Infertility and Reproduction News & Features
- Twins Born From Embryos Frozen 30 Years Ago
November 21, 2022 — In what is believed to be a record, twins in Oregon were born this past Halloween from embryos that were frozen in 1992.
- There's a Reason Sperm Swim Together
September 30, 2022 — It's a long, difficult swim through the female reproduction tract that male sperm navigate, and new research is casting doubt on the idea that it's the fastest, strongest swimmer that comes first.
- Neighborhood May Affect a Couple's Odds of Conceiving
August 3, 2022 — Researchers say people who live in economically deprived neighborhoods are about 20% less likely to conceive, compared to people from areas with more resources.
- Fertility Doctors, IVF Families, Post-Roe: ‘We’re Anxious’
July 14, 2022 — Many experts worry about the “spill-over” effects the abortion laws — both the existing ones and future proposals -- may have on fertility care and treatments.
- U.S. Infertility Rate Plateaus, Demographics Play Major Role: Study
June 28, 2022 — Infertility rates among women in the U.S. have remained about the same over the past 2 decades, according to a study published this month in the journal Fertility and Sterility.
- Sperm Counts Rebound When Obese Men Shed Pounds
May 26, 2022 — However, men need to keep the weight off to maintain the improved sperm count.
- New Fertility Breakthrough for Male Cancer Survivors
May 17, 2022 — Frozen testicular tissue is still viable after 23 years, University of Pennsylvania scientists say. The discovery could aid fertility preservation for boys getting cancer treatment.
- Colorado Law Would Lift Veil of Secrecy on Sperm Donations
May 11, 2022 — First-of-its-kind legislation would make identities and medical histories of sperm donors available to offspring and limit the number of families that can emanate from a single donor.
- Three-Parent IVF Now Legal in Two Countries
May 6, 2022 — To prevent babies from inheriting rare, potentially fatal diseases, a variation of in vitro fertilization (IVF) uses genetic material from three people.
- Meet a Fierce Advocate for Women’s Health: Jen Gunter, MD
March 25, 2022 — The OB/GYN most recently spoke out against a vitamin and supplement maker’s “probiotics for your panty hamster.”
- Infertility Amid COVID-19: ‘Our Hopes Were Taken Away’
January 24, 2022 — According to the CDC, 330,000 assisted reproductive technology cycles were completed in 2019. But the pandemic interrupted these efforts for many couples.
- Scientists Have Made Sperm From Monkey Stem Cells
November 9, 2021 — Using monkey embryonic stem cells, scientists have created functional sperm in an animal closely related to humans.
- Men Over 50 Less Likely to Have a Baby With IVF
August 31, 2021 — A new study found that men over 50 years old have less than a 30% rate of a successful live birth with assisted reproduction.
- Study: Want to Have a Baby? Mind Your Alcohol
June 14, 2021 — Even moderate drinking may disrupt the time-sensitive sequence of hormonal events in conception.
- How to Boost Your Reproductive Health
May 27, 2021 — What can you do to improve your chances of conceiving a baby? Many couples deal with fertility issues that require a doctor’s help. Find out what you can change in your daily life to boost reproductive health before you head to the fertility clinic.
- Same-Sex Couples Face Fertility Issues When Trying to Conceive
April 7, 2021 — Same-sex couples face fertility issues, financial challenges, and more when trying to conceive.
- Treatment May Help Women in Early Menopause Remain Fertile
April 5, 2021 — An experimental treatment may restore fertility during early menopause, a small new study claims.
- A Woman's Egg May Prefer One Sperm To Another
June 10, 2020 — People have certain qualities they look for in a mate, and now a new study finds that a woman's eggs may be choosy about sperm, too.
- Allow Dead Men to Be Sperm Donors, Ethicists Say
January 22, 2020 — Sperm can be collected after death either through electrical stimulation of the prostate gland or surgery, and then frozen until required, the ethicists said.
- Second U.S. Baby Born from Transplanted Uterus
January 10, 2020 — The first baby in the U.S. to be born from a transplanted uterus from a deceased donor was delivered last June at the Cleveland Clinic, CNN reported.
- Docs: Testosterone Supplements Won't Help Most Men
January 6, 2020 — It's known that men's testosterone levels decline with age. And for years industry has promoted the idea that men suffer a range of symptoms caused by what's sometimes described as "male menopause."
- Frozen Embryo Transfer Tied to Cancer Risk in Kids
December 12, 2019 — There wasn't an increased cancer risk among children born to parents who used other types of assisted reproductive technology such as fertility drugs, IVF or intracytoplasmic sperm injection.
- Chlamydia Can Harm Male Fertility
October 15, 2019 — The Australian research is the first to find the sexually transmitted disease in testicular tissue biopsies of infertile men with no identified cause for their infertility.
- 73-Year-Old-Woman in India Has Twins
September 9, 2019 — A 73-year-old woman in India who had twin girls is believed to be the oldest person ever to give birth.
- U.S. Fertility Rate At All-Time Low
July 25, 2019 — A report released earlier this year by the National Center for Health Statistics said the 2017 U.S. fertility rate continued to fall below what's needed for the population to replace itself, CNN reported.
- Fertility Treatment, Pregnancy Heart Issue Linked?
May 28, 2019 — The study shows that the risk of a particular kind of heart failure that happens in pregnancy, peripartum cardiomyopathy (PPCM), is five times higher in women who have fertility treatment,
- Using Pre-Ejaculation Sperm May Help Infertile Men
March 19, 2019 — The study shows that on its path from the testicles to ejaculation, sperm DNA can suffer major damage. Researchers said it may be possible to use sperm taken directly from the testicles to fertilize eggs so that infertile men can have children.
- Common Chemicals Harm Sperm in Both Men and Dogs
March 12, 2019 — Previous studies have reported a 50 percent decline in human sperm quality worldwide in the past 80 years. Another study by the same U.K. team found a similar decline in domestic dogs, pointing to the possibility that chemicals present in the home could be a factor.
- U.S. Fertility Rates Hit Record Low in 2017
May 17, 2018 — In the United States, the provisional or "draft" number of births in 2017 was tallied at 3,853,472 births -- a 2 percent drop from the year before.
- No Evidence Acupuncture Boosts Fertility Treatment
May 15, 2018 — Rates for live births were 18.3 percent in the real acupuncture group and 17.8 percent for those who got the fake treatment -- a statistically non-significant difference, the researchers said.
- Woman Says Parents' Fertility Doctor Is Her Father
April 9, 2018 — Kelli Rowlette and her parents have filed a lawsuit against the fertility doctor who treated them, citing medical malpractice, fraud and breach of contract.
- Low Sperm Count May Signal Serious Health Risks
March 19, 2018 — A study of nearly 5,200 Italian men found that those with low sperm counts were 1.2 times more likely to have more body fat, higher blood pressure, higher bad cholesterol and triglycerides, and lower levels of good cholesterol.
- Tank Failure at 2nd Clinic Threatens Eggs, Embryos
March 12, 2018 — The clinic did not reveal how many eggs and embryos were affected but said the tank contained "several thousand" of them.
- Malfunction Leads to Loss of Frozen Eggs, Embryos
March 9, 2018 — There appears to have been an equipment failure at a long-term storage tank containing liquid nitrogen at the University Hospitals Fertility Center, NBC News reported.
- What is surrogacy?
February 14, 2018 — There are a number of reasons why a couple would use a surrogate. It may be the case of a couple where the female partner can't carry a child herself.
- Scientists Create First Lab-Grown Human Eggs
February 9, 2018 — U.K. researchers who created the first laboratory-grown human eggs say their achievement could lead to news ways to preserve the fertility of girls undergoing radiation or chemotherapy for cancer.
- Lab-grown eggs 'offer fertility treatment hope'
February 9, 2018 — Scientists say they have made a breakthrough that could lead to improved fertility treatments after growing human eggs to maturity in a UK laboratory.
- A Diet to Boost a Woman's Fertility?
January 30, 2018 — Greek researchers report that younger women who followed this heart-healthy eating plan in the six months before trying IVF had better odds of a successful pregnancy than women who didn't.
- Mediterranean diet 'boosts IVF success rate'
January 30, 2018 — Eating a Mediterranean diet may significantly increase some women's chances of becoming pregnant through IVF and giving birth to a live baby, according to a small study.
- Too Little Iodine Could Harm a Woman's Fertility
January 11, 2018 — Iodine -- a mineral that helps regulate metabolism -- is found in seafood, iodized salt, dairy products, and some fruits and vegetables.
- Mild Low Thyroid Levels May Affect a Woman's Fertility
December 20, 2017 — Having even a slightly underactive thyroid may interfere with a woman's ability to get pregnant, a new Harvard Medical School study has found
- Embryo Frozen for 25 Years Results in Birth
December 19, 2017 — A healthy baby girl born last month in Tennessee was a frozen embryo for 25 years, making her the longest known frozen human embryo to result in a successful birth.
- Vitamin D Levels A Key To Treating Infertility?
November 20, 2017 — Women with low vitamin D levels may be less likely to have a baby after assisted reproductive technology (ART) than those with normal vitamin D levels, a new study suggests.
- Improve Your Odds During Infertility Treatments
November 1, 2017 — There's a better chance that in vitro fertilization (IVF) will lead to pregnancy if fresh donor eggs are used instead of frozen eggs, a new study suggests.
- High-Pesticide Produce Not Helpful for Fertility
October 30, 2017 — Couples who are trying to have children should probably be picky about their produce, a new study suggests.
- Fertility Tests May Not Gauge Biological Clock
October 10, 2017 — Doctors say age remains a better indicator of a woman's 'reproductive potential'
- Egg Freezing Gives You Options but Has Risks
September 22, 2017 — Doctors say more women are interested in egg freezing, a procedure that may help preserve their fertility but comes with risks.
- Fetal Deaths Up, Fertility Down In Flint Crisis
September 21, 2017 — Fallout from Flint crisis continues.
- Flame retardants 'a threat to IVF fertility'
August 25, 2017 — Flame retardant chemicals could pose a threat to the chances of couples undergoing in vitro fertilization (IVF) to have a baby, say scientists.