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My Life: Praying for Miracle End to Infertility

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine February 24, 2015

Infertility was one thing I never imagined I would have to deal with as no one in my family had any problems conceiving.

More Young Women Getting Fertility Checkups

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine February 24, 2015

You may not even be thinking of having a baby yet, but if you’re in your 20’s maybe you should start thinking about and planning for that bundle of joy now.

Sperm Donors Are Winning Visitation Rights

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine February 24, 2015

When it comes to parents, it seems that three or even four is no longer a crowd. At least, that’s the conclusion one might draw from the case of Sheena and Tiara Yates, a married lesbian couple in New Jersey. They’ve had their parenting expectations upended—twice—by the sperm donors of their two kids. Both men agreed, in writing, to provide their raw materials and to leave the parenting to the women. But then they decided that, after all, they’d like to have some role in the lives of their biological children, so they applied for visitation rights. As of now, the bio dads are winning. Their case is just the latest reminder of how perilous and confusing assisted reproduction cases can become.

What Can My Insurance Do To Cover My Fertility?

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine February 23, 2015

While many Utah couples are aware of the steep costs of conceiving a baby using fertility treatments, the law surrounding insurance coverage for those treatments may be a bit more vague.

'Fertility Tourism' struck Down by Thai Lawmakers. Why Now?

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine February 23, 2015

The case of 'Baby Gammy' involving an Australian couple, and a 'baby factory' case where a Japanese businessman fathered 16 children, brought a public outcry.

A Brief History of Contraception

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine February 23, 2015

In the March issue of The Atlantic, Olga Khazan investigates the future of birth control, from remote-controlled implants to a pill for men. The use of contraceptives dates all the way back to 1850 B.C., when women in ancient Egypt used honey, acacia leaves, and lint to block sperm. This two-minute animation traces the history of contraception through the centuries, from sea sponges (500 B.C.), linen sheath condoms (1564), lemon cervical caps (1700), and the "rhythm method" (1920) to modern advancements such as vaginal rings, hormone injections, IUDs, and patches.

US Tax Court clarifies that income received by egg donors is taxable income: guest author Nidhi Desai, J.D.

Legally Speaking February 20, 2015

On January 22nd, 2015, the United States Tax Court held that an egg donor’s compensation, despite being characterized as “pain and suffering,” is not excludable from income but is taxable gross income as defined under the IRS code (“I.RC.”). 

Some Women Go To Great Lengths For Relief From Debilitating Monthly Cramps

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine February 20, 2015

For many women, mood swings and pain are a monthly ordeal, but in some cases, the cramping may be so severe women are taking drastic measures to find relief from the pain.

New Male Birth Control Options In The Works

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine February 20, 2015

Women have been largely in charge of making sure unwanted pregnancies don’t happen unexpectedly due to the availability of various forms of contraception. While men have the obvious choice of using condoms or in extreme cases going for the snip (and there have been talks of a future pill-form for men), other potentially affective options are in research stage.

Highlights from Fertility and Sterility: Heightened Risks Identified for Births to Subfertile Women Conceiving without Assisted Reproductive Technology

Press Releases February 20, 2015

A new birth outcomes study published in Fertility and Sterility includes- for the first time in a US-based cohort-  a category of births to mothers with an indicator of subfertility, but who did not have an ART cycle in association with that birth.   The inclusion of this group allows an examination of birth outcomes associated with infertility apart from ART, in addition to comparisons of outcomes of ART births with births to mothers with and without subfertility.

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