Tagged: fertility

Demographic disruption in New Zealand - Guest Work

Guest Work Jan 25, 2017

By Distinguished Professor Paul Spoonley, Pro Vice-Chancellor of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Massey University. This second decade of the 21st century is proving to be one of the most transformative globally and locally, especially in terms of demographic change. The consequences for the ageing of societies from the pipeline effects of the baby boom in the … Read More

The next frontier in reproductive tourism? Genetic modification - Guest Work

Guest Work Nov 22, 2016

Rosa Castro, Duke University The birth of the first baby born using a technique called mitochondrial replacement, which uses DNA from three people to “correct” an inherited genetic mutation, was announced on Sept. 27. Mitochondrial replacement or donation allows women who carry mitochondrial diseases to avoid passing them on to their child. These diseases can range from … Read More

Infertility: what’s it all about? - Guest Work

InfectedNZ Nov 21, 2016

Infertility is defined as the inability for a couple having regular unprotected sexual intercourse to have a baby. Globally, the rate of fertility is declining but infertility still affects one in seven couples in New Zealand. In general, humans are generally not considered to be an especially fertile species, with a potential capability of 20-30% reproductive success with each menstrual … Read More

China’s fertility rate in an Asian perspective - The Dismal Science

Michael Reddell Oct 30, 2015

The media are full of stories of the Chinese government/party decision to abandon the evil one-child policy and replace it with a marginally less evil two-child policy.  It is interesting to see the change presented by the authorities as a response to an ageing population, and I’ve seen various commentaries over the last few years suggesting that this easing … Read More

A gift for someone special - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Dec 31, 2014

Regular readers may have noticed I’ve been a little quiet for the last month. I’ve been feeling ‘under the weather’, to use a common euphemism. In reality I’ve been through a really interesting experience that isn’t often spoken about in public. That must make it the perfect material for a blog, right? Right! Warning: I will mention the word vagina … Read More

Men – girdle your loins with a kilt? - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Apr 18, 2013

An article in the Scottish Medical Journal attempts to address that time-honoured rumour, that “men who wear (Scottish) kilts have better sperm quality and better fertility.” Like some things in life there are disappointments. Firstly, the paper is pay-walled (although Popular Science have linked to a copy on a German-language blog). Then … Read More

Slow Justice - MacDoctor

Jim McVeagh Jan 05, 2010

I know it seems counterintuitive that the US, home of rabid, wall-to-wall lawyers, should be slow in providing medical discipline, but it is true. You may recall the case of Nadya Suleman, who had octuplets after her fertility “treatment”, despite already having six children (via IVF treatment) and despite still living with her parents. I [...] Related posts: … Read More