Fertility

What Is a Chemical Pregnancy?

Dee Armstrong | Posted 17.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Dee Armstrong

I'd love to ban the term 'chemical pregnancy'. It's a confusing phrase and many women misunderstand what it means - if I had £1 for every time someone's asked me to explain it I'd be very well off.

Everything You Need To Know About Sperm

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 09.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle

While semen is undeniably part of sex, talking about sperm is something we tend to shy away from - let's face it, it's not the sexiest subject in the ...

Behold: Killer Sperm

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 01.08.2014 | UK Tech

Scientists have discovered a new kind of 'killer sperm' which stops a female from being able to mate with another species. Luckily, it's only femal...

Why the World Needs Childfree Women

Claudia Spahr | Posted 23.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Claudia Spahr

The western woman has power, education and compassion. She creates, connects and integrates... Childfree ladies can transform their lives radically overnight and act on impulse... Motherhood shouldn't define being a woman and we shouldn't let the 'mother-tick-yes-or-no-box' divide us.

IVF - Is There a Right Time?

Anne-Marie Scully | Posted 26.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Anne-Marie Scully

Just as you will hear people say there is never a 'right time' to try for a baby, I now believe the same is true for IVF treatment. There is never a 'right time' so regardless of your situation don't keep putting it off.

Defending Kirstie Allsopp's Feminism

Tom Johnson | Posted 03.08.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Tom Johnson

Kirstie Allsopp is not telling every woman that she needs to have a baby, flat and nice boyfriend by 27. I'm sure that in the light her comments to the telegraph she will be railed against for these suggestions, made as they were to her theoretical daughter. She is however most certainly a feminist and I'd argue many of her other beliefs far more radical than the average.

Why I'm Team Allsopp - Fertility Is Not a Feminist Issue

Jude Hurrell | Posted 05.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jude Hurrell

Feminists look away now - I do think Kirstie has a point. Strike a light, my 18 month-old daughter is probably burning my bra as I write. Step away from the matches, darling, I do think Kirstie might be onto something when she says 'Nature isn't a feminist.'

If You Like Your Sperm The Way It Is, Don't Smoke Cannabis

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 05.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Men, if you smoke cannabis (or tried a joint in your youth) listen up - the drug may have an unexpected side effect on your sperm.... Research has...

I'm Pregnant at 28 - and I Think Kirstie Allsopp's Right

Annie Ridout | Posted 03.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Annie Ridout

For my girlfriends, ranging in age from mid 20s to mid 30s, it's not just careers that stand in the way of reproduction; it's also letting go of their drink-fuelled social lives. They've all been to uni and most are working in jobs they love but they're not ready to put down the wine and pick up the nappies.

Women Can Invest in Their Reproductive Future by Banking Eggs; But They Shouldn't Leave It Too Late

Dr Geeta Nargund | Posted 22.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Geeta Nargund

Until now women have faced a "Catch 22" dilemma when planning a family; namely in either pursuing a career during their most creative years only to find they may have left it too late, or choosing to have their babies young and then discovering they have lost out in the career stakes as their male rivals surge ahead.

Struggling To Conceive? This Could Be The Cause

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 21.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Struggling to conceive? It could be down to cholesterol levels. According to recent research, high cholesterol may reduce infertility - as well as ...

How Soap, Sunscreen And Toothpaste May Be Damaging Your Sperm

The Huffington Post UK | Poorna Bell | Posted 13.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle

An unprecedented study has revealed that the chemicals in everyday products including sunscreen, toothpaste and soap, could be damaging human sperm. ...

Is 12 Too Young to Have a Baby?

Jessica Hepburn | Posted 21.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jessica Hepburn

Said parents have just had a baby girl. The mother is 12 and still in primary school (she was 11 when the baby was conceived and is five months younger than Britain's previous youngest mum). The father is 13. The couple are said to be 'totally in love' and have the lowest combined age of any British parents on record. So if 50 is too old to have a baby, is 12 too young?

Hurry Up and Have a Baby

Claudia Spahr | Posted 15.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Claudia Spahr

It really pees me off how the goal orientated, youth-obsessed, time limited, high-pressured establishment is still dominating this intimate sphere of femininity. Our vaginas, ovaries and wombs are being controlled by a system based on linear thinking.

Surrogacy Defined

Candace Wohl | Posted 27.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Candace Wohl

Whether you deem it as a social family building trend or simply the scientific ability to navigate around Mother Nature, "traditional" surrogacy is not a new concept. As a matter of fact, it is the only form of assisted reproduction that dates back to biblical times. The story of Abraham and Sarah in Genesis chapter 16, is the most notable example.

The Impact Stress Has On Your Fertility

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 24.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Can I have children? is a question most women ask themselves after a certain age, particularly as we tend to have kids later on in life. But genet...

Woman Blames 'Dodgy' Tesco Rotisserie Chicken For Causing Her IVF To Fail

Ross Parry | Posted 11.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle

A woman has claimed her IVF attempt to have a baby failed because she got food poisoning from a dodgy Tesco chicken. Lisa Fessey thought her emotio...

How Would You Like Your Eggs?

Veronica Montgomery | Posted 23.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Veronica Montgomery

When you look at the facts, perhaps it's not such an odd concept for women in their 20's to think about freezing their eggs now and having a much better chance of conceiving with these younger fresher eggs in later life. It's something that wasn't available 10 years ago and women who are struggling with infertility now would do anything to turn back the clock to their more fertile years.

Believing in Miracles

Claudia Spahr | Posted 13.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Claudia Spahr

Your biology changes when you change your beliefs because they translate into biological realities in your body. Wouldn't it be nice if that biological reality were the baby you've been dreaming of?

For Women to Thrive: We Must Help Their Fertility as Part of Gender Equality Agenda

Dr Geeta Nargund | Posted 03.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Geeta Nargund

Equality debates generally focus on equal pay and job opportunities. However, I feel that we must to go further and address women's biological needs as part of the campaign for social and health equality agenda.

Why Reproductive Fertility Technology Is Not the Solution to Age-Related Infertility

Gates Cambridge Scholars | Posted 31.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Gates Cambridge Scholars

In countries all over the world, more and more women are postponing childbearing. In my research on fertility, the women who I interview frequently cite their age as a reason for difficulties in achieving conception and/or maintaining a pregnancy. Many point to career or educational goals as reasons for delayed childbearing...

How Can We Reduce Health Risks for Babies Born From IVF Treatment? Time to Act

Dr Geeta Nargund | Posted 25.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Geeta Nargund

A recent large study from Australia found that women undergoing IVF were at significantly higher risk of having a severely underweight or stillborn baby or one born prematurely or which dies within a few weeks of birth compared with women who conceived naturally.

Trying for a Baby This Year? Here Are My Top Tips for Getting Pregnant

Melanie Hackwell | Posted 05.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Melanie Hackwell

It's the New Year and many of us are thinking of resolutions. However, many are also in the unfortunate position of trying to have a baby, and experiencing difficulties. It's a hard time for those in that situation, and I fully understand the emotions that go with it, having been through this myself...

Scientists Create World's First Robot Sperm

Huffington Post UK | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Tech

Scientists have made the world's first robotic sperm. The tiny cyborg swimmers are controlled using magnetic fields, and could have a range of inte...

Tech Guru Gets 1,000 Women Pregnant

Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Tech

... in just four months. No, he isn't a promiscuous lothario with a disregard for family planning, he is the creator of the Glow app. Max Levchi...