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4 Common Signs of Infertility

June 22, 2020 1:02 pm

Infertility is a common issue that can affect both men and women, despite the common misconception that it’s a female’s issue. As many as 1 in 6 couples struggle to conceive a child naturally and they have to turn to fertility treatment to help them have a baby. With this in mind, if you are hoping to have a baby one day, it’s important that you truly get to know your body so that you are better equipped to spot signs that you might be infertile. 1.     Pain during sex Of course, signs of infertility are different for men and women. For females, one indicator is pain during sex, as this can suggest an underlying issue such as fibroids or... View Article

Fertility and Our Immune System

June 15, 2020 9:53 am

Our immune system is working every day to keep us safe and maintaining it is important for our health.   We cannot always control what we are exposed to however we can control how effective our immune system is working.  Here are some tips to keep your immune system boosted: Diet – Our immune system requires nutrient-dense foods in order to function well. We have more toxic, processed and sugar-laden food available to us now than ever before.  Consuming these foods regularly along with poor nutrition can compromise your immune function.   Aim to revert back to the kind of foods that we were meant to eat, foods that don’t have an ingredients list like: fresh fruit, vegetables, nuts, seeds, eggs, spices,... View Article

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Can Fibroids Affect Your Chances of Getting Pregnant?

June 8, 2020 9:55 am

Uterine fibroids are noncancerous tumours, usually found in or around the uterus and occasionally the cervix. Fibroids often go completely unnoticed without any obvious symptoms; however depending on the size and the positioning of the fibroids, they can cause heavy menstrual bleeding, infertility or difficulties during pregnancy. There are three main types of fibroids: Intramural – Intramural fibroids are the most common type of fibroid. These are found within the muscular layers of the uterine wall. Submucosal – Often protruding into the uterine cavity, this type of fibroid can obstruct the uterus and lead to heavy menstrual bleeding. Subserosal – Found on the outer wall of the uterus and can cause pain as they grow by putting pressure on nearby... View Article

5 Things You Need to Know About an Aquascan

March 30, 2020 10:25 am

Are you trying to get pregnant? Has your IVF been unsuccessful? Unfortunately implantation failure or miscarriage can occur if there is an undetected abnormality in the womb. Saline infusion sonography, otherwise known as an Aquascan, can be used to examine the uterine cavity (womb) and help to identify any abnormalities, such as fibroids and polyps. These irregularities can affect implantation and pregnancy if not treated. An Aquascan is an internal ultrasound scan, where a saline solution is passed into the uterus using a catheter. This helps to capture internal images of the outline of the womb. If you are considering an Aquascan because you are trying to get pregnant, either naturally or with the help of a fertility treatment, here... View Article

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What Happens if My Antral Follicle Count Is Low?

March 2, 2020 9:19 am

When a baby girl is born, she has all her eggs and will start to release them upon starting her periods later in life. Essentially, women are born with their lifetime supply of eggs. The eggs are lost gradually until menopause, when very few remain and they are no longer released. An antral follicle count ultrasound scan shows how many proto-eggs a woman produces that month, which suggests a similar number in a treatment cycle in a month soon after. This then indicates her fertility potential and the possibility of effective fertility treatment.  Combined with other tests, it is a simple procedure and one of many that can determine a woman’s fertility potential. As part of the same scan doctors... View Article

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Can I have a Baby if I’ve had an STI?

December 9, 2019 11:25 am

Some STIs can, unfortunately, lead to infertility and health problems for both yourself and your baby during and after pregnancy. In some cases, they can even be passed onto your baby. HIV, for example, has a 1 in 4 chance of being passed onto your child. Of course, this depends on the type of infection and whether or not it has been treated. The more times you have a particular STI, the more likely you are to suffer from other problems. The two most common STIs in the UK are chlamydia and gonorrhoea and if they are left untreated, they can both lead to infertility in men and women. For example, chlamydia can result in pelvic inflammatory disease for women,... View Article

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Can I Have a Baby if I’ve had Chemotherapy?

November 25, 2019 2:21 pm

If you have survived cancer, you might be wondering whether or not you can still conceive a child and whether or not it is safe for both the unborn child and the mother. Some cancer treatments can, unfortunately, make it difficult or even impossible for survivors to have biological children. Your health care provider will be able to tell you whether or not you’re likely to be able to conceive. Chemotherapy includes particular ingredients that can sometimes damage heart cells. A weakened heart will have to work that much harder during pregnancy and labour. However, do not confuse this to mean that pregnancy is impossible. As mentioned above, speak to your doctor for their expert opinion. The good news is... View Article

Understanding Fertility on World Fertility Day

October 16, 2019 11:48 am

There are millions of people around the world who are unable to conceive a child naturally, many of which turn to fertility treatments such as IVF. In fact, it is more than likely that you or someone you know has suffered with infertility, but they may not feel that they can open up about it. The 2nd of November 2019 is World Fertility Day. It is a day of education and communication, allowing people to become more open about infertility and help break through the taboo. Below is an infographic with some useful facts and figures to help educate you on fertility, but if you would like to speak to a professional for more information, you are more than welcome... View Article

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5 Natural Ways to Boost Fertility

September 2, 2019 3:02 pm

There are a number of natural ways to increase your chances of conceiving. Below we have put together a list of 5 natural ways to help boost your fertility. Avoid Trans Fats Eating healthy fat every day is important for boosting fertility. However, trans fats are associated with an increased risk of ovulatory infertility, due to their negative effects on insulin sensitivity. Trans fats are commonly found in hydrogenated vegetable oils and are usually present in some margarine, fried foods, processed products and baked goods. A large observational study found that a diet higher in trans fats and lower in unsaturated fats was linked to infertility. Cut back on alcohol Drinking alcohol can reduce the chance of conception for women significantly. Even moderate alcohol intake may contribute... View Article

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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