Fertility

IVF clinics' success rates ‘may be misleading’

According to a new study, success rates displayed on the majority of in vitro fertilisation (IVF) clinic websites are potentially misleading because these clinics can “cherry pick” their results. Jack Wilkinson, medical statistician at the University of Manchester, UK, said that a ban...

Blood pressure in mother may predict sex of baby

A new study has revealed that a woman’s blood pressure before pregnancy may be related to the sex of the baby she conceives. Scientists from the Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto, Canada, followed a unique group of young women who were intending to conceive in the near future and evaluated the...

Progesterone could be key to preventing recurrent miscarriage

A new study has revealed that progesterone could be key to preventing recurrent miscarriage. According to researchers at the Yale School of Medicine and University of Illinois at Chicago, US, progesterone could give hope to women who suffer multiple miscarriages in the first four to five weeks of...

European women having fewer children

A new report has revealed that women across Europe are having fewer children and that they are having them at later ages. The report, by France’s National Institute of Demographic Studies, has found that “fertility in Europe has reached low levels: women born in 1974 had 1.7 children on...

Cancer drug 'could hold the key to rejuvenated fertility'

A drug used to treat cancer could reportedly hold the key to rejuvenated fertility in women, after it was apparently found to 'revive' ovaries. Scientists at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, were looking at the effects of chemotherapy on ovarian tissue in a group of women aged between...

MRI scan during pregnancy ‘can improve detection of abnormalities’

An additional MRI scan during pregnancy could help to more accurately detect foetal abnormalities for parents whose 20-week ultrasound scan showed a potential problem, according to new research by scientists at the University of Sheffield, UK. The study involved 570 women whose mid-pregnancy...

IVF using three people’s DNA approved in UK

Fertility treatment creating babies with the DNA of three people has been approved in the UK. The advanced form of in vitro fertilisation (IVF) was developed to prevent babies being born with potentially deadly genetic diseases. These diseases are passed down from the mother, so scientists worked...

Cancer treatment ‘may cause women to grow new eggs’

A new study has discovered that women treated with a common chemotherapy drug combination have more young eggs in their ovaries following treatment. The study, led by the University of Edinburgh, UK, found that a common treatment for Hodgkin’s lymphoma - known as ABVD - appears to increase...

Study finds ‘add-on’ fertility treatments lack evidence

A new study has revealed that fertility treatments offered by clinics in addition to in vitro fertilisation (IVF) are not supported by high quality evidence. The study, commissioned by the BBC’s Panorama programme and undertaken by Oxford University’s Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine...

Artificial sweeteners ‘could reduce women’s fertility’

Artificial sweeteners - like those found in diet soft drinks - have been linked to reduced fertility in women. The study, carried out by researchers at the Federal University of Sao Paulo, Brazil, also found that the use of sugar in soft drinks and coffee can result in poorer quality eggs and...