After ‘Nightmare’ IVF Mix Up, Two Mothers Give Birth to Each Other’s Babies
(Link): After ‘Nightmare’ IVF Mix Up, Two Mothers Give Birth to Each Other’s Babies
Four months after giving birth, the California families swapped babies to return the children to their rightful parents. But the entire process has been devastating.
Nov 9, 2021
By Samantha Kubota
Alexander and Daphna Cardinale were already the proud parents of a young girl. But when she kept asking for a sibling, they decided to do in-vitro fertilization at a clinic their friend recommended.
On their second try, Daphna Cardinale got pregnant and carried a baby girl to term.
But when Alexander Cardinale saw the healthy child on the day of her birth in September 2019 — with darker skin and dark hair — he says he knew something was off.
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Men’s Fertility Fears Spawn a Mini Industry by Robbie Whelan
The print version of this article has a different heading than the online version for some reason.
(Link): Men’s Fertility Fears Spawn a Mini Industry by R Whelan
Sept 10, 2021
A crop of companies aims to make sperm-freezing a routine procedure for young men, as employers start to offer it as a benefit.
[Article opens with the example of a 39 year old man who had medical issues, so he got some of his sperm frozen]
…. For decades, the conversation about waning fertility has been focused largely on women.
… Recently, a small group of biotech startups have hatched, dedicated to what they say is an underserved market: male fertility.
Armed with recent scientific research suggesting that the quality of sperm is declining in the West, the companies are trying to make sperm-freezing a routine procedure for young, healthy men, one covered by health insurance and free of stigma.
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The Silent Shame of Male Infertility by M. Oaklander
(Link): The Silent Shame of Male Infertility
By MANDY OAKLANDER
January 3, 2019
…He started taking fertility drugs to help his testicles recover. But three months later, he still had no sperm. He’d been injecting himself with testosterone because his body could no longer produce it naturally, but his doctor recommended he stop in order to make the fertility drugs more effective.
Now his sperm count is slowly climbing, but his sex drive has withered, along with his energy and 30 pounds of muscle. He has fat in places he never had before, including his breast tissue. He’s become depressed.
On his social-media accounts, Goldman has scaled back on shirtless photos and posts more long-sleeved shots instead. But beyond confiding in his wife, he hasn’t publicly shared what’s really going on. “I have 10-plus thousand people that follow me on Instagram,” he says, “who don’t know who the f-ck I am.”
Infertility is almost always thought of as a woman’s issue, and it’s true that women bear the greater burden of it. They are the ones who ultimately either get pregnant or don’t, and regardless of which partner has the fertility problem, the woman’s body is usually the site of treatment.
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First Baby Born Using Uterus Transplanted From Deceased Donor
(Link): First Baby Born Using Uterus Transplanted From Deceased Donor
by Maria Cheng
LONDON (AP) – Brazilian doctors are reporting the world’s first baby born to a woman with a uterus transplanted from a deceased donor.
Eleven previous births have used a transplanted womb but from a living donor, usually a relative or friend.
Experts said using uteruses from women who have died could make more transplants possible. Ten previous attempts using deceased donors in the Czech Republic, Turkey and the U.S. have failed.
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New Study Suggests Women With Children Age 11 Years Faster Than Their Child-Free Peers
(Link): New Study Suggests Women With Children Age 11 Years Faster Than Their Child-Free Peers
If going through the pain of labor isn’t enough, a new study published in the journal Human Reproduction seems to suggest that women who give birth age faster than their child-free peers, at least on a cellular level.
Apparently, having a child racks up the equivalent of an additional 11 years on this one measure of biological aging and scientists are not so sure why this is.
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The Hidden Trauma of Male Infertility by E. Hanna
(Link): The Hidden Trauma of Male Infertility by E. Hanna
Infertility is Not Just An Issue For Women
For 40 per cent of couples who can’t conceive, the issue is related to the man / Alamy
There has been a lot of alarm in recent years about the declining fertility rates of Western men and the potential problems this may pose.
It is estimated that infertility affects one in six heterosexual couples, making it a common issue for those of reproductive age. For 40 per cent of couples who can’t conceive, the problem lies with the man. But despite this, fertility remains something that is traditionally viewed as a “woman’s problem”, with male infertility rarely spoken about.
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Womb Transplants Could Allow Men to Have Babies ‘Tomorrow’, Claims Expert
I wonder, do men get the annoying monthly menstrual period to go along with it, which can come with cramps and backaches? *fingers crossed*
What a strange world we’re living in.
(Link): Womb Transplants Could Allow Men to Have Babies ‘Tomorrow’, Claims Expert
by V Fletcher, November 2017
Blokes would not be able to deliver the baby naturally, but could give birth by cesarean
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Raising Concerns About a Widely Used Test to Measure Fertility by C. Caron
(Link): Raising Concerns About a Widely Used Test to Measure Fertility by C. Caron
Oct 16, 2017
[She was told her eggs were too old or not good enough, so she’d likely not be able to have a kid and the fertility treatment was very expensive and not covered by her insurance]
…Two years later, she remarried. Ms. Bourquin and her husband conceived naturally on the first try. Her doctor was “stunned,” Ms. Bourquin said.
…New research published last week in the Journal of the American Medical Association underscores what Ms. Bourquin experienced, and what many fertility experts have already observed: AMH doesn’t dictate a woman’s reproductive potential.
And although AMH testing is one of the most common ways that doctors assess a woman’s fertility — it’s especially important for women struggling with infertility — an AMH value isn’t always telling.
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Pastor Actually Questions, in the Year 2017, If It’s Acceptable for Mothers to Work Outside of the Home.
I cannot believe we are in the year 2017, and Christians are still asking about this sort of thing and pontificating about it. To even ask and muse about this in 2017 is just sexist.
In regards to this story linked to below, Dee of Wartburg Watch asked on Twitter, something along the lines of, how much money does preacher Todd Wagner earn so that his wife (assuming he has a wife and kids) is able to stay at home all day to watch their kids?
How many of the women in Wagner’s church congregation (who may even be mothers themselves) have jobs outside the home, part of whose job income are paid to him in tithes, so that he can afford to have his wife stay at home and be a stay at home mother?
(Link): Does the Bible Say It’s OK for Moms to Work?
July 28, 2017
by Sheryl Lynn
The pastor of a multi-site church in Texas [Watermark Community Church] recently responded to a question on whether the Bible says it’s OK for moms to work.
While it’s not forbidden, Todd Wagner questioned the motive behind a mother choosing to work over being at home with her children.
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“While it’s not forbidden.” – Yes, you can end it right there. Anything beyond this is Wagner’s opinion.
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Study Reveals Nearly 60% Drop in Male Fertility Since 1970 in the U.S., Europe and Australia
(Link): Sperm count in Western men plunges to record low as scientists blame chemicals in everyday products for crisis
(Link): Huge drop in sperm count could lead to human EXTINCTION: Study reveals 60% drop in fertility since 1970 – driven by the unhealthy Western lifestyle
July 25, 2017
Humans could face extinction if sperm counts continue to drop as fast as they have done in the last four decades in Western countries, a study warns.
Researchers claim the Western lifestyle has more than halved the sperm count of men in the US, Europe and Australia since the 1970s in a new study published by Human Reproduction Update.
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59-year-old who tried for 4 decades to get pregnant baby
(Link): New York woman, 59, gives birth to her first child after trying for 40 YEARS to start a family
-Akosua Budu Amoako, 59, gave birth to her son Isaiah at full-term on June 15
-She and her husband, also called Isaiah, have been trying for a baby since they got married 38 years ago
-Now, they have undergone IVF. The baby was born 7lb 4oz in Albany, New York
(Link): 59-Year-Old Woman Who Tried for 4 Decades to Get Pregnant Has Baby
(Link): She tried for decades to get pregnant. At 59, she just gave birth
(Link): 59-year-old who tried for 4 decades to get pregnant baby
A 59-year-old woman who had tried for nearly four decades to become pregnant has given birth at a New York hospital after fertility treatments.
Akosua Budu Amoako gave birth to a full-term 7-pound, 4-ounce boy on June 15 at Bellevue Woman’s Center in Niskayuna (nihs-kee-YOO’-nuh), near Albany.
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Educated Women Are Freezing Eggs Because Of “Missing Men”
(Link): Educated Women Are Freezing Eggs Because Of”Missing Men“
Women with master’s degrees and doctorates are freezing their eggs because there are not enough educated men in the world, according to a new study.
Researchers interviewed 150 women who were having their eggs frozen at eight clinics in the US and Israel between June 2014 and August 2016. More than 80 percent of participants had college degrees.
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