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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

A Quarter Million IVF Births in Britain

November 28, 2016 5:13 pm

Infertility is a more common situation than most people realise. It is estimated that about 1 in 6 couples in Britain, who are trying for a child, need to seek medical assistance. Luckily there have been huge medical advances over many years now and in most cases it is possible to help people start their families. In fact, the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) has recently released figures showing that the 250,000th British IVF baby was born in February 2015. Back in July 2016, ESHRE (the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology), published that 6.5 million IVF babies have been born worldwide since the world’s first IVF baby, Louise Brown, entered the world in 1978. The use of... View Article

Extra Help for IVF Patients Over 30?

August 25, 2016 4:27 pm

Fertility doctors in America have applied for permission to use a controversial IVF procedure that promises to dramatically boost the chances of women older than 30 having babies by ‘rejuvenating’ their eggs. The technique is claimed to effectively makes older eggs young again by adding a fresh set of ‘batteries’ transferred from more youthful cells in their own ovaries, identified by a scientific process created in the United States. Own eggs vs. donated eggs IVF success rates fall dramatically with age and the chances of a successful IVF pregnancy are about 32 per cent for women under 35, about 21 per cent for women aged 38 to 39, five per cent for women aged 43 to 44 and less than... View Article

Benefits of Endometrial Scratching!

August 5, 2016 5:35 pm

The chances of women becoming pregnant would be more than double with the aid of a procedure to make scratches in the lining of their womb, according to a recent analysis. Endometrial Scratches and IVF An unsuccessful cycle of IVF is difficult to accept but is not uncommon for many women. The process of embryo implantation is complex and in some common causes failure can be due to a poor endometrial lining. Women who have had repeated failed IVF cycles, despite apparently achieving good quality embryos, may be candidates for this pre-IVF treatment called endometrial scratching. This has has been shown in several studies to improve, or even double the success of implantation. A word of caution, however – other... View Article

Gene Editing Approved For UK Scientists

March 17, 2016 1:00 pm Leave your thoughts

The UK is the first country to gain approval for a DNA altering technique in human embryos.  Approval was granted by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA), an independent regulator overseeing human embryo research. Dr Kathy Niakan will lead this work. When asked why she requested permission to edit the embryos, she stated, “We would really like to understand the genes needed for a human embryo to develop successfully into a healthy baby. The reason why it is so important is because miscarriages and infertility are extremely common, but they’re not very well understood.” The Relationship between Genetic Editing and IVF Treatments This type of genetic editing will offer hope for further understanding the blastocyst stage, in which cells... View Article

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5 Interesting Facts about IVF Treatment

December 21, 2015 9:30 am

Here are several interesting In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF) facts thanks to the help of recent research and a look back into history. Read on for a lighter look at this fascinating procedure. Robert G. Edwards was Awarded the Nobel Prize The English physiologist was born in Yorkshire and received the Nobel Prize in 2010 in the category of ‘Physiology or Medicine’. Edwards also received the Albert Lasker Clinical Medical Research Award in 2001, and was ranked 26th in the Telegraph’s list of 100 greatest living geniuses in 2007.  According to a BBC news article in 2013, his determination and dedication stemmed from a conviction that “the most important thing in life is having a child.” Rajo Devi Lohan is the World’s... View Article