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Lobbying for Better Access to Contraception

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine January 26, 2015

On the 42nd anniversary of the Supreme Court’s decision that legalized abortion, hundreds of women lobbied Virginia lawmakers in person or by e-mail, asking them to increase access to contraception and repeal the state’s mandatory ultrasound law for women seeking an abortion.

Birth Control Pill May Be Linked to Rare Brain Tumors

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine January 26, 2015

The risk for developing a rare form of brain cancer known as glioma appears to go up with long-term use of hormonal contraceptives such as the Pill, new Danish research suggests.

Mice Evolve Better, Not Bigger, Balls in Sperm Race

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine January 26, 2015

Size isn't everything. For decades, we've known that bigger balls are a sign that there is strong sperm competition between males. But now a laboratory experiment has shown that when many male mice mate with the same females, their descendants can quickly evolve testes that can produce more sperm even though they're not any larger.

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.

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