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Baby Blues: Facing Long Delays at Edmonton’s Fertility Clinic, Local Couples Head to Calgary to Get Pregnant

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine July 28, 2014

Edmonton-area couples struggling to conceive a child are frequently waiting more than a year to get seen at the city’s lone fertility clinic, an often unbearable delay for older adults in a race against their baby-making biology.

Insurance Coverage for Fertility Treatments Varies Widely

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine July 28, 2014

As many people with fertility issues quickly learn — 7.4 million women used infertility services from 2006 to 2010 — few employers and insurers pay for many procedures, including in vitro fertilization. Though 65 percent of businesses with more than 500 employees will pay for an initial evaluation by a fertility specialist, just 27 percent cover in vitro fertilization, according to a 2013 study conducted by Mercer, a consulting firm. (That number was 23 percent in 2012.) Drug therapies were covered by 41 percent of large employers, according to the study.

Should Infertility Treatments for Fertile Gay or Single Women be Covered?

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine July 28, 2014

Should women be denied coverage for infertility treatments if they’re fertile but have no partner to mate with because they’re single or gay? A proposal to do just that was published in a well-respected medical journal, pitched by a doctoral student in theological ethics at Boston College.

Ask Dr. Renee, How Does Having Breast Cancer Affect Fertility

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine July 25, 2014

Breast cancer diagnosis is no longer a death sentence. Unfortunately Black women are being diagnosed at younger ages. Black\women under the age of 40 are more likely to develop breast cancer than White women in the same age bracket. As if receiving a breast cancer diagnosis was not enough to worry about, now you have to worry about whether you will be able to ever have children once you become a survivor.

Sex and Infertility: Commitment to One Another is Key

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine July 25, 2014

From the moment a couple decides to have a baby together, their perspective on their sex life changes. For most couples, there is a new tenderness and intimacy between them that comes with the shared intention to start a new life together.

HPV vaccination Rate Up, But Not Enough, CDC says

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine July 25, 2014

More teenage girls are receiving the vaccine that protects against the human papillomavirus, or HPV, the government reported Thursday. However, the numbers still don't meet targets set by public health officials.

Lymphoma Treatment Harms Patients’ Sperm: Most Recover Within Two Years; Degree of Harm Depends on the Treatment

Press Releases July 24, 2014

French researchers have demonstrated the deleterious effects lymphoma treatment can have on spermatogenesis and found that, in most patients, sperm production recovers within two years post-treatment.

Low Cost Fertility Treatment

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine July 24, 2014

In vitro fertilization, once seen as miraculous, is now mainstream in rich countries. Soon it may be cheap enough to help infertile people in poor places, too. 

Researchers Call for Easy Access to Contraception

Book Reviews July 24, 2014

The 2014 annual meeting of the Society for the Study of Reproduction began, somewhat incongruously, with a discussion of contraception. With the global population set to top 8 billion in a little more than a decade, clinicians, public-health researchers and some private funders see a pressing need to support work on new contraceptive methods — and to get existing methods into the hands of those who want them.

Madness of Infertility: The Often-Untold Man's Perspective

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine July 23, 2014

When Stuart Burkhalter and his wife, Julie, were ready to have a baby, she started taking vitamins and the couple packed for one final fling. Pregnancy, they figured, was as easy as deciding to try.

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