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Popular Period Tracker Says It's Got Users' Backs on Privacy

Flo launches 'Anonymous Mode' to scrub customer identifiers that can aid in abortion prosecutions

(Newser) - As women scramble to delete period and fertility tracker apps from their mobile devices in the wake of last week's Roe v. Wade decision , with fears that data from such apps could be tied to prosecutions over abortion, one of the largest health apps is assuring customers their information...

Woman Uncovers Unbelievable Story About Her OB-GYN

Morgan Hellquist alleges Dr. Morris Wortman is her biological father

(Newser) - When a police officer pulled Morgan Hellquist over for erratic driving, he immediately recognized she was upset and asked what was the matter. "Even if I tell you what's wrong, you're never going to believe me," she recalls saying. In a piece for the Rochester Democrat ...

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...

In Sperm Donor 'Case Without Precedent,' a $10.7M Deal

Fertility doc accused of impregnating women with his own sperm agrees to settlement

(Newser) - A Canadian fertility doctor who lost his medical license in 2019 after being accused of impregnating multiple women with the wrong sperm—sometimes his own—has now agreed to fork over millions in a "groundbreaking" settlement. The Ottawa Citizen reports that the $10.7 million offer from Norman Barwin...

China Considers Reversing Childbirth Policies

Leaders may go from limiting family size to encouraging population growth

(Newser) - After being told by their government for more than 40 years how many children they can have, the people of China are close to regaining the freedom to decide themselves. The trends in population and birth rate are so worrisome to the nation's rulers that they're working on...

Waitress Who Refused Vaccine Over Fertility Fears Is Fired

Bonnie Jacobson, who's trying to get pregnant, says Brooklyn eatery let her go over her concerns

(Newser) - Though it says the COVID vaccine is "unlikely to pose a specific risk" to pregnant women, even the CDC doesn't know for sure yet about the actual risks. That's why waitress Bonnie Jacobson, who's been trying to start a family with her husband of 16 months,...

If We Can't Solve This Problem, Our Species 'Disappears'

Experts predict crash in births will force societal overhaul

(Newser) - Experts say we'll need to "reorganize societies" to respond to a "jaw-dropping" decrease in the number of Earthlings being born. To keep a steady population, a woman needs to have 2.1 children on average so as to account for infant mortality and childless women. Women were...

New Stat Hints at a 'Demographic Time Bomb'
New Stat Hints at
a 'Demographic
Time Bomb'
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New Stat Hints at a 'Demographic Time Bomb'

Low birth rate, low death rate in China has researchers, economists there worried

(Newser) - There's a "looming crisis" brewing in China, one the New York Times says could eventually have a "seismic effect." Per the country's National Bureau of Statistics, about 14.6 million babies were born there last year, an almost 4% drop from 2018. It's the...

Another Drop in Fertility Rate Suggests Deep Social Change

Births increased among women in late 30s, early 40s

(Newser) - The US fertility rate fell for a fourth year in a row in 2018 to the lowest level in about three decades. The 3,791,712 births—59.1 for every 1,000 women of childbearing age—was down 2% from 2017 and 15% from 2007, according to data out...

He Thought He Was Fathering 5 Kids. So Far, It's 17
Sperm Donor's 'Overwhelming'
Find Leads to $5.25M Suit
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Sperm Donor's 'Overwhelming' Find Leads to $5.25M Suit

Bryce Cleary says he fathered 17 kids, not just 5 like Oregon fertility clinic promised

(Newser) - When Dr. Bryce Cleary was in medical school at Oregon Health and Science University three decades ago, he decided to help people who were having fertility issues by becoming a sperm donor. But he had conditions, including that no more than five children be produced using his sperm; that the...

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 $8,170...

Male Steroid Use Can Turn Them Into 'Evolutionary Duds'
Guys, Beware the
Mossman-Pacey Paradox
NEW STUDY

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...

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...

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....

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...

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...

Michelle Obama: We Conceived With IVF
Trump Reponds to Criticism
by Michelle Obama
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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"...

We're Half as Fertile as Our Grandfathers. What Happens Next?
Is It Time to Sound
the Alarm on Sperm?
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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...

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)...

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...

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