Categories for Fertility Treatments

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The Benefits of a Private IVF Clinic

November 13, 2018 10:02 am

Infertility affects 1 in 6 couples, many of whom turn to IVF as a solution. However, IVF is only available on the NHS if you meet certain criteria such as a particular age or BMI, whether or not you or your partner already has a child, and many other factors. Worse, these factors may vary from area to area and sometimes it can be quite difficult finding what the funding rules actually are. An alternative option is private treatment, which although more costly, comes with many benefits. Non-Selective Treatment At Concept Fertility, for example, we are far less selective with our patients. We treat anyone who needs our help and do not reject patients who have a lower than average... View Article

What’s Involved in a Fertility Evaluation?

September 24, 2018 12:33 pm

If you’re feeling anxious about a pending fertility evaluation, we’d like to share what’s involved to help put your mind at rest. There is no need to feel afraid; the tests are necessary to help you on your road to becoming a parent. Most cases of infertility can be understood after a proper evaluation of both partners. Once a diagnosis is reached, appropriate treatments can be discussed. A typical fertility evaluation will involve a previous Semen Analysis if there is a male partner, an Ultrasound Evaluation for the female partner and both medical and sexual histories. If you have any previous investigations reports, you should bring them with you for review.  You will both be asked a series of questions,... View Article

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What is an Antral Follicle Count?

September 3, 2018 11:10 am

When a woman is born, she has all the eggs she will ever have; they are gradually lost until menopause, when very few are left and they are not released. Put simply, an antral follicle count indicates how many proto-eggs a woman produces each month, as well as their quality, to reveal her fertility potential. As well as age, this type of test is one of the easiest ways to determine the likelihood of successful fertility treatment. What are Antral Follicles? Antral follicles are found in the ovaries. They are a fluid filled sac, measuring roughly 2-9mm in diameter, containing an immature egg. Once they reach a certain age in a month, antral follicles can be measured and counted during... View Article

What’s Involved in Intrauterine Insemination?

August 20, 2018 9:03 am

Intrauterine Insemination (IUI), or Artificial Insemination, is a type of fertility treatment that involves the direct insertion of sperm into a woman’s womb (uterus) using a thin catheter. The main purpose of Intrauterine Insemination is to increase the number of sperm that reach the fallopian tubes, thus increasing the chances of fertilisation. It is a very low risk procedure. The process is usually performed just before ovulation and takes around 10 minutes. It is normally pain free, although you may experience some minor cramping, not dissimilar to period pains. Before the insertion, the semen is prepared in a lab to ensure only the best quality sperm is used. Semen contains more than just sperm, so it has to be “washed”... View Article

What to Look for in a Private Fertility Clinic

July 27, 2018 1:21 pm

When you’re eager to have a baby but you’re struggling to conceive naturally, it can be tempting to contact the first fertility clinic you stumble across and proceed with treatment as quickly as possible. However, when you’re spending a lot of money, it’s important to ensure you’re investing your money wisely. We’d like to help you understand what you should be looking for when seeking a private fertility clinic. Just remember, a little research goes a long way! Factors to Consider When Choosing a Fertility Clinic: Are You Eligible? At Concept Fertility, we do not exclude patients who have a lower than average probability of a successful pregnancy. In other words, if our patients have a chance of success we... 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

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

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Dealing with Infertility Over Christmas

December 21, 2017 9:53 am

While Christmas and the surrounding holidays are a wonderful time to relax and see family and friends, it can be particularly difficult or stressful for people experiencing infertility or going through fertility treatments. You may need to make some adjustments to your standard Christmas activities to enjoy yourself or even to improve the efficacy of your fertility treatment. Be Careful About Food and Drink Christmas is definitely a time of over-indulgence, but this may not be an option if you are undergoing IVF or any other fertility treatment. You should still be able to enjoy the standard Christmas favourites, such as Christmas dinner and plenty of chocolate, but the advice to avoid alcohol still stands around the holidays. You may... View Article

The Most Common Fertility Myths

November 27, 2017 10:17 am

Like any health issue, fertility is surrounded with myths and outdated information which can confuse people who are trying to conceive or even reduce their chances of success. Our doctors often hear people repeat these myths – unfortunately, it is difficult to find reliable sources of information, especially with the vast number of contradictory articles online. These are some of the most common myths we have heard at Concept Fertility. Fertility is a Woman’s Issue A common and very old fashioned misconception is that women the ones who are usually affected with fertility problems. The truth is that in around a third of cases the woman suffers a particular issue affecting fertility, in a third of cases it is the... View Article