Ethical problems relative to “embryo selection” to avoid multiple pregnancies

A recent article published in Fertility and Sterility(see HERE)  affirms that, in the last four decades, some advances have been made in the pregnancy rate obtained by in vitro fertilization (IVF). However, this apparent success is accompanied by the disadvantage of a vast...

Human oocytes produced for the first time from donors’ ovarian tissue. A positive step to preserve women’s fertility with cancer

An article has just been published in Molecular Human Reproduction (see HERE) describing the production of human oocytes from ovarian biopsies from ten healthy women. In the study, the authors were able to grow ovarian follicles from the biopsy tissue until their final phase of...

Having a baby without having to be pregnant? Considerations of Surrogate Pregnancy

A report published in Study.com titled “Ethical Considerations of Surrogate Pregnancy” (see HERE) begins with this suggestive phrase, “It sounds like a good option right? Especially for those who cannot get pregnant or cannot physically carry a baby. But there...

Frozen embryos donation figures. Human embryos transferred increased over the years

It is difficult to find objective data on the practice of embryo donation. Now, a study published in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology has provided data on this topic for the period 2000 to 2013 in the United States. As we know, with the use of in vitro...

Ovarian insufficiency infertility can be resolved without resorting to egg donation

Scientists from Stanford University (USA) and the St. Marianna University School of Medicine in Kawasaki (Japan) have helped a woman suffering from early menopause to give birth to a baby by way of a technique known as “in vitro activation”. Patients suffering from ovarian...

Cryopreservated embryos is continuously increasing. Millions of frozen embryos only in the United States banks

Millions of frozen embryos only in the United States banks Numerous medical and ethical issues arise regarding the subject of freezing of embryos leftover after a cycle of in vitro fertilisation. There are three issues which deserve our attention: 1. Regarding the number of...

Gestational surrogacy, who benefits?

The debate over the issue of gestational surrogacy  (an euphemistic term that attempts to disguise the reality of a woman who offers to carry a pregnancy in exchange for money) is on in the political and social arena (see HERE). The strongest supporters of the legalisation of...

Can the donor sperm used in assisted reproduction affect the child’s health?

The issue has sometimes been raised as to whether children born using donor sperm through assisted reproduction could have health problems throughout their lives. A recent study of the Australian poulation, published in Reproductive Biomedicine, included 224 children aged between...

Male age affects sperm quality producing decrease in couples fertility

A woman’s age has always been talked about when it comes to the success or failure of natural and in vitro fertilization (IVF) and how her biology affects this technique. A recent study goes a little further and suggests male age as one of the factors that also influence the...

Delayed motherhood also in England and Ireland. More than twice 40-year-old and over first time mothers

Are new mothers in their forties a global trend? Motherhood is also being postponed in the United Kingdom (see negative effects on delayed motherhood for mother and child, click HERE), since the number of first-time mothers over the age of 40 has doubled in the last 15 years, and...