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4 Facts about Fertility Over 40

January 13, 2021 5:34 pm

Many couples are having babies later in life. This can be for a number of different reasons, from wanting to focus on a successful career to waiting for the right partner. However, it is a biological fact that as men and women age, their opportunity to have children decreases. Read on to learn more facts about fertility over the age of forty…   As women age, the number of eggs in the ovaries rapidly decline. By the time a female reaches 40, she is likely to have only 3 percent of the original egg supply she was born with. In addition, as women approach menopause, their ovaries are not as responsive to the hormones which are responsible for ovulation. This... View Article

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Human Rights Day – Knowing Your Employment Rights During IVF

December 9, 2020 6:06 pm

To mark Human Rights Day on the 10th of December, we thought it might be helpful to share some guidance on employment rights when you are going through IVF treatment… Juggling the pressures work and IVF treatment can become both physically and emotionally draining, so it is important to research your options and know your rights. First and foremost, it is important to know that if you become pregnant through IVF, you have exactly the same pregnancy and maternity rights as non-IVF parents. In fact, you will have these rights once you have completed the embryo transfer and may become pregnant. During your IVF journey you or your partner may need to take time off work to go to appointments,... View Article

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How are we protecting our patients during COVID-19?

October 26, 2020 10:10 pm

In this uncertain time, we want to ensure that your fertility journey is as safe and as stress-free as possible. To provide the highest level of safety for both our clients and our staff members we have put in place strict infection-control measures throughout our clinic, we encourage social distancing, and we have the appropriate personal protective equipment. In our popular Open Events, we used to invite you to meet the Doctor in person for a mini consultation and give you a tour of our clinic. However, as we are currently unable to hold these events we are now offering free one to one telephone consultations with an experienced team member. They will be able to discuss in detail the... View Article

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IVF Injections Tips & Advice

May 25, 2020 12:00 pm

IVF is a daunting and often stressful experience for patients. Naturally, many patients build up a fear and anxiety about what the treatment involves, particularly the injections, which doesn’t ever seem as bad once they get through the other side. If you are soon to be starting IVF treatment, read on for some tips and advice. First of all, it’s wise to read about the process of IVF as much as you can, both in books, on the Internet and even in forums where you can chat to other people who have been through similar struggles as you. During your appointment with the doctors, be sure to ask as many questions as possible. Essentially, the idea is to educate yourself... View Article

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Does Genetic Testing Increase IVF Success?

February 3, 2020 2:06 pm

Genetic testing – or in fertility terms ‘pre-implantation genetic screening (PGS)’ is a treatment for checking the chromosomes of embryos for abnormalities whilst undergoing IVF treatment. A common reason for IVF treatment failure is because of chromosomal abnormalities within an embryo. If you are considering fertility treatment, you will want to make sure that your chances of conception are as high as possible, which means selecting the best embryos. This is done visually by skilled embryologists in normal IVF cycles. In relatively rare circumstances, such as where a woman has a good number of visually high quality embryos but has suffered repeated implantation failures or miscarriages, pre-implantation genetic screening can help. Through identifying the best quality embryos, this screening process... View Article

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