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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


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


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


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