Fertility

Asthma linked to increase in need for fertility treatment

Women with asthma are more likely to have fertility treatment before giving birth than non-asthmatic women, according to new research. The study, conducted by the Hvidovre Hospital, Denmark, examined 744 pregnant asthmatic women who gave birth between 2007 and 2013. Of these, 12 per cent had...

Existing drug ‘could curb infertility from cancer treatment’

An existing drug may soon be able to protect pre-menopausal women from infertility that is commonly caused by cancer treatments, according to research conducted by Cornell University, US. Women who are treated for cancer with radiation or certain chemotherapy drugs are commonly left infertile. The...

Pregnant British mums the ‘world’s worst’ for alcohol consumption

A recent study has found that pregnant British mums are one of the most likely in the world to consume alcohol, harming their unborn babies as a result. According to the Canadian Institute of Mental Health Policy and Research, children across the UK suffer four times more alcohol-related birth...

South Korea fertility rate falls

South Korea’s fertility rate dropped to a seven-year low in 2016, according to Statistics Korea. Last year, women in the country had an average 1.17 babies in their lifetimes, a 5.4 per cent fall from the previous year. The fall is thought to be because women are delaying marriage and having...

Flame retardants linked to reduced fertility

A new study has found that women with higher concentrations of a common type of flame retardant in their urine had a reduced likelihood of clinical pregnancy and live birth than those with lower concentrations. The research was carried out by the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health, US, and...

NHS access to IVF ‘being cut across England’

A UK charity has said the country’s National Health Service (NHS) is cutting down on in vitro fertilisation (IVF) in 13 areas in England in order to save money. Fertility Network UK has said the situation is getting worse in comparison to Scotland, where women can get three full cycles of IVF...

Western sperm counts drop 60%

A new study into men's health has found that sperm counts have dropped by nearly 60 per cent in just under 40 years. The analysis blames this on 'modern life', saying that habits like smoking and eating a bad diet are having a significant impact on fertility chances. Published in the...

Shortage of suitable men causing spike in fertility-preservation treatment

A new study has revealed that more women are looking to preserve their eggs because they haven't found the right man to start a family with. The research, conducted by Yale University, US, found that “terrifying” demographic shifts have created a large deficit between the number of...

Multiple IVF cycles improve fertility chances

A new study has shown that having more than one round of IVF can increase the chances of a couple having a baby. The research, published in the Medical Journal of Australia, analysed more than 56,000 women from Australia and New Zealand who underwent fertility treatment. It found that a third had a...

Japanese fertility crisis affecting retirement age

New figures reveal that many Japanese businesses are having to adjust their retirement ages to cope with the country's fertility crisis. Most companies require people to stop work at 60, with the option to go on for a further five years at reduced pay. This is a key part of Japan's 'job...