Infertility

Eating disorder treatment 'needs more nuanced advice on fertility'

"More nuanced" information regarding fertility and reproductive health is required for women who are receiving treatment for eating disorders (EDs), according to research from the University of East Anglia (UEA), UK. Published in the Sociology of Health & Illness journal, the study...

Study identifies hormone that could help early pregnancy

Scientists at the University of Edinburgh, UK, have identified a hormone that could support early pregnancy by preparing the womb lining for implantation by a fertilised egg. The study, which was funded by the Medical Research Council (MRC) and published in the journal Fertility and Sterility,...

Postnatal depression lasts a lifetime, and well into grandparenthood

The effects of postnatal depression (PND) on the relationship between a mother and her child can continue into later life and affect multi-generational relationships, new research claims. A paper - written by the University of Kent, UK, and published in the open-access journal PeerJ - found that...

More intervention 'will worsen fertility'

Levels of fertility will get worse rather than better with the use of artificial techniques such as IVF and egg-freezing, according to health and fertility expert Emma Cannon. In an interview published in Get The Gloss magazine and reproduced in the Daily Mail, Ms Cannon said of fertility: "I...

Soft drinks 'can harm fertility'

Women who want to get pregnant may find their prospects are greatly enhanced by giving up fizzy drinks. Millions of people might enjoy a can of cola or a soft drink, often as an alternative to something alcoholic in the pub when on lunch or driving. But a study by researchers at Boston University...

Asthmatic women using inhalers 'may struggle to conceive'

Inhalers that provide short-term relief from the symptoms of asthma may have a deleterious effect on the ability of women to conceive, a new survey has found. A study by researchers at the University of Adelaide involving 5,600 women expecting their first baby in Australia, New Zealand and the...

Ibuprofen 'a threat to fertility of baby girls' in early pregnancy

Pregnant women could be unwittingly damaging the future fertility of their unborn daughters if they take Ibuprofen in the early weeks of gestation, a new study has indicated. Researchers at the University of Edinburgh, along with colleagues from France and Denmark, have carried out studies on the...

Fresh and frozen embryos ‘offer similar success rates in IVF’

For women undergoing in vitro fertilisation (IVF), using either fresh or frozen embryos will deliver similar success rates for most, according to an international team of researchers. Researchers compared the live birth rates of IVF procedures among women who were struggling with infertility but...

Paracetamol during pregnancy may reduce daughters’ fertility

Taking paracetamol during pregnancy may impair the future fertility of female offspring, according to a review by researchers at Copenhagen University Hospital, Denmark. The new review looks at three separate rodent studies that all reveal altered development in the reproductive systems of female...

Slightly underactive thyroid ‘could affect fertility’

A slightly underactive thyroid may affect a woman’s ability to become pregnant, even when the gland is functioning at the low end of the normal range. This is according to new research led by Massachusetts General Hospital, US. The study found that women with unexplained infertility were...