Competition and consumerism linked to declines in fertility

Basket_of_moneyNew research from the States suggests that competition for jobs and more availability of consumer goods is linked to lower fertility. The team of anthropologists from Georgia have even developed a mathematical model to back up their arguments. They say that there is a worldwide pattern which shows that fertility declines when there is more social inequality.

When I first read this, I imagined it was suggesting some peculiar link between consumerism and fertility, but when you examine the facts more closely it’s more a combination of things that we’ve already known, including the fact that women who are more educated are more likely to delay having children – but if you are interested, you can find out more about the research from Emory University here

Why Americans are travelling for treatment

120px-American_Airlines_Boeing_777-200_N762ANTravelling abroad for treatment has been increasingly popular in recent years, partly driven by the cost of IVF here in the UK. Now, new research from the University of Texas at Arlington shows that more and more Americans are coming to Europe for IVF, often to Central European locations such as the Czech Republic.

Apparently they are sometimes looking for egg donors and are attracted by adverts which promise Caucasian donors and caring clinics.  It seems to Czech Republic is a particularly popular destination, according to the researchers. You can read more about this work, carried out by Amy Speier, an assistant professor of medical anthropology, here on the University of Texas website