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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/ 

The Science Behind the Recent Surge in Twins and Triplets

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine September 03, 2015

The rate of twin births in the United States has increased nearly 80% since 1980, according to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Effects of Marijuana: Smoking Pot Burns Out Sperm Count For Men By A Third, Harming Fertility

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine September 03, 2015

According to a recent study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology, smoking pot more than once a week can lower sperm count by a third, and if combined with other recreational drugs, including cocaine and ecstasy, it can fall to more than half. 

Seoul Sets Advisory Limits on IVF Embryo Transfer

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine September 02, 2015

South Korea’s Health Ministry is revising its guidelines for in vitro fertilization, discouraging medical professionals from transferring more than three embryos in a single procedure to prevent possible adverse birth outcomes and unwanted multiple births.

European Court Upholds Italy Law Against Embryo Research

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine September 02, 2015

Thursday (August 27) saw the European Court of Human Rights uphold an Italian law against the donation of human embryos for scientific research.

PCOS- The Reason for Infertility in Every Fifth Indian Woman

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine September 02, 2015

A recent study revealed that about 18 percent of women in India, mostly from the East, suffer from Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), a disorder that causes infertility among women.

Meet Hurricane Katrina's Youngest Survivor: The Boy, 8, Born From an Embryo Rescued from a Flooded Fertility Center in New Orleans

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine September 01, 2015

A couple whose frozen embryo was rescued from a flooded hospital after Hurricane Katrina hit have introduced the son they were able to have 16 months after the tragedy.

Study Suggests Couples Need Better Antenatal Care Following Fertility Treatment

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine September 01, 2015

Couples who have successfully conceived following fertility treatment need additional antenatal care and support, new research has found. Two per cent of all births in the UK are a result of fertility treatments such as IVF. An increasing body of evidence suggests the needs of these parents are often not adequately addressed, leaving them feeling abandoned in some cases.

6 Weird Things that Boost Your Fertility

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine September 01, 2015

If you are trying to get pregnant (or thinking about it), you’re probably familiar with the standard advice: Maintain a healthy weight. Go easy on the coffee and booze. And avoid stress (if only!). But there are a handful of other things that may help boost your baby-making odds—from changing your sushi order to mixing up your workouts. Read on for six tips to consider. 

Antidepressants Affect Fertility

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine August 31, 2015

More than one quarter of Americans suffer from some form of mental illness and the number of patients treated with antidepressants continues to rise. Additionally, anxiety and depression are becoming more prevalent among couples trying to have children, and so medications prescribed to treat these disorders are also increasingly common. What isn't clear is the impact mental health and the use of such treatments has on fertility, and whether untreated mental illness is detrimental to fertility.

Light Therapy Seems to Boost Fertility in Mouse Model

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine August 31, 2015

Targeting circadian clock disruption could prove to be an effective treatment for age-related impaired fertility, and fertility issues in younger women, that may be exacerbated by disruptions in light-dark cycles, according to early animal studies.

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