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Fertility & Having Children

This Web page contains links to miscellaneous NIH announcements that ASRM felt were relevant enough to archive on the ASRM Web Site.

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.

Infertile Mom's Genetics, Via MicroRNAs, Get Passed On To Her Egg Donation Child

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine October 06, 2015

A new study from researchers at the Fundacion Instituto Valenciano de Infertilidad and Stanford University suggests infertile women who carry a child fertilized using a donor egg still impart an important genetic gift to their children. Molecules known as MicroRNAs that are secreted in the mother’s womb can change the genetic information of the child, the researchers say.

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.

Canada Will Partially Fund IVF Treatments For Women Under 43 — Fingers Crossed The U.S. Follows Their Lead

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine October 05, 2015

This week, though, thousands of would-be parents in Canada scored a major victory: On Thursday, Health Minister Eric Hoskins announced that the Ontario government will partially fund in vitro fertilization treatments for women 43-years-old and younger.

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.

Anti-Mullerian Hormone Levels Not Associated With Fertility

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine October 01, 2015

In fertile women with a history of one or two pregnancy losses, lower and higher anti-Müllerian hormone levels were not associated with fecundability in unassisted conceptions, according to recent study findings published in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism.


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