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The baby-making process seems straight forward in theory: have sex, get pregnant (thanks, 8th grade health class!). Unfortunately, in reality, human reproduction is a much more complicated and unpredictable process. On average a healthy woman only has a 30 percent chance of getting pregnant each month. And globally speaking, 25 percent of those known pregnancies end in miscarriage. Given these statistics, it’s no wonder it’s called the miracle of life.

But it’s 2019 and technology has a way of pushing the boundaries of human limitations. From womb transplants to 3-parent-babies, science is making parenthood possible for people who can’t get there the old fashioned way. Come along with Freethink as we meet the people pushing the boundaries of human fertility treatments. We’ll look at how these technological advancements are changing our definition of what it means to be a family and to be human.

Go Deeper: Articles on the Future of Fertility

Opinion
A Molecular Biologist Discusses the Morality of Genetic Engineering
A Molecular Biologist Discusses the Morality of Gene Editing
Opinion
A Molecular Biologist Discusses the Morality of Genetic Engineering
Molecular biologist Daisy Robinton speaks out on our moral imperative to solve some of humanity's greatest health threats.
By Daisy Robinton, Ph.D.
December 5, 2019

Molecular biologist Daisy Robinton speaks out on our moral imperative to solve some of humanity's greatest health threats.

Future of Fertility
Breaking the Taboo of Male Infertility
Breaking the Taboo of Male Infertility
Future of Fertility
Breaking the Taboo of Male Infertility
Male infertility contributes to up to half of infertility cases. Why is it so hard to talk about?
December 11, 2019

Male infertility contributes to up to half of infertility cases. Why is it so hard to talk about?

Future of Fertility
Why Don’t Women’s Health Companies Get Adequate Funding?
women's health
Future of Fertility
Why Don’t Women’s Health Companies Get Adequate Funding?
Celmatix Founder and CEO Piraye Beim gives an inside look into the battle to secure funding for women's health.
By Julia Sklar
December 10, 2019

Celmatix Founder and CEO Piraye Beim gives an inside look into the battle to secure funding for women's health.

Future of Fertility
For Childhood Cancer Survivors, Adult Fertility Isn’t a Given
For Childhood Cancer Survivors, Adult Fertility Isn’t a Given
Future of Fertility
For Childhood Cancer Survivors, Adult Fertility Isn’t a Given
Experimental procedures offer beta solutions for girls, and more time to figure it out for boys.
By Julia Sklar
December 8, 2019

Experimental procedures offer beta solutions for girls, and more time to figure it out for boys.

Wrong
Beware the Frankenbabies!
Beware the Frankenbabies!
Watch Now
Wrong
Beware the Frankenbabies!
Frightening predictions almost stopped the invention that has helped millions of families.
Watch Now
April 3, 2017

As scientists began to develop in-vitro fertilization in the ‘70s for parents struggling to have a baby, experts and media piled on with frightening predictions that almost stopped the invention that has helped millions of families today dead in its track.

Dispatches
The Cause (and Possible Cure) for Most Infertility
The Cause (and Possible Cure) for Most Infertility
Dispatches
The Cause (and Possible Cure) for Most Infertility
Fertility medicine may be on the edge of a breakthrough.
May 16, 2018

Fertility medicine may be on the edge of a breakthrough.

Future of Medicine
THC Could Help Women With Endometriosis
thc for endometriosis
Future of Medicine
THC Could Help Women With Endometriosis
Hundreds of thousands of women suffer with endometriosis, a disorder that causes painful tissue growth outside of the uterus. Pending clinical trials around THC may finally spell relief.
By Sarah Wells
January 23, 2020

Hundreds of thousands of women suffer with endometriosis, a disorder that causes painful tissue growth outside of the uterus. Pending clinical trials around THC may finally spell relief.

Fertility
Cancer Survivor Gives Birth Thanks to a New Fertility Procedure
Cancer Survivor Gives Birth Thanks to a New Fertility Procedure
Fertility
Cancer Survivor Gives Birth Thanks to a New Fertility Procedure
A French cancer survivor is the first person to give birth via a fertility treatment that involves freezing and thawing eggs that underwent in vitro maturation.
February 25, 2020

A French cancer survivor is the first person to give birth via a fertility treatment that involves freezing and thawing eggs that underwent in vitro maturation.