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Mother’s Smoking May Affect Girls’ Lifetime Reproductive Health

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine March 24, 2015

Girls whose mothers smoked while pregnant entered puberty at a younger age in a new Australian study. Since early menstruation is linked to higher risk of uterine, endometrial and breast cancers later in life, the researchers say that maternal smoking could set up daughters for health problems even before they’re born.

Can A High Protein, Low-Carb Diet Increase Fertility In Women

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine March 23, 2015

Jenna Birch, reporting on Shape magazine’s Website, describes an intriguing new study raising hopes that someday women might be able to increase their chances of getting pregnant by changing their diets.For the study, Australian researchers put 858 mice on one of 25 diets involving various levels of proteins, carbohydrates, fat and calories.

An Unspoken Peril For Our Injured Troops: Infertility

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine March 23, 2015

A 2008 study published in the New England Journal of Medicine reported that 15 percent of soldiers deployed in Iraq suffered an injury that involved loss of consciousness, a figure that extrapolates out to 480,000 affected Iraq veterans. Such injuries, often from roadside bombs or improvised explosive devices (IEDs), can cause a kind of injury often left un-discussed: Infertility.

Bill Would Require Fertility Benefits For Lesbians

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine March 20, 2015

A bill that would grant married lesbian couples the same fertility treatment benefits as husbands and wives is advancing in the Maryland General Assembly. The measure passed unanimously in a House subcommittee Tuesday, and full Senate and House committees are likely to vote this week.

Children Born Via Assisted Reproductive Technology at Greater Risk for Autism

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine March 20, 2015

Children born as a result of assisted reproductive technology were twice as likely to have autism compared with those born without reproductive assistance, according to study findings in the American Journal of Public Health.

Get Ready for Embryos From Two Men or Two Women

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine March 20, 2015

Genetic research is advancing to the day when gay couples could fulfill their dreams of having children related to them both.

IVF Nutrients May Dictate if the Baby's a Boy or Girl

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine March 20, 2015

Will it be a boy or a girl? For people undergoing IVF, the nutrient-rich liquid their embryos grow in could tip the balance. The finding adds to mounting evidence that the culture medium is playing a role in an embryo's development and future health.

States Aren't Eager To Regulate Fertility Industry

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine March 19, 2015

The Utah Legislature took a step last week into territory where state lawmakers rarely tread. It passed a law giving children conceived via sperm donation access to the medical histories of their biological fathers

We Tried For Years To Get Pregnant. Here’s What I Wish People Hadn’t Said To Us.

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine March 19, 2015

My husband and I tried for more than two years to get pregnant with our son. The second year was full of difficult fertility tests and treatments.

My Son Is Not 'Synthetic'

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine March 18, 2015

After several years of trying to conceive and after some basic fertility treatment, my doctor suggested my husband and I try in vitro fertilization. Thanks to folks like Celine Dion, I had heard of it but was always intimidated by it.


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