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U.S. Immigration Policy Catches Up with Assisted Reproductive Technology

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine October 30, 2014

Today US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued a new policy, clarifying the definition of “mother” and “parent” under the Immigration and Nationality Act, to include a gestational mother who (a) gave birth to the child and (b) was the child’s legal mother at the time of birth under the law of the jurisdiction where the child was born.

Space Travel Damages Sperm Cells: Houston We Have a Problem

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine October 29, 2014

Researchers at the University of Kansas have found that zero gravity situations in the space can affect male as well as female reproductive organs. Space radiation is also believed to damage sperm in male astronauts and ovaries in female astronauts. The U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) also freeze the sperm and ovaries of its astronauts in case if they need it in future.

Unexplained Infertility Often Overtreated

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine October 28, 2014

Over a third of couples eligible for expectant management of unexplained fertility were treated; prognosis was often not calculated and/or expectant management was frequently not recommended. Couples who were expectantly managed had comparable pregnancy rates to those who were overtreated.

Fertility Math: It's 10 Times Harder to Get Pregnant at 43 Than at 37

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine October 28, 2014

As if women needed more pressure in their lives, a new study presented recently at the American Society of Reproductive Medicine's annual conference has found that by age 38, the chances of conceiving begin to drop dramatically. And by age 43, it is 10 times more difficult to get pregnant than it is at 37.

Fertility Treatments Aren't Significantly Linked to Birth Defects

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine October 23, 2014

The risk of birth defects is low among children conceived using assisted reproductive technologies (ART), according to a new study.

Children Born From Frozen Embryos are 'More Sociable' Than Those Born From Fresh Ones

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine October 23, 2014

A study found that boys and girls born through IVF were just as chatty and independent as those whose mothers conceived naturally.

Experimental Infertility Treatment Seems Effective, Cheaper

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine October 23, 2014

A crucial part of conventional in vitro fertilization (IVF) -- the incubation of embryos in a laboratory dish -- can instead take place in a device inside the vagina, new research suggests.

Pedestrian Question: Are You a Vegetarian?

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine October 23, 2014

According to new studies vegetarian and vegan men have much lower sperm counts than men who eat meat. Jimmy was wondering if anyone could tell whether a guy is a vegetarian just by looking at him - so we went out onto Hollywood Boulevard and asked people “Are You A Vegetarian?” #PedestrianQuestion

Egg Freezing: 5 Things You Need to Know

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine October 23, 2014

The announcement that Apple and Facebook will cover the steep cost of egg freezing for their employees has many people talking about the risks and benefits of the procedure.

Intravaginal Incubation of Embryos is Safe and Effective and Could Save Patients Money

Press Releases October 22, 2014

Researchers presenting their work at the 70th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine have found that a device for incubating embryos in a patient’s vagina is as safe and effective as incubator culture for embryos as part of IVF with and without ICSI (intracytoplasmic sperm injection).


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