Father against his will

An unusual lawsuit took place in Rome last week. A divorced Italian who accused his ex-wife in falsifying acts of civil status became the plaintiff.

Some time ago, a man, having referred to the register office for a certificate of marital status, suddenly discovered that he had a child, born by his ex-wife, with whom he had been divorced for over two years.

Being married, the couple had unsuccessfully been trying to conceive for quite a long time. The medical examination had revealed that both husband and wife were infertile, and they needed to use donor material to conceive. All their attempts to obtain permission for in vitro fertilization at home had failed due to strict Italian laws in this area.


British women are against late childbirth

An interesting survey regarding the attitude of women towards late motherhood took place in the UK. The study showed that the majority of respondents criticize those who become mothers after 40.

It’s interesting that, according to the results of the same survey, British women postpone having children much more often than women in other European countries. These data are confirmed by the statistics of childbirth, published by the British Information Centre of Health and Social Services, according to which in the last 5 years the number of women, giving birth after 40 has increased by 15%. 

According to the obtained data, 70% of women don’t approve the idea of having children after the age of 40. The main reason is the risk of leaving a child orphaned at an early age.


Israelis have invented a new method of fertility preservation for cancer patients

Unfortunately, such a terrible disease as cancer strikes more and more young women of child-bearing age.

Fortunately, today, thanks to the modern medicine, oncology is no longer a sentence, and yesterday's cancer patients have every chance to live a long and happy life. However, the drugs used in the treatment of cancer, can have side effects, and one of the most serious of them is infertility.

Until recently there was only one way to save women's fertility - cryopreservation of oocytes for subsequent in vitro fertilization procedure.

May 16, 2013 the results of a study, conducted by a group of Israeli doctors headed by Professor Dror Meirovym from the hospital "Sheba" and Professor Benjamin Sardani from Bar-Ilan University were published in the journal Science Translational Medicine. The scientists seem to have opened a new way to prevent infertility after the chemotherapy.


Surrogacy in Turkey is still a taboo

According to the web-site Antalyatoday, Turkish authorities, currently actively working on the chapters of the new Constitution, are going to include the articles on the prevention of early marriages and the right of children to participate in solving of family problems, the issue of family life privacy has also been raised.

In addition to these noble initiatives, the representatives of the four parties that took part in the discussion of the main law of the country, returned to the discussion of the problems of surrogacy and sperm donation and agreed on the points, in my opinion, much less "useful" for the society.


The doctors had to terminate the world's first pregnancy after the uterus transplantation

Some time ago I commented on the news that the Turkish doctors were preparing for IVF the first woman in the world, having successfully undergone a uterine transplantation. The IVF attempt was a success, and the pregnancy began. Unfortunately, this story had sad continuation – the doctors had to terminate the pregnancy because of the fetal death.

A unique operation of uterus transplantation had been made by the specialists from Akdeniz University Hospital in Antalya in August 2011. But the Turkish experts were not going to stop there and promised to do everything possible to make young Turkish woman Derya Sert experience the joy of motherhood. A survey showed that the patient's ovaries were functioning normally and, therefore, she could easily become a mother through IVF.