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Older Ovaries, Not Older Eggs, May Reduce Fertility With Aging

Women who are over 40 have a notoriously hard time getting pregnant by in-vitro fertilization (IVF), and it’s long been assumed that their problem stems from “old eggs”. But a preprint now available online at the Journal of Endocrinology suggests that the real problem might be the aging of the cells that surround the… » 8/13/15 2:50pm 8/13/15 2:50pm

Stop Telling Me and My Partner to Adopt

In March of this year, after a lot of discussion with my partner Charlie, I did something I’d been afraid to do for a long time: I wrote, and submitted for publication, an essay about our year-and-a-half (so far) of attempting to conceive a child. The essay, which was published on BuzzFeed LGBT, prompted not only a… » 6/15/15 3:00pm 6/15/15 3:00pm

The VA Can't Fund IVF for Soldiers Because Congress Loves Embryos More

As we exit another Memorial Day weekend full of solemn paeans to The Troops, the Washington Post reminds us that the Veterans Affairs Administration still won’t cover in vitro fertilization for injured returning veterans. The ban has been in place for nearly a quarter century, and it’s there to protect fertilized… » 5/26/15 8:15pm 5/26/15 8:15pm

Can Sofia Vergara's Ex Legally Stop Her From Destroying Frozen Embryos?

On April 1, 2015, Nick Loeb refiled a lawsuit against his former fiancé, Sofia Vergara. Loeb’s suit seeks to legally stop the actress from disposing of two embryos that the couple created through in vitro fertilization six months prior to their split in November of 2014. The dispute, first revealed in In Touch on … » 4/17/15 2:50pm 4/17/15 2:50pm

Talking to Meghan Daum About Selfishness, Being Childless by Choice

Today, 19 percent of women end their potential childbearing years without having had any children—making childlessness as common as it is irrationally controversial. We had the chance to talk about the topic with Meghan Daum: author, LA Times columnist, editor of the forthcoming essay collection Selfish, Shallow and… » 3/30/15 3:30pm 3/30/15 3:30pm

The Future of Just-For-Fun Sex Sounds Like No Fun at All

Professor Carl Djerassi, Austrian-American chemist and inventor of the Pill, recently made an interesting prediction in the Telegraph: that, by 2050, most babies in the West will be born via IVF, thereby making all sex recreational. Yes! Let's go get our free-spirited fuck on because oh wait yeah no this is terrible. » 11/15/14 2:00pm 11/15/14 2:00pm

51-Year-Old Pregnant Single Mom Defies Age Barriers Using Lots of Cash

There is a single 51-year-old entrepreneur in New York City preparing to be a mother for the second time — she had her first daughter at 49. Flush from her successful jewelry publicity business, Tracey Kahn is embracing motherhood thanks to IVF and doesn't care what you think. » 9/09/14 11:40am 9/09/14 11:40am

The UK is Importing American Sperm to Deal With Shortage

There is a sperm drought looming over the UK, and they're facing some issues keeping up with the demand. It is believed that donor numbers have dropped since 2005, when donors no longer had the right to anonymity (children who were conceived by way of a donor can now legally ask for the identity of their donor at age… » 6/28/14 5:05pm 6/28/14 5:05pm

Joe Francis' Girlfriend Pregnant With Genetically-Modified Twin Girls

In what is one of the creepiest and most disturbing pregnancy announcements of all time, Girls Gone Wild founder Joe Francis and his girlfriend Abbey Wilson said they opted for IVF because they wanted to choose the sex of their babies so that people will finally just fucking get it already that he "loves, respects and… » 4/10/14 6:45pm 4/10/14 6:45pm

Would You Customize Your First Born Child?

The recent announcement by a British medical ethics board in favor of an experimental three-parent IVF treatment—wherein the genetic material from three donors, not the usual two, is used to create a fetus—and has once again stirred the pot of reproductive controversy. So where exactly is the line between prenatal… » 3/16/14 4:45pm 3/16/14 4:45pm

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

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

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

How to raise cloned children without totally screwing them up

We've been thoroughly enjoying Orphan Black, BBC America's show about a young woman who discovers, to her shock, that she's a clone. But what if, instead of being an orphan with no knowledge of her genetic heritage, Sarah was raised by loving parents? How might they try to ensure she grew up to be a happy and fully… » 4/21/13 3:14pm 4/21/13 3:14pm

Daring Sperm Smugglers in Palestine Brave Israeli Jails, Implausibility to Get Pregnant

People try to sneak lots of miscellaneous contraband into prison, but how often do they try to sneak things that aren't people out of prison? Almost never, probably because the whole point of prison is that it doesn't have anything that anyone wants, except, in the case of Israeli prisons holding Palestinian… » 2/24/13 5:00pm 2/24/13 5:00pm