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Fertility & Having Children

This Web page contains links to miscellaneous U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announcements that ASRM felt were relevant enough to archive on the ASRM Web Site. You can visit the FDA's web site at http://www.fda.gov/ 

When Do I Get A Sibling? How To Talk To Your Child About Infertility

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine March 04, 2015

Like so many – actually, most – of our friends, my wife and I had a helluva time conceiving our daughter. After SEVEN rounds of IVF (An award for my wife, please), we had Viva. And because we're either incredibly hopeful or love flying too close to the sun, we've even gone a couple of luckless rounds with the help of a gestational carrier to try for a second baby. Are we done trying? Ask us at the end of a long day or when we're plucking out our gray hairs and we'll say, “Yes.” Ask us when we're trying to decide if we're getting rid of the bassinets and the changing table and we'll say, “Maybe not.”

Over 63,000 Babies Born from IVF Cycles Performed in 2013

Press Releases March 03, 2015

The Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology is pleased to release its report for the year 2013 on assisted reproductive technology in the United States. In 2013, 380 SART member clinics reported on 174,962 in vitro fertilization cycles resulting in the birth of 63,286 babies, up from 165,172 cycles and 61,740 babies born in 2012.  ART babies continue to represent more than 1.5% of the children born in the US.

Is 50 the New 40 for Motherhood?

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine March 03, 2015

Before singer Sophie B. Hawkins, who already has a 6-year-old son, decided to have another baby at 50, she admits, her age made her think more than twice about the humongous and life-changing step.

The Future of Fertility: From Womb Transplant to Ovarian Tissue and Embryo Freezing

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine March 03, 2015

Fertility doctors don’t give standing ovations very often. But when a team of Swedish doctors announced at a recent conference the first-ever birth of a baby to a woman who had a womb transplant, it nearly blew the doors off the room.

In Vitro Births Continue to Rise in US

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine March 03, 2015

More babies in the United States are being conceived by in vitro fertilization, a new report shows. Nearly 2,000 more infants were born with the help of this assisted reproductive technology in 2013, compared with 2012, the researchers reported

Mitochondrial Manipulation Technology Unlikely in United States Anytime Soon

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine March 02, 2015

Lawmakers in the United Kingdom voted recently to allow fertility clinics to use mitochondrial manipulation technology (MMT) to enable women with mutations in mitochondrial genes to have genetically healthy children . But the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is being much more conservative and is awaiting results of further preclinical research before allowing clinical trials to begin. The technology is of concern because it manipulates the germline, something many countries prohibit.

Is U.S. Fertility at an All-Time Low? It Depends

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine February 27, 2015

U.S. fertility rates have reached another record low, at 62.5 births per 1,000 women of childbearing age, according to the most recent government figures. To some, this is cause for hand-wringing, as concerns arise that low fertility will spell problems for the nation’s economy; while others, concerned about limited natural resources, may look positively on the decline.

What Are Your Odds Of IVF Success? Consider These 5 Factors

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine February 27, 2015

A new expert-developed algorithm can predict your success rate for in vitro fertilization. We caught up with the docs to learn what drives your odds.

Sperm Donors Are Winning Visitation Rights

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine February 24, 2015

When it comes to parents, it seems that three or even four is no longer a crowd. At least, that’s the conclusion one might draw from the case of Sheena and Tiara Yates, a married lesbian couple in New Jersey. They’ve had their parenting expectations upended—twice—by the sperm donors of their two kids. Both men agreed, in writing, to provide their raw materials and to leave the parenting to the women. But then they decided that, after all, they’d like to have some role in the lives of their biological children, so they applied for visitation rights. As of now, the bio dads are winning. Their case is just the latest reminder of how perilous and confusing assisted reproduction cases can become.

More Young Women Getting Fertility Checkups

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine February 24, 2015

You may not even be thinking of having a baby yet, but if you’re in your 20’s maybe you should start thinking about and planning for that bundle of joy now.

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