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BPA Exposure May Change Stem Cells, Lower Sperm Production

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine January 23, 2015

BPA and other estrogenic compounds hamper development of the stem cells responsible for producing sperm in mice, which suggests such exposure could contribute to declining sperm counts in men, according to a new study.

New Drug Compounds Show Promise Against Endometriosis

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine January 23, 2015

Two new drug compounds - one of which has already proven useful in a mouse model of multiple sclerosis - appear to be effective in treating endometriosis, a disorder that, like MS, is driven by estrogen and inflammation, scientists report in Science Translational Medicine.

Microchip And Male Birth Control — Here’s The Exciting Future Of Contraception

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine January 23, 2015

Ladies, our days of setting an alarm so we remember to take our trusty little pill may soon be over. We previously introduced you to Vasalgel — a form of male birth control that blocks sperm from travelling through guys’ tubes — which is expected to hit the market later this year. Turns out Vasalgel might just be the first of several revolutionary contraceptives on the way.

Should More Young Women Consider Freezing Their Eggs?

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine January 22, 2015

It’s a complex and rather fraught issue that has many women wondering whether they should put all their eggs into (fate’s) one basket or take advantage of available technology.

Japan Not So Easy: Half the Country's Not Having Sex

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine January 22, 2015

Nearly half of the adult population in Japan is not having sex, a new study conducted by the Japan Family Planning Association reported.

Politics and Women’s Fertility

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine January 22, 2015

We are used to public discussions about contraception and abortion; in those areas, there are strong opinions and often vehement disagreement about women’s decisions. There is, however, much less information and discussion in the public square about declining fertility; in fact, there is appalling ignorance about women’s “window of fertility.”

Celebrity’s Mid-Surrogacy Divorce, Attempt to Void Surrogacy Agreement and Deny Maternity

Legally Speaking January 22, 2015

The fall-out from a high-profile divorce and mid-surrogacy change-of-mind case continues, with the financial impact now falling on the gestational surrogate as well as the child.

US Supreme Court Agrees To Hear Same-Sex Marriage Cases

Legally Speaking January 22, 2015

On January 16th, the US Supreme Court announced it would hear same-sex marriage challenges resulting from the split in the federal circuits on the issue.

Injecting Sperm into Egg Doesn't Guarantee Pregnancy

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine January 21, 2015

The use of the new IVF procedure has doubled in prevalence over the past decade without evidence of reproductive outcome.

School of Medicine Scientist Finds the Cause of ‘Headless’ Sperm in Male Infertility

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine January 21, 2015

Male infertility affects one out of 20 adult men worldwide, and headless sperm are often seen in the semen of male infertility patients. In some infertile males, all their sperm are headless, a condition called “acephalic sperm.”

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