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As a writer, I make the habit when I go out into the world of listening in on other people's conversations. That sounds creepy, let me rephrase. I make the habit of paying attention to how people interact with one another. For example, when I go to a movie theatre, as I'm inevitably wolfing down a tub of popcorn waiting for the previews to start, I like to listen to the conversations going on around me. On more than one occasion I've thought to myself "Is it just me, or are people getting dumber?"

Turns out I'm not crazy.

Semen Allergy Could Impede Efforts to Conceive

FertilityAuthority,  June 12, 2013

Just when you thought getting pregnant couldn’t be any more difficult, a new study says as many as 12 percent of women could also be allergic to semen.

Published in the journal, Human Fertility , researchers found that hypersensitivity to human semen (HHS) can cause a range of allergy symptoms from irritation and itching to anaphylactic shock. Women between the ages of 20 and 30 are most likely to have a more severe reaction, immediately or within an hour after exposure to semen.

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Modern Options of the Modern Woman

a blog by Helen Denise, CEO, Knowhen®, May 1, 2013

Since the 1960’s a lot has changed in the United States. In particular a lot has changed for women: how they are expected to act, how they are treated, what kinds of careers are available to them, what their duties are at home, the list goes on and on.

Fertility in the Year of the Snake

Year of the Snake
February 10 Marks the Start of the Chinese New Year

a blog by Jennifer Redmond, February 10, 2013

February 10, 2013, marks the start of the Chinese New Year. This is year of the Black Water Snake. The snake is the sixth sign of the Chinese zodiac.

Those Who Stay Together, Have Babies Together

a blog by Claire, January 27, 2013

A study out of the University of Pennsylvania says that couples who are faithfully monogamous are more fertile than those who cheat. Cheaters suffer a decline in fertility from as early as the first date!

The Huddle Formation: What Fertility, Football Players, and Fruit Flies Have In Common

a blog by Suzanne Rico, January 24, 2013

I’m always trying to keep up on the latest fertility science, so when I saw the headline “Scientists discover new gene linked to infertility” I clicked to read the BBC story. A study done on fruit flies, it reported, showed that their chromosomes—and especially their egg chromosomes—normally huddle together, like football players plotting a quarterback sneak or a flea flicker on the twenty yard line with ten seconds left in the game. More importantly, fruit flies whose egg chromosomes don’t exhibit this huddling behavior have trouble getting knocked up.

Charleston Clinical Trials

Clinical trials contribute to the understanding and treatment of infertility

Clinical trials are controlled studies that test a certain variable in relation to a disease or condition. Carefully regulated, these studies can occur in multiple locations across the country under set conditions. Each clinical trial has a set purpose, runs a set amount of time, and operates under certain conditions.

Moderate Exercise, Quicker Time to Conception Linked

Fox News,  April 6, 2012

Among women trying to get pregnant, moderate exercise is tied to more success, according to a new study. However, with exception of overweight and obese women, women who exercise vigorously take a longer time to conceive.

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Should Women Freeze Ovarian Tissue to Have Babies Later in Life?

Forbes,  April 5, 2012

When headlines read declarations like, “Scientists can halt menopause with ovary transplants,” you have to raise an eyebrow. A doctor at an infertility clinic has indeed performed “ovary transplants” on a small number of infertile women who have gone on to healthy pregnancies and births. Though this sounds futuristic, it’s certainly possible (it uses a piece of ovarian tissue, not the whole organ), and not so surprising as his other suggestion: That the procedure might help women avoid menopause altogether.

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Ovary Transplant Study Offers Fertility Hope

Yahoo 7 News,  Mar 26, 2012

Women may be able to halt the menopause and preserve their fertility after doctors proved ovary transplants remain effective for at least seven years. Ovarian tissue transplants would allow women more choice about when to have children and would offer hope to those who believe they would never be able to conceive.Three women, who have already received transplants, have given birth to seven children, with one expecting another baby soon.

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