Categories for Fertility and Health

hormone imbalance

How to Treat Female Hormonal Imbalances Naturally

June 27, 2022 2:20 pm

Hormones are chemical messengers that travel through the bloodstream. They make their way to different tissues and organs in the body where they control how they work. They each play important roles, some in fertility while others affect our appetite, mood, sleep, and growth. As humans, we naturally produce these hormones in the right amounts. This can decrease with age and be more drastic for some than it is for others. A sedentary lifestyle and poor diet can also affect hormonal health and result in imbalance. What is a Hormonal Imbalance? A hormonal imbalance is when your body has too little or too much of a hormone. It can be caused by a range of factors from your diet (as... View Article

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What Happens After an Embryo Transfer?

April 27, 2022 12:01 pm

Once embryos are transferred into the uterus, it typically takes 10 days until hCG levels are high enough to detect on a pregnancy test. However, many of our patients prefer to know what should be happening at each day so they can imagine the progress and look forward to that final day when they can see if the treatment has been successful. In some cases, patients experience a false negative on day 10 and it is always worth taking additional pregnancy test 2-4 days afterwards. Day by Day After a 5-Day Transfer Once your embryos have been transferred, you are essentially waiting for them to implant and for certain hormone levels to rise to order to sustain the pregnancy. This... View Article

reproductive health

Reproductive Health Concerns for Women, and How Common they Can Be

February 24, 2022 2:13 pm

A woman’s reproductive system is delicate, and it is important to protect it from infections and injury where possible. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle, booking in your cervical screening appointments, and limiting your number of sexual partners and always practising safe sex may help prevent any serious reproductive health issues, which can in turn protect your reproductive system and ensure you are able to conceive a baby. But what are these reproductive health issues and what symptoms should you look out for? Endometriosis This is a condition in which tissue resembling the lining of the womb starts to grow elsewhere, such as in the fallopian tubes or ovaries. It is a long-term condition that can affect women of any age, but... View Article

menstrual cycle

Understanding Yours or Your Partner’s Period

February 10, 2022 2:13 pm

If you are hoping to become a parent, either now or in the future, it’s important that you understand the menstrual cycle. Being aware of what happens before, during, and after your (or your partner’s) period, you will potentially be in a better position to conceive a child. After all, there are times during the cycle when pregnancy is far more likely. What is the Menstrual Cycle? First of all, it’s important to understand that the menstrual cycle doesn’t just refer to the bleeding that occurs. The term ‘menstruation’ does refer to the period, during which time the uterine lining is shed. However, the cycle itself is longer than that; it starts on the first day of the period and... View Article

fertility

What is Unexplained Infertility?

February 1, 2022 2:23 pm

Unfortunately, lots of couples have difficulty conceiving a child naturally for various reasons. Sometimes inability to conceive is the result of advancing age, commonly referred to as “the biological clock”, or it could be due to medication (such as cancer treatment) or certain health conditions. Tests can be carried out to help determine the cause of infertility. Statistically speaking, around 30% of infertility cases are attributed to female factors and 30% to male factors. Sometimes it is a combination of the two and other times there is no clear reason as to why a couple cannot conceive. This is labelled “unexplained infertility”. At Concept Fertility, we test both the female and male partners to try and find a route cause... View Article

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What Female Conditions Can Affect Fertility?

January 18, 2022 2:30 pm

Issues with fertility are more common than you might think, and it is estimated that around 1 in 7 heterosexual couples in Britain struggle to conceive naturally. Roughly 30% of infertility cases are attributed solely to female factors, so we have put together the following information about a few female conditions that can affect fertility. Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) PCOS is a common condition that essentially affects how a woman’s ovaries work. Around 1 in 10 women suffer with PCOS. Polycystic ovaries contain a large number of harmless follicles. Follicles are small sacs that contain an immature egg, but when a woman has PCOS these sacs are often unable to produce a mature egg because the normal monthly cycle is... View Article

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The Two Week Wait or TWW

December 21, 2021 11:38 am

Firstly, we know exactly how stressful the two week wait can be. Patients can find themselves obsessing over symptoms, researching with Dr Google and feeling a little numb with the situation. At Concept Fertility we are here to help you feel as knowledgeable, relaxed and as calm as possible through this difficult waiting time. Whatever type of treatment you have had, if you are pregnant, we are talking below about how to manage the waiting game and what could be happening to your body. • The two-week wait is the time period between ovulation and the point at which an at-home pregnancy test, or in clinic blood test, can detect pregnancy with the highest accuracy. • Early pregnancy tests can... View Article

Natural Ways to Boost Your Fertility

November 24, 2021 12:13 pm

The road to parenthood can sometimes be hugely challenging, but know you are not alone in this struggle. Around 15% of couples may struggle to conceive. There are some natural ways to help increase your fertility. Some simple food and lifestyle choices can help boost fertility. GET ACTIVE Being active and less sedentary can help when getting pregnant, during your pregnancy and help your mental well-being. Exercise and activity can boost your ability to conceive. In fact, research shows that women who exercise for 30 minutes every day may have a reduced risk of infertility. Being active doesn’t mean hitting the gym every day. It means anything that gets your heart rate up, makes you breathe faster and makes your... View Article

counselling for men

How to Support Men’s Mental Health Through Fertility Treatment

October 18, 2021 9:33 am

Even in 2021, fertility and infertility are topics that remain fairly taboo, especially where men are concerned. People tend to find it awkward and feel reluctant to talk about their own experiences when it comes to conceiving a child, leading to a culture that is often uncomfortable opening up.  Unfortunately, though, infertility is a very real issue that affects 1 in 7 couples, and it is not always the woman who is infertile. Low sperm count, poor sperm morphology or motility, damaged testes and blocked tubes are some of the many reasons why men are unable to conceive, as well as various lifestyle factors. With unfair perceptions and stereotypes surrounding masculinity, men tend to struggle with symptoms of depression, anxiety,... View Article

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What Support is Available to Single Women Undergoing Fertility Treatment?

September 20, 2021 2:13 pm

If you’re a single woman and you want to have a baby, there are fertility options you can look into to help make this a reality. For example, you could consider sperm donation through a fertility clinic. At Concept Fertility, we do not recruit sperm donors, but we do liaise with reputable, dedicated sperm banks whom we have had good pregnancy/birth results. Rather than using a sperm bank, you may have a sperm donor of your own in mind, but this should be a careful consideration. Fertility Counselling Making the decision to have a baby on your own can be daunting, so you may wish to consider counselling. At Concept Fertility, we offer implications counselling for you and your potential... View Article