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I Love Your Genes!

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine September 12, 2014

Online dating sites use DNA to make perfect matches. Does it really work?

Birth Control Pills Should Be Available Over The Counter, But That’s No Substitute For Contraceptive Coverage

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine September 12, 2014

Making birth control pills available over the counter, if done right, would meaningfully improve access for some groups of women. However, such a change is no substitute for public and private insurance coverage of contraceptives — let alone justification for rolling back coverage of all contraceptive methods and related services for the millions of women who currently have it.

We Might Finally Be Getting A Little Closer to Male Birth Control

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine September 12, 2014

A non-hormonal form of male birth control could be available on the U.S. market as soon as 2017, according to the latest update from the Parsemus Foundation, the organization working to develop the contraceptive. While the news is inspiring the latest round of hopeful headlines about the possibility that women soon won’t have to shoulder most of the responsibility for pregnancy prevention, an effective option for men is likely still a long way away.

The History of Medical Studies of Male Infertility

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine September 11, 2014

In 1881 a German couple – Herr and Frau B - were trying to get pregnant with no success. They consulted Dr Levy, a gynaecologist based in Munich, for help. Levy was determined to approach the problem in a scientific manner and make a thorough investigation into the man's fertility. Over a period of several months, Levy made 12 pre-arranged home visits to the couple to conduct a study that he knew to be fraught with "obnoxiousness".  

When Scientists Give Up

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine September 11, 2014

Ian Glomski thought he was going to make a difference in the fight to protect people from deadly anthrax germs. He had done everything right — attended one top university, landed an assistant professorship at another.

Unfulfilled Dreams of Having a Baby May Put Women at Risk of Depression

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine September 11, 2014

Angela Bergmann has been trying to become pregnant for more than eight years, and sometimes the struggle has become so overwhelmingly daunting that she has thought about taking her own life.

American Men Have Worse Access to Reproductive and Sexual Health Care, Shows Research

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine September 10, 2014

Compared with women, American men have worse access to reproductive and sexual health care, research shows, a disparity fueled in part by the lack of standard clinical guidelines on the types and timing of exams, tests and treatments that should be offered to all men of reproductive age.

With Genetic Testing, I Gave My Parents the Gift of Divorce

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine September 10, 2014

EDITOR'S NOTE: "George Doe" is an American biologist who used the direct-to-consumer genetic testingservice 23andMe as part of a course he was teaching on the genome — and made a surprising discovery about his family in the process. All the names and places here have been changed to protect the privacy of George's family, though the details of their story remain intact. Read more about how genetic testing affects families here

In Vitro Fertilization Service Warranted, Physicians Say

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine September 10, 2014

Fertility doctors in St. John's say it's time for Newfoundland and Labrador to provide a service to infertile couples that is available in almost every other Canadian province.

Benefits and Risks of Postmenopausal Hormone Therapy: Two Expert Opinions

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine September 09, 2014

New options and additional information add perspective

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