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How Melissa Harris-Perry Is Sparking a National Conversation About Fertility and Family

Melissa Harris-Perry with her newborn daughter.

Melissa Harris-Perry’s recent announcement about the birth of her daughter via a surrogate, and the broader conversation about redefining family that she hopes to instigate, could help other women, particularly in communities of color, talk about aspects of their reproductive lives that have previously been little discussed.

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If You’re Trying to Get Pregnant, Should You Pass on Lube?

A study released this week adds to a growing body of laboratory evidence that many lubricants reduce the motility of sperm. The issue of whether couples should use lube if they’re trying to get pregnant, however, is not entirely settled.

A study released this week adds to a growing body of laboratory evidence that many lubricants reduce the motility of sperm. The issue of whether couples should use lube if they’re trying to get pregnant, however, is not entirely settled.

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Eggs for Cash: Pitting Choice Against Risk

Comprehensive studies on the health effects of providing eggs are essential for young women to make informed choices.

We applaud the California governor’s veto of AB 926, which would have permitted researchers to pay women for their eggs. His decision was based, in part, on the fact that the risks to women who provide eggs outweigh the potential scientific benefits.

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Aging Sperm? Not the End of the World

Judith Shulevitz’s recent New Republic essay on how later parenthood is “upending American society” claims that delaying kids could lead us down a rabbit hole of genetic decline. But the evidence is inconclusive and somewhat anecdotal.

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To the Religious Right, I am No Longer a Woman

Image:  Steve Gribben/IANS via IndianTVToday.com.

After three kids, two miscarriages, a tubal ligation, and the chance to re-establish intimacy with my husband, did I really give up on my “true nature?” That’s what the religious right says: I am no longer a woman.

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Egg Freezing: Taking a Closer Look at the Experimental Label

Should young women who aren’t ready to have children have their eggs extracted and frozen as an “insurance policy” for future motherhood? Several recent media features seem to be promoting egg freezing, with little or no mention of the risks involved for women who undergo egg retrieval procedures or for the children that might be born as a result.

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Trust-Busting in the Baby Business?

Reproductive medicine has long been criticized for its commercial aspects — for being more like an industry than a medical practice. Run a Google search for “the baby business” and you will not only turn up Debora Spar’s book, but some 954,000 exact matches. Now lawyers are getting in on the action: It’s not just an industry, it’s (allegedly) a cartel!

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Afternoon Roundup: No More “Female at Birth” Policy for Golf Association, Judge Disses Christian University’s Anti-Choice Claims

LPGA ditches their “female at birth” policy, Speaker John Boehner has some frighteningly invasive anti-choice legislative plans in store for Americans, BPA may be responsible for infertility problems in women and is the Pope inspiring more religious mind expansion as it relates to condoms and birth control?

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Repro Rights Roundup: Afternoon-Style

Nadya Suleman may have been part of a fertility study without knowing it, same sex couples now have full visiting privileges at hospitals that participate in Medicaid and Medicare, a couple places their potential abortion up to a vote and more…

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We Are More Than Our Future Children

From testing for the onset of menopause to drinking while pregnant, the focus–at least in the media–is on those aspects of research that affect women’s fertility, more than women’s health and more than similar effects on men’s fertility.

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