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Human Rights Day – Knowing Your Employment Rights During IVF

December 9, 2020 6:06 pm

To mark Human Rights Day on the 10th of December, we thought it might be helpful to share some guidance on employment rights when you are going through IVF treatment… Juggling the pressures work and IVF treatment can become both physically and emotionally draining, so it is important to research your options and know your rights. First and foremost, it is important to know that if you become pregnant through IVF, you have exactly the same pregnancy and maternity rights as non-IVF parents. In fact, you will have these rights once you have completed the embryo transfer and may become pregnant. During your IVF journey you or your partner may need to take time off work to go to appointments,... View Article

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Disability Day 2020 – Advice and Resources for Disabled Parents

November 30, 2020 10:46 am

To mark Disability Awareness Day on the 3rd of December, we have put together this helpful advice and list of useful resources… If you have a disability and are planning to become a parent, you might be worried about what the future holds. Will you be able to become a parent? What risks are involved? What support will you receive if you need to modify your home or invest in additional equipment to care for a baby? Some disabilities can increase certain risks to your health and the health of your baby, so it is crucial to seek the right information and the right maternity services to support your medical condition or disability. Of course, our doctors will be able... View Article

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Fertility Week 2020

October 30, 2020 12:00 pm

From Monday 2nd November to Thursday 5th November 2020 Fertility Week promotes conversations and awareness about factors that affect fertility. Fertility Awareness Week is organised by Fertility Network UK, a national charity, who is there to support anyone who has ever experienced fertility problems. The main message of their 2020 campaign is #YouAreNotAlone, which is incredibly important as infertility issues are faced by 1 in 6 couples in the UK.  Each day during Fertility Week they will focus on a new topic. From mental health to fertility in the workplace, they hope to highlight the many issues surrounding fertility. Read on to find out more information on what the week will cover: Monday 2nd November #FertilityInequalities On the first day... View Article

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How are we protecting our patients during COVID-19?

October 26, 2020 10:10 pm

In this uncertain time, we want to ensure that your fertility journey is as safe and as stress-free as possible. To provide the highest level of safety for both our clients and our staff members we have put in place strict infection-control measures throughout our clinic, we encourage social distancing, and we have the appropriate personal protective equipment. In our popular Open Events, we used to invite you to meet the Doctor in person for a mini consultation and give you a tour of our clinic. However, as we are currently unable to hold these events we are now offering free one to one telephone consultations with an experienced team member. They will be able to discuss in detail the... View Article

5 Foods to Help Boost Fertility

October 16, 2020 9:27 am

When you are trying to conceive it is particularly important to eat the right foods and maintain a healthy diet. Although eating certain foods will not reverse infertility issues entirely, they can ensure that your body is in the best possible condition for a successful pregnancy. To help you prepare your body for having a baby, here are five fertility boosting foods to add to your diet… Eggs Eggs are full of protein as well as Vitamins B12 and E, which makes them one of the top fertility boosting foods. Whether you enjoy your eggs hard-boiled, scrambled, poached, or fried, make sure you don’t forget to eat the yolk as this is where you’ll find most of the fertility-boosting nutrients!... View Article

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PCOS – What are the signs?

August 3, 2020 3:03 pm

Irregular periods, oily skin, hirsutism, weight gain? – These are just some of the signs that you may have polycystic ovary syndrome, also known as PCOS. Polycystic Ovary Syndrome is a common health problem caused by an imbalance of reproductive hormones. This condition has many symptoms, and you may not experience all of them. This is why many women only discover they have PCOS when they are trying to have a baby. Some of the symptoms of PCOS include: Irregular periods You may have irregular periods or you might have very heavy bleeding during your period. Some women with PCOS stop having periods completely. Excess hair You may notice excess hair growing in areas such as on your face, breasts,... View Article

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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