When Helen Brackley and her husband, Paul, decided to start a family, they didn’t expect that their efforts to get pregnant would turn their lives – and their finances – upside down. The couple were among the one in seven who have difficulty conceiving.
Children and young people with cancer face a postcode lottery for services to preserve their fertility, a damning report has revealed. Treatments for childhood cancer have improved dramatically over the past 50 years, and more than 80% of patients will live for decades.
By Mary O’Connor BBC News Folic acid is to be added to UK flour to help prevent spinal birth defects in babies, the government will announce. It is thought that adding folic acid to flour could prevent up to 200 birth defects a year.
How much do you know about polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)? Unless you’ve been diagnosed, the answer is likely to be not very much. This month is PCOS Awareness Month and new research has revealed that half of UK women can’t identify the main symptoms, despite its health risks.
An extension to egg freezing storage limits and why we shouldn’t fear a sudden rise in women pursuing motherhood much later on in life
During the Covid-19 pandemic we have all spent less time in the company of others than perhaps ever before and for single women approaching the end of their fertility, the pandemic has come at a costly time when they would otherwise have hoped to be meeting a life partner and starting a family.
The 10-year storage limit for freezing embryos, eggs and sperm will be replaced with a right for individuals or couples to keep them for up to a maximum of 55 years. While being a welcome change for many, there are concerns about whether the process is affordable for all and the impact on children of much older parents.
Companies are being urged to sign up to a new pledge to support employees affected by miscarriage. The Miscarriage Association wants businesses and organisations to sign up to its new ” pregnancy loss pledge ” to ensure staff get the support and time off they need.
‘The doctor’s demeanour was very off,’ says Emma Blake, recalling her first time sitting in front of the consultant at the fertility clinic. ‘She made no eye contact with me, and straightaway warned me that I’ll be waiting a long time due to the shortage of Black sperm donors.’