Victorian mores influenced ideas not just about men and women but animals too.
Joseph Christian Leyendecker
Victorian attitudes influenced what scientists thought they were observing about sexual behaviors in the animal world. But modern techniques reveal the myth for what it is.
Sex is a form of biological communication, and women use it to make decisions on whether to invest in a pregnancy.
Health benefits come with regular sexual contact with the same male partner before pregnancy commences.
Pocket your phone without worry.
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Did your holiday gift list include radiation-shielding undies to protect your privates from cellphone radio waves? A radiation expert explains they're unnecessary – your phone won't affect your fertility.
Most men don’t know the normal size of testes.
Men with Klinefelter’s syndrome are infertile, as the extra X chromosome affects the ability to produce sperm.
Sexual competition has made sperm the most diverse - and fascinating - cells in the animal kingdom.
Understanding how evolution affects behaviour can help address societal problems.
Evolution also does not claim humans evolved from primates. Neither does it say non-human primates, including monkeys, baboons, chimpanzees and gorillas, will evolve into humans with time.
Should parents be allowed to select the sex of their child through IVF when there’s no compelling medical reason to do so?
The National Health and Medical Research Council call for public submissions on whether sex selection should be allowed without a medical reason recognises changing social attitudes.
Thanks to IVF and donor conception, infertile couples, single women and lesbian couples now have a better chance at starting families. But how does it all work? Ask the experts here.
Sometimes the audience can be a font of illuminating questions.
I sometimes forget that people can feel embarrassed listening to me talk about my research on sperm. But often those same people can also be a source of amazement and inspiration.
If proposed Victorian laws are enacted, they will be a world-first for donor-conception.
Historically, donors were told it was best they were anonymous, while recipients were told it was best not to tell their child.
Humanity on ice.
Freezing young men's sperm might remove worries about them fathering children in later life, but do we really want the state routinely meddling in conception?
‘I did it, darling!’
Fertility, as with contraception, is seen as a woman's issue, but the science shows this needs to change.
“Mummy says you should have gotten a move on.”
Calls to freeze every 18-year-old's sperm might be drastic but men need to realise it's a myth that there's no limit to their fertility.
Gird your loins.
Recent research into the health effects of the plastic-making chemicals phthalates has reignited concerns about low sperm counts. But the evidence is far from conclusive.
When cells divide, sometimes chromosomes don’t wind up where they need to go.
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Aneuploidy – when a cell has an irregular number of chromosomes – is a major cause of pregnancy loss. Scientists may have uncovered a gene that increases the risk of aneuploidy.
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Obese fathers increase the risks, through their sperm, of their children and grandchildren inheriting their health conditions…