Fertility

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...

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...

Acupuncture ‘ineffective at treating infertility in women with PCOS’

Acupuncture, either on its own or combined with the medication clomiphene, does not appear to be effective in treating infertility in women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), according to a new international study. The finding has cast doubt on previous smaller trials that have suggested...

Stillbirth rate in UK falls between 2013 and 2015

The stillbirth rate in the UK fell by almost eight per cent between 2013 and 2015, according to new research. The MBRRACE-UK report found that in 2015 the stillbirth rate was 3.87 per 1,000 total births. This had fallen from 4.20 per 1,000 total births in 2013. However, the report also found that...

Uterine fibroid embolisation ‘can help restore fertility’

A minimally invasive treatment could help restore fertility in women with uterine fibroids, according to a new study. Published in the journal Radiology, the research was conducted by Dr João Martins Pisco, from the Department of Interventional Radiology at Saint Louis Hospital in Lisbon,...

Common periodontal pathogen ‘may hinder conception’

A common periodontal pathogen may delay conception in women, according to a study conducted by the University of Helsinki, Finland. Previous studies have shown that periodontal diseases may be a risk for general health, but no data on the specific influence of periodontal bacteria on conception or...

World Health Assembly opening calls for reduced inequality

The 17th World Health Assembly opened in Geneva this week (22nd May), with director-general Dr Margaret Chan calling for health inequalities to be reduced. Dr Chan explained that the World Health Organization (WHO) “stands for fairness” and called for countries to work on their...

Pulse rate could help identify start of fertility windows, study shows

A woman’s pulse rate could help to work out the beginning of a fertility window, a new study has indicated. Research from Ava, a medical technology business focused on innovations in female reproductive health, discovered a substantial rise in resting pulse rate at the start of the fertile...

Common antibiotics linked to miscarriage risk

A number of antibiotics have been linked to an increased risk of miscarriage in early pregnancy, according to a new study. Conducted by the Université de Montréal, Canada, the research pointed to the commonly used medications macrolides, quinolones, tetracyclines, sulfonamides and...