Fertility

Environmental factors facing women's health

Environmental factors have been strongly linked to women's ability to conceive and have a healthy pregnancy...

The right to establish a family

" I am so happy I made this choice and I was given the opportunity to preserve my fertility. I have been able to become a mum."...

Preserving male fertility

Male fertility may be impaired in terms of sperm quality and quantity, as well as erectile and ejaculation dysfunctions, by specific types of chemotherapy, radiotherapy or surgery.

Preserving female fertility

There are techniques that give a reasonable chance to protect women’s fertility following chemotherapy or radiotherapy...

Vitamin D deficiency 'may increase risk of miscarriage'

Women who have experienced a previous pregnancy loss may be at a greater risk of miscarrying again if they do not consume enough vitamin D. This is according to a new study from the US National Institutes of Health, which has emphasised the importance of maintaining healthy levels of vitamin D...

Researchers discover potential PCOS cause

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) may be due to a hormonal imbalance before birth, according to new research. The study, carried out by the French National Institute of Health and Medical Research (Inserm), found that the syndrome may be caused by excess exposure in the womb to a hormone called anti...

Fast food consumption linked to fertility problems

Women who eat more junk food and not enough fruit are less likely to be able to conceive easily, a new study has found. Published in the journal Human Reproduction, the study found that women who ate fast food four or more times a week took nearly a month longer to get pregnant than those who...

Synthetic embryos may offer new hope for infertile women

A new medical breakthrough in the Netherlands has seen 'synthetic' embryos created using non-reproductive cells. The development, which may offer renewed hope for women suffering from fertility problems, was outlined in Nature Journal. Researchers at the Merlin Institute of Maastricht...

New baby syndrome screening test is non-invasive, safer and more accurate

A new method of Down’s syndrome screening will be available on the NHS from Monday (April 30th). The non-invasive blood test is said to be safer and more accurate than existing screenings for Down's, Edward's and Patau's syndromes. It will be initially offered to pregnant women in...

Inducing labour at 39 weeks lowers likelihood of c-section and other risks

Inducing first-time mothers at 39 weeks lowers the risk of cesarean delivery and other serious complications, compared to those induced after 41 weeks, a new study claims. Using data collected by the National Institute of Health on 100,000 patients, researchers at the University of South Florida...