It's the In Vitro Fertilization Baby Boom

Over 61,000 babies were conceived via IVF in 2012, which means 1.5 percent of America’s 3.9 million births that year were ushered in that way. It was the biggest year for IVF on record, and those numbers are the culmination of a rising trend over the last ten years. » 2/19/14 10:20am 2/19/14 10:20am

White Women Are More Likely Than Other Races To Succeed At IVF

New research into In Vitro Fertilization success rates has revealed a curious trend: white ladies are more likely to successfully become pregnant as a result of the procedure than women of other ethnic backgrounds, and scientists say they can't figure out why. It's a white mystery, not unlike that confusing flavor of… » 11/06/13 1:15pm 11/06/13 1:15pm

Believing You're Magical Is Really Bad Birth Control

New research shows that a huge contributing cause of unintended pregnancy in the US isn't birth control failure or devious condom-sabotaging gnomes, it's women believing that they can't get pregnant because they're magical and special, nothing like those other silly non-magical fools who get pregnant all the time.… » 10/28/13 11:50am 10/28/13 11:50am

No One Is Going To Help You Pay For Your Fancy Egg Freezing

Being a woman means that making permanent decisions about reproduction must occur within a time frame that, for many of us, predates a time frame when we can be trusted to responsibly select an appropriate paint color for the living room (not terra cotta. It makes being in the living room feel like slowly going insane… » 10/23/13 6:30pm 10/23/13 6:30pm

Three-Parent Mutant Babies Coming Soon to the U.K.

And I use the term "mutant" as X-Men's Magneto would: a superrace that will eventually dominate the rest of humanity. Sort of. Britain has given the OK to "three-parent" fertility treatments that would implant genetically modified embryos into women in order to avoid passing on incurable diseases to their children. » 6/28/13 11:30am 6/28/13 11:30am

'Fertile and 30' Is the New 'Flirty and 30'

According to conventional wisdom, on the stroke of midnight on your 27th birthday, Father Time begins to dog your steps and rapaciously guzzle up every last bit of your fertility ("fertility" being Father Time's snack of choice). Pursuing a career and putting having kids on hold is a risky idea, says conventional wisdom, … » 6/20/13 4:15pm 6/20/13 4:15pm

A Field Guide to Freezing Your Eggs

So, you're thinking about "having it all." Great! Unfortunately, your body might not be as amenable to your professional schedule as you'd like. A woman's fertility is finite and needs to be addressed during the years that are most crucial to career development. It's one of the more annoying snags in the corporate casual … » 4/09/13 3:10pm 4/09/13 3:10pm

Singapore Government Uses 'Fairytales' to Chide Women About Biological…

A new government-funded campaign in Singapore is educating young women about declining fertility through a series of illustrated "fairytales," distributed on university campuses, that retell classic stories that result in some kind of moral lesson for women who ignore the ticking of their biological clocks. » 3/22/13 11:00am 3/22/13 11:00am

Drug Company Settles in Court Case Linking Pregnancy Drug to Breast…

Eli Lilly & Co., a pharmaceutical company that produced and distributed DES, a synthetic estrogen also known as diethylstilbestrol, to expectant mothers from the 1950s until the 1970s (when the drug was taken off the market after being linked to a rare type of vaginal cancer in several of the daughters of the women who… » 1/10/13 10:50am 1/10/13 10:50am

Many Fertility Clinics Use Questionable Marketing Techniques Online

Visiting the websites of fertility clinics could bring up pages of smiling babies, happy families, and convincing statistics of the "miracles" provided by those clinics. But a new report—that studied the websites of 372 fertility clinics in the United States registered with the Society for Assisted Reproductive… » 12/07/12 11:15am 12/07/12 11:15am

Gird Yer Loins: New Research Promises a Male Pill (Might Be Coming)…

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There's new hope on the horizon for people everywhere who don't want to be parents! A study in PLoS Genetics reveals that there's possibly a way to stop sperm from swimming. Stop those fuckers DEAD, I say. Also, please, please let me remove this damn IUD, I'd love to stop this thing where I don't menstruate for three … » 11/01/12 9:21am 11/01/12 9:21am

New IVF Methods Double Success Rates, Freezing Eggs No Longer…

Science has perhaps enabled women to press the snooze button on their biological clocks. A new, "potentially revolutionary" approach to IVF treatment gives women in their early 40s the same chance of pregnancy as those a decade younger, according to researchers at the American Society of Reproductive Medicine.… » 10/22/12 1:40pm 10/22/12 1:40pm

Scientists Make Mice Eggs Out of Stem Cells; Could Someday Make Babies …

Scientists in Japan have produced a litter of healthy baby mice from eggs created entirely in a laboratory. The same team reportedly fabricated mouse sperm a year ago, but they say that that was no big. It's the fragile, fickle lady eggs that are the real challenge. And now they've done it! From scratch! Woooooooo! » 10/05/12 4:45pm 10/05/12 4:45pm