Posts tagged "fertility"

Debate This: Would You Donate Your Eggs For Cash?

All manner of experts are asserting that the wheels have come off our already craptacular economy and no imminent signs of an upturn are apparent. Massive layoffs across all sectors are forcing even the most resourceful among us to tighten belts and come up with innovative ways to earn extra scratch. Which is why it&#8217…

By: Lauren Gitlin / January 12, 2010

Want A Baby? Hook Up With An Ugly Guy

According to an article in the Telegraph today, research suggests that ugly men are more likely than attractive ones to get their mates knocked up. The theory is based on behavior in the animal kingdom where “the most desirable males restrict their ‘sperm load’ with each mating to ensure enough to go around.” Scientists are…

By: Wendy Atterberry / July 10, 2009

Another Reason You Don’t Need A Man: Scientists Develop Sperm Without Them

British scientists have found a way to create fully mature, functioning sperm in a lab. Researcher on the project, Professor Karim Nayernia explained, “The work is a way of investigating why some people are infertile and the reasons behind it.” And the pay off is that women or couples who’ve had fertility issues not only…

By: Zandile Blay / July 8, 2009

Poll: Would You Freeze Your Eggs?

In Newsweek, Rachel Lehmann-Haupt shares how she decided to have some of her eggs frozen at 37. After a relationship ended, Rachel wanted to have kids of her own at some point in the future, but she worried her time might be running out, since doctors say 35 is the age after which fertility tend…

By: Catherine Strawn / May 6, 2009

OctoMom To Star In Porn Movie?

MAKE IT STOP. OctoMom, a.k.a. Nadya Suleman, a.k.a. the brood-having, Angelina Jolie-wannabe, has been offered $1 million to star in an adult movie. I think my head just exploded. The offer comes from Vivid Entertainment, one of the adult industry’s biggest product companies — it’s like the 20th Century Fox of smut, or, well, not.

By: Susannah Breslin / February 25, 2009

Has The Business Of Making Babies Gone Too Far?

In last weekend’s edition of the New York Times Magazine, Alex Kuczynski, the author of Beauty Junkies, writes about having a baby by surrogate in “Her Body, My Baby.” In her late 30s, Kuczynski couldn’t get pregnant. Over the course of several years, she tried in vitro fertilization and miscarried multiple times. Finally, she found…

By: Susannah Breslin / December 1, 2008

Fertility And The Affections Of Men

Deborah Anderson and her colleagues, who looked at Coca-Cola as a spermicide, weren’t the only ones awarded an Ig Nobel Prize by the Annals of Improbably Research magazine. Geoffrey Miller, an associate professor of psychology at the University of New Mexico received an Ig Nobel for his work studying female fertility. He and his colleague…

By: Catherine Strawn / October 4, 2008

In-Vitro Fertilization Turns 30!

Happy 30th Birthday in-vitro fertilization! That’s right, it’s a big b-day for anyone conceived via IVF, especially Louise Brown, the world’s first IVF baby. Her parents, Lesley and John, had tried for nine years to have a child (sounds like fun), when they heard about experimental fertility research being conducted at Cambridge University. Physiologist Robert…

By: Simcha / July 24, 2008

The Daily Squeeze: The End Of Fertility, Hayden Panettiere’s Sining, And A Scary Story

In Nature, scientists predict infertility will be eradicated, and newborns and seniors will be able to have kids. [LiveScience]…

By: Catherine Strawn / July 17, 2008

Obesity Can Cause Fertility Problems

There’s been a dramatic increase in obesity in the U.S. over the past 20 years, and a new study from researchers in Scotland suggests obesity might be inhibiting men’s fertility. Past studies have shown that this is the case with women, and this new study, which looked at sperm samples from 5,000 men and divided…

By: Catherine Strawn / July 9, 2008

Sexual Preference From A Fertility Gene?

One of the questions in the nature vs. nurture regarding homosexuality is if homosexuality is hereditary, and those in same-sex relationships can’t reproduce, why hasn’t homosexuality disappeared? A new Italian study might explain part of this. According to findings from the University of Padova in Italy, homosexuality in males might be caused by the same…

By: Catherine Strawn / June 18, 2008

Girl Must Decide Whether To Use Mother’s Eggs Before She’s 18

This is a strange and sad story. A ten-year-old girl in England has Turner syndrome, a condition that generally causes infertility because an X chromosome is missing. When the girl was 7, her mother had some eggs harvested so that if her daughter wanted, she could have a child that would be related to her…

By: Catherine Strawn / May 28, 2008

Grow Your Own Baby

It’s alive, it’s aliiiiiiive! German scientists have successful inseminated rats with Franken-sperm, the first lab grown man-juice. Genetics researchers at the University of Goettingen have developed fetuses through embryonic stem cells. Which means if they can transfer this technology to humans, getting pregnant could come self-contained in a chick’s package with no male necessary. While…

By: Simcha / April 8, 2008
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