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About to Go on Ventilator, Bride-to-Be Asked for Vaccine

Samantha Wendell, who'd delayed vaccination over fertility concerns, died Sept. 10

(Newser) - Another US woman afraid to get vaccinated against COVID-19 for fear that it would affect her fertility has died of the disease. Samantha Wendell, a 29-year-old surgical technician from Grand Rivers, Ky., was laid to rest earlier this month in a ceremony at an Illinois church where she'd...

Baby Waiting to Be Born for 28 Years Is Finally Here

Molly Gibson, born from an adopted embryo frozen in 1992, sets a world record

(Newser) - In a twist on adoption, a Tennessee infant born in October now holds a world record that was previously claimed by her big sister. Per the New York Post , Tina and Ben Gibson had tried to have a child for five years, but they'd struggled to conceive (Ben has...

What the Egg Donor Brochures Don't Say
What the Egg Donor
Brochures Don't Say
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What the Egg Donor Brochures Don't Say

It's lucrative for donors, but the side effects can be painful and downplayed by clinics

(Newser) - Stories about egg donations for couples who can't conceive typically focus on the couples. A story at Wired takes a look from the perspective of the donors—think healthy women in their 20s, often college students who are tight on cash. As it turns out, the pay can be...

After Years of Chronic Pain, Dunham Has Hysterectomy

Tough decision came after 'surgeries measuring in the double digits'

(Newser) - Lena Dunham has undergone a total hysterectomy after years of chronic pain caused by endometriosis, which is caused by tissue from the uterus lining growing outside the organ. The Endometriosis Foundation of America says the Girls star, who had the operation to remove her uterus and cervix in recent months,...

An Aspirin a Day Could Help Some Pregnant Women
An Aspirin a Day Could Help
Some Pregnant Women
new study

An Aspirin a Day Could Help Some Pregnant Women

Low dose appears to increase chance of live birth in certain women

(Newser) - Inflammation wreaks all sorts of havoc on the human body. One example involves reproduction, because inflammation is behind multiple issues—such as pelvic inflammatory disease and polycystic ovary syndrome—that increase a woman's risk of infertility. So can managing inflammation improve those women's chances of getting pregnant? Researchers...

New Vision for Male Birth Control: Don't Let Sperm Swim

Control over sperm motility could help infertile men, too

(Newser) - Male fertility comes down to one thing in many cases: sperm motility. If they're not good swimmers, fertility can be an issue, reports the Independent . But researchers at the University of Wolverhampton in the UK are reporting (though not yet in a peer-reviewed scientific journal) that they may have...

Man Allegedly Cuts Off Wife's Hands Over Infertility

Though a fertility clinic found man was the one with the reproductive issue

(Newser) - Domestic violence is a troubling issue in Kenya, and Jackline Mwende has recently become the very public face of it. The 27-year-old from Machakos, a village not far from Nairobi, says her husband came at her in a rage on July 23 with a machete and not only slashed her...

Lesbians Sue NJ Over Fertility Treatment Mandate

Only women who've proven infertility via '2 years of unprotected intercourse' covered

(Newser) - When Erin and Marianne Krupa decided they wanted to start a family five years ago, they moved from North Carolina to New Jersey in search of a less conservative environment. Little did they know they were about to hit upon a state insurance mandate from 2001 that they say specifically...

Husband Writes of Battle to Get Pregnant With Humor, Honesty

'I have not felt the vertigo of infinity like when we were told our baby was dead'

(Newser) - After trying to get pregnant for three years and suffering a miscarriage in the process, a Cincinnati couple have decided to go public with their story of joy and heartbreak and joy again as they announce not just their pregnancy but the many ups and downs of their path to...

Working Mouse Sperm Created From Stem Cells

Step could someday lead to treatment for infertile men

(Newser) - Scientists have produced rudimentary mouse sperm from stem cells in the laboratory, a step that may lead to a treatment for infertile men. If the technique pans out in people, doctors might someday be able to turn skin cells from a man into sperm that can pass along his DNA...

Clinic Plans First-Ever Uterus Transplants in US

So far, 8 women have signed up at Cleveland facility

(Newser) - Doctors at the Cleveland Clinic are prepping for what they hope will be, in a few months, a US first: the transplant of a uterus into an otherwise healthy woman so she can get pregnant. A New York Times special report notes that eight healthy women from around the country...

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...

Not Getting Pregnant? Check Your Cholesterol
Not Getting Pregnant?
Check Your Cholesterol
new study

Not Getting Pregnant? Check Your Cholesterol

Study finds link between high cholesterol, trouble conceiving

(Newser) - High cholesterol is bad for more than just your arteries. A study released this week found that high cholesterol may make it tougher for couples to get pregnant, the Washington Post reports. Researchers came to their conclusion after following 501 couples who were trying to conceive (and controlling for other...

Good News, Ladies: Infertility Rates Actually Falling

Medical treatment partly to thank: study

(Newser) - Good news for women planning to have a baby later in life: Infertility is actually on the decline, even as average marriage ages climb. A new report shows that of married women, aged 15 to 44, just 6% are infertile, down 2.5% since 1982. For women 35 to 44,...

Best Season for IVF: Spring
 Best Season for IVF: Spring 
study says

Best Season for IVF: Spring

Temps, daylight hours may affect fertility rates

(Newser) - Infertile couples considering in vitro fertilization might do well to develop a little spring fever, suggests a new study out of Brazil. It found that's the season in which fertilization rates are at their highest, reports the Wall Street Journal . Researchers reviewed the fertilization rates of 1,932 women...

IVF Has Now Made 5M Babies
 IVF Has Now Made 5M Babies 

IVF Has Now Made 5M Babies

350K born each year; twins, triplets less common

(Newser) - It's been 34 years since Britain saw the birth of the first test-tube baby; since then, another 5 million people have been born through in vitro fertilization. Some 350,000 are born each year, amounting to 0.3% of births across the globe, the AFP reports. Some 1.5...

Sperm Bank Turns Away Carrot Tops

'Too many redheads in relation to demand': bank director

(Newser) - Redheaded men seeking a quick $500 best not turn to the Cryos sperm bank: It's full-up with carrot top donors and is turning them away. "There are too many redheads in relation to demand," director Ole Schou tells the Telegraph . Only women who have an infertile redhead...

Scientists Turn Stem Cells Into Working Sperm

Researchers see hope for infertile men

(Newser) - Researchers have managed to produce sperm cells from embryonic stem cells—and for the first time, the sperm worked, resulting in healthy baby mice. Researchers in Japan mixed the embryonic stem cells with certain proteins and hormones. They converted the resulting cells into germ cells, which they implanted in the...

Scientists Grow Sperm From Mice in Laboratory for First Time
 Sperm Grown 
 in Lab for First Time 
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Sperm Grown in Lab for First Time

If it works in humans, it could help with men's infertility

(Newser) - Japanese researchers have grown sperm in the laboratory for the first time, reports Nature . If the breakthrough with mice transfers to humans, it could open up IVF treatments for infertile men, notes the Guardian . Scientists created the sperm from the testicular tissue of mice and successfully produced a dozen baby...

Guys, Beware Laptops' 'Scrotal Hyperthermia'

If it's on your lap, it's heating things up

(Newser) - This study involves the phrases "scrotal temperature elevation" and "scrotal hyperthermia," so you know it can't end well. SUNY researchers found that using a laptop on the lap for only 10 or 15 minutes heats up men's testicles—figure about 1-degree Celsius in 15 minutes if sitting...

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