There are a lot of options on the market when it comes to choosing a contraceptive method, and now there’s one more to add to the list: Natural Cycles, an app that claims it can help prevent pregnancy. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved marketing for the app, which is the first of its kind to be used as a method of contraception, the agency announced in a press release. The app contains an algorithm that calculates the days of the month a woman is likely to be fertile based on her daily body temperature readings and the information she shares about her menstrual cycle.
A quick search of crowdfunding sites reveals hundreds of couples turning to strangers to help fund infertility treatment.
We spend the majority of our younger years trying not to get pregnant, but what happens when you start trying and it's not as easy as you thought?
"This is quite shocking to people. This is me. This is endometriosis," she wrote. "I never intended to share these photos."
Remember those teenage pregnancy myths we used to trade in the 6th form common room? You can’t get pregnant while standing up, you can’t get pregnant if you have sex on your period, you can’t get pregnant if you pee straight afterwards?
Could your job be lowering your fertility? New research has revealed that heavy lifting and working night shifts has been linked to poor fertility in women. The study, published in the journal Occupational and Environmental Medicine, found that a physically demanding jobs or work schedules outside normal office hours could take it’s toll on a woman’s fertility.
Earlier this week, it was announced that Dame Julia Peyton-Jones, the former co-director of the Serpentine Gallery, had swapped retirement for motherhood, having welcomed her first child, a daughter called Pia, at the ripe age of 64. Janet Jackson recently gave birth to her first child, a son Eissa, at 50, while Mick Jagger is back in the sleep-deprived haze of babyhood, having welcomed his eighth child, Deveraux Octavian Basil, back in December. Nicole Kidman has also revealed that she may not be done with the whole giving birth thing and is still hoping for another baby at the age of 49.
Recent statistics reveal that around one in seven couples will suffer from infertility and many of them will seek medical help in the form of IVF. A study commissioned by BBC Panorama and conducted by Oxford University has revealed that desperate couples could be forking out thousands of pounds for bolt-on IVF treatments that have little effect on pregnancy success rates. The add-on treatments range from a £50 blood screening test to £8,000 egg-freezing packages are often offered to couples on top of standard IVF procedures.
Could the number of children you have be determined by your DNA? Researchers at the University of Oxford has discovered that the number of children we may have could already be in our DNA. The research team has unveiled twelve areas in our unique DNA sequence that are all linked with the age at which we have our first child and the eventual size of our family.
A new study has found that, contrary to popular belief, a daily glass of red wine may actually boost your fertility. Published in the Endocrine Society’s Journal of Clinical Endrocrinology & Metabolism, the study uncovered that resveratrol, a natural compound found in red wine, lowers a woman’s risk of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), one of the main causes of infertility in women. Unfortunately, PCOS is a pretty common disorder among women of child-bearing age.
The effect of diet fizzy drinks upon our health has long been debated. While they technically contain no calories, experts worry that they’re having a different impact upon our bodies, or even contributing to weight gain.
If your guy is somewhat of a Coca Cola chugger, you might want to get him to cut back. Scientists at Copenhagen University Hospital have found that downing cans of cola can have a detrimental effect on men’s reproductive health. The study revealed that drinking one litre of cola per day could see a reduction in sperm count by up to 30 per cent.