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Tel Aviv University Study Throws Spotlight on Gene Mutation Responsible for Premature Ovarian Failure

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine December 18, 2014

Premature ovarian failure, also known as primary ovarian insufficiency (POI), affects 1% of all women worldwide. In most cases, the exact cause of the condition, which is often associated with infertility, is difficult to determine. A new Tel Aviv University study throws a spotlight on a previously-unidentified cause of POI: a unique mutation in a gene called SYCE1 that has not been previously associated with POI in humans.

Docs May Be Too Conservative About Sex After Heart Attack

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine December 18, 2014

Most people get no advice from their doctors about whether or when it’s safe to have sex after a heart attack, according to a survey of American and Spanish patients under age 55.Just one in eight women and one in five men reported being counseled on sexual activity within the month following a heart attack. And those who did discuss the topic with their doctors were likely to get overly restrictive instructions, researchers found.

The IUD Comeback Continues Apace

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine December 18, 2014

New data, released last week as part of the National Survey of Family Growth, finds that 6.4 percent of women ages 15-to-44 are currently relying on intrauterine devices (IUDs) as a method of contraception. While this lags behind those who are using the pill (16 percent) and even sterilization (15.5 percent), it shows a renewed interest and increased trust in a highly effective birth control method that had fallen out of favor. This is good news for public health advocates—many of whom believe that long-acting methods like the IUD are the key to preventing unintended pregnancy in this country.

Stem Cells Were One of the Biggest Controversies of 2001. Where Are They Now?

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine December 17, 2014

Remember stem cells? They were one of the biggest scientific controversies during the early years of George W. Bush’s presidency. ... The stem-cell debate got really heated. But then ... it just sort of fizzled out from public view. So whatever happened to stem cells?

8 Things Women Should Know Before Taking Emergency Contraception

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine December 17, 2014

Each year, 750,000 teens are getting pregnant. Often teens aren’t educated or equipped when having to handle the result of having unprotected sex. Out of every 10 teen girls, three will get pregnant before turning 20, according to ... Young women often turn to emergency contraceptive pills (ECPs) when a mishap occurs (condom breaking, missed pills or failure to use a birth control method).

Men Still Drive STD Increases

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine December 17, 2014

The CDC's annual snapshot of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) has both good news and bad news for 2013.

Few Employers Cover Egg Freezing for Women With Cancer

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine December 16, 2014

As some companies add egg freezing to their list of fertility benefits, they're touting the coverage as a family-friendly perk. Women's health advocates say they welcome any expansion of fertility coverage. But they say that the much-publicized changes at a few high-profile companies such as Facebook and Apple are still relatively rare, even for women with serious illnesses like cancer who want to preserve their fertility.

Source of Sperm and Egg's Zinc Sparks Identified

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine December 16, 2014

When egg meets sperm in mammals, zinc sparks fly.

The Five Arms for Maintaining Your Fertility Naturally

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine December 16, 2014

There have been some tremendous scientific developments over the last three decades in the realm of assisted conception, opening a great number of doors for women and transforming the way we think about fertility. However, I still believe that self-care needs to be front of mind for couples that are trying to conceive.

Oversold Prenatal Tests Spur Some to Choose Abortions

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine December 15, 2014

Sparked by the sequencing of the human genome a decade ago, a new generation of prenatal screening tests, including MaterniT21, has exploded onto the market in the past three years. The unregulated screens claim to detect with near-perfect accuracy the risk that a fetus may have Down or Edwards syndromes, and a growing list of other chromosomal abnormalities.

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