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Black Women Fare Worse with Fertility Treatments

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine October 22, 2014

Black women undergoing in vitro fertilization (IVF) are only about half as likely as white women to become pregnant using the popular assisted reproduction technique, new research indicates, and the racial disparity persists even when donor eggs are used.

Could Plastics Ruin Your Sex Life?

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine October 22, 2014

Phthalates are found in numerous items around the home, and even in food packaging. So it’s a little worrying that they’re being linked to, among other things, a decrease in libido in women

Dairy Intake Improves Reproductive Outcomes

Press Releases October 22, 2014

Women Whose Diet Includes More Dairy Have Higher Live Birth Rates After IVF, and a Maternal Diet High in Butterfat Can Ameliorate the Effects of BPA Exposure on Embryos in Rats

Most State Infertility Insurance Mandates Leave Out the Male

Press Releases October 22, 2014

Researchers at the 70th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine showed that of the few states with any kind of mandatory health insurance coverage for infertility, only a minority require coverage for male factor infertility.

Male in Infertile Couples Experience Psychological Stress and Sexual Dysfunction During the Fertile Period

Press Releases October 22, 2014

For the male partners in infertile couples, the fertile, ovulatory period is particularly stressful and sexual dysfunction is common.  South Korean researchers report their evaluation of the sexual function and stress levels of men who were pursuing timed intercourse with their female partners in their effort to achieve pregnancy.

Intravaginal Incubation of Embryos is Safe and Effective and Could Save Patients Money

Press Releases October 22, 2014

Researchers presenting their work at the 70th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine have found that a device for incubating embryos in a patient’s vagina is as safe and effective as incubator culture for embryos as part of IVF with and without ICSI (intracytoplasmic sperm injection).

Poll: 70% Favor Legalizing Over-The-Counter Birth Control

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine October 21, 2014

The latest Reason-Rupe poll finds 70 percent of Americans favor legalizing over-the-counter birth control pills and patches without a doctor’s prescription, 26 percent oppose such a proposal, and 4 percent don’t know enough to say. There has been a slight uptick in support for OTC birth control, rising from 66 percent in May of 2013. Moreover, Reason-Rupe finds that women across income groups highly support legalizing OTC birth control at about the same rates.

Chemicals in Plastic 'are Making Women Less Interested in Sex': Low Libido Linked to Additives Used to Soften Materials Found in Every Home

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine October 21, 2014

If you fancy a pint after work then this might be the perfect excuse. Because according to researchers, drinking a pint of beer a day doubles a man’s odds of becoming a father.

A Pint of Beer a Day 'Can Double Men's Fertility': But Coffee and Being Vegetarian Cuts Odds of Conceiving

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine October 21, 2014

If you fancy a pint after work then this might be the perfect excuse. Because according to researchers, drinking a pint of beer a day doubles a man’s odds of becoming a father.

Coffee Consumption Linked to Male Infertility, U.S. Study Suggests

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine October 21, 2014

Men who drank two or more cups of strong coffee a day had just a one in five chance of becoming fathers through IVF. However, for those who drank less than a cup, the chance of having a child rose to nearly 52%.

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