August 26, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - The roadside bomb that exploded outside Andrew Robinson's humvee in Iraq six years ago broke the Marine staff sergeant's neck and left him without use of his legs. It also cast doubt on his ability to father a child, a gnawing emotional wound for a then-23-year-old who had planned to start a family with his wife of less than two years. The catastrophic spinal cord injury meant the couple's best hope for children was in vitro fertilization, an expensive and time-consuming medical procedure whose cost isn't covered by the Department of Veterans Affairs.
July 21, 2011 |
Question: My husband and I have been trying to conceive for over two years. I feel like my life is in a holding pattern. We'll be starting IVF soon. Already tried some other high-tech procedures. I can't plan a vacation or commit to anything long-term outside of work because "soon I might be pregnant. " After living my life like this for two years, I am getting really tired of it. We really want a child. I'm 35, so I don't feel like we can take a break. Any advice? This stinks.
June 27, 2011 |
Question: My religious-convert sister (RCS) has told my gay sister (GS) that RCS and her husband and children will not ever meet GS's children (1-year-old twins). GS is still welcome to visit RCS and her family alone. RCS's rationale seems to be that her children are getting old enough to ask hard questions, and she doesn't know what to tell them about their aunts and their IVF cousins. I am devastated that our family apparently will never again be all together, not to mention incredibly angry and hurt.
February 5, 2006 |
Last June, after a week of fertility-drug shots, Christine Mozes' ovaries went into overdrive, literally bursting with eggs ripening in their watery sacs. If she were to have taken the full course of drugs, her hyperstimulated ovaries could have triggered life-threatening breathing problems, kidney failure, and blood clots. George Taliadouros, her avuncular physician at Delaware Valley Institute of Fertility and Genetics in Marlton, cut off the treatment she needed to get pregnant.
November 4, 2005 |
THE DAWN OF Kevin Federline's hip-hop career has begun, though it remains to be seen if it will last past breakfast. A track by Federline was posted on the Internet by Disco D, the producer of his upcoming album, "The Truth," due next year. Though the song has since been taken off Disco D's Web site, it has popped up elsewhere, giving a glimpse of Mr. Britney Spears' rhyming, um, abilities. "Back then, they called me K-Fed, but you can call me Daddy instead," he intones in the chorus of "Y'all Ain't Ready.
October 20, 2004 |
Does in vitro fertilization harm children's health? Infertility researchers offered a mostly reassuring answer yesterday, but with caveats. On one hand, there appears to be no connection between IVF and developmental problems, cancer, deformities, or overall health difficulties, based on studies of children up to age 8. On the other hand, IVF dramatically raises the risk of multiple births, which in turn is linked to prematurity with all its complications. And even singleton IVF babies are twice as likely to be born prematurely, underweight, and die within a week as babies conceived naturally, the researchers concluded.
October 19, 2004 |
Asian and African American women are less likely to be successful with in vitro fertilization than white or Hispanic women, new research shows. The reasons for the disparity are not clear, but the effect of race was as significant as aging on fertility, according to two studies presented yesterday at the American Society for Reproductive Medicine convention in Philadelphia. In other words, a 35-year-old Asian or black woman had the same chance of delivering an IVF baby as a 40-year-old white or Hispanic woman - about 20 percent.
September 15, 2004 |
Much like their patients, U.S. infertility clinics are sensitive and sometimes torn about what to do with leftover frozen embryos. In getting rid of surplus embryos, some clinics hold quasi-funerals, others incubate the thawed cells until they stop growing, and still others give them back to couples for disposal, according to the first national survey to look at the fate of spare embryos. The variety came as a surprise to the researchers who conducted the anonymous survey of 217 in vitro fertilization clinics.
August 7, 2003 |
Twenty-five years ago, one of the most revolutionary events in the history of humankind took place - a little girl named Louise Brown was born. The world's first "test-tube" baby arrived amid a storm of protest. Many in the then-emerging field of bioethics, such as Leon Kass - who is today the chair of President Bush's Council on Bioethics - argued that creating people by means of in vitro fertilization - mixing sperm and eggs in a glass dish (test tubes were never actually used)
August 2, 2003
Louise Brown turned 25 last week. From all appearances, Brown, a postal worker in Bristol, England, is a woman as normal as her name. But that name forever will be associated with a turning-point in human history. Thanks to in vitro fertilization (IVF), she was the first person whose conception took place outside the body, and hers was the first successful IVF birth. Twenty-five years later, IVF has helped give life and happiness to many thousands. That is a great triumph.