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Does My Uterine Tract Tilt Affect My Fertility?

May 22, 2018 4:25 pm

The uterus, also called the womb, is where a baby grows during pregnancy. It is shaped like a pear and joined to the walls of the pelvis by flexible ligaments that enable it to tilt forward and backward. If your uterus is anteverted, it means it is tilted towards the front of the abdomen. Your uterus can also tilt backwards, which is referred to as a retroverted uterus. The vast majority of women don’t actually know what direction their uterus tilts. However, a pelvic exam or ultrasound will help you find out. If you have an anteverted uterus and are struggling to conceive a child, it is likely due to another fertility issue, since the shape or tilt of your... View Article

Could Exposure to Caffeine in the Womb Cause Childhood Weight Gain?

May 7, 2018 3:47 pm

A recent observational study published by BMJ Open suggests that mums-to-be should cut out caffeine while pregnant, as the findings show that it is linked to excess weight gain during the child’s early years. It passes rapidly through tissues, including the placenta, and takes the body longer to dispose of during pregnancy. The study included almost 51,000 mother and infant pairs, all of whom were previously involved in the Norwegian Mother and Child Cohort Study between 2002 and 2008. Using a specifically adapted Food Frequency Questionnaire, the pregnant women were asked to quantify their food and drink intake, from around 255 items, including caffeine. Highly caffeinated items included things like coffee, black tea, energy drinks and various sugary snacks. After... View Article

Antihistamines Have Been linked to Fertility Problems in Men

April 23, 2018 2:41 pm

Common allergy medications have been linked to fertility issues in men. Antihistamines are just another over the counter medication that can have a negative effect on fertility over time. An Argentinian review of commonly taken drugs has identified antihistamines are one of the drugs that impairs normal testicular function. Researchers have found that these drugs can lead to altered sperm morphology, decreased sperm motility, and lower sperm count. However, these studies are on animals and human studies are still limited. A rise in allergies throughout the western world has turned antihistamines into one of the world’s most popular drugs. While histamines are produced in response to allergens, they are also involved in other physical processes such as sleep regulation, sexual... View Article

Easy Ways to Improve Your Health and Fertility

April 17, 2018 2:40 pm

Maintaining a healthy diet, stable weight, and consistent exercise regime is incredibly important for your fertility and overall health. However, with long commutes, limited time, and increasing work hours it can be difficult to prioritise these things and stick to a regime. Maintaining a healthy diet, stable weight, and consistent exercise regime is incredibly important for your fertility and overall health. However, with long commutes, limited time, and increasing work hours it can be difficult to prioritise these things and stick to a regime. Here are some simple and relatively easy ways to stay healthy without spending hours in the gym or preparing balanced weekly menus. Look at Subscription Boxes Food subscription boxes are one of the latest trends to... View Article

Study Shows Genes Affect Academic Performance More Than Schooling

April 10, 2018 2:27 pm

Scientific analysis of over 5,000 students has shown that good exam results are down to genetics rather than attending selective schools. Researchers compared genetic differences between British students attending selective grammar and private schools, and non-selective comprehensive schools in the UK. After considering other factors, such as family’s socioeconomic status, and analysing each pupil’s academic ability and achievement at 11 and 16, the school type explained less than 1% of grade differences. This is the first study to look at subtle genetic differences between students attending selective and comprehensive schools, but it has raised some controversy because of the genetic ‘scoring system’ and methods used. Ideally, the study should be repeated within another education system to reinforce the results. Professor... View Article

Sperm Tail Discovery Could Improve Fertility Treatments

April 3, 2018 10:09 am

Despite all of the research into fertility and reproduction, surprisingly little is known about the individual cell structures involved. The latest research into this area could lead to improvements in fertility treatments and their success rates. The latest discovery relates to sperm cells and their structure. A new imaging technique called cryogenic electric tomography (cryo-ET for short) allows researchers to see cells in 3D – this gives them unprecedented insight into how cells move and interact with each other. This additional dimension allowed researchers to see a new helix structure at the tip of the sperm cell’s tail, which had never been seen before. The study has been published in Scientific Reports, and could provide insights into why some sperm... View Article

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Paternal Stress Alters Sperm and Children’s Behaviour

March 26, 2018 10:09 am

The effect of stress on fertility and overall health has been well documented, but new studies have begun to unveil the extent of its impact. Stressed fathers may end up with changes to their sperm, which in turn affects the behaviour of offspring who were conceived during that stressful period. Studies on mice have shown that sperm produced by stressed males is richer in microRNAs – this type of molecule has an impact on everything from heart and kidney disease through to obesity and propensity towards alcoholism. Scientists working on this study are particularly concerned about the impact on healthy stress responses in children – an inability to respond properly to stress can lead to disorders such as PTSD and... View Article

Human Eggs Have Been Grown to Maturity in a Lab

March 8, 2018 10:33 am

In a potential breakthrough for fertility treatment, scientists have successfully grown early-stage human egg cells to full maturity in a lab. The results of the research suggest that one day it might be possible to grow viable eggs from thawed frozen ovarian tissue and also gives more information to researchers working on producing eggs and sperm from other cells, which could eventually offer new solutions for patients unable to conceive a child. The experiment was carried out by researchers at the University of Edinburgh and the Center for Human Reproduction, who obtained ovarian tissue and matured the proto eggs within it until they were ready to be fertilised. This has previously been achieved with mouse egg cells and human egg... View Article

Increase Your Chances of Successful IVF with a Mediterranean Diet

February 19, 2018 5:01 pm

Along with a team of researchers from the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics at the Harokopio University of Athens, Dr Nikos Yiannakouris has completed a study suggesting a link between the Mediterranean Diet and a woman’s chance of a successfully conceiving and delivering a healthy baby with IVF treatment. The study involved nearly 250 women between the ages of 22 and 41. Questionnaires were completed which asked the women how often they had eaten particular groups of food over the last six months. Based on the results of the questionnaires, each woman was given a Mediterranean diet ‘score’. The results of the study suggested that those in the group which had high Mediterranean diet scores were over 65% more likely... View Article

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Fertility of Daughters Could Be Affected by Gestational Use of Paracetamol

February 1, 2018 9:48 am

Exposure to paracetamol during pregnancy could reduce female fertility. Studies on rats and mice have shown that the drug can disrupt the reproductive development of females, which has an impact on egg reserves and fertility in adulthood. As one of the most used and prescribed painkillers in the world, this study could have a huge impact on recommendations for pregnant women if the same effects are observed in humans. While the effect may not be severe (and may not result in complete infertility), three different studies all independently found that paracetamol does have an effect. Currently, doctors recommend that women use paracetamol for the shortest duration necessary to relieve pain – this recommendation still stands until further evidence is available.... View Article