with the possibility of Zika, and whether it means they should change their plans for pregnancy in any way.

Woman's bid to use deceased daughter's eggs continues

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine May 26, 2016

A 60-year-old woman who wants to use her late daughter's frozen eggs to give birth to her own grandchild is continuing her legal battle.

Do You Ovulate On Birth Control Pills? Here's How They Affect Your Cycle

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine May 26, 2016

If you take birth control pills, or you’re trying to find the best method of contraception for you, you may have asked yourself, “Do you ovulate on birth control pills?” The short answer is “No.” Birth control pills are designed to prevent ovulation, and, on the off chance that you do ovulate while on the pill, it works with two other back up methods to prevent pregnancy. That’s why the pill is so good at preventing pregnancy — in fact, it’s more than 99 percent effective when used perfectly.

No Ovarian Protection in Cancer With GnRH Agonist(2)

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine May 26, 2016

After more than 5 years of follow-up, women who received a gonadotropin-releasing hormone agonist (GnRHa) did not have higher rates of ovarian reserve or pregnancy, as compared with women who received chemotherapy without the GnRHa. Premature ovarian failure had significant associations with patient age, the conditioning regimen for hemopoietic stem cell transplant, and cumulative dose of cyclophosphamide but not the use of a GnRHa, as reported online in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

Overseas Fertility Clinics are Offering New Hope for Prospective Parents – But are They Trustworthy?

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine May 25, 2016

Last month, Nanfang Daily released a story about 43-year-old Li Duo (pseudonym), who already has a daughter but recently became obsessed with the notion of bearing a son to continue their family line. Considering the fact that gender selection is illegal in China - not to mention that, at 43, Li is already past her prime child-bearing years - it seemed like a pipe dream. Until, that is, she discovered that fertility clinics in Thailand offer IVF (in vitro fertilization), which would not only allow her to get pregnant at such a late age, but would allow her to choose the sex of her baby.

Why Women Can't Stop Talking About Freezing Their eggs

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine May 25, 2016

Egg freezing -- the process of extracting eggs and storing them for later -- is an appealing concept for some women. It can unshackle a woman from her biological clock while preserving the possibility of getting pregnant later in life.

Many Turning to Black Market for Fertility Drugs Despite Risks

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine May 25, 2016

For some couples desperately trying to have a baby, there is almost nothing they wouldn’t try. That includes buying fertility medications found on the black market.

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