I suppose everyone remembers their first time. I certainly do. I put on some mood music, dimmed the lights and proceeded to romance myself. Eager to please the laboratory (and myself), I marshaled my forces to climax, and then promptly fumbled the collection. Most of my contribution missed the container.
Thankfully, if science has it's way, men may soon have their own version of a birth control pill. Hooray! Researchers at the University of Iowa have identified a gene—CATSPER 1—that is needed in order for fertilization to occur. CATSPER 1 affects the sperm's ability to maneuver it's way into the egg. When the gene is absent, sperm just sort of bump into one another but never seal the deal. Scientists figured this out after studying groups of men in Iran who were infertile. Researchers are now hard at work trying to dream up a way to mass produce an FDA-approved contraception that binds to the CATSPER 1 gene, thus making babies impossible. Right now, the team is apprehensive that the contraceptive may not be "effective, safe and reversible."
It is said that women who play the Aboriginal didgeridoo are said to go barren. This could be bad news for Nicole Kidman as she played the wooden instrument while promoting Australia on German TV. Not good. We'll see if even the fertility waters of Kununurra can salvage this womb.
She's been an TV show host, an infomercial pitch-gal, a Playmate, and an internet icon. But now Cindy Margolis wants to be known as a spokeswoman for infertility. She has written a new book with the focus on her problems conceiving and how these pitfalls can be avoided.
A recent study came out showing that women with a Body Mass Index above 29 or in the obese range have problems becoming pregnant. Many scientists have a problem with BMI but this thing appears to have some strong correlation. Another reason to lose a little weight or another thing to feel badly about?