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Cancer survivors have decreased fertility chances, study suggests

Women who have survived cancer are a third less likely to become pregnant than females who have never had any treatment. This is according to a study from a team at Edinburgh University, UK, which sheds some insight on the long-term impact the disease can have on fertility. It found that this...

Couples being driven abroad for IVF

Many couples are being forced to go overseas to have IVF treatment, as NHS cutbacks make it more unlikely they will be able to get the support where they live. A report from Fertility Clinics Abroad found that restrictions in British healthcare are leading to a boom in "fertility tourism...

Women with severe period pain could be at risk of fertility problems

A new study has shown that women who struggle with severe period pain could experience fertility problems, the New Scientist reports. Females who have bad pain could be suffering from endometriosis, a condition that can be hard to diagnose. It's estimated that around one in every ten women have...

Prime minister intervenes to stop potential FGM deportation

Prime minister Theresa May has prevented the deportation of a woman, after she claimed her daughter would face female genital mutilation (FGM) if they returned to Nigeria. Ms May intervened after the woman's local MP, Hannah Bardell of the Scottish National Party, highlighted the case in the...

Millennials waiting to have children contributing to fertility crisis

Millennials who are choosing to have children later in life are contributing to a looming "fertility crisis". This is according to Clare Tomkins, founder and CEO of startup Future Family, who told Business Insider that this delay could make starting a family more risky and expensive. The...

More than 5,000 new cases of FGM between 2016 and 2017

There were 5,391 newly recorded cases of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) reported in England from April 2016 to March 2017, according to the UK’s National Health Service (NHS). The FGM statistics, which have been published by NHS Digital, also revealed that there were a total of 9,179 in the...

Menstruation ‘does not affect cognitive ability’

A new study has shown that the menstrual cycle and levels of oestrogen, progesterone and testosterone in the system have no impact on a woman’s working memory, cognitive bias ability to pay attention to two things at once. The study, conducted by the Medical School Hannover, Germany, and...

Finnish mothers ‘carry gene variants protecting them from pre-eclampsia’

Some Finnish mothers carry rare gene variants that protect them from pre-eclampsia, also known as toxemia of pregnancy, according to a new study by the University of Helsinki, Finland, in co-operation with two research groups in the US. It is the first time that mothers' genotypes have been...

Perfect hand hygiene ‘can still lead to MRSA transmission in NICU babies’

Perfectly clean hands can still lead to transmission of MRSA among babies in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), according to research led by Drexel University, US. Dr Neal Goldstein, assistant research professor in the Dornsife School of Public Health, and his colleagues examined how a NICU...

Study: Banned chemicals pass through umbilical cord

Trace amounts of flame retardants, which have been banned in the US for more than a decade, are still being passed through umbilical cord blood from mothers to their babies, according to new research conducted by Indiana University. The researchers explained that the chemicals are linked to health...