Test tube babies in a conflict zone: Dealing with infertility in Gaza.

The UN has called the Gaza Strip unlivable, yet IVF treatment is widely available to its residents, with some paying thousands of dollars while others take advantage of a goodwill gesture by the ruling Hamas party.

The Gaza Strip was a month into this summer’s suffocating electricity crisis when Thair Salah Mortaja became a father for the first time. He had spent thousands of dollars to overcome infertility – first paying for drugs, then a futile operation, and finally for costly in vitro fertilisation (IVF) – but the struggle for parenthood did not end there.

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Why giving birth is safer in Britain than in the US.

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Flame retardants may be messing with women’s fertility—and they’re in way more than yoga mats.

Making things fire retardant seems like a no-brainer. Less fire is better than more fire in a person's home. For decades, manufacturers responded to customers' desire to buy things that don’t catch fire easily by putting chemicals in their products to prevent them from going up in flames. But how badly do we, as a society, want things to not be on fire? Is it worth risking our fertility? And how good are we at retarding fires anyway?

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Flame retardant in couches, car seats, gym mats linked to ‘lower reproductive success’ for women.

Harvard researchers are sounding a precautionary warning for women hoping to get pregnant: curling up on your favourite couch might lower your likelihood of having a baby.

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In a lab pushing the boundaries of biology, an embedded ethicist keeps scientists in check.

The young scientists had a question. They were working with mouse embryos from which all living cells had been chemically dissolved away.

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Concern over EDCs continues to grow.

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Pregnancy resculpts women’s brains for at least 2 years.

An unprecedented study shows that first-time pregnancy causes striking, lasting changes in women’s brains.

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Babies made from three people approved in UK.

Babies made from two women and one man have been approved by the UK's fertility regulator.

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How plastics cause autism, diabetes, cancer, birth defects.

Recent studies have associated the rise in autism, diabetes, cancer and birth defects to increase in the use of plastics in making everyday containers, toys and baby teethers or pacifiers.

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Are plastic chemicals in dads hurting embryos?

Turns out, moms, it's not just about you staying off alcohol and avoiding potentially harmful chemicals while pregnant or trying to become so. Your partners' exposure to plastics and packaging could play an important role in your ability to conceive a child.

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