Categories for Fertility and Health


Do I Have a Low Sperm Count?

August 19, 2019 9:11 am

If you are worried that you may have a low sperm count, we are here to help. In this blog we have put together all the information you need to understand what a low sperm count means and how it is identified. Read on to learn more… What does low sperm count mean? Low sperm count or oligozoospermia, is where a man has fewer than 15 million sperm per millilitre of semen. Having a low sperm count can make it more difficult for you and your partner to conceive naturally. Where no sperm is produced at all, the condition is called azoospermia. In cases of azoospermia, it is still possible that the body produces them, but they just do not... View Article

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Common Causes of Male Infertility

July 22, 2019 12:49 pm

There are many things that can cause infertility in men. The most common issues are sperm disorders and problems that affect how the testicles function. Other factors, such as poor health or lifestyle choices can also play a significant role in male infertility. Unfortunately in about a quarter of couples, doctors are unable to identify the specific cause. Read on to learn more about some of the common causes of male infertility…. Sperm disorders The most common cause of infertility in men is poor-quality or abnormal semen. This is the fluid that contains the sperm. Sperm disorders can include: A low sperm count or no sperm at all Sperm that are not functioning correctly, meaning they are unable to swim... View Article


5 IVF and Fertility Facts

July 8, 2019 11:42 am

In vitro fertilisation, commonly known as IVF, is one of several techniques available to help people with fertility problems have a baby. But how much do you really know about this fascinating fertility treatment? Here are five IVF and fertility facts you may find interesting… IVF means “fertilisation in glass” In vitro fertilisation is a process of fertilisation where an egg is combined with sperm outside the body, in vitro – meaning ‘in glass’. The egg and sperm are fertilised in a glass, or more commonly now, plastic, petri dish outside the body before the embryo is transferred back into the woman’s uterus. One in seven couples have problems getting pregnant It is estimated that one in seven couples in... View Article

Anabolic Steroids and Fertility

May 3, 2019 4:23 pm

Anabolic steroids belong to a class of drugs called androgens, which are compounds that act similarly to testosterone. Also known as anabolic-androgenic steroids these drugs are prescribed for the treatment of various conditions, including hormone imbalances and muscle loss. Unfortunately, they are often abused by athletes and others trying to increase muscle mass quickly. Testosterone is an important androgen in the human body. Effects of androgens are most evident during puberty like voice changing or pubic and body hair growing. It is naturally produced in the testicle, where its primary role is to help with the development of sperm. When the testosterone levels fall, the body responds by producing both luteinizing hormone (LH) and follicle stimulation hormone (FSH). LH acts... View Article


What Fertility Treatment is Best for PCOS?

April 15, 2019 2:56 pm

Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) is a common cause of infertility in females. If you have it, it’s important to determine what is causing it, as each case is different. Although there is no absolute cure, the symptoms of PCOS can be treated. But what actually is it? What is PCOS? PCOS is an imbalance of hormones that leads to many miniature ovarian cysts. During the ovulation cycle of a woman who has PCOS, the eggs that begin to develop never actually mature enough to prompt ovulation, so they are therefore never released from the ovary. Each of the immature follicles containing an immature egg releases hormones which, cumulatively, cause the ovary to become polycystic. Women who have PCOS may have... View Article

Cancer and Pregnancy

March 18, 2019 10:05 am

How Cancer Treatments Can Affect A Woman’s Fertility Cancer, or more often, cancer treatments, can interfere with some parts of the reproductive process and affect your ability to have children. There may be ways to save or protect your fertility before and maybe even during  treatment. There are some things that must be considered if you are trying to preserve your fertility. Your chances of successfully having a baby is one of these. Most chemotherapy drugs can damage a woman’s eggs, adversely affecting her fertility. This depends on many factors including the woman’s age, whether she also has radiotherapy, the types of drugs she gets, and the drug doses, making it hard to predict the exact effect on a woman’s fertility... View Article


Can Ovarian Cysts Affect My Fertility?

February 25, 2019 9:30 am

Ovarian cysts are fluid-filled sacs that develop in, or on the surface of your ovaries. They are very common and do not usually lead to any more severe problems. In fact, they often go unnoticed. The following types of cysts are unlikely to affect your fertility: Functional Cysts Cystadenomas Dermoid Cysts   However, there are some types of ovarian cysts that can make it harder to conceive. Below we have listed some of the different types of ovarian cysts, starting with the two that are most likely to affect your fertility: Cysts Caused by Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) PCOS is a hormone imbalance that causes lots of tiny ovarian cysts. In PCOS, the eggs that begin to develop during the... View Article


What is an Aquascan and What are the Benefits?

January 28, 2019 9:25 am

An Aquascan, also known as a 3D Hydroscan or a Saline Infusion Sonography (SIS), is an internal ultrasound scan, where a saline solution is used to show a detailed outline of the uterine cavity (womb). A routine ultrasound scan is helpful in spotting larger growths, but this technique greatly improves the detection of polyps, fibroids, scar tissue or any other uterine anomalies. When should the scan be used? An Aquascan should be used to investigate uterine abnormalities in women who experience infertility or multiple miscarriages. It is also a valuable technique for evaluating unexplained vaginal bleeding. What does an Aquascan involve? A speculum is inserted in the vagina to visualise the neck of the womb (similar to a smear test).... View Article

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Can Birth Control Pills Affect My Fertility?

December 24, 2018 10:12 am

Birth control pills are designed to imitate hormones produced in the female body, to prevent ovulation and ensure the uterine lining is inhospitable for an embryo. What’s more, birth control pills also affect the production of cervical mucus, making it too hostile environment for the sperm to swim and fertilise an egg. Although many hormonal contraceptive options have associated risks, taking the pill should have no negative impact on your fertility once you’ve stopped taking it. In fact, research has found that a woman who has taken the pill in the past is just as likely to conceive a child as a woman who has never used any form of hormonal contraception at all. Whether taking the pill for one... View Article


4 Benefits of an Ultrasound Scan

December 10, 2018 10:09 am

Ultrasound, also called sonography, uses high frequency sound waves to produce images of internal organs. It has many uses in the medical world; not only can it confirm a pregnancy, it can also diagnose particular illnesses and even guide doctors through detailed procedures. With regards to IVF, good ultrasound forms the foundation for a suitable fertility diagnosis and is key to monitoring throughout treatment. At Concept Fertility, we offer ultrasounds to help us understand why you might be struggling to conceive a child, and the most appropriate next steps. There are many benefits to an ultrasound scan, some of which you will find listed below. 1)    Painless Since an ultrasound scan involves no needles, injections or incisions, it is usually... View Article