Pill Becomes Passe as Women Urged to Consider Other Forms of Contraception

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine September 15, 2014

Having sexually liberated women for over half a century, the pill is now becoming passe.  Family planning advisers are urging women and clinicians to consider alternative methods of contraception such as long-acting reversible contraception, or LARCs, which have overtaken the pill in terms of convenience and effectiveness and have fewer side-effects.

So You Think You Know Where Babies Come From?

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine September 15, 2014

We know a lot about the world around us. We know a lot about ourselves and how we work. We even know where babies come from, and this is no mean feat. Imagine it's 350BC, and you're trying to work it out, with no textbooks, and no microscopes.

Just How Terrible Is Endometriosis?

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine September 15, 2014

Few diagnoses are more upsetting for women than endometriosis. Of course, the various female cancers, heart disease, and other life-threatening diseases and disorders are devastating, but endometriosis is a diagnosis that may well mean lifelong troubles ranging from menstrual pain to bowel or bladder dysfunction to infertility, while also possibly making a woman more prone to some of the other devastating health issues. A new study by Monash University researchers confirms just how burdensome a diagnosis of endometriosis can be.

I Love Your Genes!

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine September 12, 2014

Online dating sites use DNA to make perfect matches. Does it really work?

Birth Control Pills Should Be Available Over The Counter, But That’s No Substitute For Contraceptive Coverage

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine September 12, 2014

Making birth control pills available over the counter, if done right, would meaningfully improve access for some groups of women. However, such a change is no substitute for public and private insurance coverage of contraceptives — let alone justification for rolling back coverage of all contraceptive methods and related services for the millions of women who currently have it.

We Might Finally Be Getting A Little Closer to Male Birth Control

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine September 12, 2014

A non-hormonal form of male birth control could be available on the U.S. market as soon as 2017, according to the latest update from the Parsemus Foundation, the organization working to develop the contraceptive. While the news is inspiring the latest round of hopeful headlines about the possibility that women soon won’t have to shoulder most of the responsibility for pregnancy prevention, an effective option for men is likely still a long way away.

The History of Medical Studies of Male Infertility

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine September 11, 2014

In 1881 a German couple – Herr and Frau B - were trying to get pregnant with no success. They consulted Dr Levy, a gynaecologist based in Munich, for help. Levy was determined to approach the problem in a scientific manner and make a thorough investigation into the man's fertility. Over a period of several months, Levy made 12 pre-arranged home visits to the couple to conduct a study that he knew to be fraught with "obnoxiousness".  

When Scientists Give Up

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine September 11, 2014

Ian Glomski thought he was going to make a difference in the fight to protect people from deadly anthrax germs. He had done everything right — attended one top university, landed an assistant professorship at another.

Unfulfilled Dreams of Having a Baby May Put Women at Risk of Depression

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine September 11, 2014

Angela Bergmann has been trying to become pregnant for more than eight years, and sometimes the struggle has become so overwhelmingly daunting that she has thought about taking her own life.

American Men Have Worse Access to Reproductive and Sexual Health Care, Shows Research

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine September 10, 2014

Compared with women, American men have worse access to reproductive and sexual health care, research shows, a disparity fueled in part by the lack of standard clinical guidelines on the types and timing of exams, tests and treatments that should be offered to all men of reproductive age.

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