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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

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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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How to Support a Friend Undergoing IVF

January 16, 2015 10:46 am

  Infertility can be incredibly stressful and put a strain on romantic and platonic relationships. While IVF is an excellent option, the hormones involved and anticipation can make women tired and emotional. It can be invasive and exhausting for couples in general, and support networks are essential at this time. Knowing What You’re Discussing Some people confuse IVF with artificial insemination. However, IVF involves complaining eggs and sperm outside the body and then introducing them to the uterus. Making the woman’s body ready for the fertilised egg is quite a long process, involving blood tests, ultrasounds, fertility drugs (which are administered daily), egg extraction, sperm collection, and a procedure to introduce the embryo to the uterus. Once that’s completed, women... View Article

IVF Mother Gives Birth at 46

June 12, 2014 8:14 am

A woman from Orlando, Florida, is now the oldest IVF mother using her own, unfrozen eggs after starting treatment at the age of 46. Belinda Slaughter conceived after creating four embryos using her own eggs and her husband’s sperm. One implanted successfully and a boy was born last September. She was unaware of breaking any records, but was aware that she only had a 1% chance of conceiving using this method. The age of the egg is what is remarkable about her pregnancy. A woman has given birth at the age of 69 using donated eggs, and women have been able to give birth later using frozen eggs, but this case is the first published in Fertility and Sterility using... View Article