Taking one of the UK's most commonly-prescribed contraceptive pills can have a negative impact on women's wellbeing, a new study has found.
Just when we thought the most helpful thing phones could do is remind women take the pill on time every day, a new app could be here to help men and their fertility. According to new research published by Science Translational Medicine, we could soon see the arrival of a new smartphone app which allows men to test their sperm count at home without the need of lab equipment. Apparently, the method’s accuracy was pretty similar to computer-assisted laboratory analysis – even when someone totally inexperienced in using it and with no clinical background tried it out.
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.
Yesterday in London, the Government’s air-quality index hit 10, the highest level – the third time it has done so in the past 12 months. Researchers at King’s College London say that the cold and windless weather is preventing traffic emissions and other forms of pollution from dispersing. The result is a sort of smoggy blanket laying over the city, that while looks pretty good on Instagram, is actually playing havoc with the environment, and our health.
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.
If you need emergency contraception you have two choices. Or you can shuffle on down to your local pharmacy and endure a potentially judgemental, definitely awkward conversation with the pharmacist before forking out up to £30 for the ‘morning after pill’. The British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS) want EC to be more affordable and easily available, much like other over-the-counter drugs.
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.
You’ve barely finished blowing out the candles on your 35th birthday cake when the sound of applause is replaced by the near deafening TICK TOCK of your biological clock. Dr Luciano Nardo, a consultant gynaecologist and clinical director of leading UK clinic Reproductive Health Group, has claimed ALL single women in Britain should freeze their eggs before they hit the big 3-5.
In an attempt to tackle a declining birth rate in the country, health minister Beatrice Lorenzin announced earlier this summer that September 22nd would be a ‘fertility day’ encouraging family planning.
Despite the NHS and various other experts advising that women’s fertility steeply declines after 35, Lord Robert Winston believes women remain fertile until they are 45 and are wrongly being pushed into early IVF by some private clinics. Speaking on Good Morning Britain earlier this week, Lord Winston, who heads the Genesis Research Trust in London claimed women are actually able to get pregnant until their mid-40s and some private fertility clinics could be misleading couples about this for financial gain.
A new report by Office for National Statistics (ONS) in England and Wales has revealed that in 2015 there were 15.2 births per 1,000 women aged 40 and over in 2015 compared to just 14.5 for those aged under 20. In 1981, the rate was 4.9 for women aged 40 and over compared to 28.1 for women under 20, which means the fertility rate among older women has more than trebled since 1981.
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.
Adam Balen, chairman of the British Fertility Society (BFS) and professor of reproductive medicine at Leeds University believes children should be taught about fertility from a young age. “This is something we have been discussing a lot at the BFS,” Professor Balen told the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology in Helsinki, Finland.
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Actresses Courteney Cox, Brooke Shields and new mom Chrissy Teigen have all had success conceiving through IVF, and it’s estimated that over 8,000 IVF procedures are performed in Canada each year – not to mention the millions that take place south of the border. FertilityIQ, a fertility-focused tech company out of the U.S., recently did a survey of more than a thousand fertility patients to find out who is having the most success when it comes to IVF. What they found was that there were certain societal factors that strongly influenced the success of the treatments.
The actress has revealed she’s suffering from endometriosis before, but is currently experiencing a flare-up of the symptoms. Lena Dunham has cancelled the press for her hit show “Girls”, revealing that she’s suffering from a health issue called endometriosis. The actress and feminist activist took to her Facebook page to announce the news, writing that she’s going through a “rough patch” and she needs some R+R.
The supermodel has opened up about her fertility struggles for the first time. Tyra Banks may be a world-famous supermodel, but when all’s said and done she’s a woman with the same struggles as the rest of us. Banks, who has been with her boyfriend Erik Asla for two years, admits that she’s found it “difficult” trying to conceive and has been having rounds of fertility treatment.
Pursuing a successful career and putting off starting a family can mean we’re set for fertility struggles later in life and if we start a family while young then there’s the chance we’ll never quite manage to catch up with our peers at work. Dr Amin Gorgy from The Fertility & Gynaecology Academy has revealed there’s been a big increase in the number of women getting their eggs counted – as well as enquiring about egg freezing.