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'Mom, I'm Dying': Error Leads to Woman 'Embalmed Alive'

Russia's Ekaterina Fedyaeva dies after injection of formaldehyde instead of saline

(Newser) - A Russian woman who went for a routine procedure in hopes of soon becoming pregnant ended up dead after doctors mistakenly injected her with formaldehyde instead of saline—leading to her being "embalmed alive," per the Washington Post . Ekaterina Fedyaeva, in her late 20s, had gone in for... More »

Woman's 'Miracle' Birth Thought to Be First of Its Kind

She gave birth using ovarian tissue frozen when she was just 9 years old

(Newser) - The family of a 24-year-old woman from Dubai is being called "courageous" and "pioneers" because they had the foresight to freeze one of her ovaries when she was just 9 years old, the Washington Post reports. According to the BBC , Moaza al Matrooshi was born with a potentially... 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 »

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 »

Woman Gives Birth Hours After Finding She's Pregnant

Kim Walsh, 38, has polycystic ovary syndrome, which often causes infertility

(Newser) - When Kim Walsh went to the doctor complaining of abdominal pain and was told she was pregnant and going into labor, she was shocked—and not just because she didn't know she was pregnant. The 38-year-old suffers from polycystic ovary syndrome, which causes an imbalance of testosterone that often... More »

Ovary-less Woman's Pregnancy Hailed as a First

Frozen ovarian tissue grafted onto abdominal wall, produced 2 eggs

(Newser) - A world-first procedure offers new hope to women seeking to get pregnant after losing their ovaries. For the first time, ovarian tissue transplanted to a woman's abdomen has led to a successful pregnancy. A woman in Australia identified as Vali had both her ovaries removed while being treated for... More »

Human Stem Cells Can Make Egg Cells

Discovery could lead to major fertility advances, researchers say

(Newser) - Scientists say they have figured out how to get stem cells from human ovaries to generate egg cells, a discovery that could be a major advance for fertility medicine, reports the New York Times . The Massachusetts General Hospital researchers employed a technique first used on mice ovaries that marks the... More »

Space Travel May Make It Harder to Have Kids

Sperm, egg counts fall in lab animals

(Newser) - If you’re intent on having kids, you might want to cancel that vacation to Mars you’ve got penciled in. Research from a University of Kansas biologist suggests that long-term space travel might leave people “reproductively compromised,” the Kansas City Star reports. In tests on space-traveling and... More »

Women in 20s Should Freeze Ovaries: Doctor

Section could be re-transplanted later in life for childbirth

(Newser) - Young women should freeze sections of their ovaries for use later in life, a fertility expert has proposed. The doctor who performed the world's first full ovary transplant is promoting a procedure in which women in their 20's would have up to a third of an ovary removed and frozen.... More »

Irregular Periods Could Signal Fertility Disorder

Primary ovarian deficiency affects 1 in 100 women under 40

(Newser) - Women with irregular periods usually blame stress or other lifestyle factors, and often use hormonal birth control to make their cycle regular. But an irregular period could signal something serious: primary ovarian insufficiency, characterized by a lack of reproductive hormones. The condition affects 1 in 100 women by age 40,... More »

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