Infertility

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...

Western sperm counts drop 60%

A new study into men's health has found that sperm counts have dropped by nearly 60 per cent in just under 40 years. The analysis blames this on 'modern life', saying that habits like smoking and eating a bad diet are having a significant impact on fertility chances. Published in the...

Multiple IVF cycles improve fertility chances

A new study has shown that having more than one round of IVF can increase the chances of a couple having a baby. The research, published in the Medical Journal of Australia, analysed more than 56,000 women from Australia and New Zealand who underwent fertility treatment. It found that a third had a...

Shortage of suitable men causing spike in fertility-preservation treatment

A new study has revealed that more women are looking to preserve their eggs because they haven't found the right man to start a family with. The research, conducted by Yale University, US, found that “terrifying” demographic shifts have created a large deficit between the number of...

Japanese fertility crisis affecting retirement age

New figures reveal that many Japanese businesses are having to adjust their retirement ages to cope with the country's fertility crisis. Most companies require people to stop work at 60, with the option to go on for a further five years at reduced pay. This is a key part of Japan's 'job...

Ovarian tissue freezing could be the new fertility treatment

Many women consider freezing their eggs to increase their chances of getting pregnant, but a new study suggests another option could be about to become more prominent. The research found that more than a third of women who freeze their ovarian tissue could go on to have children. Completed as an...

Couples being driven abroad for IVF

Many couples are being forced to go overseas to have IVF treatment, as NHS cutbacks make it more unlikely they will be able to get the support where they live. A report from Fertility Clinics Abroad found that restrictions in British healthcare are leading to a boom in "fertility tourism...

Women with severe period pain could be at risk of fertility problems

A new study has shown that women who struggle with severe period pain could experience fertility problems, the New Scientist reports. Females who have bad pain could be suffering from endometriosis, a condition that can be hard to diagnose. It's estimated that around one in every ten women have...

Millennials waiting to have children contributing to fertility crisis

Millennials who are choosing to have children later in life are contributing to a looming "fertility crisis". This is according to Clare Tomkins, founder and CEO of startup Future Family, who told Business Insider that this delay could make starting a family more risky and expensive. The...

Acupuncture ‘ineffective at treating infertility in women with PCOS’

Acupuncture, either on its own or combined with the medication clomiphene, does not appear to be effective in treating infertility in women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), according to a new international study. The finding has cast doubt on previous smaller trials that have suggested...