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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

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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

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Could Going to the Gym be Damaging Your Sperm Count?

October 29, 2018 2:53 pm

A new study from the University of Western Australia implies that men who spend more time in the gym have lower sperm count, on average, than those who don’t. The study began by requesting full-body photographs and a semen sample from 118 men. The photographs were then rated by 12 women on how ‘attractive’ and ‘masculine’ the men appeared to be. A further 91 men and women rated the photographs on how strong the men looked. Predictably, the men who appeared stronger were rated as the more attractive and most masculine of the bunch, but their sperm counts were generally lower. The reason why is not particularly clear and more research is necessary to truly understand the correlation. One theory... View Article

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Is it Impossible to Be Fertile Over 40?

October 22, 2018 11:00 am

Although your chances of conceiving a child after you turn 40 are lower than what they were when you were in your 20s and 30s, it is certainly not impossible. In fact, most women who become pregnant in their 40s normally have healthy pregnancies and healthy babies. However, there are some important things you should know if you want conceive aged 40+, including associated risks. Fertility in Your 40s As you age, the number of eggs you have in your ovaries declines. What’s more, as you approach menopause, your ovaries are not as responsive to the hormones which are responsible for ovulation. For the same reason, fertility drugs can often be affected. If you are over the age of 40... View Article

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Looking After Yourself Through Infertility

October 15, 2018 12:40 pm

Infertility is arguably one of the hardest problems a couple can face. It is accompanied with a variety of difficult emotions and can put an enormous strain on even the strongest of relationships. It’s incredibly important for anyone experiencing infertility to take care of their physical and mental health, particularly if undergoing fertility treatments. Build a Support Network Don’t be afraid to share your story with others and accept their support if it’s offered. What’s more, you need to remember that you and your partner are in this together and you should talk about how you feel. Face it with a united front! Try to be Positive Of course, it’s perfectly okay to be sad; you do not need to... View Article

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5 Top Tips to Improve Your Sperm Quality

October 9, 2018 12:39 pm

Male infertility refers to any health issue in a man that reduces the chances of his female partner from becoming pregnant. Infertility can have a number of causes; it can depend on general health, genetics, diet and fitness, to name but a few. Although it is not always treatable, there are ways to boost a man’s sperm count and increase his fertility. 1.     Consume Vitamins and Minerals Research has suggested that Vitamin C may improve semen quality and Vitamin D may boost testosterone levels. At Concept Fertility, we highly recommend a healthy diet for both men and women who are trying to conceive, as it’s rich in nutrients and antioxidants. It might also be worth taking vitamin supplements. 2.     Cut... View Article

Can a Man’s Underwear Affect His Sperm Quality?

October 1, 2018 10:34 am

Recent research has found that men who wear tighter fitting underwear have lower sperm concentrations than men who wear boxer shorts. To be specific, the results stated that those who wore boxer shorts had a 25% higher sperm concentration, 17% higher total sperm count and 33% more swimming sperm than those who preferred tighter underwear. As with all studies suggesting significant statistical results, it is worth reading them with an element of scepticism. Nevertheless, it is generally accepted from numerous other studies that tight underwear may lead to reduced sperm function. This is the largest study of its kind, with 656 male participants between the ages of 18 and 56, all of whom had visited the hospital between 2000 and... View Article

How to Cope with Secondary Infertility

September 17, 2018 12:29 pm

The inability for a couple to conceive a child, despite already having had at least one baby in the past, either together or with a previous partner, is called secondary infertility. This shares many of the same causes as primary infertility and can result in an equal amount of emotional turmoil.  It can come as a shock to couples who had no problems conceiving in the past to then experience secondary infertility, but it’s not uncommon. We’d like to offer some advice to help those who are struggling with secondary infertility. Accept Your Emotions Frustration, depression, shame and even guilt are common among parents struggling to grow their family, amongst a variety of other difficult emotions. It’s important not to... View Article

Sperm Counts – Why They Are Falling

August 13, 2018 11:37 am

A recent article in the Times newspaper by journalist Harry Wallop featured Concept’s Medical Director, Dr Kamal Ojha in a fascinating investigation into  male fertility. Data shows that in this modern world, fertility is dropping at an alarming rate (see previous news items on Concept’s website). A study cited in the article coming from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem states that sperm counts have dramatically reduced from 92.2 million sperm per millilitre, to just 66.4 million. Dr Ojha suggests a few possible causes of this terrifying drop in sperm count: obesity, smoking, plastics, preservatives and even soy. Is nothing safe anymore? One might be reminded of the comically unending list, written by the Daily Mail, of substances that cause cancer... View Article