A drug to reverse menopause? South American abortion protests; And how cannabis impacts fertility.

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Here’s what we’re covering in today’s newsletter:

  • Could an injection reverse the menopause?

  • The South American abortion protests

  • Top hospital study finds fresh embryos beat frozen in IVF

  • Research shows cannabis may impair fertility

  • 33 and married: would you wait to conceive?

What’s New

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Argentina this week officially legalized abortion up to 14 weeks of pregnancy. The government estimates at least 3,000 women have died since the 1980s from half a million secret abortions. This move makes it one of just a handful of Latin American countries to allow abortion. Neighbouring country Chile also initiated its own debate, as women took to the streets of Santiago to demand the right to decide.

One in four gestational carrier - surrogacy - pregnancies in the USA do not meet the guidelines set by the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM). In a new study published in the journal Fertility and Sterility, researchers from the University of California also found non-adherence to the guidelines increased risk of miscarriage five fold.

The Financial Times reports that vaccine scepticism among medics is sparking alarm in Europe and US - with some health workers voicing reluctance to have the innoculation. Meanwhile, Northern Ireland’s Health Minister has told the government’s health committee that last week a group of anti-vax campaigners staged a protest outside a vaccination centre last week, reportedly targeting young female healthcare staff and telling them the Covid-19 jab would affect their fertility. Despite rumours circulating, there is absolutely no evidence that any of the approved vaccines are linked to infertility. WebMD explains why they are being falsely linked.

Period and fertility tracking app Flo has reached a settlement with regulators over allegations it shared users’ private health data with third party apps, including Facebook - which was first claimed in a Wall Street Journal report into apps’ data sharing activities.

From The Experts

  • 5 surprising facts about birth control from an expert nurse practitioner. ELANZA Wellness

  • “IVF baby” now grown up is on a mission to help other women become moms — with the doc who helped to conceive her by her side. Naledia Shange / Herald Live

  • How diabetes is associated with lower fertility. BioSpectrum

  • 5 therapist approved strategies that make healthier eating easier. Perri O. Blumberg / The Beet

  • OBGYN Dr. Shannon Clark shares her go-to product for curbing morning sickness (and it's $19 on Amazon). Murphy Moroney / Pop Sugar

From The Patients

  • Trying to conceive: “I made lifestyle changes and lost five stone for IVF.” Claudia Tanner / i news

  • Married woman, 33, reveals she’s thinking about delaying trying to conceive - but would you wait? LaToya Gayle / Mail Online

  • Data show more women are freezing their eggs during the pandemic, defying doctors’ expectations. Eliana Dockterman / TIME

  • How a lesbian couple used social media to find a free sperm donor. Julia Naftulin / Insider

  • “Doctors told me my ovaries were “dead” after cancer - I’m so glad I didn’t listen to them.” - Kimberley Bond / Tyla

Science & Ethics

  • A study suggest cannabis might impair a woman's fertility. Cara Murez / Health Day

  • Could an injection reverse the menopause? A Greek fertility clinic claim injecting platelet-rich-plasma (PRP) into the ovaries could do just that... Jessica Hamzelou / New Scientist

  • Fresh embryos beat frozen for IVF, suggests retrospective study from Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, one of America’s top hospitals. BWH

  • Menopause may cause forgetfulness and impaired attention, a new study reveals. Longjam Dineshwori / The Health Site

  • An Australian researcher and IVF clinician has called for women to donate unused frozen eggs. "Freezing eggs is an expensive process,” says Dr. Alex Polyakov. “So women who have frozen eggs but no longer require them, as they have completed their family or do not wish to use them in the future, could donate their eggs and be reimbursed for the egg freezing costs they had incurred.” University of Melbourne / MedicalXpress

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Thought for the day

“Some changes look negative on the surface but you will soon realize that space is being created in your life for something new to emerge.”

― Eckhart Tolle

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