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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

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Early Menopause and IVF

April 30, 2015 8:13 am

  Around 6% of British women suffer unexplained early menopause, giving them much greater risks of heart attack, stroke, and bone disease while make it much harder to conceive at a relatively early age. Early menopause is generally defined as menopausal symptoms before the age of 45. Another 1.4% of women go through early menopause due to cancer treatment or surgery to remove their ovaries. In these instances, women often have the option to freeze their eggs to ensure that they can still have a child if they choose to. Causes of Early Menopause There is no single cause for all early menopause or POF (Premature Ovarian Failiure) and in many cases, doctors can not find an underlying cause for... View Article

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‘3 Parent Babies’ Approved by MPs

February 20, 2015 8:43 am

British MPs have made a historic move and approved what the media are calling ‘3 parent babies’ in a free vote of 382 in favour versus 128 against. The technique does not blend equal amounts of DNA from 3 parents, but uses DNA from 2 women rather than 1 to prevent mitochondrial diseases from being passed on to children – only 0.1% of the child’s DNA will come from the  second woman. The new vote means that this procedures isn’t banned under the legislation that prevents genetically altered embryos from being implanted into women. Who Does This Help? It’s important to remember that techniques need to be widely tested and assessed before being open to a wider market. That said,... View Article

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Fertility Treatments are Denied by NHS to Save Money

February 1, 2015 10:48 am

The government’s NHS care watchdog has found that women throughout England are being denied fertility treatments and NICE  recommended care because NHS trusts need to cut costs. Previous studies have found that fewer than 1 in 5 NHS groups are paying for the recommended number of IVF cycles before suggesting that women look at private healthcare or alternative options, with the worst IVF provisions being offered throughout the South. In some areas, women are refused IVF altogether – such as those living in the Vale of York. Other clinical commissioning groups, such as Mid Essex, are no longer providing fertility services except in ‘exceptional clinical circumstances’. However, in just over half of England the commissioning groups offer 1 cycle of... View Article

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Breast Cancer Patients Consistently Miss out on Fertility Care

January 2, 2015 10:44 am

  A UK Charity has found that 5,000 young breast cancer patients are not being offered treatments to preserve their fertility. Survival rates for breast cancer are increasing consistently and the majority of women will survive their chemotherapy, but the treatments can damage ovaries and even bring on early menopause. That’s why clinical guidelines state that patients should consider freezing eggs or embryos to preserve their fertility in case they wish to conceive after completing their treatment. Breast Cancer Care spoke to 50 breast cancer specialists and 176 women who had been diagnosed before the age of 45. Over a third of the specialists interviewed said that they did not discuss fertility at all during the diagnosis, and 88% of... View Article

Is the Fertility Industry Sexist?

September 25, 2014 8:48 am

While the quality and coverage of fertility treatments differs according to provider and postcode, the industry has recently come under fire for not taking men’s fertility as seriously as women’s. Often, reproduction is seen as a ‘women’s issue’, with fertility articles often appearing in the women’s section of newspapers and in women’s magazines far more often than men’s. This approach extends well beyond the media – while extensive research has been done on the impact of female age, we have only recently realise that paternal age also has an impact on pregnancy success rates. Dr Liberty Barnes of University of Cambridge recently wrote about how often women endure years of infertility treatments (both medical and holistic) only to realise that they... View Article

Freezing Eggs vs Freezing Embryos – Which is Right for You?

July 30, 2014 8:27 am

Women who wish to extend their fertility or preserve it after undergoing medical treatments often choose to freeze their eggs or embryos to implant them later on.  There are no significant increased risks of birth defects or other problems during pregnancies that began with a frozen embryo or egg. However, the success rate for frozen embryos is much higher, which is just one of the considerations when deciding which treatment is right for you. Your Relationship If you have a partner you would like to conceive with, frozen embryos may be the better choice for your situation since they do have a higher success rate. If you do not currently have a partner, or are likely to conceive without one,... View Article

How to Choose a Sperm Donor

July 23, 2014 8:25 am

About 1,700 UK births each year are thanks to donor treatments. Women may choose to use donor sperm for a variety of reasons, perhaps they are not currently in a relationship and would like to conceive, or they may be in a same-sex relationship, or in a relationship with a man who has poor quality sperm. Each situation can have an impact on how they choose a sperm donor and how the criteria is decided. Modelling on a Partner Couples opting for sperm donation often choose to model their donor on their own characteristics to ensure that the child looks like them, or has particular attributes. Choosing a donor with similar facial features and colouring is often important to couples... View Article

Intrauterine Insemination: Study Shows that Paternal Age Does Matter

May 28, 2014 2:48 pm

While it’s common knowledge that maternal age affects success rates for intrauterine insemination, data released at the 2014 Annual Meeting of American Urological Association shows that paternal age has a big impact too. Data from 18.806 intrauterine inseminations over 8 years was studied to assess the impact of paternal age on success rates, with success defined as live birth. The study is the largest to date to track outcomes from this fertility treatment. The results showed that, after adjusting for general predictors of success (maternal age, maternal BMI, hormone levels and antral follicle counts), there was a clear decline in success rates with advancing paternal age. The decline began when men were in their 20s and continued at 20% for... View Article