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# Reproduction

This year
Donnelly promises free IVF will be expanded to include donor materials as scheme opens today
It is estimated that 3,000 couples will use the scheme per year.
Last year
Publicly-funded IVF to begin in 2023 with 'regional fertility hubs' before that
The Department of Health had previously been reluctant to provide a timeline for services.
All time
People are more interested in sex around Christmas (according to their web searches)
The analysis shows that people are in a better mood around the holidays.
Texas politician hits out at abortion law with 'satirical' anti-masturbation law
Under Jessica Farrar’s proposal, men would be fined for masturbating.
Making babies without women's eggs has just moved a step closer
A baby mouse has been produced with a type of cell that’s not an egg.
'Women need to know the truth. Fertility takes a plunge after age 35'
Men as well as women need to be educated about reproductive responsibility. We need a nationwide education campaign on fertility awareness, writes Dr John Waterstone.
Conservative senator Jim Walsh resigns from Fianna Fáil parliamentary party
He does not agree with certain aspects of new family law.
Three-person babies could be born as early as next year
UK politicians have approved an IVF method that uses DNA from three donors.
Woman jailed for miscarrying her baby is released
16 other women remain in jail, accused of having abortions.
Opinion: Legislation is urgently needed following Supreme Court ruling on surrogacy
It is a fact of life that parents will enter into arrangements of whereby a third party bears their child – so we need legislation that deals directly with surrogacy.
Woman who received controversial womb transplant gives birth to baby boy
The procedure was somewhat controversial because the womb was taken from a live donor.
Junk in that trunk: The weight problem facing elephants
It’s not as funny as it sounds.
The UK has a "major" shortage... of sperm
The fall in donations could make procedures more invasive for women, it has been warned.
Doctors: Punishing parents using commercial surrogacy services won't benefit anyone
Proposals in new legislation to enforce penalties for this would likely be unenforceable anyway, they said.
Obesity linked to early onset of puberty in girls
Girls in the USA were found to be developing symptoms of puberty at an average age of 9.7 years.
Column: Let’s talk about sex – how to handle the dreaded talk with your teens
Your teen needs to be informed about sexual health and the importance of keeping themselves safe, writes Martina Newe.
Dolly the sheep cloner Keith Campbell dies at 58
The University of Nottingham says Keith Campbell – who rose to worldwide fame in 1997 – passed away last week.
Swedish women in world's first mother-to-daughter uterus transplants
Uterine transplants are a relatively novel medical procedure, with the first successful one conducted in Turkey in 2011.
Column: I was raped and wouldn’t have chosen abortion – but we need a choice
There are few certainties when it comes to abortion, which is why we need to start treating women like adults, writes Hazel Katherine Larkin.
Contraceptive use saves the lives of more than 250,000 women annually
Researchers say that increasing contraceptive use in developing countries has cut the number of maternal deaths by 40 per cent over the past 20 years.
Male pride: scientists report halt in decay of the Y chromosome
Over millions of years, the Y chromosome – which makes men… men – had begun to shrink, and risk total extinction.