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In Vitro Fertilization

'Sparks' Really Do Fly When Egg And Sperm Hook Up

The Huffington Post | Macrina Cooper-White | Posted 12.17.2014 | Science

Talk about fireworks in the bedroom. When a sperm cell fuses with an egg, it triggers the sudden release of zinc atoms from the egg's surface. That...

U.S. Test-Tube Births Underreported By States, Study Finds

Posted 12.10.2014 | Parents

BY DAVID BEASLEY ATLANTA Wed Dec 10, 2014 12:18am EST (Reuters) - The number of test-tube babies born each year in the United States is underr...

Catholic Church Says It Doesn't Have To Show Up In Court After Fired Female Teacher Files Suit

Mother Jones | Molly Redden | Posted 11.18.2014 | Religion

When Emily Herx first took time off work for in vitro fertilization treatment, her boss offered what sounded like words of support: "You are in my pra...

Mothering Is All About Survival

Pamela Brill | Posted 11.12.2014 | Parents
Pamela Brill

In the throes of my years of IVF, I never really spent time thinking of actually parenting these kids. I was so focused on growing them and keeping them in there and then birthing them and then having them not die in their sleep. And I did it. Three times.

Apple and Facebook Cover Egg Freezing Costs: Why Is This a Controversy?

MeiMei Fox | Posted 12.20.2014 | Women
MeiMei Fox

In my humble opinion, this condemnation of the egg freezing benefit is cynical and ridiculous. Why can't we just be grateful for companies wanting to offer coverage of an expensive out-of-pocket healthcare procedure and, even more importantly, provide women with more options about what to do with their bodies?

The Myth of Being Normal

Jennifer “Jay” Palumbo | Posted 12.13.2014 | Parents
Jennifer “Jay” Palumbo

As the mom of a son who has been diagnosed as being on the autistic spectrum, "normal" is a word that I downright avoid.

Parents Find Out They're Having Quadruplets, React Accordingly

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 10.03.2014 | Parents

When Utah mom-to-be Ashley Gardner went to the doctor's office for her first ultrasound, she was in for quite a surprise. After eight years of trying ...

11 Things to Know Before Walking Into a Fertility Center

Dr. Angeline Beltsos | Posted 11.26.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Angeline Beltsos

If you think you might have a problem with infertility, where do you start? It can all be very overwhelming. There is a wealth of information available, but distinguishing fact from positive rhetoric can be confusing.

How $30K In IVF Treatments Nearly Tanked -- And Then Saved -- My Finances

LearnVest | Posted 11.19.2014 | Women
LearnVest

After years of trying to start a family the old-fashioned way, Tom and I turned to fertility treatments. As we progressed through the years-long process, our financial burden neared $30,000. The kicker? We had only about $2,000 in savings.

The Decision We Agonized Over, But Do Not Regret

The Next Family | Posted 10.21.2014 | Parents
The Next Family

At conception and in the months before birth, we make parental choices before we meet our child or children. The best we can do is to make educated decisions based on science, faith and what we feel is right.

Fertility Clinic Tells Woman She Can't Use Sperm Donor From Another Race

The Huffington Post | Emily Thomas | Posted 07.29.2014 | Parents

UPDATE: July 29 -- On Monday, the fertility clinic released a statement to The Calgary Herald, saying that patients have had the option to choose a s...

Watch Out Cupid! Transhumanism is Going to Change Love

Zoltan Istvan | Posted 09.01.2014 | Technology
Zoltan Istvan

The next time you're in a coffee shop, don't overlook that 70-year-old sitting in the corner reading Dickens, Hemmingway, or maybe even a copy of The Transhumanist Wager. That senior citizen with their years of wisdom and experience might soon be fair game for a love interest.

Coping With the Anguish of Fertility Treatment

Michael J. Tansey | Posted 08.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Michael J. Tansey

As a couple moves into not months but often years of expensive, intrusive treatments, a spectrum of severe emotional pitfalls typically emerges. Sadly, my observations pertain almost exclusively to those fortunate enough to have access to quality medical assistance.

Single? Married Lesbian? Hawaii Insurance Won't Cover Your Fertility Treatment

AP | CATHY BUSSEWITZ | Posted 05.05.2014 | Women

HONOLULU (AP) -- Do you want to get fertility treatments in Hawaii? If you're married, there's a good chance that the treatments will be covered by in...

Why Easter Is The Worst Time For Menopause

Rachael Stark | Posted 06.20.2014 | Fifty
Rachael Stark

It's spring and everything's blooming except me. To make matters worse, wherever I look, I see eggs: Easter eggs, chocolate eggs, bunnies in baskets atop Cadbury eggs. It's a conspiracy. I wouldn't be so paranoid if the holidays didn't remind me of my own eggs, the ones in my fallopian tubes. Unlike Mother Nature who is working overtime, my reproductive system is on strike.

It's Uter-US: We're All in it Together

Jennifer “Jay” Palumbo | Posted 06.17.2014 | Impact
Jennifer “Jay” Palumbo

On May 7th, many people like myself will be volunteering their personal time in order to ask Congress to support legislation that will allow more people to afford IVF treatments.

Is PGD (Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis) 'Playing God'?

Ruth Macklin | Posted 04.30.2014 | Politics
Ruth Macklin

PGD is by now a well-established procedure in reproductive medicine. Although its use may continue to give rise to some ethical controversy, the benefits to couples and the children they produce outweigh the potential negative consequences feared by some.

Here's Why IVF Is Becoming Less Likely To Result In Multiple Births

Posted 02.21.2014 | Parents

In science, the astounding regularly becomes the commonplace, and such is the case with reproductive technology. IVF, once a near miraculous way for i...

A Quandary of Quadruplets in Mississippi

Amram Shapiro | Posted 04.20.2014 | Parents
Amram Shapiro

What to call the whole deal? I mean "sets" of quadruplets, "sets" of quintuplets and so forth seems to miss the grandeur of the moment, and the challenge ahead for the parents of such miracles.

Ask the Mutant: A Difficult Gift to a Child

Eva Moon | Posted 01.25.2014 | Parents
Eva Moon

BRCA is a difficult gift. Having a hysterectomy and double mastectomy was no picnic, but I've learned so much, gained new insights and made so many friends I never would have met otherwise. It's led me down paths I never expected, but in spite of it all, I love my life and I'm glad I was born.

A Former IVF Baby on "Three-Parent IVF"

Jessica Cussins | Posted 01.23.2014 | Science
Jessica Cussins

There are large social and ethical considerations that mitochondrial replacement forces us to confront. Most importantly, this technology raises one of the thorniest questions humanity will ever face: are we willing to genetically modify future generations of humans?

Not Often and Early, But Rarely and Late

Alison Wolf | Posted 01.23.2014 | Women
Alison Wolf

The idea that it would be "normal" to have one's first child after the age of 30 would have seemed completely extraordinary to any past generation.

'More Rights, More Inclusion, Better Country': Argentina Approves IVF for All

Alex Stern | Posted 08.20.2013 | World
Alex Stern

By incorporating IVF into health services as a matter of human rights, Argentina has an unprecedented opportunity to attain reproductive justice with a technology that is an unthinkable luxury for many infertile parents around the world.

Cincinnati Archdiocese Appeals Award to Teacher Fired for IVF Pregnancy: Examining the 'Religious Freedom' Arguments

Bridgette Dunlap | Posted 08.19.2013 | Religion
Bridgette Dunlap

The arguments the archdiocese made in its attempt to keep the case out of court are a distressing example of the larger trend in "religious freedom" claims being made to deprive employees of the protections of the law.

PHOTOS: First Mom To Use Time-Lapse IVF Technique Gives Birth

Posted 06.04.2013 | Parents

This one small baby girl represents a giant step forward for proponents of a new IVF embryo selection technique. British clinical psychologist Ruth...