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Probiotics with top-performing Lactobacillus strains may improve vaginal health

Vaginal Lactobacillus bacterial strains largely perform better than strains currently used in probiotics for vaginal health, according to a study published June 4 in the open-access journal PLOS Pathogens by Jo-Ann Passmore ...

Obstetrics & gynaecology

Not children, but 'super-happy families' the aim of assisted reproduction

Researcher Judith Lind has studied how staff at fertility clinics view the assessments that childless couples and women undergo in order to access assisted reproduction. It emerges in the interviews that the assessment of ...

Obstetrics & gynaecology

New contraceptive gel, from bench to FDA approval

Research into the development of a new vaginal gel, initiated by UniSA Pharmaceutical Scientist, Professor Sanjay Garg, has now been approved by the US FDA as the first and only non-hormonal contraceptive.

Obstetrics & gynaecology

When insurers cover infertility treatments, fewer women die

When states require that insurers provide coverage of infertility treatments, 20% fewer mothers die during pregnancy, childbirth or shortly after birth, according to a University of Michigan study.

Obstetrics & gynaecology

Women 4 times more likely to develop lupus after stillbirth

Women who have gone through the trauma of having a stillbirth are four times more likely to develop lupus than women with an uncomplicated live birth, according to a University of Manchester study.

Obstetrics & gynaecology

Group B strep and having a baby: what pregnant women need to know

Group B streptococcal (GBS) is a common bacteria that likes to live in the human gut and migrate down the rectum, vagina and sometimes to the urinary tract. Not everyone has GBS but even if you do, you might not know it; ...

Medications

Target trials support drug safety in pregnant patients

Out of concern for fetal safety, pregnant people have typically been excluded from drug trials. And when human health is on the line, drug studies assessing fetal safety in animal models may be viewed as far from definitive.

Obstetrics & gynaecology

High-strain exercise linked to very early pregnancy loss

In women with a history of miscarriage, higher levels of physical activity were associated with a greater risk of subclinical, or very early, pregnancy loss, according to new research at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. ...

Obstetrics & gynaecology

Even natural products can be harmful for the unborn

Plant products ingested by pregnant women through their diet are broken down by the intestinal microbiota into chemical substances, some of which can cross the placental barrier and reach the fetus. These foreign substances ...