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Fertility & Having Children

IVF Technique That Tests Embryos for Genetic Disorders Has First Success

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine August 01, 2014

UK doctors report first pregnancy from new procedure in couple who had high risk of passing on lethal disease to their child.

Still Searching for Non-Idiotic Infertility Comments

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine July 31, 2014

According to the Office of Women’s Health nearly 6.1 million women struggle with infertility, thus struggling with a world which doesn’t understand or address a problem such as this.

Calgary Fertility Clinic in Hot Water After Refusing to Help with Mixed-Race Babies

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine July 29, 2014

A Calgary fertility clinic is at the centre of an ethical and political controversy after it refused to help a woman become impregnated with sperm from a donor who did not share her skin colour. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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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