Shutterfly Thinks You Just Had A Baby

Photo storage and repurposing site Shutterfly is in a bit of hot water with customers today, after sending an email to many female users congratulating them on the "amazing" accomplishment of "bringing a new life into the world" and dishing out etiquette tips about when it's appropriate to send Thank You cards to… » 5/14/14 12:15pm 5/14/14 12:15pm

The Number of Women Hitting Up Infertility Services Has Dropped

There's a popular perception that, in this day and age, infertility treatments like IVF are as common as can be—thanks in no small part to our much-lamented desire to have it all and delayed baby-making. That's not quite the case, though: The number of women seeking help for infertility has actually dropped. » 1/22/14 11:40am 1/22/14 11:40am

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… » 10/23/13 6:30pm 10/23/13 6:30pm

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

About a Third of Egg Donation Websites Offer More Money to Women with …

A recent overview of websites aimed at recruiting women to donate their eggs to those with fertility problems has revealed that almost a third of such sites do not follow ethical guidelines, which include not offering potential donors higher sums of money for a Gattaca baby and informing donors about the potential… » 8/15/12 10:00am 8/15/12 10:00am

Have Scientists Finally Figured Out How to Turn Off Our Biological…

If your first period signals the official "start" of your usefulness as a baby vessel, then menopause is the long, slow death wail of your fertility. No matter how much money you throw at your uterus, if your ovaries go menopausal it's all systems no on mission pregnancy. Or, at least, it used to be. Everything might… » 7/05/12 11:30am 7/05/12 11:30am

The Jewish Law That's Keeping Ultra-Orthodox Women From Getting Pregnant

We often talk about the problems religion brings upon women by forbidding the use of birth control, but, oddly enough, there's a phenomenon in the ultra-Orthodox Jewish community which is causing the exact opposite problem. Their strict religious rules, known as halacha, govern many aspects of women's lives, including… » 6/20/12 10:25am 6/20/12 10:25am

Are Genetic Ménages à Trois the Future of In Vitro Fertilization?

File this under "Future Very, Very Rich People Problems" — a British medical panel ruled today that a method of in vitro fertilization that seeks to eliminate inherited genetic diseases by introducing a third set of DNA to the mix is ethical as long as it's safe and effective. And as long as all parties agree on… » 6/12/12 11:55am 6/12/12 11:55am

Zygotes Aren't Entitled to Dead Parent's Benefits, Says Most Twilight…

Well, thank goodness that's settled. The Supreme Court ruled today that children conceived via in vitro fertilization after the death of a parent aren't automatically entitled to that dead parent's Social Security benefits, as they're not technically "survivors," because they're not "natural children" as defined by… » 5/21/12 6:00pm 5/21/12 6:00pm

Is It IVF or Infertility Itself That's Causing Birth Defects?

Even when they end in the desired outcome of pregnancy, fertility treatments are complicated and carry certain risks. No, we're not talking about the risk of creating your own version of John & Kate Plus 8, though that is a possibility; we're talking about the fact that babies conceived using in vitro fertilization… » 5/07/12 10:50am 5/07/12 10:50am

Want to Sell Your Eggs to Pay for College? Be Asian.

Are you a pretty Asian girl who is good at math? Your eggs might be worth about a downpayment on a decent condo. Are you black, white, or Hispanic? Sorry, but the best egg donation centers can give you for your reproductive cells is enough to buy a sort of decent used compact car with about 75,000 miles on it. Also,… » 5/04/12 2:40pm 5/04/12 2:40pm

National Zoo Might Replace Famous Panda Because She Can't Get Knocked Up

Being famous and struggling with infertility has got to be hard, but at least when you're a celebrity human, you can more or less keep the details of your experience to yourself. That's not the case for celebrity pandas Mei Xiang and Tian Tian, who have lived together at the National Zoo in Washington, D.C., for 10… » 4/30/12 9:00pm 4/30/12 9:00pm

Meet the Creepy Fellow Who Fathered Some 600 Children

If you were asked to think of the man who has fathered the most children in the world, who'd be your pick? Jim Bob Duggar? Or the anonymous man who fathered 150 children? Both good guesses, but it's more likely Bertold Wiesner, who is likely the father of some 600 children. How exactly did he come to be so prolific?… » 4/09/12 11:20am 4/09/12 11:20am

American Men Are Almost Too Awesome At Making Jizz

While our manufacturing sector's kind of in the toilet, mining is giving people cancer and causing earthquakes, and our tech industry is running out of ideas for one-button devices to sell to yuppies, at least one sector of the American economy is running full steam — or rather, full balls — ahead: the sperm… » 4/05/12 7:15pm 4/05/12 7:15pm

Should You Tell Your Facebook Friends You've Had a Miscarriage?

People are comfortable sharing almost any kind of news on Facebook these days—from "I am so wasted right now" (good to know, bro) to "My dog/father/hairstylist/favorite physicist died today"—but there's one area that remains complicated, difficult to navigate Facebook territory: miscarriages. » 3/29/12 2:40pm 3/29/12 2:40pm

What If Your Ovaries Could Live Forever?

The world, and especially our mother, never tires of telling us that our biological clocks are ticking. We'd better have those babies sooner rather than later because we're running out of eggs, they say relentlessly. And there's a pretty good reason: Unlike our male counterparts, who produce sperm until they're old… » 2/27/12 6:45pm 2/27/12 6:45pm