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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.

Boy celebrates Surviving Hurricane Katrina As An Embryo

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine August 28, 2015

Noah Benton Markham was born 16 months after Hurricane Katrina ravaged New Orleans. The now-8-year-old likes to say he is “Katrina’s youngest survivor.” Police saved his embryo in a floodwater rescue of a New Orleans fertility clinic after the hurricane flooded 80 percent of the city 10 years ago this weekend.

How Babies are Really Made: Researchers Find Sperm Use a Tiny 'Harpoon' to Attach Themselves to Eggs

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine August 27, 2015

Researchers have made a groundbreaking discovery that explains how eggs are fertilised. A 14 year study concluded that sperm harpoon the egg to facilitate fertilization.Researchers found a protein within the head of the sperm forms spiky filaments, suggesting that these tiny filaments may lash together the sperm and its target.

Same-Sex Couples May Face More Obstacles In Infertility Treatment

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine August 26, 2015

New research suggests that same-sex couples face more obstacles to treatment for infertility than opposite-sex couples.

Why Frozen Sperm Can’t Save Earth’s Imperiled Species—Yet

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine August 26, 2015

Zoo Animals are giving humans a run for their money in the assisted reproduction department. Mei Xiang, a giant panda at the National Zoo, gave birth to twin babies this past Saturday, thanks to artificial insemination. And earlier this month, scientists announced the birth of a bouncing baby black-footed ferret, conceived with cryogenically preserved sperm from a father who had died twenty years ago.

Six Things Never to Say to Someone Who's Pregnant After Infertility

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine August 26, 2015

Getting pregnant can often elicit a colorful array of responses—not only from family and friends, but also from strangers. Saying the right thing can make a big difference in supporting a pregnant woman you care about.

Stinky Gas Invigorates Sperm

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine August 25, 2015

Hydrogen sulphide, a gas known for its rotten egg smell, may be able to help men improve the quality of their sperm and thus their fertility, if a National University of Singapore (NUS) study on animals is translatable to humans. Published in the journal Nitric Oxide, the new findings can potentially give rise to new approaches in treating male infertility.

The Conception Dilemma Facing Many Parents Today

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine August 25, 2015

A report on the survey recently published in the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology said the children and their families were just as emotionally stable and functional as each other.The IVF pioneer who conducted the research, Professor Gab Kovacs, believes this should reassure parents who have decided not to tell their children by their early and middle years.

After A Divorce, What Happens To A Couple's Frozen Embryos?

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine August 25, 2015

Soon after their wedding, Dr. Mimi Lee and Stephen Findley decided to create five embryos. Lee had just been diagnosed with breast cancer, and she worried that treatment would leave her infertile. Now that they're divorced, Lee wants to use them; Findley, however, does not.

Pregnancy Intentions Don't Influence Women's Birth Control Choices As Much As Relationships, Sexual Activity

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine August 24, 2015

As of now, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 62 percent of women who are of reproductive age use contraception, the most popular choice being oral contraceptives, which 28 percent of women use. While oral contraception may be more common among women than ever before, the reason why may not be what you think. According to a new study published in the journal Contraception, women have made their contraception choice based on current relationships and sexual activity, not their long-term pregnancy goals.

Have Sex in The Dark if You Want to Get Pregnant

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine August 21, 2015

Researchers advise those struggling to conceive to take simple measures to ensure a good night’s sleep. Tips include dimming the lights in the evening and having meals at regular times.

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