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?
Women who have a miscarriage after their first round of IVF are more likely to have a baby after subsequent treatment
"This is quite shocking to people. This is me. This is endometriosis," she wrote. "I never intended to share these photos."
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.