Fertility

First three-person baby licence granted

The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HEFA) has awarded the first licence to create babies from three people to a clinic in Newcastle, UK. According to staff at the Newcastle Fertility Centre, it was a “momentous day”. They said that the first baby born from this method will...

Early periods linked to gestational diabetes

The age at which girls start menstruation could raise their risk of diabetes during pregnancy in later life, according to a University of Queensland (UQ), Australia, study. UQ School of Public Health researchers said they analysed data from more than 4,700 women who took part in the Australian...

Listeria may be ‘serious miscarriage threat’

Listeria, a common food-borne bacterium, may pose a greater risk of miscarriage in the early stages of pregnancy than appreciated, according to researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine, US. Ted Golos, a UW-Madison reproductive physiologist and professor of...

Having five best friends ‘can boost women’s fertility’

New research has revealed that women who have a close-knit circle of five friends could boost their fertility. Professor Robin Dunbar, from Oxford University, UK, revealed that his research suggests that the stress of having to maintain too many friendships may have an effect on female hormones and...

Baby gender could affect pregnancy symptoms

The gender of their baby could have an impact on the symptoms women go through during pregnancy, a new study has suggested. Research from the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Centre looked at the immune responses of pregnant women, looking to see if different levels of immune markers (cytokines...

Women working irregular shifts may be at risk of low fertility

Women who work at night or follow irregular shift patterns could be in danger of suffering from low fertility, a new study has indicated. Research from Harvard University found that shift and night workers had fewer eggs capable of developing into healthy embryos compared to staff who operated in...

Techno music ‘may boost fertility treatment’

Techno music may encourage embryos to grow in the mix of chemicals used during fertility treatments, according to scientists. According to the scientists at Russia’s Altravita IVF clinic, playing techno music 24 hours a day to the eggs in test tubes caused more to be fertilised and also...

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...