Infertility

Stillbirth rate in UK falls between 2013 and 2015

The stillbirth rate in the UK fell by almost eight per cent between 2013 and 2015, according to new research. The MBRRACE-UK report found that in 2015 the stillbirth rate was 3.87 per 1,000 total births. This had fallen from 4.20 per 1,000 total births in 2013. However, the report also found that...

Uterine fibroid embolisation ‘can help restore fertility’

A minimally invasive treatment could help restore fertility in women with uterine fibroids, according to a new study. Published in the journal Radiology, the research was conducted by Dr João Martins Pisco, from the Department of Interventional Radiology at Saint Louis Hospital in Lisbon,...

Common periodontal pathogen ‘may hinder conception’

A common periodontal pathogen may delay conception in women, according to a study conducted by the University of Helsinki, Finland. Previous studies have shown that periodontal diseases may be a risk for general health, but no data on the specific influence of periodontal bacteria on conception or...

World Health Assembly opening calls for reduced inequality

The 17th World Health Assembly opened in Geneva this week (22nd May), with director-general Dr Margaret Chan calling for health inequalities to be reduced. Dr Chan explained that the World Health Organization (WHO) “stands for fairness” and called for countries to work on their...

Pulse rate could help identify start of fertility windows, study shows

A woman’s pulse rate could help to work out the beginning of a fertility window, a new study has indicated. Research from Ava, a medical technology business focused on innovations in female reproductive health, discovered a substantial rise in resting pulse rate at the start of the fertile...

Common antibiotics linked to miscarriage risk

A number of antibiotics have been linked to an increased risk of miscarriage in early pregnancy, according to a new study. Conducted by the Université de Montréal, Canada, the research pointed to the commonly used medications macrolides, quinolones, tetracyclines, sulfonamides and...

New genetic findings could aid fertility treatment

Genetic studies have found a molecular mechanism that is important when it comes to maintaining eggs in a dormant state and so ensure fertility is effective, reports Phys.Org. Researchers have found that mammalian egg cells, also called oocytes, are generated by female embryos. During development,...

Treating PCOS early could improve fertility

Treating polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) early could help to reduce the likelihood of a drop in fertility later on. New research has suggested that reducing the amount of abdominal visceral fat and liver fat down to normal levels among adolescent girls with PCOS could help restore ovulation and...

Scientists explain why women’s fertility falls with age

Researchers at the University of Montreal Hospital Research Center (CRCHUM), Canada, claim they have discovered a possible new explanation for female infertility . They have observed for the first time a specific defect in the eggs of older mice and have said that this defect may also be present in...

Fertility clinics selling 'ineffective' IVF add-ons

A fertility watchdog has warned that women paying for IVF treatment are being pressured to pay for additional products. The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority has said that clinics are selling unneeded add-ons, but it is unable to prevent this. Extra treatments being offered to women...