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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.

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.

Women Who Become Mothers Following Fertility Treatment Face Increased Risk of Depression

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine August 20, 2015

Women giving birth after undergoing fertility treatment face an increased risk of depression compared to women ending up not having a child following fertility treatment, according to new research from the University of Copenhagen. According to the researchers, this has key implications for fertility treatment in future.

Fertility Clinics Let You Select Your Baby’s Sex

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine August 18, 2015

Women who want to select their baby’s sex undergo the costly and cumbersome process of in vitro fertilization (IVF) to create embryos that are also genetically tested before being implanted. Although the testing, broadly referred to as preimplantation genetic diagnosis, or PGD, is often used to test for genetic diseases, it can also identify the sex of the embryos. The IVF/PGD process can cost as much as $15,000 to $20,000 a cycle and isn’t covered by many insurance plans.

Women Who Work or Lift a Lot May Struggle to Get Pregnant

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine August 18, 2015

Women who work more than 40 hours a week or routinely lift heavy loads may take longer to get pregnant than women who don’t, a U.S. study suggests.

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