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Fertility Doctor's Harm 'Will Span Generations'

Canada's Bernard Norman Barwin formally stripped of license

(Newser) - A Canadian fertility doctor once known as "the Baby God" has been formally stripped of his medical license after he was found to have used his own sperm to inseminate patients. A discipline committee of Ontario's medical regulator also ordered Bernard Norman Barwin to pay an $8,... More »

Guys, Beware the Mossman-Pacey Paradox

Men who go to extremes to attract mates risk becoming 'evolutionary duds,' suggests study

(Newser) - Scientists have uncovered a paradox where men try to make themselves into "pinnacles of evolution" while simultaneously becoming "evolutionary duds." "Isn't it ironic that men go to the gym to look wonderful, for the most part to attract women, and inadvertently decrease their fertility?" says... More »

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... More »

DNA Tests Reveal What This Doctor Really Did

Jan Karbaat fathered 49 children through his clients

(Newser) - Say your mother's fertility doctor was Jan Karbaat? Then you may have a lot of new half-siblings—and a father who apparently broke the law. Turns out the Dutch doctor betrayed his clients by impregnating them with his own sperm and fathering at least 49 children, the BBC reports.... More »

Bosses Nab Intimate Details on Workers—via Fertility Tracker

Data is so useful, some employees are paid to use Ovia: 'WaPo'

(Newser) - Some of the 10 million users of Ovia's health apps, including women trying to conceive via period tracking and expectant mothers recording everything from bodily functions to sex drive, are sending some of that data straight to their bosses. That's according to the Washington Post , which reports employers... More »

They Honored Him by Skinning People. Now, 'Flayed Lord' Temple Found

Site buried in Popoloca Indian ruins was dedicated to Xipe Totec god

(Newser) - Mexican experts have found the first temple of the "Flayed Lord," a pre-Hispanic fertility god depicted as a skinned human corpse, authorities said Wednesday. Mexico's National Institute of Anthropology and History said the find was made during recent excavations of Popoloca Indian ruins in the central state... More »

Trump Reponds to Criticism by Michelle Obama

But he takes shot at her husband, not her

(Newser) - Michelle Obama's memoir, Becoming, is officially out on Tuesday, but outlets including the AP and the Washington Post got their hands on advance copies. Some of the first headlines focused on the former first lady's criticism of President Trump—among other things, she calls him a "mysogynist"... More »

Is It Time to Sound the Alarm on Sperm?

Daniel Noah Halpern looks at the state of our sperm for 'GQ'

(Newser) - Daniel Noah Halpern checks in on the state of the world's sperm in a lengthy piece for GQ , and the upshot at its worst is that there is "the possibility that we will become extinct." That line comes from Hagai Levine, who co-authored a 2017 Hebrew University/Mount... More »

FDA Gives OK to Market Pregnancy- Prevention App

Natural Cycles says its technology is 93% effective, but there has been some controversy

(Newser) - "There's an app for that" is making further inroads in the contraceptives arena. USA Today reports the FDA has approved marketing for the Natural Cycles app, which claims it can help prevent pregnancy by telling a woman what days are best for avoiding sex (marked "red" days)... More »

She Got Slammed for Fertility Remark, Is Pregnant

Carrie Underwood, 35, adding 'another fish to our pond'

(Newser) - A week after airing fertility concerns that bugged plenty of fans, Carrie Underwood has some big fertility news: The country singer revealed she's expecting her second child with husband Mike Fisher in an Instagram video posted Wednesday, per People . The 35-year-old, whose son Isaiah is 3, said she'd... More »

Scientists Unveil Man-Made Ovary

Artificial ovary implanted in mouse could help women who've gone through chemo

(Newser) - News on the fertility front may offer hope in the future for women who have to undergo chemotherapy or radiation during cancer treatment. Per the Guardian , scientists have created an artificial ovary out of human tissue and eggs, and that ovary's performance on tests is encouraging. Susanne Pors, a... More »

Fertility Rate in the US Hits Record Low

The continuing downward trend could have long-term consequences

(Newser) - Although you wouldn't know it from the constant barrage of pregnant celebrity pics on social media, the fertility rate in the US—the number of births per 1,000 women ages 15 to 44—fell to 60 last year, its lowest level since the government started tracking the figure... More »

Why Brazilian Women Want Sperm From Guys Like This

They feel blond, blue-eyed males will produce 'pretty' kids who will have more advantages

(Newser) - What came into Brazil in great numbers in 2017: hundreds of tubes of imported US semen, often from donors primed to make "pretty" children—which for many Brazilians means white "biotypes" with light hair and eyes, per the Wall Street Journal . Such imports of overseas sperm have spiked... More »

9 'Cocktail'-Infused Eggs a 'Breakthrough' for Fertility

For the first time, human eggs were grown from earliest stages to maturity in the lab

(Newser) - What's being deemed a "breakthrough" for women's fertility has been achieved out of the University of Edinburgh. Researchers say that for the very first time, they've developed human eggs in the lab from their earliest points of growth to full maturity, offering insight into how science... More »

One-Time Face of Women Freezing Eggs Now Has Warning

Egg-freezing industry is only giving half the story, Brigitte Adams says

(Newser) - "There is a huge marketing hype of it, and overpromising," Brigitte Adams says of egg freezing. And she should know. The Washington Post reports Adams "became the de facto poster child for a generation of women considering the procedure" after appearing on the cover of Bloomberg Businessweek... More »

Researchers Sound Alarm on Dropping Male Sperm Counts

There's been a 52% drop in sperm counts over the last 40 years

(Newser) - The Western man's sperm count just isn't what it used to be. In what the Washington Post calls the largest and most comprehensive look into the matter, an international team of researchers reports in the journal Human Reproductive Update that after analyzing 185 previous studies involving 42,000... More »

Couple Expecting 2 Baby Boys, 3 Weeks Apart

Toby Fleischman and Lindsay Lanciault didn't expect to conceive at the same time

(Newser) - When celebrity makeup artist Toby Fleischman and her partner decided to start a family, it made sense Fleischman would try to conceive first. Fleischman, now 41, was seven years older than her wife, Lindsay Lanciault. But after Fleischman had trouble conceiving, Lanciault, a speech pathologist, began trying, too. And now,... More »

Scientists: We Know Why Sheep Get Sexed Up in Winter

Scientist figure out how melatonin levels affect breeding

(Newser) - "Why do sheep get frisky in winter?" isn't the beginning of a bad joke, but rather the question that jump-started a joint study by researchers at the University of Nottingham and the University of Bristol. The Guardian reports that scientists may now have an answer, one that could... More »

Couple's Pregnancy Reveal Features 452 Needles

Duke and Diana Walker are due in August

(Newser) - After more than two years of failed attempts, a woman in Texas is finally pregnant, and her heartfelt Facebook post has gone viral with thousands of likes and hundreds of comments. It took, as Lauren Walker writes, more than 953 days, 452 needles, two IVF rounds, multiple miscarriages, and thousands... 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 »

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