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Infertility Clinics Boom as Demand for Babies Grows

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine August 21, 2014

MUMBAI: The rush to infertility clinics in the country grew annually at 15% between 2010 and 2012 as the number of such clinics rose by 20%, new statistics show.

The Fraught World of UK Surrogacy

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine August 21, 2014

In the UK you cannot pay for a woman to have your baby, regulation is loose and arrangements depend entirely on trust. Demand for surrogates far outstrips supply.

Infertility Takes Emotional, Financial Toll

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine August 20, 2014

Infertility is a diagnosis that is talked about less than other health-related topics. Because infertility can be such a life-altering, emotionally taxing, financially draining struggle, some couples understandably choose to navigate this journey in private.

Forget Politics, Obamacare Contraceptive Coverage Makes Financial Sense

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine August 20, 2014

The United States Supreme Court recently ruled against the Obama administration requirement that all employers must provide birth control insurance for women. Administration lawyers knew they were on shaky ground going in, because there were no provisions for male sex lives, such as Viagra, and that meant the policy was discriminatory, and the Supreme Court might rule that all corporations have the same rights, regardless of size, which further weakens the long-term viability of the ACA.

ASRM Urges Members to Record and Investigate Their Individual Records in CMS Open Payments Data System

ASRM Bulletins August 19, 2014

The Sunshine Act, enacted as part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, requires that drug and medical devices manufacturers report annually to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) all payments and other transfers of value made to physicians.  Due to various problems and inaccuracies associated with the reporting system, the CMS has recently confirmed that it will withhold until June 2015 about one-third of the submitted records on drug and device industry payments to physicians and teaching hospitals.  Despite the issues, CMS intends to keep to its plan to make the website accessible to the general public beginning Sept. 30, 2014 and has extended the review period for doctors and teaching hospitals to Sept. 8, 2014.

Retrograde Ejaculation Can Cause Infertility

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine August 19, 2014

Dear Doctor K: For the past few months, I haven't been ejaculating, even when I have an orgasm. Why not? What's wrong?

Could Household Detergents Reduce Fertility?

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine August 18, 2014

Two active ingredients commonly found in household detergents caused reproductive decline in mice, according to a new study published in the journal Reproductive Technology, prompting concerns about how these ingredients affect reproduction in humans.

Busy City Workers to be Offered £200 Fertility 'MoT' That's Designed to be Done in a Lunch Break

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine August 18, 2014

The one-hour test will assess women using a combination of advanced 3D ultrasound and blood tests, while men will be offered a detailed analysis of their semen for £90.

Women Hoping To Become Pregnant Via IVF Should Make Sure Their Vitamin D Levels Are Up

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine August 15, 2014

For women struggling with infertility, assisted reproductive technology (ART), including the transfer of fertilized human eggs into a woman’s uterus, commonly referred to as in vitro fertilization (IVF), is often their final solution for becoming pregnant, but even this option does not guarantee 100 percent certainty. A team of Italian researchers has concluded a study suggesting that a deficiency of vitamin D, a steroid hormone that is naturally produced in the skin, may be standing between women undergoing IVF and a successful pregnancy.

Sound of Actual Ticking Clock Can Speed Up Women's Attitudes on Reproductive Timing

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine August 15, 2014

The metaphor of a ticking clock is often used to refer to a woman's growing urge - from puberty onwards to menopause - to conceive before her childbearing years are over. New research in Springer's journal Human Nature shows that there's more truth to this phrase than you might think. The subtle sound of a ticking clock can quite literally speed up a woman's reproductive timing.

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