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Study Links IVF to Birth Defects

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When it comes to in vitro fertilization (IVF) there are potential risks: ovarian hyperstimulation syndromestress and, now, birth defects, but for some families, the fertility procedure may be their only hope for conception. This past weekend, researchers at the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) National Conference and Exhibition reported that  IVF may increase birth... read more

I’m Starting IVF — Wish Me Luck

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Hello, Bumpies! Thank you so much for reading this and joining in on my infertility journey. Let's catch you up, shall we? First of all, I'm Melanie. I've been married to Brad for just over a year and while our first year was challenging at times, we faced those challenges together. The largest challenge... read more

Scary! Fertility Treatments Could Cause PTSD

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Between tracking ovulation and undergoing treatments, trying to conceive can be a strenuous and stressful situation, especially if you aren't successful. It can even be so emotionally taxing that women undergoing the process can even develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). In a recent study, researchers surveyed 142 people who had undergone fertility treatments. Of... read more

Undergoing Fertility Treatments? You May Need to Try, Try Again

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If you're thinking about going through fertility treatments, you might need to do it multiple times to actually conceive. A new study in the New England Journal of Medicine found that women in their 30s and 40s who had fertility treatments were as likely to deliver babies as women who conceived naturally -- it... read more

Can Fertility Drugs Make Your Kid Short?

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Fertility drugs will help you get pregnant faster, but they also might make your children shorter. A new study presented at The Endocrine Society's Annual Meeting in Houston, Texas, found that of babies born full term, those that were conceived through fertility drugs were a little bit shorter than naturally conceived children, but were... read more

Remembering the First IVF Mom

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Lesley Brown, the first woman to successfully undergo IVF treatment, died at age 64 on June 6th. Lesley gave birth to the first IVF baby, her daughter Louise, in July 1978. She had another daughter, Natalie, via IVF a few years later. Louise spoke to The Telegraph  about her mother saying, “Mum was a... read more

More IVF-ers Are Getting Single-Embryo Transplants

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We reported on a study back in January that women who get three or more embryos implanted during IVF  didn’t have a higher chance of getting pregnant than women who only had one or two implanted. In fact, the birth rates for those women with multiple embryos implanted were lower than those who had... read more

Supreme Court Rules Against Benefits for IVF Babies Conceived After Their Dads’ Death

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Babies born through fertility treatments after their fathers died might not be able to get benefits from the Social Security Administration. The Supreme Court unanimously ruled on Monday that each state has the power to determine whether the child can receive benefits or not. According to TIME, the ruling came from the case of... read more

Common Fertility Treatments Might Cause Birth Defects

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New research shows that babies conceived with the help of fertility treatments might be more likely to develop birth defects. According to an Australian study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, experts found that there was an 8.3 percent birth defect risk for babies whose parents use fertility treatments compared to the... read more

Fertility Treatment Bans in Europe — Are They Fair?

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Europe’s tough fertility treatment rules have been getting a lot of buzz lately. In the U.S., it’s pretty easy for couples and single women to get IVF or artificial insemination. But according to CBS News, lesbian couples and single women aren’t allowed to get IVF in France and Italy. Austria and Italy ban sperm... read more