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Infertility and Assisted Reproduction Technology.

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Reproduction Assisted Reproductive Technology Ramius What is Infertility? They consider a couple to be infertile if; A woman under 35 fails to become pregnant after 12 months of regular unprotected sex, A woman whose age is over 35, the threshold is six months instead of 12 to become pregnant after regular unprotected sex. (Declining egg quality of females over the age of 35), the female is incapable of carrying a pregnancy to term.1 The chance of a fertile couple conceiving each month is only 25% after having regular coitus.2 Causes of Infertility Female The majority of infertile couples are actually sub fertile, this is when eggs and sperm are produced but have difficulty conceiving due to disorders such as hormone imbalances and problems of the reproductive tract (discussed below). Causes of total infertility are when no eggs or sperm are produced but this is very rare. 3Females account for 35-40 per cent of all fertility problems. The most common condition where a female cannot become pregnant is called Endometriosis. This condition occurs when the endometrial tissue (the uterine lining that sheds with each monthly period) grows outside the uterus. ...read more.


Sperm quality is often impaired. Without sperm, egg fertilization and implantation cannot take place. Exposing Testes to High Temperatures Exposing the testes to high temperatures can affect the ability of the sperm to move and fertilize an egg. For instance, men with cryptorchism have testicles that do not descent into the scrotum. That means the testes are still inside the body cavity, which has a higher temperature than the external scrotum. Tight underwear can also increase the temperature in the scrotum as they are pulled closer to the body. Blocked Sperm Ducts Blocked sperm ducts are also to blame for male infertility. A small number of men have vas deferens or sperm ducts that are blocked or damaged. This prevents the sperm from reaching the partner's egg. Blocked sperm ducts can be a result of an infection such as mumps, injury to the testicles, congenital defects or a vasectomy. Types of Assisted Reproductive Technology IVF IVF is used to treat infertility that arises from blockages of the fallopian tubes, endometriosis, abnormal sperm, and some cases of unexplained infertility. ...read more.


Some studies showed that single heterosexual parents' children have more difficulties than children who have parents of the same sex," Ellen C. Perrin9, says. "They did better in discipline, self-esteem, and had less psychosocial difficulties at home and at school. 10 With this information on the table I see no reason why we, Australia, should outlaw same-sex marriage, in the midst of all this the positive results of same-sex parenting gives equal and even better results than heterosexual parenting. Some couples have been reported of actually flying or travelling to countries which allow A.R.T to become pregnant because their countries believes it is wrong to allow A.R.T. Throughout this report, it has described the positive aspects of Assisted Reproductive Technology but also the negative side. Although many people acknowledge the dangers of A.R.T, they still proceed to take the risk and try and become pregnant. Types and causes of infertility have also been reviewed to further enlighten the facts of infertility. 1 http://www.news-medical.net/health/Infertility-What-is-Infertility.aspx 2 http://www.abc.net.au/health/library/stories/2007/05/30/1919840.htm 3 http://www.abc.net.au/health/library/stories/2007/05/30/1919840.htm 4 http://www.babycenter.com.au/preconception/suspectingaproblem/majorcauses/ 5 http://www.apparatuschallenge.com/topic/infertility+in+men.php 6 http://www.umm.edu/patiented/articles/how_does_male_reproductive_system_work_000067_2.htm 7 http://www.theage.com.au/articles/2003/02/07/1044579934913.html 8 http://www.ucsfhealth.org/adult/medical_services/womens_health/fertility/fertilityICSI.html 9 MD, Professor of Pediatrics at Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston 10 http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2005/10/12/health/webmd/main938234.shtml ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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Lacks an introduction to tie in infertility with ways to tackle the problem.
You gave the criteria that your sources consider to be infertile, but you didn't explain what infertility actually is "Infertility is the biological inability of ...

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Lacks an introduction to tie in infertility with ways to tackle the problem.
You gave the criteria that your sources consider to be infertile, but you didn't explain what infertility actually is "Infertility is the biological inability of a person to contribute to conception"
You gave a good range of causes for infertility both in men and women, and I like the way you had headings for the male section. Putting the female section into headings and expanding them to the level of the 'male' section would give the presentation more consistency.
You can probably summarise the method for IVF in a line or two. You mentioned their uses, but in biology, we are more interested in the mechanism, like you did with ICSI and GIFT

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