Family Planning

Pregnant women's diet affects gender of baby, research suggests

The types of food women eat during the early stages of pregnancy affect the gender of their child, according to new research. Those who eat a full breakfast and a high fat diet at the time of conception are more likely to have a boy, scientists at the University of Missouri, US, claim.

Early water break risk may be reduced by delaying pregnancy

Mothers whose water has broken prematurely have been advised that waiting at least 18 months before having their next child could reduce the risk of it happening again, according to new research.

Birth control promoted in Afghanistan to lower maternal mortality

Mullahs in Afghanistan are trying to prevent health and economic problems in the country by promoting birth control. It is hoped that by distributing birth control pills, maternal mortality rates will be lowered. Health experts have said that contraception is starting to be increasingly adopted in...

Teen pregnancy rates in the UK fall

Teen pregnancy rates in the UK fell by 3.9 per cent between 2007 and 2008, new data shows. Official figures from the Office for National Statistics show that 1,325 girls under 18 in England and Wales fell pregnant in 2008. The number of pregnancies among under-16s also fell over the period,...

Rise in pregnancies in sub-Saharan Africa linked to antiretroviral therapy

After beginning antiretroviral therapy, pregnancy rates in HIV-infected women increase, according to new research carried out in sub-Saharan Africa. The research was carried out as part of a multi-country HIV treatment programme and has been published in PLoS medicine.

Relationship advice 'limits risky experimentation'

Good relationship education has been shown to delay the point at which young people start having sex, it has been claimed. Rebecca Findlay, a spokesperson for the UK Family Planning Association, said advice is "really important" because it can help avoid risky experimentation...

'Ghana must have a coherent HIV/Aids strategy'

HIV and Aids initiatives in Ghana have taken a back seat as decentralisation of health policy approaches. Speaking at an Action Aid Ghana (AAG) meeting, Gilbert Nuuri-Teg, the upper-east regional focal person on HIV/Aids, was reported by the Ghana News Agency as saying that while awareness of the...

Zimbabwe 'failing on family planning services'

A lack of family planning and childbirth support services in Zimbabwe is threatening the lives of new and expectant mothers, it has been claimed. Health worker Clara Mabasa of Manesi-nood in Manhize, told AllAfrica.com that this shortage has led to a rise in unplanned pregnancies in the southern...

Young people 'need better sex and relationships advice'

Many young people are provided with inadequate education on sex and relationships, it has been claimed. According to Anna Martinez, co-ordinator of the UK Sex Education Forum, based at the National Children's Bureau, there is "a big gap" between the education young people need, and...

Governments 'should provide sex education for young people'

Sex education should be compulsory for all young people, according to one UK government body. A spokesperson for the Sex Education Forum claimed there is still a large gap between the relationship guidance that children and young people want and need, and what they actually get.