Birth control pills may alter choice of partners

Unnatural selection: Birth control pills may alter choice of partners – There is no doubt that modern contraception has enabled women to have unprecedented control over their own fertility. However, is it possible that the use of oral contraceptives is interfering with a woman’s ability to choose, compete for and retain her preferred mate?

Environmental chemicals in breast milk may cause testicular cancer later

Environmental chemicals found in breast milk and high incidence of testicular cancer — High levels of persistent environmental chemicals found in breast milk in a population with many male reproductive problems. – A comparison of breast milk samples from Denmark and Finland revealed a significant difference in environmental chemicals which have previously been implicated in testicular cancer or in adversely affecting development of the fetal testis in humans and animals.

New technique could save women’s fertility

New technique could save cancer patients’ fertility — Researchers grow immature human egg cells to nearly mature egg in laboratory. – Researchers have successfully grown a woman’s immature egg cells, contained in a tiny sac called a follicle, to a healthy and nearly mature egg in the laboratory. When an egg is fully mature, it is ready to be fertilized.

Fertility patient migration within Europe – some facts

A substantial number of European patients travel to other countries for fertility treatment — Who goes abroad for fertility treatment and why? – Many European patients are travelling to other countries for fertility treatment, revealed by researchers at the 25th annual conference of the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology.

Cycling may damage triathletes’ sperm

High levels of cycling training damage triathletes’ sperm – Cycling training may have a major impact on sperm morphology, as researchers have proved this fact in triathletes who have high intensity cycling training during thrie career.

Pregnancy complications affect subsequent pregnancies

Complications early in pregnancy or in previous pregnancies adversely affect existing or subsequent pregnancies – Complications in early pregnancy or in previous pregnancies can predict the likelihood of further problems in current or subsequent pregnancies, revealed by researchers.

250000 babies born in 1 year with fertility treatment

Worldwide report shows increase in assisted reproduction: 250,000 babies (approximately) born in 1 year – Assisted reproductive technology (ART) is responsible for an estimated 219,000 to 246,000 babies born each year worldwide according to an international study.

Fertility treatment twins face higher risk

2 studies: The first finds twins born after fertility treatment have a higher risk of problems. A second study study finds reassuring evidence on the outcome of children born after embryo freezing. – Twins born as a result of assisted reproductive technology (ART) are more likely to be admitted to neonatal intensive care and to be hospitalised in their first three years of life than spontaneously conceived twins, according to new research in Europe’s leading reproductive medicine journal Human Reproduction.

Women’s fertility risk from exposure to perfluorinated chemicals

Exposure to perfluorinated chemicals may reduce women’s fertility – Researchers have found the first evidence that perfluorinated chemicals (PFCs) ? chemicals that are widely used in everyday items such as food packaging, pesticides, clothing, upholstery, carpets and personal care products ? may be associated with infertility in women.

Birth defects rate high in infants born with assisted reproductive technology

National Birth Defects Prevention Study Shows Assisted Reproductive Technology is Associated with an Increased Risk of Certain Birth Defects – Infants conceived with Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) are two to four times more likely to have certain types of birth defects than children conceived naturally, according to a study by the CDC.

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