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What Is The 'Right' Age to Have a Child?

Over the past three decades, there has been a steady increase in the average age of parents. Advances in fertility science mean that people, literally, put their eggs or sperm on the ice and delay the start of parenthood. Many large companies, such as Apple, Facebook, and Google, now offer egg freezing to employees as part of their healthcare package. Putting off having a baby has never been easier or more socially acceptable. But is it a good thing?

Human Cell Atlas Study Reveals Maternal Immune System Modifications in Early Pregnancy

The first Human Cell Atlas study of early pregnancy in humans has shown how the function of the maternal immune system is affected by cells from the developing placenta. Researchers from the Wellcome Sanger Institute, Newcastle University and the University of Cambridge used genomics and bioinformatics approaches to map over 70,000 single cells at the junction of the uterus and placenta. This revealed how the cells talk to each other to modify the immune response and enable the pregnancy.

Adenomyosis Causes Pain, Heavy Periods and Infertility But You Have Probably Never Heard Of It

Adenomyosis is a condition of the uterus (womb), where the tissue that grows on the lining of the uterus (also known as the endometrium) is also present on the inside muscular wall of the uterus. Adenomyosis can cause symptoms such as heavy bleeding during your period, bleeding when you are not due for your period, period pain (dysmenorrhea), pain during or after sex (dyspareunia) and infertility

A Major Role For a Small Organ in the Immune Response During Pregnancy

The immune system of a pregnant woman is altered during pregnancy, but not in the way previously believed, according to results from a study at Linkoping University, Sweden. This study, published in the  Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, shows that the thymus, an organ of the immune system located close to the heart, plays an important role during a normal pregnancy in ensuring that the mother's immune system protects against infection while at the same time tolerating the fetus