Fertility

New genetic findings could aid fertility treatment

Genetic studies have found a molecular mechanism that is important when it comes to maintaining eggs in a dormant state and so ensure fertility is effective, reports Phys.Org. Researchers have found that mammalian egg cells, also called oocytes, are generated by female embryos. During development,...

Treating PCOS early could improve fertility

Treating polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) early could help to reduce the likelihood of a drop in fertility later on. New research has suggested that reducing the amount of abdominal visceral fat and liver fat down to normal levels among adolescent girls with PCOS could help restore ovulation and...

Scientists explain why women’s fertility falls with age

Researchers at the University of Montreal Hospital Research Center (CRCHUM), Canada, claim they have discovered a possible new explanation for female infertility . They have observed for the first time a specific defect in the eggs of older mice and have said that this defect may also be present in...

Fertility clinics selling 'ineffective' IVF add-ons

A fertility watchdog has warned that women paying for IVF treatment are being pressured to pay for additional products. The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority has said that clinics are selling unneeded add-ons, but it is unable to prevent this. Extra treatments being offered to women...

Breakthrough procedure could lead to natural pregnancy for cancer survivors

Female cancer patients who have undergone chemotherapy could be able to have a natural pregnancy due to a new procedure. The New York Post reports that plans for a groundbreaking procedure that could be beneficial for millions of women have been submitted to the New York Health Department for...

First three-person baby licence granted

The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HEFA) has awarded the first licence to create babies from three people to a clinic in Newcastle, UK. According to staff at the Newcastle Fertility Centre, it was a “momentous day”. They said that the first baby born from this method will...

Early periods linked to gestational diabetes

The age at which girls start menstruation could raise their risk of diabetes during pregnancy in later life, according to a University of Queensland (UQ), Australia, study. UQ School of Public Health researchers said they analysed data from more than 4,700 women who took part in the Australian...

Listeria may be ‘serious miscarriage threat’

Listeria, a common food-borne bacterium, may pose a greater risk of miscarriage in the early stages of pregnancy than appreciated, according to researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine, US. Ted Golos, a UW-Madison reproductive physiologist and professor of...

Having five best friends ‘can boost women’s fertility’

New research has revealed that women who have a close-knit circle of five friends could boost their fertility. Professor Robin Dunbar, from Oxford University, UK, revealed that his research suggests that the stress of having to maintain too many friendships may have an effect on female hormones and...

Baby gender could affect pregnancy symptoms

The gender of their baby could have an impact on the symptoms women go through during pregnancy, a new study has suggested. Research from the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Centre looked at the immune responses of pregnant women, looking to see if different levels of immune markers (cytokines...