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  1. Ovarian Transplant Recipient Gives Birth Twice

    Feb. 24, 2010 -- A former cancer patient in Denmark who had an ovarian transplant and gave birth to a daughter after IVF has had another child who was conceived naturally. Doctors in Denmark are hailing the case as a medical first. ''We performed IVF [in vitro fertilization] initially, and expected

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  2. Genetic Differences for 'Test Tube' Babies?

    Feb. 22, 2010 -- Babies born via IVF and other assisted reproductive technologies (ART) have more genetic differences than do babies conceived naturally, according to a researcher, although the majority of the ''test tube'' babies he studied are still within the normal range. ''There's not a big dif

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  3. Flame Retardant Exposure May Harm Fertility

    Jan. 26, 2010 -- Women with higher blood levels of flame retardants known as PBDEs, found in some household objects, took about twice as long to become pregnant as women with lower blood levels, according to a new study. ''For every tenfold increase in PBDEs in the blood, we saw a 30% to 50% decreas

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  4. Gene May Inspire Male Contraceptive

    April 3, 2009 -- Scientists have discovered gene mutations linked to male infertility that may lead to new infertility treatments and a male contraceptive. The mutations lie in the CATSPER1 gene, which makes a protein that's needed for normal sperm movement. The mutations make it hard for the CATSPE

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  5. The Truth About Sexual Positions and Getting Pregnant

    Myths abound when it comes to sex, sexual positions, and conception, says Donnica Moore, MD, a women's health expert based in Far Hills, N.J. "One common misconception is that it's best to have all sex all the time because the greater the number episodes of intercourse, the greater the chance of con

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  6. Octuplets' Birth Sparks Fertility Debate

    Feb. 10, 2009 - As the mother and grandmother of the two-week-old California octuplets squared off on competing morning talk shows this week, infertility specialists continue to voice their dismay over the fertility treatment that led to the birth of the eight babies. In an interview that aired on N

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  7. Common Chemicals May Affect Fertility

    Jan. 28, 2009 -- Exposure to a type of chemical found in everyday items such as clothing, carpets, and food packaging may be adversely affecting women's fertility, delaying the time it takes them to become pregnant, according to a new study. In the study, the higher the concentrations of these chemi

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  8. New Estimates for IVF Live Birth Rates

    Jan. 14, 2009 -- Although many statistics on in vitro fertilization focus on the number of resulting pregnancies, a new study sheds light on the likelihood IVF results in a live birth. Beth Malizia, MD, from the department of obstetrics and gynecology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harv

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  9. Unused Embryos Vex Infertility Patients

    Dec. 4, 2008 -- Couples who have unused and unwanted frozen embryos as a result of infertility treatment often feel conflicted about what to do with them, with disposal and donation frequently seen as unacceptable options. This is the finding from the largest survey ever conducted examining fertilit

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  10. CDC: IVF May Boost Birth Defects Risk

    Nov. 17, 2008 -- The CDC reports that certain birth defects -- including heart wall problems and cleft lip/palate -- may be two to four times more common among babies conceived with assisted reproductive technology (ART) than babies conceived naturally. Those findings -- published in the advance onl

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