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Recession May Have Led to Half a Million Vasectomies

Press Releases October 20, 2014

Research presented at the American Society for Reproductive Medicine’s 70th Annual Meeting indicated that the great recession of 2007-2009 led to an increase in vasectomy rates among American men.

Even Twin Births Following ART Increase Risk for Child and Mom

Press Releases October 20, 2014

Researchers tracking health outcomes from ART pregnancies found that having more than one child at a time resulted in substantially increased risks for both mothers and children.

Specifics of Infertility Diagnosis Affect Pregnancy Outcomes

Press Releases October 20, 2014

Not all infertility is alike, and the differences can be important for how a medically assisted pregnancy develops, according to new research presented at the 70th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine.

Most Americans Approve of Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis Used to Avoid Disease, But Not for Designing a Baby

Press Releases October 20, 2014

Researchers from the University of California San Francisco and Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, surveying a cross-section of the American public, found that most approve of the use of preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) to identify diseases fatal early in life and diseases that cause lifelong disability.  The public, in general, is not supportive of selecting embryos for genetically-based traits, however specific opinions may vary a great deal depending on the race, sex, and education level of those who hold them.

Men: Trying to Conceive? Go Ahead and Have a Drink; Watch the Caffeine; But No Smoking, Please

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine October 20, 2014

Researchers presenting at the 70th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine have identified interesting and somewhat surprising effects that alcohol, caffeine, and tobacco use can have on male fertility and sexual function.

For Men, Eating More Fruits and Vegetables Improves Sperm Function in IVF, but Consumption of Pesticide Residues Harm Sperm

Press Releases October 20, 2014

Today, at the 70th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health and Massachusetts General Hospital present their findings that the consumption fruits and vegetables with high levels of pesticide residue can affect sperm quality, while IVF fertilization rates are better for those men consuming more fruits and vegetables over all.

Whether a Cancer Patient Gets Counseling for Fertility Preservation Relates to her Race, Marital Status, Age, and Diagnosis

Press Releases October 19, 2014

Northwestern University researchers have found disparities in counseling cancer patients about their future fertility and how it might be preserved.  Whether or not a woman receives counseling for fertility preservation relates not only to her type of cancer and cancer stage, but also to her age, race, and marital status.

I'm a Married Father ... And a Sperm Donor

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine October 14, 2014

As more and more couples seek medical help to have children, there's high demand for sperm donors. What motivates a man to donate his reproductive cells to an unknown number of women so that they might have a child biologically related to him that he may never meet?

Nigeria: Infertility Must Be Viewed As a Disease, Says Orhue

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine October 14, 2014

Despite the high rate of infertility in Africa, it has not received adequate attention from government because it is not considered as a disease, said Professor A. A. Orhue.

Tell Boys With Cancer About Ways to Preserve Fertility

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine October 13, 2014

The possibility of an adolescent male becoming infertile as a result of treatment for cancer should be discussed soon after a diagnosis is made, according to an expert in the field.Unfortunately, such a discussion rarely takes place, despite recommendations from the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) that have been in place since 2006.


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