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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

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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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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

How Many Cycles of IVF Do Patients Need?

April 19, 2017 8:46 am

Should Patients Plan for Several IVF Cycles or 1 Really Complicated One? Roughly 3.5 million people in the UK have difficulty with conceiving a child, equating to one in seven couples. This can be caused by a wide range of factors from age to body weight to smoking and drinking and a whole range of other conditions. Most couples pursue professional advice after around a year or two of trying and failing to conceive. Both the female and male partner will be tested in order to help diagnose the causes of infertility and determine what the best course of action is. What is IVF? In-Vitro Fertilisation (IVF) is one of the most effective tools for couples suffering with infertility. The... View Article