Pregnancy loss leave; Sweden's IVF program for singles; And what is "period brain"?

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Here’s what we’re covering in today’s newsletter:

  • What happens to your brain during your period?

  • The rise of pregnancy loss leave around the world

  • Sweden’s single women IVF program: how is it working?

  • Does COVID affect IVF cycles?

  • Strength training and fertility: what you need to know

What’s New:

❤️‍🩹 Positive trend alert: Increasing numbers of companies are offering pregnancy loss and fertility treatment time off to employees. The spotlight turned to the topic after earlier this year New Zealand joined India and the Philippines in passing legislation that gives men or women who suffer a miscarriage or stillbirth three days of paid leave.

More progress needed: While these changes are positive, questions are being asked why more governments aren’t following suit. Vogue US this month penned an article asking: “Why doesn’t the U.S., one of the most developed countries in the world, have policies in place to support parents who experience a pregnancy loss?” The ‘Maternity and Paternity at Work’ international study, which reviewed leave, benefits, employment protection, and health protection across 185 countries, reveals that the US falls far behind other wealthy, industrialized nations this regard. 10 to 15% of pregnancies end in miscarriage, with most pregnancy loss happening in the first trimester, before the 12th week of pregnancy. Both emotional and physical health problems can follow miscarriage.

💉 COVID latest: A major study of more than 35,000 cases has now confirmed that the Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna vaccines are safe for pregnant people. Published in the New England Journal of Medicine, it is the largest retrospective study yet and provides strong evidence of the mRNA vaccines’ safety during pregnancy.

From The Experts

  • How to reduce the pain of IVF injections, according to doctors. Ashley Ortiz / PopSugar

  • ‘The process is shockingly void of communication’: how a graphic novel aims to illuminate IVF. Giselle Au-Nhien Nguyen / The Guardian

  • Lupus and Pregnancy: Is It Safe? Rheumatology & Immunology / Cleveland Clinic

  • ‘Will cancer make me infertile?’ – That Cancer Conversation / Cancer Research UK

  • How can strength training affect fertility? Bridie Wilkins / Stylist

From The Patients

  • Been Through It/Going Through It: IVF. Alexia Dellner / PureWow

  • Mission menopause: ‘My hormones went off a cliff – and I’m not going to be ashamed’. Kate Muir / The Guardian

  • Sweden's single women IVF programme not 'as good as one would have hoped.' Maddy Savage / BBC

  • Going solo: How to navigate your pregnancy alone. Lori Cohen / News 24

  • Pregnancy during Covid-19: Sauda’s story. James Anderson / North Coast Courier


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Science & Ethics

  • Does COVID-19 infection influence patients' performance during IVF-ET cycle?: an observational study. Raoul Orvieto et al / Doc Wire News

  • Brain Fog, Headaches & More — Here's What Happens To Your Brain On Your Period. Kristen Willeumier, Ph.D. / Mind Body Green

  • Should we panic over declining sperm counts? Harvard researchers say not so fast. Author Unknown / Harvard University

Thought for the day

“No one ever told me that grief felt so like fear.” 

- C.S. Lewis

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