A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine on Wednesday says the flu shot is not only safe for pregnant women, but has shown no evidence for increasing the risk of miscarriage and can actually prevent fetal death related to the illness.
A company that provides infertility management programs for employers and insurers has recently announced a new discount program for self-pay fertility patients: the WINFertilitySM Quality Discount Treatment Program.
Although American hospitals excel at saving premature infants, the United States is similar to developing countries in the percentage of mothers who give birth before their child is due, according to a new study. It does worse than any western European country and considerably worse than Japan or the Scandinavian countries. That stems from the unique American combination of many pregnant teenagers and many women over 35 giving birth, sometimes to twins or triplets implanted after in vitro fertilization, the authors said.
Khloe Kardashian and Lamar Odom will have a baby when the time is right, the reality starlet said on CBS's "The Talk" Thursday. Karashian, who has shared her hopes of getting pregnant on their reality show "Khloe and Lamar," also slammed recent rumors that she had recently suffered a miscarriage. And she reiterated her previous denials that she is having fertility treatments in the hopes of getting pregnant.
A custody battle in Florida between two lesbians could fuel the growing national debate over the definition of motherhood and might force state lawmakers to reconsider a 19-year-old law regarding the rights of sperm and egg donors. One partner donated an egg that was fertilized and implanted in the other. That woman gave birth in 2004, nine years into their relationship. The couple separated two years later, and the birth mother eventually left Florida with the child without telling her former lover.
At a time when many traditional lenders are struggling, companies that join forces with doctors to make loans for in vitro fertilization, egg harvesting and other fertility treatments say their business is thriving. One reason: Fertility-finance companies are getting a boost from the banking industry's retrenchment. For example, credit has become tight for home-equity loans and credit cards, two ways couples often have paid for fertility treatments that often top $20,000.
Until recently, standard cancer treatments have not included female fertility preservation as a joint concern. If cancer was discovered, regardless of the patient's age, it was treated as quickly and as aggressively as deemed necessary (chemotherapy, surgery, and radiation being the primary tools), and that was that; fertility was not generally a part of the conversation. But as awareness grows about the potential effects of treatments on female fertility, and as fertility-preservation techniques become more sophisticated, these discussions are changing.
Women in their 30s can’t escape dire warnings about having kids “before it’s too late.” For young women, though, the message about infertility may be too loud and not altogether clear. As many as 19 per cent of women aged 18 to 29 believe they’re infertile, according to a study from the Guttmacher Institute, a New York-based non-profit organization devoted to reproductive health. But in reality, only 6 per cent of women in this age group are likely to have trouble conceiving within a year of trying (the medical definition of infertility).