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Could Household Detergents Reduce Fertility?

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine August 18, 2014

Two active ingredients commonly found in household detergents caused reproductive decline in mice, according to a new study published in the journal Reproductive Technology, prompting concerns about how these ingredients affect reproduction in humans.

Busy City Workers to be Offered £200 Fertility 'MoT' That's Designed to be Done in a Lunch Break

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine August 18, 2014

The one-hour test will assess women using a combination of advanced 3D ultrasound and blood tests, while men will be offered a detailed analysis of their semen for £90.

Women Hoping To Become Pregnant Via IVF Should Make Sure Their Vitamin D Levels Are Up

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine August 15, 2014

For women struggling with infertility, assisted reproductive technology (ART), including the transfer of fertilized human eggs into a woman’s uterus, commonly referred to as in vitro fertilization (IVF), is often their final solution for becoming pregnant, but even this option does not guarantee 100 percent certainty. A team of Italian researchers has concluded a study suggesting that a deficiency of vitamin D, a steroid hormone that is naturally produced in the skin, may be standing between women undergoing IVF and a successful pregnancy.

Sound of Actual Ticking Clock Can Speed Up Women's Attitudes on Reproductive Timing

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine August 15, 2014

The metaphor of a ticking clock is often used to refer to a woman's growing urge - from puberty onwards to menopause - to conceive before her childbearing years are over. New research in Springer's journal Human Nature shows that there's more truth to this phrase than you might think. The subtle sound of a ticking clock can quite literally speed up a woman's reproductive timing.

When Childless Isn't a Choice

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine August 15, 2014

Can you ever truly come to terms with desperately wanting a child, but never having one?

Erectile Dysfunction Undertreated, Study Finds

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine August 14, 2014

Despite a high prevalence of erectile dysfunction (ED), only a quarter of men with the condition receive treatment for it, according to a recently published study.

Meet the World's First Test-Tube Penguin: Female Magellanic Chick '184' Conceived Using Frozen Sperm

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine August 14, 2014

Although she doesn't have an official name, she is referred to as 184. She has now joined other Magellanic penguin chicks that were conceived naturally at the attraction.

Our Safety Net Is Failing the Impoverished Women Who Need Birth Control

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine August 14, 2014

“The number of women needing publicly funded contraceptive services has skyrocketed over the last decade,” Rachel Gold, Guttmacher’s acting vice president for public policy, said in a statement regarding the findings. “But public funding sources — such as the federal Title X program and state revenues — are failing to keep pace with women’s growing needs.”

CDC to Host Grand Round Webcast on Infertility

ASRM Bulletins August 13, 2014

On Tuesday, August 19, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control is hosting a Grand Round webcast on the topic of strategies associated with the detection, prevention, and management of infertility. This session will address clinical approaches to improving the safety and efficacy of infertility treatments in an effort to promote healthy pregnancy outcomes.

Synthetic Protein Offers New Hope for Male Infertility

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine August 13, 2014

A research team from Queen's University in Canada, led by Richard Oko, has indentified a method of inducing fertilization using a synthetic version of the protein PAWP found in sperm cells.


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