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The 7 Steps of IVF Treatment

October 28, 2019 12:00 pm

If you are having difficulty becoming pregnant and you are considering IVF treatment, then you may wish to know a little bit more about how the process works and what to expect. It is important to note that there are a range of different IVF procedures and no two cycles are the same, however to give you an idea of what is involved in a typical IVF treatment cycle, we have outlined 7 of the key stages below… You and your partner will first need to have a number of physical examinations and tests, such as ultrasounds, sperm analysis and blood tests before you can start treatment. If you are considered a good candidate for IVF treatment then you will... View Article

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5 IVF and Fertility Facts

July 8, 2019 11:42 am

In vitro fertilisation, commonly known as IVF, is one of several techniques available to help people with fertility problems have a baby. But how much do you really know about this fascinating fertility treatment? Here are five IVF and fertility facts you may find interesting… IVF means “fertilisation in glass” In vitro fertilisation is a process of fertilisation where an egg is combined with sperm outside the body, in vitro – meaning ‘in glass’. The egg and sperm are fertilised in a glass, or more commonly now, plastic, petri dish outside the body before the embryo is transferred back into the woman’s uterus. One in seven couples have problems getting pregnant It is estimated that one in seven couples in... View Article

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Am I Eligible for Private IVF Treatment?

June 24, 2019 12:47 pm

If you are considering private IVF treatment, but you are not sure if you are eligible, here are some easy to read guidelines to help… Who is eligible? All patients, irrespective of whether they meet the NHS criteria for IVF treatment, can be seen by a private fertility clinic. However, as a general rule, it is recommended that you seek the advice of fertility specialists if: You are under the age of thirty-five and have been having regular unprotected sex for twelve months without a pregnancy. You are over thirty-five and have been trying to conceive for six months. You are over forty and have been trying to conceive for three months. Have you seen your GP? If you are... View Article

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Dealing With Your Emotions During IVF Treatment

June 10, 2019 11:37 am

IVF treatment can be a stressful process and an emotional rollercoaster ride. There can be many contributing factors to these heightened feelings, including the treatment timescale, the hormonal effects of the medication and the anxiety about the success of the treatment. To help you prepare for dealing with your emotions during IVF treatment, we have put together the following advice… Knowledge To reduce your stress levels, it is important that you gather as much information as possible about the procedure and prepare yourself for your IVF journey. The best way to do this is by asking as many questions as possible to your chosen fertility clinic. The more you know and understand about the process, the less anxious you will... View Article

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Is IVF Treatment Painful?

April 29, 2019 9:15 am

When discussing fertility treatment options you will naturally have a number of questions to ask. One of the most common questions we hear is how painful is IVF and what actually happens during the procedure? To help answer these questions, we have put together the following information… IVF treatment encompasses a number of procedures referred to as the ‘treatment cycle’.The truth is that during an IVF cycle, there are many stages where a woman may experience discomfort, but this is different for every individual. The IVF cycle starts with hormone injections for the development of eggs. These injections are usually painless and can be self-administered, but to those who do not like needles this can be a concern. As these... View Article

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Our IVF Jargon Buster

November 26, 2018 10:03 am

Antral Follicles: Found in the ovaries, an antral follicle is filled with fluid and an immature egg. An antral follicle count can help reveal a woman’s fertility potential. Blastocyst: When an egg is fertilised and the eggs start to divide, it is called a blastocyst. This happens roughly 5-6 days after fertilisation. Cycle: A cycle of IVF refers to a full, completed round of treatment. Donor: When a sperm sample or egg cell is donated by someone else for your fertility treatment. Egg Freezing: If a woman wants to preserve her fertility, her eggs can be frozen at sub-zero temperatures to be used at a later date. Fallopian Tubes: Egg cells travel through the fallopian tubes from the ovaries to... View Article

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Previous IVF Pregnancy Increases Chances of Success

October 17, 2017 9:59 am

Fertility treatments can be stressful, and for women with an existing history of miscarriage it can be disheartening and painful to experience more. However, there is hope for couples who have previously miscarried following IVF treatment – women who have previously conceived due to IVF actually have a better chance of getting pregnant again. A University of Aberdeen study looked at more than 112,000 women between 1999 and 2008 – researchers found that women who successfully conceived during a course of IVF were at least 10% more likely to conceive again (compared to women who did not conceive). Women who miscarried in the first cycle of IVF had a 40.9% chance of having a baby over 2 further IVF cycles,... View Article

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Implanting Two Embryos Could Reduce Chances of Pregnancy

September 25, 2017 9:34 am

Implanting two embryos during IVF has been the default technique for certain groups in order to maximise the chances of pregnancy, especially in the past when techniques were less refined, or with clinics or countries which are not so concerned with the problems associated with multiple pregnancies. A recent research programme shows that if one of the embryos is of lower quality than the other it can actually reduce the chances of successful implantation and pregnancy by up to 27%. Experts have previously believed that the body may focus on the better embryo, but these researchers have now suggested that the body may reject pregnancy altogether based on the quality of the poorer embryo rather than selecting the best candidate.... View Article

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80% of Women Give Birth within 5 Years of Fertility Treatments

September 12, 2017 9:34 am

The majority of women under 35 will give birth within 5 years of starting fertility treatments, a Danish study has shown. While treatments such as IVF and IUI do not necessarily work first time, this study has revealed that over half have a baby within 2 years of starting treatment, with that figure rising dramatically when you look at birth rates over 5 years. Maternal age did have an impact on the results – while 80% of women under 35 gave birth within 5 years, that figure dropped to 60% for women between 35 and 40, and 26% for women over 40. Overall, of the almost 20,000 followed as part of the study, 57% had a child as a result... View Article

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Fertility Treatments for Single Women and Same Sex Couples

June 26, 2017 12:59 pm

Starting a family can be even more of a challenge without a partner or in a same sex couple. At Concept Fertility, we are committed to providing exemplary care and advice regardless of your sexual orientation or relationship status. Over the years, we have helped numerous single women and same sex couples to conceive and have children through IUI, IVF, the use of donor sperm, egg sharing, or simply by preserving fertility through egg freezing. As with any medical treatment, it is important to have a good understanding of your options before taking action. We have a number of recommended paths available. Intrauterine Insemination with Donor Sperm The most popular option for single women or lesbian couples is IUI using... View Article