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Italy's Procreation Campaign: A 'Sexist Mess'

Fertility Day promotion has not gone over well

(Newser) - "Racism is in the eye of the beholder," according to Italy's Health Ministry—and an awful lot of people are beholding just that in ads the ministry sent out to promote a national push for procreation. NBC News reports on the country's much-ballyhooed Fertility Day, an... More »

Want a Baby? Take a Chill Pill

Scientists say women with more stress may find it harder to conceive

(Newser) - Women trying to start a family who find themselves constantly reaching for a stress ball, take heed: All that extra anxiety may be keeping you from conceiving, AFP reports. A study carried out by researchers from the University of Louisville and published in the Annals of Epidemiology journal says that... More »

2 Common Surgeries May Make Women More Fertile

Tonsillectomy, appendectomy linked to increased chance of pregnancy in study

(Newser) - Having their tonsils or appendix removed might result in an unexpected benefit for young women who hope to become pregnant someday: New research suggests they might be more fertile as a result. A 15-year study of half a million British women finds that a woman who has undergone a tonsillectomy... More »

With Menopause Reversal, Women May Be Forever Fertile

Scientists have rejuvenated post-menopausal ovaries to release fertile eggs

(Newser) - The hot flashes, night sweats, and vaginal dryness characteristic of menopause may no longer also signal the end of a woman's fertility thanks to a blood treatment used to heal wounds. Presenting their findings at the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology annual meeting in Helsinki, Finland, this... More »

Twins, 44, Try to Get Pregnant With Cancer-Patient Method

Sarah, Joanne Gardner froze the organs in 2012

(Newser) - Ten years ago, Sarah Gardner got a wakeup call. Her long-term relationship was ending and a fertility test indicated her 34-year-old ovaries were registering about a decade older. Her fertility research led her to Sherman Silber, a Missouri fertility doctor who claimed he had a procedure that could "put... More »

26 Months, 3 Sets of Twins, Zero Fertility Treatments

This 20-year-old Kansas mom has her hands full

(Newser) - A mother in Kansas has her hands full after giving birth to her third set of twins in just over two years, the AP reports. Per WDAF-TV , 20-year-old Danesha Couch of Kansas City, Kan., says she hasn't undergone any fertility treatments and realizes that some people might consider her... More »

Potential Key to Fertility Spike: Womb 'Scratch'

Researchers see women's chances of conception more than double, but urge caution

(Newser) - A modern version of a procedure that used to be done after a miscarriage may dramatically boost fertility rates. An endometrial "scratch" more than doubles a woman's chances of getting pregnant, researchers report in a press release , but they also urge caution because their findings are based on... More »

UK Gives Controversial OK for Editing Human Genes

It could help fight inherited diseases—but critics say there's an ethical 'slippery slope'

(Newser) - Britain's fertility regulator has approved a scientist's request to edit the human genetic code in an effort to fight inherited diseases—but critics fear the new technique crosses too many ethical boundaries, reports the AP . The Human Fertilization and Embryology Authority announced Monday it has granted a research... More »

Parasitic Worm May Make Women More Fertile

Women infected have an average of 2 more kids than others

(Newser) - A roundworm infection is bad news for a number of reasons, but it's possibly a bonus if you're trying to get pregnant. In a nine-year study that one fertility scientist says raises the possibility of "novel fertility-enhancing drugs," researchers analyzed 986 Tsimane indigenous women in Bolivia,... More »

Photo of Baby in Syringe Heart Goes Viral

Facebook pic speaks to both struggles, joys of IVF treatments

(Newser) - A photo that depicts the struggle, pain, and (hopefully) eventual joy of IVF treatments has gone viral on social media thanks to a nationwide fertility clinic. The picture posted Oct. 5 on the Sher Institutes Facebook page shows a baby girl lying on a white backdrop, in the middle of... More »

Bioethicist: Men Should Freeze Sperm at 18

Paternal age having a serious effect on next generation, he says

(Newser) - When men are young and full of ... life, they should freeze some sperm for later use, a British bioethicist argues. Dr. Kevin Smith says the risks associated with older fathers—studies have pointed to higher rates of autism and a range of other mental disorders —are enough of a... More »

A 27-Year-Old Has Given Birth in a Historic Way

Frozen childhood ovarian tissue made the pregnancy possible

(Newser) - It's a medical first, and one that means some seriously ill young girls won't have to give up on ever having children: A 27-year-old woman in Belgium has given birth to a baby using ovarian tissue that was removed and frozen before she started chemotherapy at 13, the... More »

More Women Who Have a PhD or MD Also Have Kids

80% of American women ages 40 to 44 with such a degree now have a kid

(Newser) - Earlier this year, the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention reported that married women in the US are having more children , while unmarried women are having fewer. It may not be a coincidence, then, that a new Pew Research Center analysis of Census data finds that more married women in... More »

Warning to Guys: Sunscreen May Be Tied to Fertility Trouble

But scientists aren't saying you should ditch it

(Newser) - In the latest study proving everything in the world is dangerous, researchers are warning about a possible link between sunscreen and male fertility problems. The scientists investigated urine-sample data from 500 couples trying to have kids. They found that among couples taking the longest time to conceive, male partners had... More »

Family Sees 4 Consecutive Generations of Twins

They've applied to Guinness Book of World Records

(Newser) - There may be something in the water in Clevedon, England. Melanie Gwynne is a twin. Her father and his mother, Gwynne's grandmother, are also twins. And last fall, Gwynne became mom to the family's fourth generation of twins—two girls, whose birth was featured on the British TV... More »

This 46-Year-Old Woman's Baby Set a Record

Belinda Slaughter gave birth via IVF, using her own fresh eggs

(Newser) - A 46-year-old Florida woman became a new mom to a healthy baby boy last year via IVF—and though it's not unheard of for a woman to deliver a baby at her age, what's medically remarkable is that Belinda Slaughter didn't use frozen or donated embryos, but... More »

Discovered: Sperm's Docking Station

Protein allows sperm to link with egg

(Newser) - Scientists are announcing a breakthrough in the study of fertility. They've learned more about how a sperm cell links to an egg cell, offering hope for future treatments—for both fertility and contraception, Nature reports. Scientists already knew of a protein on the surface of a sperm cell that... More »

IVF Births Hit Record High

Procedure now accounts for 1.5% of US births

(Newser) - Around 30 years after America's first "test tube baby" was born, enough IVF babies were born in the US in 2012 to fill a medium-sized town, according to a new report from the Society of Assisted Reproductive Technology. The organization says its 379 member clinics performed a total... More »

Doctors' Group to Women: Don't Freeze Your Eggs

The technology does not 'guarantee a successful pregnancy,' they warn

(Newser) - Egg freezing has apparently become such a trend that the New York Times last year covered a trend within the trend: parents who help foot the bill for freezing their aging daughters' eggs. But the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists have issued a blunt message to women in their... More »

Divorced Men Should Pay for Wife's Eggs

If they split without kids, he should cover her fertility treatment: Op-ed

(Newser) - Welcome to the new wrinkle in divorce settlements: the wife's eggs. Sarah Elizabeth Richards lays out the increasingly common scenario in the New York Times today: Say a couple gets married with the intention of having kids but divorces years later without having done so, or without having as... More »

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