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  1. Freezing Eggs for Future Babies Isn't Easy

    Sept. 28, 2004 -- Although babies born using frozen eggs may grab the headlines and offer hope to women attempting to preserve their fertility, researchers say there is still plenty of room for improvement with this still-evolving technique. A new Italian study shows the process of freezing and thaw

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  2. Secrecy May Hurt Donor Insemination Families

    Aug. 4, 2004 -- Not telling children that were born as a result of donor insemination about how they were conceived may create tension and problems in the family later on, a new study suggests. British researchers found mothers in families that told or planned on telling their children about how the

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  3. High-Protein Diet May Hurt Pregnancy Chances

    June 29, 2004 -- A study in mice suggests that following a high-protein diet may make it more difficult for women to get pregnant, but researchers say the findings must be confirmed in human studies. In a presentation Monday to a European fertility group, researcher David Gardner, PhD, reported impa

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  4. Khat Plant May Enhance Male Fertility

    June 29, 2004 -- Chemicals found in the leaves of the African khat plant may help enhance male fertility by revving up men's sperm. Researchers tested the effects of the chemicals on mouse and human sperm and found that they stimulate the final stage of sperm maturation when the sperm develops the a

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  5. Fertility Treatment Less Successful After 35

    June 18, 2004 -- After age 35, a woman's success with fertility treatments starts fading, a new study shows. Problems that make natural conception difficult will also affect in vitro fertilization attempts. In vitro fertilization "cannot make up for ... natural decline of fertility after age 35," wr

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  6. Ovary Size May Predict Biological Clock

    June 16, 2004 -- A new study from the U.K. suggests that the size of a woman's ovaries may be a better predictor than age of when her biological clock will stop running, but experts contacted by WebMD remain skeptical. The U.K. researchers devised a mathematical model showing a direct relationship b

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  7. Study Fails to Find Fertility Drug-Cancer Link

    June 15, 2004 -- Taking fertility drugs does not appear to increase a woman's risk of developing ovarian cancer, a new study from the National Cancer Institute suggests. Researchers found no associations between the use of medications that stimulate ovulation and ovarian cancer in a study involving

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  8. Baby Born From 21-Year Old Frozen Sperm

    May 25, 2004 -- Thanks to some well-preserved sperm, a man who was diagnosed with testicular cancer at age 17 is now a father more than 20 years after his cancer treatment left him infertile. Researchers say the birth represents a new world record for the longest period of cryopreservation, or freez

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  9. 'Selecting' Siblings to Help Sick Kids

    May 4, 2004 -- Nine-year-old Molly Nash's life was saved by the birth of her baby brother, Adam. Adam, now 3 1/2, was conceived by in vitro fertilization. Genetic testing of him as an embryo proved him to be a good tissue match for his sister, who was fighting a rare and potentially fatal blood dise

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  10. Worry Lowers IVF Success

    April 23, 2004 -- Even though she knew it was her only chance of having a baby, Nashville reporter Karin Miller says it still took her more than half a year to get over her fears and decide to have in vitro fertilization (IVF) last spring. "After going to the doctor and hearing what was involved, I

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