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Fertility

Scientists surprised to find bacteria inside fallopian tubes and around ovaries

Bacteria may affect women’s fertility and the health of unborn children

Infertility in men could point to more serious health problems later in life

OPINION: Doctors can identify men who are at risk of serious diseases after they become fathers with simple and cheap tests. It is no longer enough to just evaluate the number of sperm.

Three in four couples starting fertility treatment will become pregnant

A new study shows that three quarters of couples that started fertility treatment in Denmark conceived within five years.

Myths surrounding single women seeking donor-sperm busted

Single women seeking to have a baby by donor sperm are dreaming of the same thing as other women who are trying to conceive: a family.

Children of older mothers face greater risk of hereditary disease

Children of older mothers face greater risk of developing diabetes, dementia and heart disease. New research has revealed that this is due to mutations in the mother's ova.

Birth control pills halve size of women’s ovaries

Birth control pills can reduce women’s ovaries upward 50 per cent in size. However, it’s not dangerous, says lead scientist.

Sperm harmed by soaps and suntan lotions

Hormone disrupting chemicals in ordinary products appear to have an effect on sperm quality.

Born underweight – infertile in adulthood

Girls who were small or underweight at birth have twice the risk of infertility in adulthood as girls who were born within a normal weight range.

Personality traits important in male fertility

Neurotic men are now more likely to be childless than other men. This wasn’t the case just a few decades ago.

Surrogacy changes perception of family

Childless Norwegians have travelled abroad for surrogacy, as the service is illegal at home. Their actions and willingness to speak out about them have started to transform the idea of what a family is and should be.