A discussion about whether women who donate eggs for infertility procedures are adequately looked after in the process descended into a verbal mauling at the annual meeting of the Canadian Fertility and Andrology Society this week. Dr. Robert Stillman, medical director of a Washington, D.C. fertility clinic, verbally eviscerated the two members of a panel that was meant to look at issues related to egg donation.
Creating a video with a woman dressed as a bird and a man dressed as, yes, a bee — rapping, no less, about their inability to conceive — was a bit of risky venture. But that’s just what the pharmaceutical company EMD Serono, maker of a fertility drug called Gonal-f, has done. The video, “Early Bird Catches the Sperm” and posted on the Facebook page “Birds & Bees: The Real Story,” is meant to raise awareness and to encourage couples having difficulty conceiving to consult a reproductive endocrinologist.
Louise Brown’s has celebrated her 33rd birthday. It’s been 33 years of life for the woman whose existence proved that her test-tube origination was viable and 33 years of exploration and innovation in the world of fertility. “Test-tube baby” is now considered a quaint term for the experiment that led to a proliferation of options for families who would not have been able to conceive.
Dr. Kirstiaan Nevin is an obstetrician/gynecologist with Reiter, Hill, Johnson and Nevin in Washington, D.C., and sees a lot of women who have difficulty conceiving. She says the best natural fertility rate for women is about 20 percent in each monthly cycle. For women under the age of 35, it can take as long as a year to get pregnant. But, she says, women 35 or older who haven't gotten pregnant after about six months should probably see a doctor. There are a few things women who want to conceive should keep in mind before they start trying.
Chives produced by a New York company called Goodness Gardens have been recalled, the FDA announced, over fears they might be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes bacteria, which can cause a serious infection called listeriosis. In pregnant women — who are 20 times more likely to contract the disease — listeriosis can lead to miscarriage, stillbirth, premature delivery, or a life-threatening infection for the newborn. The FDA says the chives were sold primarily by retailers in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Alabama, Illinois and Virginia.
New research shows a painstaking surgical technique can help some men deemed infertile because of childhood cancer treatment to become fathers after all. Surgeons essentially perform tiny biopsies of testicular tissue to hunt any pockets of hidden sperm, which then are used in standard in vitro fertilization to attempt a partner's pregnancy. In cancer survivors, they were able to extract small amounts of sperm from more than a third of the men — 27 of 73. Doctors then attempted injecting the sperm into a partner's eggs in hopes of pregnancy.
Experts wrestling with these issues raised by the new health care law
Is health insurance coverage of infertility treatments an essential benefit to help people manage a medical disorder? Or is it a life-enhancing benefit, nice to have perhaps but not essential because it doesn't sustain a person's life?
While it's far from a traditional gift, vials of sperm may be at the top of the list for couples and single women facing infertility. A sale on sperm from two branches of the world's largest group of sperm banks could at least help reduce one of the costs involved in creating a family.
Fairfax Cryobank and Cryogenic Laboratories Inc. (CLI) — both divisions of the Genetics and IVF Institute, based in Fairfax, Va. — are having one-day sales this week, offering 50% off your second vial of sperm with the full-price purchase of one.
Former President Bush and his interview with Matt Lauer
The image of a mother handing her teenage son a jar containing the remains of her just-miscarried fetus may be a disturbing one.
But the scene, described by former President George W. Bush in his interview with Matt Lauer of NBC News on Monday night, has started a national conversation — both about his mother, Barbara Bush, and about the complex psychological fallout from miscarriage.
Posts about babies and pregnancies can hurt when TTC
Diane Colling, an occupational therapist and fertility patient, was scrolling through her Facebook page last week when, once again, she was bombarded by a friend's exuberant broadcast about her pregnancy. "Your daughter will hold your hand for a little while, but will hold your heart for a lifetime," her brother's pregnant girlfriend posted.