Women are born with a finite number of eggs in their ovaries, but a new study is offering a peek into the possibility that we can change that. Here’s the (very brief) debrief: researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital extracted stem cells from the ovaries of donors who were undergoing sex change operations and implanted them in healthy ovary tissue. The shocking result? Within two weeks new eggs were forming. The treatment is a long way off from any real-life applications, but the implications are pretty staggering. Says Dr. Jonathan Tilly, the head researcher for the study: “Our current views of ovarian aging are incomplete. There’s much more to the story than simply the trickling away of a fixed pool of eggs.” [CBS News]
According to a recent study by the Guttmacher Institute, young women underestimate their ability to get pregnant, while women in their 30s and 40s overestimate, and continue to wait. Whichever side of the fertility divide you fall on, there way too many myths floating around that have nothing to do with age. Here are 10 of the more inscrutable ones …
When I was fresh out of college, I worked at an egg donation agency, which paired egg “donors” with potential parents willing to shell out a lot of money for the possibility of having children. At parties, when I was asked what I did for a living, it was inevitable that a group of girls would gather around, asking questions. Everyone had seen those ads on the bus—“$7,000 to donate your eggs!”—and this was 2008, when the economy was digging itself deeper into a recession. In fact, the whole reason I’d taken this gig was because the egg donation business was booming while there was a serious lack of jobs in my field for recent grads. Keep reading »
Maria Menounos wants to be a mama. Just not for a while. So yesterday in an interview on “Dr. Drew’s Lifechangers,” she said, “I am going to freeze my eggs … I’m 33, and I decided that I know I have a couple of years of work I want to get to, and then do it. I figured this is kind of an insurance policy.” [People]
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It’s a freaky enough thought that cellphone radiation could cause cancer—something we’ve been hearing whispers about for years. Just this week, the World Health Organization declared they are looking into it as a genuine possiblity. But there’s some evidence emerging that cellphone radiation could also cause infertility in men. An article over at The Daily Beast surveys the data—mainly, three studies that found higher levels of damaged sperm in rats who were exposed to the radiation. But the piece also cites another study conducted from 1993 to 2007 that looked at the records of men at Austrian fertility clinics and whether or not the guys used cellphones. Of the cellphone users, 68 percent had damaged sperm while only 58 percent of non-users did—a significant difference. The recommendation for guys at the moment? Keep cellphones out of their pockets.
Of course, it doesn’t look like any research has been dedicated to whether cellphones effect female fertility. So I guess we have that fun to look forward to? Also, do not even think of using this information as a birth control method. [And, gentleman, this is also not an excuse to wear your cellphone in a hip holster. -- Editor] [The Daily Beast] Keep reading »