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Women With Severe Symptoms of Depression May Have Difficulty Getting Pregnant; It's Not The Antidepressants

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine May 27, 2016

Clinical depression blankets every aspect of a person’s life, from social engagements to meals to work. The illness even reduces a woman’s chance of having a baby, according to a new study by researchers from the Boston University Schools of Public Health and Medicine.

A Critical Inheritance From Dad Ensures Healthy Embryos

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine May 27, 2016

An important feature for life is what embryos receive from mom and dad upon fertilization. Oddly enough, centrioles, the structures responsible for cell division and flagella movement, are given by the paternal gamete. How oocytes, the maternal gametes, lose centrioles and the importance of doing so for female fertility has been an enigma since the 1930s. A team led by Mónica Bettencourt-Dias at the Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência (IGC; Portugal) have cracked this mystery, shedding light upon a critical mechanism whose deregulation leads to infertility, and that is important for the working of other cell types.

Woman's bid to use deceased daughter's eggs continues

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine May 26, 2016

A 60-year-old woman who wants to use her late daughter's frozen eggs to give birth to her own grandchild is continuing her legal battle.

Do You Ovulate On Birth Control Pills? Here's How They Affect Your Cycle

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine May 26, 2016

If you take birth control pills, or you’re trying to find the best method of contraception for you, you may have asked yourself, “Do you ovulate on birth control pills?” The short answer is “No.” Birth control pills are designed to prevent ovulation, and, on the off chance that you do ovulate while on the pill, it works with two other back up methods to prevent pregnancy. That’s why the pill is so good at preventing pregnancy — in fact, it’s more than 99 percent effective when used perfectly.

No Ovarian Protection in Cancer With GnRH Agonist(2)

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine May 26, 2016

After more than 5 years of follow-up, women who received a gonadotropin-releasing hormone agonist (GnRHa) did not have higher rates of ovarian reserve or pregnancy, as compared with women who received chemotherapy without the GnRHa. Premature ovarian failure had significant associations with patient age, the conditioning regimen for hemopoietic stem cell transplant, and cumulative dose of cyclophosphamide but not the use of a GnRHa, as reported online in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

Overseas Fertility Clinics are Offering New Hope for Prospective Parents – But are They Trustworthy?

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine May 25, 2016

Last month, Nanfang Daily released a story about 43-year-old Li Duo (pseudonym), who already has a daughter but recently became obsessed with the notion of bearing a son to continue their family line. Considering the fact that gender selection is illegal in China - not to mention that, at 43, Li is already past her prime child-bearing years - it seemed like a pipe dream. Until, that is, she discovered that fertility clinics in Thailand offer IVF (in vitro fertilization), which would not only allow her to get pregnant at such a late age, but would allow her to choose the sex of her baby.

Why Women Can't Stop Talking About Freezing Their eggs

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine May 25, 2016

Egg freezing -- the process of extracting eggs and storing them for later -- is an appealing concept for some women. It can unshackle a woman from her biological clock while preserving the possibility of getting pregnant later in life.

Many Turning to Black Market for Fertility Drugs Despite Risks

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine May 25, 2016

For some couples desperately trying to have a baby, there is almost nothing they wouldn’t try. That includes buying fertility medications found on the black market.

Young Female Cancer Survivors Not Clear on Infertility Risks

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine May 24, 2016

Many young women who survive cancer don't understand how tumor treatments affect their reproductive health even though the therapy can trigger infertility, a survey suggests. Researchers focused on 346 women who were around 30 years old on average and had typically finished cancer treatment about five years earlier. At the time participants completed the survey, 106 women said they had been told they would not be able to become pregnant or carry a baby to term as a result of their cancer treatment, and 21 women said they had taken steps to preserve fertility before treatment such as egg or embryo freezing.

Why Insurers Oppose a Fantastic Proposal to Let California Women Have a Year's Supply of Birth Control

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine May 24, 2016

On Monday, the California Senate is expected to approve a bill that would allow women to pick up a year’s worth of birth control pills at a time, instead of forcing them, as their health insurance companies so often do, to return to the pharmacy every month or every three months for refills.


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