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Understanding Fertility

Apr, 2018

One in six couples have difficulty conceiving, yet the majority of women are more reluctant to talk about fertility than sexually transmitted diseases or mental health. The Understanding Fertility special report, published in The Times, sheds light on the taboo topic that affects the lives of so many, from IVF tourism and technological breakthroughs to the stigma surrounding male infertility. Also featured is an infographic on fertility firsts, comment on the problems low fertility rates paired with an ageing population are causing Japan and the devastating emotional impact faced by couples struggling to conceive


Assisted reproduction technologies have come a long way since the 1950s, with advances in research resulting in IVF births now accounting for more than 2 per cent of total births in the UK. This timeline charts some of the major milestones that have changed fertility treatment worldwide over the past 70 years