Fertility

Vitamin D ‘boosts pregnancy chances for women with PCOS’

Vitamin D may play a key role in helping some women seeking treatment for polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)-related infertility to get pregnant, according to new research led by the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, US. PCOS is a hormonal disorder affecting five to ten...

IVF linked to higher risk of spontaneous preterm birth

A new analysis of published studies has discovered an increased risk of roughly 80 per cent of a spontaneous preterm birth when women become pregnant via in vitro fertilization (IVF) than if they conceive spontaneously. The researchers, from the IRCCS San Raffaele Hospital, in Milan, Italy, said...

Infertility linked to higher risk of death in women

Women with a history of infertility have a ten per cent higher risk of death compared to those without, according to a new study from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, US. The research also showed that women with a history of infertility have a 20 per cent increased...

Freezing eggs ‘does not have to delay chemotherapy’

Women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer and want to freeze their eggs and embryos before tumour treatment causes infertility will be able to do so without delaying the start of necessary chemotherapy, a new study has suggested. Researchers from the University of California San Francisco,...

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...

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...

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...

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...