Headlines in Reproductive Medicine

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PCOS: An Infertility Issue That Is Little Understood

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine November 25, 2014

Sometimes medical syndromes are named long before they are fully understood. Take polycystic ovarian syndrome, or PCOS, which affects as many as 10 percent of women of childbearing age, often impairing their fertility. But not all of these women have polycystic ovaries, a fact that can result in misdiagnosis. As it turns out, cysts — sacs of fluid on the ovaries — are just one manifestation of a complex hormonal condition.Sometimes medical syndromes are named long before they are fully understood.Take polycystic ovarian syndrome, or PCOS, which affects as many as 10 percent of women of childbearing age, often impairing their fertility.But not all of these women have polycystic ovaries, a fact that can result in misdiagnosis. As it turns out, cysts — sacs of fluid on the ovaries — are just one manifestation of a complex hormonal condition. 

FDA Issues Caution on Use of Uterine Surgery Device That Can Spread Cancer

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine November 25, 2014

A power device used during uterine surgery in at least 50,000 women a year in the United States risks spreading cancerous tissue and should no longer be used in “the vast majority” of women, the Food and Drug Administration said on Monday.

Culture Characteristics Not Associated with Birthweight from Assisted Reproduction

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine November 24, 2014

1. The type of culture media and the duration of embryo culture were not associated with changes in birthweight in singletons born using assisted reproductive technologies (ART).2. These findings contradict previous studies.   

Preventing Male Infertility: 12 Natural Ways to Make Healthy Sperm

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine November 24, 2014

For about 30 percent of couples struggling with infertility, the cause has something to do with the male’s health, according to the American Society for Reproductive Medicine. Even if your guy’s semen analysis results come back normal, there are still things that could be affecting your chances of getting pregnant.

Egg Freezing’s Popularity is Booming, But It’s a Choice That Offers No Guarantees

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine November 21, 2014

After the abrupt end of her marriage, Tiffany Angelo gave herself a few months to grieve. Then she moved on. Not to the next romance, but to something she could plan for: the children she deeply desired and would still have. With or without her ex.

D.C. Circuit Upholds Contraceptive Coverage Mandate

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine November 21, 2014

Last week, a unanimous three-judge panel of the D.C. Circuit upheld the religious accommodation to the Affordable Care Act’s (“ACA”) contraceptive coverage mandate (Priests for Life v. HHS, D.C. Cir. No. 13-5368, Nov. 14, 2014).  The court held that the accommodation set out by the Department of Labor (“DOL”) and Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) is a simple solution that does not impose a burden for purposes of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993 (“RFRA”).

Guidelines Recommend Against Testosterone Therapy in Otherwise Healthy Women

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine November 20, 2014

Guidelines from the Endocrine Society report that postmenopausal women with low sexual desire may benefit from up to 6 months of testosterone replacement therapy but say there’s no other demonstrated benefit to women who receive the treatment.

Mutation Boosts Paternal Age’s Autism-Like Effects in Mice

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine November 20, 2014

Mice born to older males with mutations in PAX6 — a gene involved in brain development — vocalize less than those with younger dads. The unpublished findings, presented today at the 2014 Society for Neuroscience annual meeting in Washington, D.C., suggest how genes and paternal age can work together to trigger symptoms.

The Potential Minefield of Gay Parenthood

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine November 20, 2014

Gay parenthood can be joyful – or go disastrously wrong, as two recent news stories have shown. What are the dangers of surrogacy and co-parenting?

UCSF to Study Early Menopause vs. Preventive Cancer Surgery Risks

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine November 19, 2014

Cavalheiro is one of about 100 Bay Area women between 35 and 50 years old with the BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutations who are participating in a clinical trial that is examining changes in cardiovascular health, bone density, sexual function, quality of life and other effects on women who go into early menopause.

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