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 Monday 3:30pm

This Infertility Treatment Sounds Like the Future. Or a Horror Movie

What if you were a woman who was having trouble getting pregnant and your doctor told you there was a way he could "freshen up" your eggs using mitochondria from some of your other eggs to "replace that lost energy"? Yes, this reality exists—in Canada. » 3/05/15 3:15pm 3/05/15 3:15pm

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

Canadian Fertility Clinic Refuses White Patient a Non-White Donor

The Regional Fertility Program in Calgary, Alberta, is making news after denying a white woman a non-Caucasian sperm donor. » 7/26/14 1:41pm 7/26/14 1:41pm

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

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

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…

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

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

Today In Unsurprising News, IVF Can Make Sex Less Sexy

The invasive nature-not to mention the emotional pressure-of in-vitro fertilization on a couple's relationship can cause some strain in the bedroom, says Health Day via U.S. News and World Report. An Indiana University study examined the questionnaires of 270 women, 127 couples using IVF and 70 doctors, nurses and… » 11/03/12 5:15pm 11/03/12 5:15pm

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

No 'Personhood' Amendments Will Appear on Any Ballot this Election Day

Soup Not-si Paul Ryan may believe that human life begins at conception, but that view isn't quite as popular with the rest of sane America. Or the court system, apparently. After failing to pass Personhood in Mississippi last fall, not a one "Zygotes Are People, Too!" measure will be appearing on any state ballots… » 10/16/12 5:00pm 10/16/12 5:00pm

'Birth Control Is Turning the Men Gay!' 14 Lessons from the Most…

In the run-up to an election, it's not uncommon for special interest groups to release ads pushing a specific agenda in the hopes of swaying voters as they head to the polls. But only once in a generation does a social awareness ad reach the heights of hyperbole-murdering crazy reached by this anti-contraception… » 10/02/12 11:30am 10/02/12 11:30am

Embryo Adoption: This Is Really a Thing That Is Happening

Who knew that "Every Sperm is Sacred" would be an anthem of the now-inevitable nadir of the abortion debate? Case in point: Evangelical couples doing their part to save babies by adopting... other couples' frozen embryos. And then unfreezing the embryos, implanting them in evangelical wombs, giving birth to them, and… » 9/14/12 11:45am 9/14/12 11:45am