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PTID and the Importance of Therapy During Fertility Treatments

May 24, 2017 10:06 am

Infertility is stressful for the majority of couples – the combination of wanting to be parents with sometimes intense hormonal changes, treatment schedules, and financial pressures, can make conception attempts increasingly upsetting. Rather than soldiering through, it’s essential that couples speak openly about these pressures and try to work through them to ensure good mental health and to even improve chances of success by reducing stress and the harmful hormonal changes that it can bring about. PTID: Post Traumatic Infertility Disorder In some rare cases, patients may develop something called PTID after failed pregnancy attempts or multiple treatment cycles – in some cases, the symptoms continue even after a successful pregnancy and birth. Many of the symptoms are normal for... View Article

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What Causes Age-Related Infertility?

May 17, 2017 9:45 am

Female age is one of the most important factors to consider when making an infertility diagnosis and suggesting treatments. The deterioration in both egg quantity and quality make it significantly more difficult for a woman to conceive in her 40s compared to her 20s. How Fertility Changes with Age There are a number of different ways that age affects fertility. Women do not produce eggs over time – they are born with a finite number of eggs and cannot produce more. As women age, the number of eggs available quickly decreases, so fertility begins to decline in the mid- 30s. Over time, ovulation also slows down and happens less frequently in preparation for menopause. This effect can occasionally begin as... View Article

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Can Diet Improve Fertility?

May 3, 2017 3:51 pm

One of the most common questions we are asked by patients is whether they can change their diet or add supplements to improve their chances of conceiving. The answer is complex and largely depends on the individual’s lifestyle, but the short version is that improving your overall health and lifestyle should have a positive effect on your fertility. However, if you already have a good diet, exercise regularly, and are not overweight these changes are likely to only have a limited impact. One of the times when diet can make the biggest impact on your fertility is when you are actively trying to conceive (rather than preparing for treatment). Here is a guide to help you maximise your chances of... View Article

Scientists Have Created Mouse Embryos From Stem Cells

March 11, 2017 10:27 am

This is a story that has been reported by the BBC earlier in March and refers to the creation of embryos from stem cells. It is related to the ongoing debate about research into human embryos in laboratories. The law dictates that such embryos may only be grown for a maximum of 14 days and there is debate about whether that should be changed to 28 days. See elsewhere on this website for more on this. The 14-day restrictions apply to human embryos and not mouse embryos so discoveries from the mouse embryo research could give insights into how human embryos develop. Can Fertility Clinics Grow Human Embryos From Stem Cells? This is the question that people may infer from... View Article

Stress and Fertility

March 6, 2017 12:17 pm

Don’t be too hopeful for starting a family if you are shift worker and the clocks have just gone forward for British Summer Time, at least according to a couple of studies published this month! Putting The Clocks Forward May Affect Fertility Doctors in America studying miscarriage rates have found a surprising rise in the number miscarriages in the three weeks following the clocks going forward – which is on the 26th of March this year. A study of 1654 IVF cycles over three years found a 24.3% miscarriage rate in this period as compared to a 15.5% rate over the whole of spring. The miscarriage rate in autumn is reported at 17.1%. So, is this just coincidence or perhaps... View Article

How Does Cigarette Smoke Affect Male Fertility?

January 31, 2017 7:16 pm

Smoking Reduces Fertility In The Next Generation For decades, smoking cigarettes has been heavily linked to foetal abnormalities. This is common knowledge but a new link has recently been discovered. According to research by the University of Copenhagen, men who were exposed to a significant amount of cigarette smoke whilst they were embryos in the womb are likely to have lower rates of fertility. The heavier the smoker, the more significant is the decrease in sperm concentration. This even extends to a reduction in testis size. Unfortunately, female foetuses suffer similar consequences from cigarette smoke, although they are much less vulnerable. The toxins in the smoke were shown to have a direct effect on the growing male foetus, especially during... View Article

Fertility in the UK

November 29, 2016 10:00 am

Between the ages of 35 and 40, a woman’s fertility quickly declines and one in every six couples seek the help of a fertility specialist. We have put together some of the latest facts and figures about fertility in the UK, along with some advice for those pursuing treatment.

Contraceptive Pill for Men on the Horizon?

June 8, 2016 11:49 am

Scientists believe they are closer than ever to creating birth control pills for men, after years of attempts and failures trying to create a male pill that can rival the contraceptive options available to women since the 1960s. Scientists from the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy have taken a step forward by changing experimental compounds to develop a product that works for men and has no side effects. The male hormone testosterone has been identified as a potential male contraceptive as it can provide temporary infertility, but there are several flaws. Julian Kyzer, a researcher working on the project stated: “at certain doses, testosterone causes infertility, but at those doses it doesn’t work for up to 20 percent of... View Article

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Increasing Fertility: Does Aspirin Boost Fertility?

November 16, 2015 9:00 am

According to a recent US study at The National Institute of Child Health and Development in Maryland, USA low dose aspirin could improve pregnancy rates in some women due to its anti-inflammatory effects.  There are both advocates and critics of this new information, as summarised below. The US Study On Aspirin and Fertility The original study, called the EAGeR (Effects of Aspirin in Gestation and Reproduction) was administered in 2014 to 1128 female participants who had previously suffered from a miscarriage.  As mentioned, it was conducted by researchers from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development in Maryland, USA. Participants were given either aspirin or a placebo- neither the researchers nor the participants were aware of who was... View Article

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New Mathematical Model Shows When to Start Trying for a Family

October 30, 2015 11:49 am

  Researchers have created a computational model that determines when women should start trying to conceive for different family sizes. The paper, ‘Realizing a desired family size: when should couples start?’ concludes that the age “at which a couple should start trying to become pregnant strongly depends on the importance attached to achieving a desired family size and on whether or not IVF is an acceptable option”. The model suggests that if a woman wants a 90% likelihood of having one child without IVF, she should begin trying to conceive at 32 – later than a lot of suggestions in other contexts. However, if a woman wants a 90% chance of having three children without IVF, she would need to... View Article