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Reproductive Technologies, New

  • By: Shirley Shalev
  • In: Encyclopedia of Health Communication
  • Edited by: Teresa L. Thompson
  • Subject:Public Health Education & Health Promotion, Health Psychology, Health Communication

Scientific advances in reproductive medicine have given hope to many individuals and couples around the world, as new reproductive technologies have considerably expanded reproductive options for women and men of reproductive age who are unable to conceive naturally. The American Society for Reproductive Medicine generally refers to these technologies, also known as assisted reproductive technologies, as all fertility treatments that involve the handling of eggs and/or embryos. The extensive use of such technologies is highly associated with the power of mass communication to advance public understanding of reproductive science, as it has increasingly become a primary source of information for the general public on health-related issues.

Infertility is known to affect millions of women and men of reproductive age worldwide and is widely regarded as ...

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