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, who harms? Bioethics considerations

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...

New statistics on assisted reproduction in Europe. The pregnancy rate for IVF has not improved

Overall, the pregnancy rate for IVF (in our opinion the more relevant rate) has not improved in Europe, it is around 35% The 33rd Annual Meeting of the European Society for Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE) has just been held in Geneva, Switzerland. At the meeting, Dr...

Possible production of children from artificial gamets. In vitro gametogenesis ethical problems

Breakthrough raises call for debate over prospect of artificial human eggs A new technical procedure, in vitro gametogenesis, is blazing a trail among new technologies. It basically consists of deriving both gametes — sperm and eggs — from a skin cell. An embryo can be created...