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Transferring One Embryo or More – Weighing the Risks

June 19, 2017 12:59 pm

As part of your fertility treatment, you may have to decide whether to transfer one embryo or more into your uterus with the hopes that they will properly implant and continue to a successful pregnancy. There are risks with each option, but it is important to fully understand the consequences of each decision so that you can make the right choice. Why Transfer More than One Embryo? If you are under 37 and otherwise healthy with no history of unsuccessful implantation, it’s likely that a single embryo transfer will be recommended. This is because multiple pregnancies are associated with higher morbidity for both the mother and foetus, and developmental problems due to prematurity. In most instances, your fertility care provider... View Article

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What Happens After an Embryo Transfer?

May 31, 2017 10:17 am

Once embryos are transferred into the uterus, it typically takes 10 days until hCG levels are high enough to detect on a pregnancy test. However, many of our patients prefer to know what should be happening at each day so they can imagine the progress and look forward to that final day when they can see if the treatment has been successful. In some cases, patients experience a false negative on day 10 and it is always worth taking additional pregnancy test 2-4 days afterwards. Day by Day After a 5-Day Transfer Once your embryos have been transferred, you are essentially waiting for them to implant and for certain hormone levels to rise to order to sustain the pregnancy. This... View Article

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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

How Does the Thyroid Gland Affect Fertility?

April 10, 2017 4:35 pm

The thyroid gland is shaped like a butterfly, sitting low on the front of your neck. The hormones secreted by the thyroid gland influence factors such as metabolism, growth and body temperature. However, on occasion, the thyroid gland can produce too much or too little thyroid hormone and cause complications for couples hoping to start a family. Hypothyroidism and Fertility If a woman has an under-active thyroid condition (hypothyroidism) that is left untreated, her ability to conceive a baby will become hindered. She will likely experience heavier or prolonged periods or even no periods at all. This can cause anaemia. Luckily, the problems with the thyroid that interfere with pregnancy can be treated easily. By taking medication, the thyroid hormone... View Article

3-Parent Babies: What Does This Mean?

February 9, 2017 5:37 pm

Babies are now being born after mitochondrial donation Doctors in the Ukraine recently announced the birth of a baby girl following the use of a technique called pronuclear transfer, which involves using the mitochondrial DNA from third woman instead of the mitochondrial DNA which existed in the egg of the baby’s mother. Last year, in what is thought to be the world’s first, a baby was born in Mexico after his parents used a different mitochondrial donation technique. This was carried out by an American doctor and, somewhat alarmingly, he was quoted as saying that it took place in Mexico because “there are no rules”. Why donate mitochondria? Babies are born with a mixture of the DNA from their parents.... View Article

Do IVF Clinics Oversell Add-Ons?

December 7, 2016 12:40 pm

  This was the subject of a Panorama television programme recently and it featured in several newspaper stories. This is obviously a potential worry for people needing fertility treatment so the question arises: is it a nonsense headline-chasing scare-story or is it evidence-based sensible guidance for patients being hoodwinked? Here at Concept Fertility, we do believe that there are a small number of clinics who seem to sell certain treatments which have dubious value. It causes us problems because patients sometimes ask us what we do differently, what extras we specialise in, what can they add on to improve their chances? The answer is sometimes difficult to hear – there is no miracle cure, there is just careful choice of... View Article

Concern for Future of NHS Fertility Treatment

April 7, 2016 4:16 pm

A third of GPs have indicated that they do not believe that IVF should be funded by the NHS. A survey involving 1158 different healthcare workers has exposed the shocking truth with some stating that they did not believe that children “were a right”. The figures for couples who have problems conceiving are understood to be 1 in 6 and the current guidelines for NHS funded IVF state that couples under 40 who have been trying to conceive for two years are entitled to up to three cycles of IVF but it has been noted that some authorities allow only one cycle, indeed recent figures suggest that under one in five authorities are allowing more than one cycle. This is... View Article

Further Conclusions about Aspirin and Fertility

March 3, 2016 1:00 pm

We’ve recently written an article about aspirin and fertility based on recent studies, research and recommendations from the NHS. Richard Kennedy, the President-Elect of the International Federation of Fertility Societies has taken a stand on the continuing debate of whether aspirin helps to improve fertility. Aspirin’s Introduction to Reproductive Medicine Aspirin has been prescribed for years as an anti-clotting agent, which is the primary reason for its use in a variety of medical conditions.  In 1979 it began to be used to prevent the occurrence of pre-eclampsia.  The potential for haemorrhaging have prevented its mainstream use in obstetric medicine until recently.  This side effect has since been  addressed by administering a low-dose (75 mg) of aspirin (known as LDA).  LDA... View Article

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5 Ways to Boost Your Fertility in 2016

February 10, 2016 2:15 pm

If you’d like to start a family in the coming year, there are a lot of small lifestyle changes that you could make to boost your fertility and improve the chances of conception and a healthy pregnancy. We make these recommendations to all of our patients when trying to get pregnant. Eat Better Improving your diet is one of the few non-medical ways to improve ovulatory function. Controlling your weight and ensuring that you have a balanced, nutritious diet improves the chances of getting pregnant and having a healthy child. Exercise More Your BMI and physical fitness have a significant impact on fertility. Women with BMIs of over 24 are less likely to have a successful pregnancy (naturally or through... View Article