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The tsunami devastated the beaches of Aceh in Indonesia, but children now play on them once more. EPA/Hotli Simanjuntak

A huge fertility boom followed the Boxing Day tsunami

How does the death of a child affect parents’ subsequent fertility? On a population scale this has been difficult to answer, but it has fundamental implications for understanding population dynamics across…
Freeze your eggs or free your career? Woman via g-stockstudio/Shutterstock

Babies in your 30s? Don’t worry, your great-grandma did it too

The shift towards late motherhood – commonly defined as motherhood after 35 – is often presented as a story of progress and technological liberation from the biological clock. The narrative goes something…
I’ll have a clean cage with a side of fertility issues. Mouse image via www.shutterstock.com

Common disinfectants impair mouse fertility

Mice possess a notable talent: they are excellent at making more mice. Their ability to reproduce at a breakneck pace is one reason they are often used as experimental research subjects. Thus, when Dr…
By 2100 there could be 11 billion people on Earth, but there’s no quick way to slow growth. James Cridland/Flickr

No quick fix for overpopulation — let’s focus on climate

The rise in population since 1900 has been so rapid that up to 14% of all humans that have ever lived are still alive today, according to recent research. Other research shows that slowing population growth…
Timing matters. Stacey Newman/Shutterstock

Health Check: how to get pregnant

For couples trying to conceive, the chance of this happening within a year depends on their age. The monthly chance of pregnancy for couples where the woman is 35 years or younger is about 20% and 80-90…
It all comes down to egg supply. Image from shutterstock.com

Explainer: what causes women’s fertility to decline with age?

We’ve known for over 50 years that reproductive ageing results in a gradual loss of fertility until about age 37, when the rate of decline accelerates dramatically. The loss of fertility is accompanied…
Women’s ability to conceive and give birth to healthy babies starts to decline before the age of 30. Image from shutterstock.com

Health Check: when does fertility decline?

It’s said that “40 is the new 30” and “50 is the new 40”. But, when it comes to female fertility, 40 is still 40, and the likelihood of successful pregnancy and childbirth has notably decreased from age…
No-one wants to hear about the failures and financial costs. Paul Stevenson

Desperate couples are misled by only positive reports of IVF

Reflecting on her imminent departure as head of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority, the body that regulates IVF and fertility services, Lisa Jardine said in an interview last week that “nobody…
Way before the birds and the bees. Jpogi

New fertility treatment brings hope, but not for all

It’s Nobel season and who could forget IVF pioneer Sir Robert Edwards who won the accolade for medicine in 2010? More than ever before, reproductive medicine is throwing up new treatments and answers to…
Women are generally comfortable with post-sex contraceptives but anti-abortion campaigners aren’t. WarmSleepy

Politics of the pill: why we don’t have better contraceptives

More than 50 years after Australian women first had access to the oral contraceptive pill, research into new contraceptives has stalled and women are stuck with new versions of old products to manage their…
Kate Garraway: a successful older mum. PA/Cathal McNaughton

Don’t lecture older mums for problems made by men

The Get Britain Fertile “campaign”, funded by a pregnancy testing company and fronted by television presenter Kate Garraway, aims to get women to think about having children when they’re younger. But later…

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