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Fertility & Having Children

This Web page contains links to miscellaneous ASRM announcements that do not fall into a typical publication category (e.g., Press Releases or News Briefs).

Also see: FDA announcements and NIH announcements

French Researchers 3D Print Embryo Models for In Vitro Fertilization

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine September 29, 2014

Clearly, anything that can be done to improve the chance of successful fertilization followed by a healthy pregnancy and baby is extremely valuable. It is here that 3D printing enters the story.

Emergency Contraception May Not Be Available to All Young Men

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine September 26, 2014

Young men often run into difficulties when they attempt to buy the morning-after pill for their partners, a new study suggests.

Diet Affects Sperm Competitiveness

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine September 26, 2014

It's well known that omega-3 long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids (n-3 LC-PUFA) can help to prevent heart disease but new research has found that these essential fatty acids can also increase the chance of paternity success.

Praying for a Child: The Catholic Church Makes Life Impossible for Infertile Women

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine September 25, 2014

The Catholic Church’s rigid stance against abortion and contraception is well known. In Humanae Vitae, Pope Paul VI described the “transmission of human life” as a “sacred duty.” In Catholic thought, it is incumbent upon us to create life, not to prevent or destroy it. What is less well known is that this same logic is arrayed against women who seek to become pregnant through certain reproductive technologies such as IVF, in which a significant number of embryos are fertilized, many of which are then typically destroyed. Embryo destruction in the course of fertility treatments is, like abortion, murder in the eyes of the church.

New Guidelines For Estimating Women's Due Dates Issued By OB-GYN Group

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine September 24, 2014

On Monday, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) joined with the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine and the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine to release new guidelines for health care providers on estimating accurate due dates for expectant mothers.

Hiring a Woman for Her Womb

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine September 24, 2014

People unable to bear children have increasingly turned to women who bear children for them, often by transferring an embryo created by in-vitro fertilization. Because legal and social views on surrogacy vary from nation to nation (and even state to state), prospective parents often engage surrogates in the United States and in developing countries. Controversy has clouded this issue.

Sperm Bank Mothers: Looks Aren't A Priority But Brains Are

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine September 23, 2014

Thanks to advances in medical science, more and more professional women are using sperm banks to fulfil their dreams of motherhood. Casilda Grigg reveals the human stories behind a reproductive revolution.

Promiscuity Is Pragmatic: Why Women and Other Female Primates Seek Out Multiple Partners

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine September 23, 2014

More than 30 years of subsequent research has confirmed Hrdy’s findings and expanded on them to reveal that females in many primate species, humans included, engage in a diversity of sexual strategies to enhance their overall reproductive success.

Today’s Sperm Donor Isn’t a Broke 20-Something

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine September 22, 2014

Most people think of sperm donors as 20-somethings looking for a quick buck. But today’s donors want to know about their offspring, and even be involved in their lives.

Can Cycling Crimp Sex for Men?

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine September 19, 2014

With the quiet explosion in popularity of recreational bicycling in the United States, it's natural that men would wonder about the potential health effects of spending serious time on a bike. Men, research shows, account for almost all the growth in the pastime in the last three decades. A recent study both silences some of the most prevalent fears, which center on sexual dysfunction and infertility, and raises the specter of another. It suggests that prolonged cycling may be linked to higher risks of prostate cancer in men over age 50.

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