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BBC

The sharp rise in egg freezing

The sharp rise in egg freezing

When Shara Seigel went through a break-up in the summer of 2020, she didn’t just have to deal with heartbreak. Finding herself single at 35, and in the height of Covid-19, Seigel, who lives in New York, now had to worry about whether the end of the relationship would also mean losing the chance to become a mother.

The Times

Women seeking IVF treatment ‘should have legal right to time off’

Women seeking IVF treatment ‘should have legal right to time off’

Women seeking or undergoing fertility treatment must be given legal protections including time off to attend appointments, the MSP behind Scotland’s free period products law has urged. Ministers are being pressed to make it illegal for companies to dismiss, demote or punish female staff who are trying to get pregnant via IVF.

Evening Standard

The truth about pregnancy loss

‘I lost my five-month pregnancy and was made to feel like a nuisance’

I had little understanding of pregnancy loss until it happened to me. I assumed secondary infertility was the biggest challenge I faced and that, after IVF and a longed-for second pregnancy, that it was the end of a difficult chapter. But, at five months pregnant, I went into premature labour at home and my baby died.

Vogue

Is The Subject Of Miscarriage Finally Getting The Proper Care And Attention It Deserves?

Is The Subject Of Miscarriage Finally Getting The Proper Care And Attention It Deserves?

For too long, the subject of pregnancy loss has existed in the shadows, writes Nell Frizzell. “I remember the feeling of immediate darkness,” recalls Laura Buckingham, 37, sitting by the window in her Kent home, describing her reaction to her first miscarriage – one of 11 she has experienced to date.

The Independent

Why was miscarriage care absent from the government’s landmark women’s health strategy?

Opinion: Why was miscarriage care absent from the landmark women’s health strategy?

Last month, the government published their long-awaited Women’s Health Strategy, heralding it as a “landmark strategy” to “right the wrongs” and “end the injustices” that are systemic in so many areas of women’s health. Ministers have thanked the thousands of women who have fed into the consultation, and credited the department for reflecting these voices in the strategy and their calls for change.

The Guardian

Total fertility rate rises for first time in a decade in England and Wales

Total fertility rate rises for first time in a decade in England and Wales

The total fertility rate in England and Wales has increased for the first time in a decade, with the largest rise among women aged between 35 and 39, data shows. Women with children have an average of 1.61 each according to 2021 data from the Office for National Statistics, up from 1.58 the previous year.

iNews

From 2023, donor-conceived children can trace their parents, but DNA kits are already doing just that

From 2023, donor-conceived kids can trace their parents, but DNA kits are already doing that

A law passed on April 1 2005 will have life-changing consequences for families across the UK from next year. Anyone conceived from a donated sperm, egg or embryo from that day onward can find out the identity of their donor parents once they reach adulthood.

HuffPost

I Hid My Fertility Struggles From Work. Then I Had A Painful Miscarriage.

I Hid My Fertility Struggles From Work. Then I Had A Painful Miscarriage.

I felt the energy leave my body like a balloon deflating. My doctor went on to explain that the embryo could not move out of my fallopian tube, and without treatment, the ectopic pregnancy would result in the tube rupturing with life-threatening bleeding. “It needs to be treated immediately,” she added, firmly.

Forbes

Elon Musk’s Babies Were Conceived Via IVF And Surrogacy – Is It The Future Of Reproduction?

Elon Musk’s Babies Were Conceived Via IVF And Surrogacy – Is It The Future Of Reproduction?

The global population is aging and developed countries are experiencing population decline. At the same time, startups working on reproductive longevity, IVF and artificial uterus are promising substantial advances in assisted reproduction in the near future. Will IVF and surrogacy go mainstream?