The likelihood of conceiving through in vitro fertilization reduces dramatically once women reach their early 40s. Now, researchers believe they may have shed light on why this is – opening the door to more effective fertility treatment for older women. Recent studies have shown women aged 38-39 have an IVF success rate of 23.6%, while…

After the long 6-day trip from the fallopian tubes, the blastocyst, which has since divided into two sections, arrives within the uterus and begins to burrow or implant into the wall of the uterus. At this point, the blastocyst is a grouping of cells comprised of an inner collection of cells that will ultimately develop…

A new study suggests that a mother’s digestive system in early pregnancy increases energy absorption to meet the demands of her growing baby. Expanded gut (blue) and stored fat (orange) to meet energy demands of eggs in the fruit fly. Image credit: MRC – Clinical Sciences Centre The findings explain why it is not necessary…

A new study led by researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds that rates of high-grade cervical lesions among young women in the US fell dramatically between 2008 and 2012 – a few years after HPV vaccination was introduced in the US. Researchers say the reduction in rates of high-grade cervical lesions…

Noninvasive prenatal testing using sequencing of cell-free DNA in the mother’s plasma is the fastest growing area of prenatal testing. But a new study shows that when test results come back with a false positive, it might actually be a red flag for cancer in the mother, according to a new study published in JAMA…

Women who opted for a nonsurgical contraceptive implant had a similar risk of unintended pregnancy as women who had tubal ligation, but had more than 10 times the risk of post-procedure reoperation, according to an observational cohort study published online October 13, 2015 in the British Medical Journal. Women who opted for this contraceptive, metal…

While breastfeeding is known to greatly benefit infants’ health, a new study adds to the growing list of health benefits it yields for mothers; researchers found women with gestational diabetes may halve their risk of developing type 2 diabetes if they exclusively or mostly breastfeed their baby for at least 2 months. Women with gestational…

The probiotic Bifidobacterium breve does not help prevent late-onset sepsis or necrotizing enterocolitis, suggests research published in The Lancet. Probiotic does not appear to prevent disease in preterm infants, suggests a new study. The results of a new phase 3 randomized controlled trial contradict previous work showing potential benefits of Bifidobacterium breve (BBG-001). Previous studies…

The so-called weekend effect has been investigated extensively across a range of health outcomes, in a number of industrialized nations and across various disciplines. The current study is the largest to investigate it within obstetrics. A new study shows the extent of the worrying “weekend effect” within obstetrics. A new study, published in The BMJ,…

The oral contraceptive pill, commonly referred to as “the pill,” is a form of hormonal contraception taken by approximately 12 million women in the US each year to prevent pregnancy.1 The pill is a highly effective method of birth control when taken correctly (at the same time daily), with only 0.1% of women experiencing an…