Only about 2000 babies have been born using cryogenic egg freezing

Egg freezing is about as hot as a women's reproductive topic can get. But it's also extremely rare: Only about 2000 humans currently populating the planet can thank this method for their existence. It's a number that's surprisingly low for a procedure that's being so heavily hyped by HR departments and fertility… » 3/20/15 7:15pm 3/20/15 7:15pm

Egg Freezing Shindigs Are Apparently the New Tupperware Parties

Egg freezing, the nebulous scientific concept that allows families to conceive at their convenience, is getting plenty of attention lately. Now there are even social events women can attend to learn more about this procedure, which is being touted as a way to potentially transform their careers. Behold: The… » 11/11/14 6:20pm 11/11/14 6:20pm

These Thermometers Make an Unreliable Birth Control Method Less Sketchy

Women have been manually tracking their cycles for centuries. You've likely heard the terms "rhythm method" or "natural family planning" from older generations; today, it's the more scientifically informed "fertility awareness." But as far as birth control options go, monitoring certain health cues to help women… » 10/08/14 10:04am 10/08/14 10:04am

Making Designer Babies Was Supposed to Be Just Like Shopping for Seeds

Fears over "designer babies" were common long before we understood the science of genetics well enough to actually produce them. For many, the idea of predetermining a child's eye color or trying to influence their intelligence or athletic prowess through genetics is the very definition of dystopia. It probably… » 11/21/13 4:10pm 11/21/13 4:10pm

One Egg Created From Two Mothers Could Prevent Genetic Disorders

Scientists at the Oregon National Primate Research Center have discovered a crazy sci-fi way to possibly prevent genetically-inherited diseases. This sounds pretty unbelievable, but they actually combine the eggs from two different mothers to create one single stronger egg. It already works for mama monkeys; and it… » 10/25/12 3:20pm 10/25/12 3:20pm

How Eggs Fight Off Tardy Sperm Intruders

During human (or any mammalian) fertilization, if more than one sperm manages to get inside an egg, there are typically no survivors. A violent competition between the two sperm brings the whole kit and caboodle to a tragic end. » 4/02/12 3:50pm 4/02/12 3:50pm

The First FDA-Approved Home Sperm Count Test Is Now Available (UPDATED)

Have you ever wondered about your sperm count? I know I have, but not enough to go to a doctor's office and subject myself to an awkward and expensive test. But for a $30 at-home test? I'm in. » 2/21/12 11:00am 2/21/12 11:00am

Protect Your Testicles From Technology, Your Future Children Will Thank…

If you dream of spawning a mini me or three one of these days, you might consider keeping that laptop off your lap and curbing your cell phone use just a touch. » 11/29/11 4:20pm 11/29/11 4:20pm

DuoFertility Patch Measures Ovulation Timing, No Pee Samples Needed

Finding out when you're ovulating (assuming, you're among the Giz readership with ovaries, and trying to have a baby) may be a lot easier thanks to this upcoming DuoFertility device. Designed by Cambridge Temperature Concepts, a spin-off by Cambridge University PhD students, it consists of a small stick-on patch… » 6/09/08 7:44am 6/09/08 7:44am

Test-Tube Babies Start Inside Mom, Thanks to Anecova Silicon Womb

Human trials are about to begin on a new device that goes inside a woman's body for up to four days, holding fresh IVF embryos in place like an artificial fallopian tube. Developed by Swiss company Anecova, the 5mm-long "silicon womb" is pierced with hundreds of 40-micron holes, the better to expose the embryos to the… » 2/27/08 12:45pm 2/27/08 12:45pm

Samsung Files Patent for Safe (ie Non-Baby) Sex Cell Phone

A cell phone that lets lay-deez know if they're running a higher-than-normal chance of getting pregnant is the latest idea from Samsung. The Korean electronics giant has filed a patent with the US Patent & Trademark Office for a "portable device for user's basal body temperature (BBT) and method for operating the… » 8/16/07 12:30pm 8/16/07 12:30pm

Mitsubishi D702iF Cellphone Tracks Fertility Cycle

This is the Mitsubishi D702iF cellphone for NTT DoCoMo. It is a pretty average clamshell phone, but it does include one unique feature. A menstrual cycle monitor. The phone will keep track of lady's biological rhythm (or menstrual cycle) to help her get pregnant by informing of the optimal conception time. Screw the… » 10/06/06 1:00pm 10/06/06 1:00pm

Ovarian Test: False Hope for Aging Ladies?

Here's something that will put you off your omelet. A UK firm called Lifestyle Choices has started selling a fertility test called Plan Ahead which purports to tell women approximately how many eggs they have left in their ovaries. Though it won't provide you with an exact number, it measures 3 different hormones to… » 2/07/06 2:00pm 2/07/06 2:00pm