A police officer's widow gave birth to his daughter this week, three years after he was killed in the line of duty. Here's the procedure doctors used to conceive his child. In fact, the first documented posthumous sperm retrieval PSR was reported inand the first baby conceived as the result of PSR was born in
T he child would be born to a father who was dead before his sperm fused with an egg. In the case in question, a New York judge earlier this month ordered a medical center to save the sperm of Peter Zhu, a year-old cadet at West Point Military Academy who died after a ski accident. Regardless of the circumstances, appeals to preserve the sperm of a young man who has died can expose a divide between families and the medical community, according to experts and parents who previously obtained court orders.
Uterus transplants are now a reality, even if the first one failed last month due to complications. But what about when the medical issue standing in the way of conception is death? In Mosaic yesterday, Jenny Morber detailed the legally and ethically fraught practice of harvesting sperm from men who are already deceased typically within 36 hours after death, though a handful of cases have had a longer window.
In Singapore, in about 15 per cent of couples, the woman cannot get pregnant after a year of regular, unprotected sex. Men have their issues, too. Worldwide, sperm counts have been dropping steadily in the last 50 years. In fact, 10 to 20 per cent of all men have a sperm count below the WHO cut-off level for male fertility.
Back to Men's health. It may seem obvious, but you need to have regular sex two or three times a week if you want to become a dad. Having sex around the time your partner ovulates when an egg is released from the ovary will increase your chances of conceiving.
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Jermimah Moylan lost her husband Sebastian when the year-old took his own life last week but she still intends to have his child. On the night of Sebastian's death on Wednesday August 14, the year-old widow appealed to a court to have sperm removed from her husband's body. And the following day, a doctor from the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital performed the surgery to extract the sperm.
Men are doomed. Everybody knows this. We're obviously all doomed, the women too, everybody in general, just a waiting game until one or another of the stupid things our stupid species is up to finally gets us.
Getting to grips with the numbers behind the man's part of the reproductive system. Although I'm a biologist, I rarely think much about what the cloudy white stuff contains, but in fact semen is far more complex than my endearing childhood image of mini tadpoles swimming around in thin wallpaper paste. There are many features of human semen that are very familiar to most people, but their importance isn't appreciated.