Categories for News

Fertility Testing London

Average British Couple Doesn’t Have Enough Sex to Conceive

September 6, 2015 8:47 am

A nationwide survey has shown that despite a lot of discussion of sex in media and private conversations, the average British couple only has sex once a week. This figure is down from around 6 times a month in 1990 to 4 times per month in 2000 for cohabiting couples, but seems to be holding steady. Unfortunately for couples trying to conceive, the ideal number of times to have sex when trying for a baby is 3-4 times per week. Fewer times during ovulation will decrease the chances of success, but more will have a negative effect on sperm quality. How Long Does it Take to Get Pregnant? The average amount of time it takes to get pregnant for fertile... View Article

Sperm Freezing London

Living in a Good Neighbourhood is Even More Important than You Thought

July 22, 2015 3:25 pm

Parents often worry about finding a home in a good neighbourhood, near good schools, away from crime, where their children can play outside and stay safe. But the latest research shows that living in a good idea is important throughout your life to maintain healthy cells. A team from the Pittsburgh School of Health Sciences studied how neighbourhood quality affected the cells of long-term residents and found that people living in worse areas experienced accelerated cellular ageing, showing the socioeconomic conditions can affect aging processes beyond simple dietary trends. Telomeres are pieces of folded DNA found at the end of chromosomes. Every time a cell divides, the telomeres shorten very slightly, which is thought to be one of the main... View Article

Sperm Freezing London

Should Men Freeze Their Sperm at the Age of 18?

July 1, 2015 3:25 pm

Men and women are having children later and later in life, the average age of first time parents is still rising; in the 1990s the average age of fatherhood in England and Wales was 31, now it is 33. Previously  a disproportionate focus was put on the mother’s age when considering reproductive health, but more recent research has shown that the father’s age plays a huge role as well. The sperm becomes more prone to errors, which increases the risk of conditions such as autism, schizophrenia, and other genetic disorders. Bioethicists are concerned that if these trends continue, a greater proportion of the population is likely to suffer from genetic disorders – ones that we have no real cure for... View Article

IVF in London

20% of Variation in BMI is Down to Genetics

May 21, 2015 8:42 am

  As obesity rates rise throughout the west, researchers are struggling to find the reason behind the change and discover how it can be curbed. A recent meta-analysis of 200,000 people have discovered that a fifth of variation in BMI is due to genetics. The study showed that predisposition to obesity and a higher body mass index is not down to a single gene or genetic change, but over 90 genes that all have a small effect. Appetite and feeding pathways play a significant role in maintaining an individual’s weight – much more of a role than metabolism. There is also a significant overlap between these loci, and the genomes associated with metabolic diseases such as insulin resistance, cholesterol levels... View Article

Fertility Clinic in London

How Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) Affects Fertility

May 5, 2015 8:41 am

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) affects the hormonal pathways that produce eggs and prepare the uterus for pregnancy, meaning that it can be a challenge for women with PCOS to become pregnant. A large part of the challenge is down to irregular periods or anovulation. Women with PCOS may not ovulate, may have irregular periods (so it can be hard to work out when ovulation occurs), or the uterus lining may not be prepared for pregnancy when an egg is released and fertilised. Just one of these effects can have a devastating impact on pregnancy chances, but many women with PCOS suffer more than one of these fertility complications. Non-Medical Treatments to Help Fertility Obesity is an issue for over a... View Article

fertility testing london

Fertility? There’s an App for That

October 2, 2014 8:49 am

The right apps can help track progress, understand your treatments, and keep track of your cycles, even setting reminders and providing tips to give you the best chance of conceiving. Here are some of the most convenient, useful, and beautiful apps for fertility and pregnancy. Kindara Fertility Tracker Kindara has a beautiful interface and it’s extremely easy to use. The app includes an ovulation calculator, basal body temperature chart, and a period calendar. It’s helped over 500,000 women take charge of their fertility and has been called the ‘Future of Reproductive Health’ by Bloomberg TV. Pink Pad This was one of the most popular apps with Netmums members. In addition to period tracking, it can help you keep an eye... View Article

Is the Fertility Industry Sexist?

September 25, 2014 8:48 am

While the quality and coverage of fertility treatments differs according to provider and postcode, the industry has recently come under fire for not taking men’s fertility as seriously as women’s. Often, reproduction is seen as a ‘women’s issue’, with fertility articles often appearing in the women’s section of newspapers and in women’s magazines far more often than men’s. This approach extends well beyond the media – while extensive research has been done on the impact of female age, we have only recently realise that paternal age also has an impact on pregnancy success rates. Dr Liberty Barnes of University of Cambridge recently wrote about how often women endure years of infertility treatments (both medical and holistic) only to realise that they... View Article

Learn More about Infertility and Treatments: The Best Fertility Books

June 25, 2014 8:19 am

While clinicians and consultants will answer all of your questions about treatments, it can be a good idea to educate yourself further about treatments and fertility in general. It’s important to see to your emotional needs as well as physical ones, particularly as some treatments can be quite intensive. Reading about others’ experiences and success can help guide you through the process and communicate better with your partner throughout your fertility treatments. Taking Charge of Your Fertility This book deals with fertility as a whole rather than just conception or infertility issues. It has been amended numerous times over the last 10 years to provide the latest information available. However, as with every resource some of the content needs to... 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

Intrauterine Insemination: Study Shows that Paternal Age Does Matter

May 28, 2014 2:48 pm

While it’s common knowledge that maternal age affects success rates for intrauterine insemination, data released at the 2014 Annual Meeting of American Urological Association shows that paternal age has a big impact too. Data from 18.806 intrauterine inseminations over 8 years was studied to assess the impact of paternal age on success rates, with success defined as live birth. The study is the largest to date to track outcomes from this fertility treatment. The results showed that, after adjusting for general predictors of success (maternal age, maternal BMI, hormone levels and antral follicle counts), there was a clear decline in success rates with advancing paternal age. The decline began when men were in their 20s and continued at 20% for... View Article