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Weight loss, exercise may boost fertility odds for women with PCOS

Comparing pregnancy outcomes for 150 women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), US researchers have found that those who exercised lost the most weight and had more live births than those who didn’t. Reuters

North Essex NHS service cuts off IVF treatments

The North East Essex CCG will now only fund IVF for patients undergoing cancer treatments, or who have a disease or a condition requiring medical or surgical treatment which could make them infertile. Maldon and Burnham Standard

Scientists identify potential birth control ‘pill’ for men

A new study in Science has identified a version of calcineurin that is found only in sperm and is necessary for sperm to penetrate an egg’s zona pellucida. LA Times

Womb transplants given UK go-ahead

The Health Research Authority has given the go-ahead for a team at Queen Charlotte’s and Chelsea Hospital in London to carry out 10 womb transplants in the UK. The British Fertility Society has responded in the piece. BBC News

The Guardian view on endometriosis: a silent source of unnecessary misery

The Guardian newspaper is running a special feature on endometriosis, a condition that affects an estimated 176 million women globally and which may be responsible for half of all unexplained infertility. It’s editorial calls for menstruation to be less taboo to talk about,...

Endocrine-disrupting chemical exposure increases risk for diabetes, obesity, hormonal cancers

The US-based Endocrine Society has issued a preview of their latest scientific statement on endocrine disruptors. The statement has reviewed the association of endocrine disruptors with various diseases including obesity, diabetes, fertility, and PCOS....

Age of menopause ‘controllers’ found

A report in Nature Genetics has found genes that control two important repair mechanisms in the human body – both which influence the number of eggs a woman has. BBC News