Infertility

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...

Zinc deficiency 'has detrimental impact on fertility'

A lack of zinc could be a common cause of infertility, according to new research from Pennsylvania State University in the US. In research to be presented to the American Physiological Society's annual meeting in San Diego, the researchers will outline their findings that a lack of zinc in the...

Prenatal cannabis usage more likely to result in low birth weight

Women who use cannabis during pregnancy increase the chance of their baby having a low birth weight by 50 per cent, new research suggests. Prenatal cannabis usage also set the stage for serious future health problems including infection and increased time spent in neonatal intensive care units,...

Pregnant mothers should avoid sugar and diet soda, study warns

Mothers-to-be who consume more fruits and avoid sugar during pregnancy stand to benefit their child’s cognitive functions, new research suggests. A study, based on dietary assessment data for more than 1,000 pregnant women from 1999 to 2002, found that poorer childhood cognition occurred,...

Brain connectivity in-utero is affected by prenatal stress

Stress experienced by a pregnant woman has an effect on the neural connectivity of her unborn child’s brain, a study using in-utero foetal brain scans has shown. The research was carried out at Wayne State University in the US and bears out some of the perceptions scientists have had in the...

Population decline on the horizon in Europe as fertility rates stay below replenishment level

The highest fertility rates in the EU can be found in France and Sweden, but even in these countries they are somewhat short of the replenishment level. That means that without migration, modern society would go into decline in Europe, according to data set out by the bloc’s official...

IVF treatment ‘safer and more successful than ever’

In vitro fertilisation (IVF) treatment is 85 per cent more likely to succeed than it was in 1991, and the number of cycles being carried out in a single year in the UK has increased tenfold in that time. This is according to new research published by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority...

Adolescents 'want to know more about fertility'

Teenagers do not know enough about fertility but would be eager to learn more, an expert has stated. According to Professor Adam Balen, chair of the British Fertility Society's Fertility Education Initiative, sex education has typically focused on avoiding sexually transmitted infections and...