Categories for Fertility and Health

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

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How Does Age Affect Male Fertility?

June 25, 2018 11:19 am

With regards to fertility, women have always had a clear cut-off point, commonly known as the menopause. Men, on the other hand, have never been given a rough age in which they will no longer be able to conceive a child. As a result, research surrounding the topic is fairly sparse. At a recent event dedicated exclusively to male fertility, the topic of age was addressed. The first speaker at the event was Professor Allan Pacey from the University of Sheffield. He pointed out the lack of data surrounding the matter and discussed a study from the year 2000, which focussed on 8500 couples and suggested that men under 25 were significantly more fertile than men over 40. It has... View Article

Possible Treatment for Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)

June 13, 2018 6:52 pm

When it comes to female infertility, the most common culprit is Polycystic Ovary Syndrome. This condition affects 1 in 5 women, of whom 75% experience infertility. PCOS affects fertility by increasing the levels of testosterone, creating ovarian cysts, causing irregularities in the menstrual cycle and misregulation of sugar. This is truly a catastrophic disease, however this may not be the case for so long.   Sufferers of PCOS usually have higher counts of a hormone known as ‘Anti Mullerian Hormone’ (AMH). It must be stated now that this is sort of a chicken – egg scenario, as the scientific community are still investigating which causes the other. Does high AMH levels cause PCOS or vice versa.   For the unacquainted... View Article

Does My Uterine Tract Tilt Affect My Fertility?

May 22, 2018 4:25 pm

The uterus, also called the womb, is where a baby grows during pregnancy. It is shaped like a pear and joined to the walls of the pelvis by flexible ligaments that enable it to tilt forward and backward. If your uterus is anteverted, it means it is tilted towards the front of the abdomen. Your uterus can also tilt backwards, which is referred to as a retroverted uterus. The vast majority of women don’t actually know what direction their uterus tilts. However, a pelvic exam or ultrasound will help you find out. If you have an anteverted uterus and are struggling to conceive a child, it is likely due to another fertility issue, since the shape or tilt of your... View Article

Antihistamines Have Been linked to Fertility Problems in Men

April 23, 2018 2:41 pm

Common allergy medications have been linked to fertility issues in men. Antihistamines are just another over the counter medication that can have a negative effect on fertility over time. An Argentinian review of commonly taken drugs has identified antihistamines are one of the drugs that impairs normal testicular function. Researchers have found that these drugs can lead to altered sperm morphology, decreased sperm motility, and lower sperm count. However, these studies are on animals and human studies are still limited. A rise in allergies throughout the western world has turned antihistamines into one of the world’s most popular drugs. While histamines are produced in response to allergens, they are also involved in other physical processes such as sleep regulation, sexual... View Article

Easy Ways to Improve Your Health and Fertility

April 17, 2018 2:40 pm

Maintaining a healthy diet, stable weight, and consistent exercise regime is incredibly important for your fertility and overall health. However, with long commutes, limited time, and increasing work hours it can be difficult to prioritise these things and stick to a regime. Maintaining a healthy diet, stable weight, and consistent exercise regime is incredibly important for your fertility and overall health. However, with long commutes, limited time, and increasing work hours it can be difficult to prioritise these things and stick to a regime. Here are some simple and relatively easy ways to stay healthy without spending hours in the gym or preparing balanced weekly menus. Look at Subscription Boxes Food subscription boxes are one of the latest trends to... View Article

Study Shows Genes Affect Academic Performance More Than Schooling

April 10, 2018 2:27 pm

Scientific analysis of over 5,000 students has shown that good exam results are down to genetics rather than attending selective schools. Researchers compared genetic differences between British students attending selective grammar and private schools, and non-selective comprehensive schools in the UK. After considering other factors, such as family’s socioeconomic status, and analysing each pupil’s academic ability and achievement at 11 and 16, the school type explained less than 1% of grade differences. This is the first study to look at subtle genetic differences between students attending selective and comprehensive schools, but it has raised some controversy because of the genetic ‘scoring system’ and methods used. Ideally, the study should be repeated within another education system to reinforce the results. Professor... View Article

Sperm Tail Discovery Could Improve Fertility Treatments

April 3, 2018 10:09 am

Despite all of the research into fertility and reproduction, surprisingly little is known about the individual cell structures involved. The latest research into this area could lead to improvements in fertility treatments and their success rates. The latest discovery relates to sperm cells and their structure. A new imaging technique called cryogenic electric tomography (cryo-ET for short) allows researchers to see cells in 3D – this gives them unprecedented insight into how cells move and interact with each other. This additional dimension allowed researchers to see a new helix structure at the tip of the sperm cell’s tail, which had never been seen before. The study has been published in Scientific Reports, and could provide insights into why some sperm... View Article

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Paternal Stress Alters Sperm and Children’s Behaviour

March 26, 2018 10:09 am

The effect of stress on fertility and overall health has been well documented, but new studies have begun to unveil the extent of its impact. Stressed fathers may end up with changes to their sperm, which in turn affects the behaviour of offspring who were conceived during that stressful period. Studies on mice have shown that sperm produced by stressed males is richer in microRNAs – this type of molecule has an impact on everything from heart and kidney disease through to obesity and propensity towards alcoholism. Scientists working on this study are particularly concerned about the impact on healthy stress responses in children – an inability to respond properly to stress can lead to disorders such as PTSD and... View Article