Polycystic ovarian syndrome

Women with polycystic ovarian syndrome often suffer infertility and are more likely to become diabetic.

Sperm counts

Sperm counts and testosterone levels serve as barometers of men’s health — low levels are associated with reduced lifespan.

Problems getting pregnant

1 in 6 couples experience problems getting pregnant.

Obesity in men

In men, obesity is associated with reduced testosterone as well as increased risk of heart disease and type II diabetes.


Hypertensive disorders of pregnancy such as preeclampsia are the leading cause of maternal illness and death.


Endometriosis affects ~10% of women of reproductive age and is associated with chronic pain and infertility.

Born prematurely

1 in 12 babies are born prematurely — rates have increased by 36% in last 30 years.

Professor Jeffrey Pollard

Professor Jeffrey Pollard
is the Director of The MRC Centre for Reproductive Health.
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Spring/Summer series 2016
Monday 8th February 2016
Diet during pregnancy – does it matter what mothers eat? Results from studies of maternal diet and pregnancy outcomes in the Norwegian Mother and Child Cohort Study
Prof. David Bennett, University of Oxford
Dr Anne Lise Brantsaeter,
Norwegian Institute of Public Health
Host: Sarah Stock

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