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  • From the Housing Market to the Maternity Ward

    02/01/2008 8:56:22 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 6 replies · 71+ views
    New York Times ^ | February 1, 2008 | John Leland
    What is the relationship between fertility and real estate? ... Is real estate destiny? “It’s something a bunch of us have been thinking about,” said Morris A. Davis, an assistant professor of real estate and urban land economics []. “If you reduce down-payment constraints, more people can buy homes, or buy bigger homes. Does that encourage them to have more kids? I would say nobody knows.” Social scientists have long traced a connection between housing and fertility. When homes are scarce or beyond the means of young couples, as in the 1930s, couples delay marriage or have fewer children. This...
  • Fertility Rates Rise In US; We're At Replacement Level!

    12/21/2007 2:26:38 PM PST · by Marie2 · 48 replies · 145+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 12/21/07 | Rob Stein
    For the first time in 35 years, the U.S. fertility rate has climbed high enough to sustain a stable population, solidifying the nation's unique status among industrialized countries. The overall fertility rate increased 2 percent between 2005 and 2006, nudging the average number of babies being born to each woman to 2.1, according to the latest federal statistics. That marks the first time since 1971 that the rate has reached a crucial benchmark of population growth: the ability of each generation to replace itself. "It's been quite a long time since we've had a rate this high," said Stephanie J....
  • Warning issued over human egg freezing

    10/23/2007 12:19:46 PM PDT · by neverdem · 2 replies · 28+ views
    San Luis Obispo Tribune ^ | Oct. 22, 2007 | LAURAN NEERGAARD
    AP Medical Writer Don't count on freezing eggs to offset a ticking biological clock just yet. So say new guidelines for fertility specialists that conclude the procedure remains highly experimental even though it is increasingly offered. The recommendations are a dash of cold water for a field that proponents believe is slowly coming of age. But with perhaps 500 births from frozen-and-thawed eggs worldwide, compared with more than 200,000 from frozen embryos, it is a nascent technology. Now scientists are tweaking techniques to try to improve the odds that a woman who has her eggs removed and frozen will bear...
  • Having sex daily 'improves a man's fertility'

    10/16/2007 8:27:23 AM PDT · by numberonepal · 60 replies · 164+ views
    This Is London ^ | 10/16/07 | This is London
    Regular sex boosts a man's fertility, say doctors. In a contradiction of conventional wisdom on the subject, research has shown those who do not have sex often produce sperm of lower quality than those who do so daily. This is thought to be because sperms' DNA becomes more damaged the longer it remains in the body, cutting the chances of fertilisation and raising the risk of a miscarriage in the first weeks of pregnancy. The findings, presented at the American Society for Reproductive Medicine's annual conference, will be of particular significance to couples undergoing fertility treatment. Men are currently advised...
  • British MPs to Propose Bill Investigating Abortion Breast Cancer Link

    10/08/2007 4:29:34 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 3 replies · 177+ views
    Life News ^ | 10/8/07 | Steve Ertelt
    London, England ( -- Members of the British parliament wants to add an amendment to an abortion bill the legislative body will debate next month as the nation marks 40 years of legalized abortion. Labour Party MPs Claire Curtis-Thomas and Geraldine Smith say they want the abortion bill amended to tell women of the abortion-breast cancer link. Their bill follows on the heels of new research showing the number of breast cancer cases in England will skyrocket because of the high number of abortions in the European nation. The bill would focus on more research into the link between abortion...
  • New Study Shows Abortion is 'Best Predictor of Breast Cancer'

    10/03/2007 4:09:23 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 99 replies · 2,179+ views
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 10/3/07 | LifeSiteNews
    WASHINGTON, DC, October 3, 2007 ( - The Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons published a study yesterday entitled, "The Breast Cancer Epidemic." It showed that, among seven risk factors, abortion is the "best predictor of breast cancer," and fertility is also a useful predictor.  The study by Patrick Carroll of PAPRI in London showed that countries with higher abortion rates, such as England & Wales, could expect a substantial increase in breast cancer incidence. Where abortion rates are low (i.e., Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic) a smaller increase is expected. Where a decline in abortion has taken place,...
  • Men With Younger Women Have More Children

    08/29/2007 3:10:46 PM PDT · by blam · 61 replies · 1,379+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 8-29-2007 | Roxanne Khamsi
    Men with younger women have more children 13:50 29 August 2007 news service Roxanne Khamsi A woman should get together with a man several years older than herself if she wants a lot of children – at least in Sweden. The analysis of Swedish birth records reveals that men who partner with women six years younger than themselves produce the most offspring. Across many cultures men and women prefer younger and older mates respectively, says Martin Fieder, an anthropologist at the University of Vienna in Austria. In theory these age preferences make evolutionary sense, he says. However, there has...
  • Environemental Organizations Generate Green Guilt to Push More Population Control

    08/27/2007 6:58:46 PM PDT · by monomaniac · 4 replies · 305+ views ^ | August 27, 2007 | Colin Mason
    Environemental Organizations Generate Green Guilt to Push More Population Control Want everyone to become "eunuchs for the green kingdom" by Colin Mason Front Royal, Virginia, August 27, 2007 ( - If asked what function the San Francisco-based Sierra Club performs, most of its 1.3 million members would probably reply "protecting the environment," or "raising awareness of endangered species," or words to that effect. Yet, in their 2007 legislative report for Minnesota, the Sierra Club spent nearly 3 pages describing legislative initiatives that have virtually nothing to do with the environment. Rather, this section deals almost exclusively with population issues or,...
  • Tomato soup 'boosts fertility'

    07/28/2007 9:01:06 AM PDT · by CarrotAndStick · 14 replies · 549+ views
    The Times of India ^ | 28 Jul 2007, 2039 hrs IST | PTI
    LONDON: Craving for something sweet and sour at the same time? Don't think twice. Just have a bowl of spicy and creamy tomato soup to satisfy your desire. Yes, a bowl of hot tomato soup every day can boost fertility among men, according to scientists. Researchers at the UK-based University of Portsmouth have discovered that lycopene, which gives tomatoes their bright red colouring, can turn sperm into super-sperm, sources reported. The conclusion came after the researchers studied the effect of lycopene in the diet on a group of six healthy men, all in their early forties. They were asked to...
  • Call for EU-wide fertility rules

    07/03/2007 1:05:36 PM PDT · by WesternCulture · 9 replies · 562+ views ^ | 07/02/2007 |
    Laws on fertility treatment should be standardised across the European Union to deter 'fertility tourism', a leading expert has said.
  • Multiple births, multiple risks For fertility doctors, one is still the magic number.

    07/02/2007 3:05:10 AM PDT · by amchugh · 7 replies · 473+ views
    LA Times ^ | June 25, 2007 | Shari Roan
    Two weeks ago, Brianna Morrison gave birth to six babies in Minneapolis. Less than a day later, Jenny Masche delivered six babies in a Phoenix hospital. Both of the women had been treated for infertility and had used fertility-enhancing drugs. The two families expressed joy, but many fertility doctors were dismayed. For years, doctors have been pushing to lower the rate of multiple births due to fertility treatment. Not only had two headline-grabbing births occurred in the same week, but several recent scientific papers also revealed mixed results in the eight-year effort to reduce the U.S. multiple-birth rate.
  • Men Conceived Through Fertility Treatment Have a Sperm Count Half the Normal, Danish Study Reports

    06/19/2007 3:56:40 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 18 replies · 567+ views
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 6/19/07 | Elizabeth O'Brien
    COPENHAGEN, Denmark, June 19, 2007 ( - A study conducted in Denmark found that the sperm count of men who are conceived by fertility treatments is up to 50 percent lower than normal.Published in March 1 by the American Journal of Epidemiology (AJE), the study was entitled, "The Fertility Treatment and Reproductive Health of Male Offspring: A Study of 1,925 Young Men from the General Population." The AJE explains that all 1,925 Danish participants were undergoing compulsory medical testing at the time for army fitness requirements. The volunteers were required to give both a semen sample and a blood sample...
  • Sextuplet Births Spark Fertility Drug Concerns

    06/18/2007 8:08:49 AM PDT · by Fawn · 51 replies · 1,319+ views
    ABC News ^ | Updated:2007-06-18 10:07:54 | By LAURA COVERSON -abc bews
    Two Sets in the U.S. Are Born on the Same Day - It is a rare event in the United States, indeed in the world -- the birth of sextuplets. Out of more than 4 million births in the U.S. in 2005, just 85 deliveries involved five or more babies. Making the occasion rarer recently was the birth of two sets of sextuplets just 10 hours apart.On June 12, Ryan and Brianna Morrison of Minnesota became parents of four boys and two girls, born after just 22 weeks in their mother's womb. And in Phoenix that same day, after just...
  • Rising Immigration Fuels 26-Year Fertility High (UK)

    06/07/2007 2:14:04 PM PDT · by blam · 4 replies · 591+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 6-7-2007 | Emma Henry
    Rising immigration fuels 26-year fertility high By Emma Henry and agencies Last Updated: 3:41pm BST 07/06/2007 Rising immigration and older mothers have fuelled a 26-year high in the number of children women are having in England and Wales. More older women are having babies Figures released by the Office of National Statistics show the average number of children has risen for a fifth straight year to 1.87, the highest rate since 1980. The last decade has seen a 77 per cent increase in births by mothers born outside of the UK, with the figure climbing to almost 150,000, or over...
  • So You Want Me to Breed?

    05/30/2007 11:21:26 AM PDT · by qam1 · 136 replies · 3,956+ views
    The Tyee ^ | 5/30/07 | Vanessa Richmond
    Contradictory messages about women's fertility are breeding like rabbits this week. In largely-Catholic Brazil, the government is subsidizing birth control pills so poor women can afford the contraceptive, despite a recent visit by Pope Benedict XVI, who mainly used his time to condemn abortion, contraception and sex outside marriage. In China, officials are rounding up rural, pregnant women and conducting forced abortions to enforce the mandatory one child policy. In Canada, on the other hand, I'm the problem. Thirty-something. Childless. And a threat to Canada's future economic well being. The nation's fertility rate has plummeted to 1.53 children per woman,...
  • Eating Beef Could Threaten Sons' Fertility

    03/27/2007 8:55:28 PM PDT · by blam · 29 replies · 628+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 3-28-2007 | REoger Highfield
    Eating beef could threaten sons' fertility By Roger Highfield, Science Editor Last Updated: 1:37am BST 28/03/2007 The sons of women who regularly ate beef during pregnancy are more likely to have low sperm counts, a report claims today. The American researchers suggest the growth promoters used in cattle may be responsible. It has been known for more than 10 years that sperm counts had been falling in the western world, with scientists at Copenhagen University pointing to exposure to pesticides and industrial chemicals. The principle suspects included "gender-bender" chemicals that act like human sex hormones. The latest study - of...
  • Male Offspring of Assisted Reproduction Less Fertile

    03/15/2007 1:44:13 PM PDT · by Chickensoup · 28 replies · 718+ views
    NEW YORK (Reuters Health ^ | 03.15.07 | NEW YORK (Reuters Health
    NEW YORK (Reuters Health) Mar 14 - A study of young men undergoing compulsory physical examination for military service shows that men whose mothers underwent fertility treatments to conceive appear to have impaired reproductive health, Danish researchers report in the March issue of the American Journal of Epidemiology. Dr. Tina Kold Jensen and colleagues at Rigshospitalet, Copenhagen, studied 1925 young Danish men who underwent a physical examination and volunteered to provide a semen sample, a blood sample and to complete a questionnaire. When the mothers were asked if they had received fertility treatments to conceive their son, 47 women confirmed...
  • Obese couples have tougher time having (i.e. making) babies

    03/08/2007 1:42:40 PM PST · by Zakeet · 30 replies · 7,588+ views
    Reuters ^ | March 8, 2007 | Will Dunham
    Obese couples have a more difficult time conceiving a baby than couples of normal weight, according to a study published on Tuesday identifying another consequence of putting on too much weight. Researchers tracked nearly 48,000 Danish couples between 1996 and 2002, including about 7,600 couples with both the man and woman either overweight or obese according to standards set by the World Health Organization. They measured how long it took couples to conceive a baby once they began unprotected sex in a bid to have a child. If both the man and woman were obese, their chances of having to...
  • Food fats threaten women's fertility

    01/20/2007 11:57:24 AM PST · by ReagansShinyHair · 16 replies · 518+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 20th January 2007 | JULIE WHELDON
    Fats hidden in thousands of foods can harm a woman’s chance of having a baby, scientists said yesterday. They can increase the risk of fertility problems by 70 per cent or more. Eating as little as one doughnut or a portion of chips a day can have a damaging effect. The scientists behind the study advised women who want to have a baby to avoid the fats, known as trans fats. They are used in thousands of processed foods, from chocolate to pies, as well as take-away meals. They have no nutritional value but are included simply to extend the...
  • Robot mother helps South Koreans prepare for birth

    01/04/2007 12:37:26 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 6 replies · 632+ views ^ | Thu Jan 4, 2007 | Reuters
    Robot mother helps South Koreans prepare for birth Thu Jan 4, 2007 12:21 PM ET SEOUL, Jan 4 (Reuters Life!) - With South Korea's birth rate at its lowest ever, medical students are resorting to robots to practice bringing babies into the world. Kyunghee University Medical Center in Seoul is the first institution in South Korea to use Noelle, a life-sized robot, and her "newborn" to give obstetric students experience. "With this simulator training tool, we can conduct not only normal deliveries, but also complicated deliveries such as breech births, Caesarean deliveries," Professor Jung Eui told Reuters Television. "Students can...
  • Western culture: Is it death by fertility rate?

    12/11/2006 10:22:42 AM PST · by NYer · 60 replies · 1,661+ views
    Toronto Sun ^ | December 10, 2006 | PETER WORTHINGTON
    In Maclean’s magazine last month, Mark Steyn wrote a plaintive piece about how his new book, America Alone, was unavailable in Canadian bookstores — an apparent victim of a fear of militant Muslim reprisals. The Chapters-Indigo chain subsequently insisted it wasn’t giving Steyn’s book the Mein Kampf treatment (banned from being sold in the chain by the boss, Heather Reisman), but that they hadn’t anticipated the popularity of America Alone (a best-seller) and hadn’t ordered enough copies. Last I heard, the book was in its fourth printing and, happy to say, a phone check with Chapters indicates they’ve now got...
  • More women have abortions as it loses stigma

    11/29/2006 11:46:29 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 48 replies · 1,205+ views
    Telegraph ^ | November 28, 2006 | Celia Hall
    Women are finding it more acceptable to have an abortion than to drift into an unplanned pregnancy, the head of Britain's leading abortion agency said yesterday. Ann Furedi, the chief executive of the British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS), said one women in five was now childless at the age of 45 and an increasing number were making the choice not to have children at all. Ms Furedi said there had been a shift in public opinion about parenthood. The stigma of abortion had diminished but there was now concern about being a poor parent. "Parenting is considered to be very...
  • UK scientists invent male 'pill' that can be taken hours before sex

    11/27/2006 12:10:43 AM PST · by newzjunkey · 16 replies · 1,082+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | November 26, 2006 | FIONA MacRAE
    British scientists have developed a revolutionary pill that men could take as a one-off contraceptive just before a date. The tablet would prevent a man from being able to impregnate a woman, but within a few hours his fertility would return to normal. This would make it much more acceptable to men than other 'male pills' under development, which alter hormone levels and have to be taken over the long term. It is also more likely to be trusted by women as they are not relying on their man having to remember to take his pill every day for it...
  • US surgeon says: I will transplant a womb next year

    11/09/2006 5:31:42 AM PST · by Mrs Ivan · 11 replies · 463+ views
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | 09/11/2006 | Nic Fleming
    The world's first successful womb transplant will take place next year, doctors say today. Dr Giuseppe Del Priore, from New York Downtown Hospital, has been given the go-ahead to carry out the operation and claims to have found a number of potential donors. Dr Del Priore said that while the would-be recipient would have to go through months of counselling and tests, if the right patient was identified today he expected to be able to carry out the procedure next year. If the operation can be perfected for humans, it could help thousands of women with Rokitansky syndrome, a rare...
  • With eggs in the freezer, who needs Mr Right?

    10/27/2006 12:21:25 AM PDT · by MadIvan · 13 replies · 567+ views
    The Times ^ | October 27, 2006 | Mark Henderson
    MOST women who freeze their eggs to preserve their fertility would consider using them to become single mothers, according to research in the United States.A study of patients who have had their eggs frozen at an IVF clinic in New York suggests that 80 per cent would think about having them fertilised with donor sperm if they failed to find a suitable partner. Many of the women, all of whom were childless and single, said that they had decided to keep some of their eggs on ice to “take the pressure off” their search for a man to father their...
  • Abortion Myth?

    09/30/2006 10:56:20 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 87 replies · 1,578+ views
    So The Independent Advisory Group on Teenage Pregnancy reported to British Education Secretary Alan Johnson and Health Secretary Patricia Hewitt that infertility resulting from an abortion is a myth? Wow! How does one combat such an ignorant statement? Any reputable medical society would have to refute this ridiculous assertion. The fact is many women have been made sterile by an abortion. The cervix must be dilated in order for the instruments to be inserted. This stretches the cervix and many times it is torn and bleeds. It heals by scar tissue formation. If the uterus is scraped to make sure...
  • Excess weight reduces men's fertility

    09/25/2006 10:58:15 AM PDT · by CapnBarbosa · 14 replies · 482+ views
    The Age ^ | 09-24-06
    Obese men are more likely to be infertile than their slimmer peers, according to the first study to look at whether a man's weight influences a couple's fertility. Every excess 10 kilograms may cut a man's fertility by 10 per cent, Dr Markku Sallmen of the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health in Helsinki and colleagues at National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, write in the September issue of Epidemiology. Sallmen was a post-doc at NIEHS when he conducted the study. The researchers looked at couples
  • Who gets the baby? A mix-up at OHSU's fertility clinic creates a tangle of lawsuits.

    09/22/2006 8:52:55 AM PDT · by momfirst · 63 replies · 1,728+ views
    The Oregonian ^ | 9/22/06 | ELIZABETH SUH and ASHBEL S. GREEN
    He says the clinic gave a stranger his sperm and then lied about it. She says the clinic coerced her into taking the morning-after pill and then offered her a free abortion. Now he wants to know whether he's a father without his consent. And she just wants to be left alone. Oregon Health & Science University concedes it gave his sperm to her, but beyond that it's not saying much. On Monday, a Multnomah County Circuit Court judge will be asked to sort out whether the man has the right to learn whether the woman has had a baby...
  • Evangelicals and the Brave New World: Why Natural Law Can No Longer Be Ignored

    09/09/2006 12:05:41 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 6 replies · 592+ views
    Acton Institute ^ | 9/6/06 | Stephen J. Grabill
    Infertile couples desperate to conceive children are turning increasingly to fertility specialists for help. Yet, widespread use of assisted reproductive technology (ART) has led to a completely unforeseen consequence: the creation of the world’s largest population of frozen human embryos. That reality has ignited a vigorous moral debate among scientists, politicians, theologians, and parents about what should be done with the surplus store of nascent human life.The challenge for pro-life evangelicals is to develop systematic moral reasoning that can be applied to a range of issues including embryo adoption, human embryonic stem cell research, ART, “therapeutic cloning,” genetic engineering,...
  • Call for fertility ban for obese(UK)

    08/30/2006 4:53:09 AM PDT · by Marius3188 · 28 replies · 794+ views
    BBC ^ | 30 Aug 2006 | BBC
    Very obese women should be denied fertility treatment, experts say. The British Fertility Society is recommending women with a body mass index of 36 and over should not be allowed access to fertility treatment. Underweight women and those classed just as obese (BMI over 29) should be forced to address their weight before starting treatment, the society said. NHS guidelines say overweight women should be warned of the health risks, but do not impose any ban on treatment. Being overweight can put both the health of the mother and child at risk through problems such as gestational diabetes and high...
  • (Vanity) Political Limerick 07-14-2006

    07/13/2006 7:00:21 AM PDT · by grey_whiskers · 251+ views
    grey_whiskers ^ | 07-14-2006 | grey_whiskers
    See for example this thread first. A woman expecting four kid (quadruplets!) wonders what she did The wonder, you see She's already had three Yes, triplets! Has she flipped her lid?
  • Fertility experts urge end to ‘selfish’ late motherhood

    07/08/2006 6:24:32 PM PDT · by wouldntbprudent · 71 replies · 1,167+ views
    Timesonline ^ | July 9, 2006 | Daniel Foggo and Lois Rogers
    A TOP fertility doctor has called for an end to the practice of elderly women giving birth after a 62-year-old became the oldest mother in Britain. [snip] The irony is that by taking so many invasive drugs to create a child at an advanced age, she may have actually shortened her lifespan.” She questioned whether the egg donated to Rashbrook, who has three adult children but wanted another by John Farrant, 60, her second husband, had been obtained through the exploitation of poor eastern European women.
  • Israeli 'clown therapy' boosts fertility treatment birthrate

    06/27/2006 1:58:05 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 25 replies · 709+ views
    Israel21c ^ | June 25, 2006 | David Brinn
    A little levity can go a long way, especially if you're a woman trying to conceive via in-vitro fertilization (IVF). That's the lesson that's been gleaned from a first-of-its kind study conducted in Israel that showed that using humor to alleviate the stress of the patients almost doubles their chances of conceiving from the treatments. A team led by fertility expert Dr. Shevah Friedler at the Assaf Harofeh Medical Center studied 186 women aged 25 to 40 over 10 months, all of whom were undergoing embryo transfer treatment. While half were simply given the treatment and nothing else, the other...
  • Gangs of New York, Their twins due home from intensive care any minute, an anxious couple considers

    06/25/2006 1:02:39 PM PDT · by Coleus · 35 replies · 1,126+ views
    NY Metro ^ | 06.12.06 | Sarah Bernard & Hugo Lindgren
    Two fuzzy heartbeats—our doctor pointed to the black-and-white monitor of the ultrasound machine, and we both squinted and pretended to see what he was talking about. A lima bean, we thought, with a smaller lima bean next to it? Sensing that we weren’t getting it, he punched a few keys and suddenly the small exam room at Cornell’s Center for Reproductive Medicine and Infertility filled with a rapid-fire thump-thump-thump-thump: our embryos on speakerphone. So wait, it had worked? Twice? When we still didn’t say anything, our other doctor piped up: “This is good news, you guys.” How did we feel?...
  • Womb transplants (Women who lack a functioning womb could get replacement.)

    06/21/2006 3:47:43 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 16 replies · 999+ views ^ | 21 June 2006 | Jo Marchant
    Womb transplants in humans should be possible within five years, say scientists in Sweden ... The procedure would allow women who have functioning ovaries but no womb to carry their own children, and the researchers say they have already been contacted by hundreds of women who are interested in having such a transplant. There are several reasons why a woman can lack a uterus. Some, with a condition called Rokitansky syndrome, are born without a vagina or a uterus. Others can lose their womb, for example through cervical cancer, or if the organ ruptures during childbirth. The only current way...
  • New method of fertility regulation in line with Catholic teaching

    06/12/2006 1:41:18 PM PDT · by NYer · 84 replies · 1,014+ views
    Catholic News Agency ^ | June 12, 2006
    Seattle, Jun. 12, 2006 (CNA) - A relatively new method of regulating fertility is catching on around the world.  CycleBeads are 95 percent effective and, in themselves, do not conflict with Catholic teachings related to reproduction and fertility. The CycleBeads, which consist of 32 beads in three colors, is a fertility awareness-based method that helps plan or prevent pregnancy naturally. Victoria Jennings, an anthropologist and director of Georgetown's Institute for Reproductive Health, believes women are looking for non-hormonal, non-invasive ways to control their fertility. She and other researchers at Georgetown University conducted a scientific trial of the beads they call...
  • Plunge in Teen Pregnancy? (Dropping sperm count, infertility in young males)

    05/05/2006 12:43:08 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 46 replies · 1,626+ views
    Slate ^ | May 3, 2006, | Liza Mundy
    ...Between 1990 and 2000 the U.S. teen pregnancy rate plummeted by 28 percent... [Many assume] sex education and conservative abstinence initiatives are both to thank for [this] fact ... What, though, if there's a third explanation, one that has nothing to do with just-say-no campaigns or safe-sex educational posters? What if teenagers are less fertile than they used to be? In a well-respected study published in Environmental Health Perspectives, [epidemiologist Shanna] Swan, now at the University of Rochester Medical Center, found that sperm counts are dropping by about 1.5 percent a year in the United States and 3 percent in...
  • US lesbian denied fertility treatment sues Catholic docs

    04/26/2006 6:12:17 AM PDT · by NYer · 119 replies · 1,834+ views
    Breitbart ^ | April 25, 2006
    A woman whose doctors refused her infertility treatment because she is a lesbian has sued before California's Supreme Court, her attorney said. "Our client's doctors' behavior goes against established medical ethics and violates California civil rights law," said Lambda Legal attorney Jennifer Pizer in a statement announcing the suit was filed on Monday. "The doctors claim a right not to comply with California's civil rights law because they are fundamentalist Christians and they object to treating a lesbian patient the same way they treat other patients," the group said in a statement. An appeals court overturned a trial court decision...
  • Banking on science for future fertility

    04/18/2006 7:24:22 AM PDT · by qam1 · 11 replies · 733+ views
    Contra Costa Times ^ | 4/18/06 | Joan Morris
    From the moment a baby girl is born, her fertility clock begins the countdown. Though she has millions of eggs in her immature ovaries, by the time she's a woman, the viability of those eggs has already started to diminish. By age 40, her chances of conceiving have declined, while her chances of having a child with chromosomal abnormalities have increased. And if she's like thousands of women in their 30s who have yet to meet Mr. Right and whose careers and personal choices don't include, for now, child rearing, she may find herself wishing that should could freeze time....
  • Europe's Chastisement? -- How the Abandonment of Christianity May Be Leading to Disaster

    04/13/2006 4:17:43 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 43 replies · 1,735+ views
    GOPUSA ^ | April 13, 2006 | Ed Vitagliano (Agape Press)
    (AgapePress) -- Anyone know where we can find some Etruscans? You know, members of the Etruscan civilization that existed in ancient Italy, predating even Rome? Well, there aren't any. The Etruscans were absorbed by the Roman civilization and ceased to exist as a distinct people. Ominously, if a growing number of experts and cultural observers are right, it's entirely possible that the same question may be asked 100 years from now -- only about Italians or Spaniards or Russians. As writer Mark Steyn glumly put it in The New Criterion, "Much of what we loosely call the Western world will...
  • Ozone spikes hit men where it hurts (ozone damages sperm)

    03/23/2006 4:39:52 AM PST · by S0122017 · 27 replies · 336+ views
    newscientist ^ | 23 March 2006 | Newscientist
    Ozone spikes hit men where it hurts 23 March 2006 SMOG is not only bad for the lungs, it is bad for sperm too. A survey of men in Los Angeles has shown that their sperm counts fell as ozone levels in the air increased. Rebecca Sokol and colleagues at the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine in Los Angeles looked at sperm counts of 48 men who donated to an LA sperm bank at least 10 times in a two-year period. Using air pollution measurements from the zip code where each man lived, the team estimated the...
  • Wanted: A Few Good Sperm

    03/20/2006 10:25:17 AM PST · by mathprof · 134 replies · 2,616+ views
    NYT ^ | 3/19/06 | JENNIFER EGAN
    One day last October, Karyn, a 39-year-old executive, pulled her online dating profile off JDate and, two sites she had been using, along with an endless series of leads, tips and blind dates arranged by friends and colleagues, to search for a man she wanted to marry and raise a family with. At long last, after something like 100 dates in the past 10 years and several serious relationships, she had found the man she refers to, tongue only slightly in cheek, as "the one." It all began last summer, when she broke off a relationship with a younger...
  • Sex and Marriage in the City?

    03/20/2006 8:29:35 AM PST · by dson7_ck1249 · 113 replies · 2,415+ views
    Townhall ^ | 3.20.2006 | Jennifer Roback Morse
    You know the old saying about having a hammer and everything looking like nails? I was reading an article in the Journal of Law and Economics about why housing prices in Manhattan are so high, and I thought, "Omigosh! The answer to the demographic implosion." Since my hammer happens to be sex and marriage, even an economics article reminds me of sex. So bear with me. I’ll explain what the article had to say about housing prices. Then I’ll tell you what it has to do with sex...
  • The liberal baby bust

    03/14/2006 2:48:47 PM PST · by RWR8189 · 22 replies · 1,470+ views
    USA Today | March 14, 2006 | Phillip Longman
    Title and link only.
  • Patriarchy, Or Conservatives Will Inherit The Earth

    03/02/2006 4:45:53 PM PST · by buwaya · 26 replies · 584+ views
    Foreign Policy ^ | March/April 2006 | Phillip Longman
    Across the globe, people are choosing to have fewer children or none at all. Governments are desperate to halt the trend, but their influence seems to stop at the bedroom door. Are some societies destined to become extinct? Hardly. It’s more likely that conservatives will inherit the Earth. Like it or not, a growing proportion of the next generation will be born into families who believe that father knows best. ... The great difference in fertility rates between secular individualists and religious or cultural conservatives augurs a vast, demographically driven change in modern societies. Consider the demographics of France, for...
  • "Fertility patients must be armed with the best information and advice available.

    02/24/2006 7:30:22 PM PST · by Coleus · 13 replies · 362+ views
    The American Fertility Association Releases New Educational Tools for Embryo Donation: Help for Donors and Help for RecipientsNEW YORK, Feb. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- The American Fertility Association announces the release -- both in print and online at -- of new educational brochures that shed light on the complexity of embryo donation -- both for the donor of unused embryos following IVF treatments, as well as for the recipient of donated embryos. Fertility clinics across the country will receive a total of 20,000 copies of these brochures to distribute to their patients.  "Fertility patients must be armed with the best...
  • Computer Program Tracks Woman's Cycle - NFP

    02/09/2006 1:26:04 PM PST · by klossg · 56 replies · 1,089+ views
    Arlington Catholic Herald ^ | 2/9/06 | Angela E. Pometto
    Say goodbye to diaries — those small books with breakable locks that little brothers could easily get their hands on. Today’s women have computer programs that help them track their most cherished secrets. Women practicing Natural Family Planning (NFP) can throw away their paper charts and store that information in their palm pilot. And there is no worry about this sensitive information falling into the wrong hands — with the click of a button, the intimate details of a woman’s life can be protected by a password. Woman Calendar, a program by BEIKS LLC, is a simple program that any...
  • In Vitro Fertilization vs. Abortofacients

    01/27/2006 3:08:14 PM PST · by gooper · 25 replies · 527+ views
    There is at least 1 thread today on a target employee who was fired for refusing to prescribe the morning after pill. But today's "Pregancy Baby" had a piece titled "Navigating the Infertility Maze". It got me thinking: How many people who oppose abortion, or abortofacients also oppose in-vitro fertilization? As I understand it, with IVF, multiple eggs are fertilized, and the most viable egg is then selected for implantation. The remaining eggs are frozen, and typically wind up being destroyed. I'm a Catholic, and I've read quotes from the church opposing the use of embryos that would otherwise have...
  • It’s the demography, stupid

    01/01/2006 2:52:39 PM PST · by twntaipan · 122 replies · 9,505+ views
    The New Criterion ^ | Jan 2, 2006 | Mark Steyn
    Most people reading this have strong stomachs, so let me lay it out as baldly as I can: Much of what we loosely call the western world will survive this century, and much of it will effectively disappear within our lifetimes, including many if not most western European countries. There’ll probably still be a geographical area on the map marked as Italy or the Netherlands— probably—just as in Istanbul there’s still a building called St. Sophia’s Cathedral. But it’s not a cathedral; it’s merely a designation for a piece of real estate. Likewise, Italy and the Netherlands will merely be...
  • It's the Demography, Stupid The real reason the West is in danger of extinction.

    01/05/2006 5:28:55 AM PST · by Bushwacker777 · 67 replies · 1,785+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Jan. 4 | BY MARK STEYN
    "The design flaw of the secular social-democratic state is that it requires a religious-society birthrate to sustain it. Post-Christian hyperrationalism is, in the objective sense, a lot less rational than Catholicism or Mormonism. Indeed, in its reliance on immigration to ensure its future, the European Union has adopted a 21st-century variation on the strategy of the Shakers, who were forbidden from reproducing and thus could increase their numbers only by conversion. The problem is that secondary-impulse societies mistake their weaknesses for strengths--or, at any rate, virtues--and that's why they're proving so feeble at dealing with a primal force like Islam....