It is possible to become pregnant again very soon after giving birth, even if a woman is breastfeeding or has not had their period return. Rapid repeat pregnancies (an interpregnancy interval of less than 12 months) are associated with increases the risk of preterm birth, low birth weight, stillbirth and neonatal death, therefore maternity services should give women opportunities to

Egg freezing is a procedure to preserve a woman’s eggs to enable women to delay conception and pregnancy until a later time. A women’s eggs are extracted, frozen and stored. Women may then choose to have the eggs thawed, fertilized via IVF, and transferred to the uterus as embryos to enable a pregnancy. While egg freezing is often offered to

Dr Jennifer Hall, lead researcher on the P3 study, has co-edited a new textbook on the Global Health of Women, Newborns, Children and Adolescents. Published by Oxford University Press, this is first comprehensive book on this topic, despite the fact that there are 10 million deaths among newborns (including stillbirths), children, and adolescents, as well as from maternal causes every

About the website There are many methods of contraception available and there’s no perfect method, which can make it difficult to choose between them. The Contraception Choices website ( recognises that people have different needs and preferences when it comes to choosing contraception. It is designed to help women and couples decide which method of contraception might suit them best. The website provides

It is often perceived that infertility mainly affects women and indeed research about experiences of infertility has historically disproportionately focused on women. Studies have shown that men’s reluctance to engage in discussions on fertility and reproductive health is partly due to societal perceptions that these topics are a ‘woman’s territory’. However, this is not supported by research figures on infertility

Research looking at the main risk factors important to reproductive health shows that these issues often form in the periconception period.The periconception environment is determined by maternal pre-existing medical conditions and modifiable lifestyles, including smoking, diet and body mass index. There is growing evidence about the impact of these lifestyle factors on fertility in women of reproductive age. Poor lifestyle

Flour in the UK is to be fortified with folic acid in a move to help prevent neural tube defects such as: Spina bifida – where the membranes around the spine do not close properly and in some cases affect walking or mobility Anencephaly – where the majority of the brain never develops Every day in the UK, an average

Before getting pregnant it is important to improve your health to maximise your chances of getting pregnant and having a healthy pregnancy. Both mother’s and father’s diet and weight have an impact on fertility and the health of the child. To read more on this check out our blog post on obesity as a preconception risk factor and impacts-

Obesity is a significant preconception risk factor, it can increase the risk of many major negative maternal and perinatal (the period before and after birth) outcomes1. Obesity of the mother and father severely increases the risk of the child having non-communicable diseases (also known as chronic diseases, these cannot be transmitted like the flu or STIs but are due to

Thank you so much to everyone who has signed up for the study, and for sharing the information with your friends – about a quarter of women heard about the study from friends or colleagues, so it’s great to know you were happy to recommend the study to others. We have 1000 women aged 15 to menopause taking part from