Childhood physical and sexual abuse has been linked to endometriosis, a painful condition that affects one in 10 reproductive-age women in the U.S., according to new findings. The association between abuse and endometriosis is considered particularly strong, since women reporting severe to chronic abuse had a 79 percent higher risk of developing the condition. “Both… Read more

A new study of more than 5,000 pregnant women investigates what they ate in the month before they became pregnant and how long it took them to get pregnant after they started trying. The results are not as dire as many reports in the media implied. The majority of women in the study got pregnant… Read more

Pluripotent human stem cells have been coaxed to grow on a specially engineered surface into structures that resemble an early aspect of human development called the amniotic sac, reports a team from the University of Michigan. The first few weeks after sperm meets egg still hold many mysteries. Among them: what causes the process to… Read more

Maternal obesity and poor nutrition during pregnancy affects the egg reserves of female offspring, new research involving mice suggests. The finding improves scientific understanding of the long-term, generational, effects of obesity and poor nutrition. This understanding is the first step toward devising interventions to protect the fertility of females who experienced very difficult womb environments… Read more

Depression and anxiety, and not necessarily the use of antidepressant medication, are associated with lower pregnancy and live birth rates following in vitro fertilisation, according to a large register study from Karolinska Institutet in Sweden. The findings may be of interest to clinicians treating infertility and for women with depression or anxiety planning to undergo… Read more