Getting the COVID vaccine while pregnant; Egg freezing over age 36; And could babies get cancer during birth?

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

  • Getting the COVID vaccine while pregnant

  • The British not-for-profit fertility clinic

  • Age 36 as the threshold for better or worse egg freezing outcomes

  • Research finds sons born to overweight mothers 40% more likely to be infertile

  • Could babies get cancer from their mothers during birth? 

What’s New

A leading British reproductive health charity has announced plans to open London’s first not-for-profit fertility clinic. The British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BAPS) is setting up a non-profit fertility clinic to address fertility inequality. The clinic will open in 2021 for egg collection and embryo transfers.

A new Maryland law requires health insurance companies to cover the cost of IVF for people who are not married in the same way as for those who are married. To qualify, patients must first have had three attempts of artificial insemination in one year or infertility related to issues including endometriosis or the removal of one or both fallopian tubes. The law also makes it easier for people to qualify for IVF benefits by reducing the length of time they must be considered involuntarily infertile from two years to one.

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists has advised physicians to allow pregnant and lactating people in priority vaccination groups the chance to get a COVID-19 vaccination, as has the CDC. Updated guidance from the UK’s Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) also states that people who are pregnant or breastfeeding should be offered vaccination.

California is considering whether to list some of the world’s most widely used insecticides under Proposition 65 based on the damaging effects they have on the brain and sperm.

From The Experts

From The Patients

  • My fertility treatment failed three times in 2020 and I discovered how to live with uncertainty. Lynn Enright / The Guardian

  • “Being alone was the hardest part”: How couples are struggling to grow their families through IVF amid Covid-19. Rosie Colosi / NBC News

  • Why are we still afraid to talk about menopause? Arlene Harris / The Irish Times

  • Why everyone's searching for fertility “crystals”. Becky Freeth / Glamour

  • Have you seen the price of sperm? It's time to democratise fertility treatment. Arwa Mahdani / The Guardian

Science & Ethics

  • A large Canadian study of nearly 600,000 pregnancies has found that state-funded fertility treatments are linked to a lower risk of adverse neonatal outcomes for mother and baby, with a reduced chance of negative events (preterm birth, preeclampsia). ESHRE

  • Reducing obesity in pregnancy could help to preserve baby boys’ fertility later in life. A recent study found that sons born to overweight mothers were 40% more likely to be diagnosed with infertility during adulthood than sons of mothers with normal-range weight. Linn H. Arendt et al / Acta Obstet Gynecol Scand.

  • Could babies get cancer from their mothers during birth? Two children whose mothers had undetected cervical cancer at delivery went on to develop lung cancer in early childhood, most likely resulting from mother-to-infant transmission of uterine cervical tumor cells, according to the National Cancer Center in Tokyo. Amanda D’Ambrosio / MedPageToday

    Thought for the day

“Hope smiles from the threshold of the year to come, whispering 'it will be happier'...”
― Alfred Lord Tennyson

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