Infertility

New research links dust to fertility problems

Chemicals found in household dust have been linked to fertility problems as well as cancer, according to new research. The chemicals originate from common products, such as cleaning products and electrical items. Amongst the chemicals highlighted by the new research, conducted by scientists at...

Moderate alcohol consumption does not affect fertility

Drinking moderate amounts of alcohol does not affect women’s ability to conceive, according to a new study. An international group of researchers studied the drinking habits of more than 6,100 Danish women between the ages of 21 and 45. It was established that drinking no more than two...

Fracking could pose threat to fertility

Researchers have linked the exposure to chemicals released during fracking to fertility problems in mice. Scientists at the University of Missouri, USA, believe that exposure to these chemicals could also pose a threat to human females. Susan C. Nagel, associate professor of obstetrics, gynecology...

Scarred ovaries may cause infertility, say researchers

Excessive scarring and inflammation in women’s ovaries may be responsible for women’s decreasing ability to produce healthy eggs as they become older, according to a new study conducted by the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University, USA. The study has shown that the...

No link between IVF and breast cancer, research claims

Women undergoing in vitro fertilisation (IVF) are not more susceptible to developing breast cancer, new research has suggested. A study conducted by the Netherlands Cancer Institute and published in the July 19th issue of JAMA, surveyed 19,158 women who started IVF treatment between 1983 and 1995,...

Herpes could lead to infertility, researchers warn

A new study has suggested that there may be a strong link between a specific strain of the herpes virus and unexplained infertility. Research published in the journal PLOS One suggests that the herpes strain HHV-6A infected the uterine lining in 43 per cent of the 30 women to participate in the...

UK women over 40 have higher fertility rate than those under 20 for first time since 1947

The fertility rate of women living in the UK aged 40 and above has surpassed that of women aged under 20 for the first time since 1947, according to figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS). The older age group saw the largest percentage increase in fertility rates in 2015, gaining 3.4...

Fertility apps could be offering bad advice, study warns

Women using apps and websites in order to gain information on when they are most likely to get pregnant could be receiving bad advice, a new study has warned. Researchers at Weill Cornell Medicine and New York Presbyterian Hospital, carried out tests on around 20 websites and 33 apps designed to...

Super-gonorrhoea spreading throughout UK

The sexually-transmitted infection (STI) super-gonorrhoea is spreading rapidly throughout the UK, according to a new report. Super-gonorrhoea is a strain of the STI that has become antibiotic-resistant over time, making it extremely difficult for doctors to treat, potentially affecting people's...

Embryo editing permission granted to UK scientists

The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) has ruled that a team of UK scientists will be allowed to edit embryos in a bid to gain an improved understanding of foetal development. A team from the Francis Crick Institute led by Dr Kathy Niakan will now be allowed to genetically modify...