Researchers have invented a new fertility method that will allow women in their late thirties and early forties a better chance of delivering a healthy baby. The technique uses "super embryos" that can be screened to ensure high quality before they are implanted into a woman by her doctor.
The results were reported at the annual meeting of the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology in France.
The study tested 130 women between the ages of 38 and 44. These patients' pregnancies were as successful as the pregnancies of 700 younger women using traditional fertility treatment. According to the study, more than 25% of women using fertility treatments are older than 38, and produce an average of only seven eggs per cycle, as compared with the 12 eggs that younger women produce.
Women in this age group face considerable risks during pregnancy. The chances of having an embryo with an abnormal chromosome increase significantly, as well as the risk of Down's Syndrome, miscarriage, and malformations.
The director of the Italian Society for the Study of Reproductive Medicine in Bologna, Dr. Anna Ferraretti, noted that "Women planning IVF or OCSI in the final part of their reproductive life can now enter treatment feeling their age is not a handicap anymore. This pre-implantation genetic screening test is able to overcome the natural reproductive failure that occurs due to the eggs aging."
8/28/2015 Alaska Court Protects Abortion Access for Low-Income Women - The Alaska Superior Court struck down a state law yesterday that would have severely limited abortion access for low-income women in Alaska.
The state's Superior Court also struck down a Department of Health and Social Services regulation that placed narrow specifications on Medicaid coverage for abortions, requiring that Medicaid-funded abortions be determined by a physician to be "medically necessary." Last year, the Center for Reproductive Rights, the American Civil Liberties Union, and Planned Parenthood sued on behalf of the Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest, claiming that the narrow definition of "medically necessary" arbitrarily established conditions designed to restrict the ability of low-income women to access abortion services.
The law was temporarily blocked last July by an Alaskan state court judge.
Superior Court Judge John Suddock ordered yesterday that the state be blocked from implementing this regulation, ruling that it placed an undue burden on low-income women seeking abortion services in Alaska.
"By providing health care to all poor Alaskans except women who need abortions, the challenged regulation violates the state constitutional guarantee of 'equal rights, opportunities, and protection under the law'," the ruling read.
"We applaud the superior court for striing down these cruel restrictions on women's health and rights that violate the Alaska Constitution," said Chris Charbonneau, CEO of Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and the Hawaiian Islands. . . .
8/26/2015 Saudi Women Prepare to Vote for the First Time - The fight for gender equality is making slow but notable progress in Saudi Arabia, where women will be allowed to vote for the first time in upcoming December elections.
This shift in Saudi law came in 2011, when a royal decree announced that women would be allowed to vote and run in local elections beginning in December of 2015. . . .