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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

Where You Live Can Affect Your NHS IVF Treatment

May 28, 2014 2:43 pm

Despite strict NICE recommendations on IVF and fertility treatments, many women will face a post code lottery when it comes to getting the right treatment. Government health advisors have recently told the NHS to stop denying infertility treatment to childless couples, stating that the denial betrays the NHS’ guiding principle. The NHS in England and Wales is required to offer 3 IVF cycles to infertile women if they are under the age of 40, but this policy is often ignored by NHS trusts throughout the country. An audit of policies by the National Infertility Awareness Campaign (Niac) found that 49% only offered 1 IVF cycle and 24% offered 2 cycles. Less than a quarter offered the full 3 cycles and... View Article

Diet and Exercise During IVF: Increase Your Chances of Pregnancy

May 14, 2014 2:02 pm

Undergoing IVF can mean making some lifestyle changes to increase your chances of pregnancy and ensure that you’re healthy and comfortable throughout the process. While lowering alcohol, caffeine, and nicotine intake is widely accepted, some recommendations such as exercising less can seem counter-intuitive but is just as important for maximising your success rate. Eating well for IVF It’s important to avoid major changes to your diet once you’ve started IVF, particularly once the eggs are implanted. Simply continue with the diet recommendations given prior to your IVF cycle and avoid fish that is high in mercury. It’s also best to avoid eating food that’s more than 12 hours old to ensure that everything you eat is safe and healthy. It’s... View Article

Down’s Syndrome Screening Through a Simple Blood Test

April 23, 2014 1:59 pm

According to a recent report produced by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG), maternal blood testing for Down`s Syndrome could and should become standard practice. Until recently, any form of prenatal genetic diagnosis required invasive procedures to obtain samples of fetal tissue for testing. While this form of testing is widely used and extremely accurate it does carry some risks to the fetus and the mother, which include a 1 in 100 chance of pregnancy loss. Finding intact fetal cells and cffDNA in maternal blood cells has enabled researchers to perform a non-invasive test for Down`s Syndrome, Edwards Syndrome, and Patau Syndrome. This is currently being referred to as Non-Invasive Prenatal Testing. Non-Invasive Prenatal Testing Recent medical advancements... View Article

How to Relax During IVF

April 9, 2014 2:09 pm

Due to the hormonal treatments and the general worries surrounding cost and infertility, many women can find IVF stressful. However, it’s essential that you learn to relax during your IVF cycle to ensure that you have the best chance of success. Studies have shown that women who reduce stress and remain emotionally healthy during their IVF cycles are more likely to become conceive. While the overall outcome of IVF is out of your control, and success rates depend on a variety of factors including your age and health before IVF has begun, there are a number of things that you can do to reduce stress and improve your wellbeing both before and after your eggs are implanted. Focus on stability... View Article

The World’s First Womb Transplant Baby?

March 17, 2014 4:24 pm

Doctors hope that the world’s first womb transplant baby will be born this year, after doctors successfully introduced an embryo into her body. The woman was born without a uterus due to MRKH syndrome and received a transplant from her mother. The Swedish trial transplanted 9 patients with uteri from living relatives. Dr Mats Brännström, who is leading the trial, stated that “A success would be important proof of the principle that a procedure is now available to cure uterine infertility.” Due to the unusual procedure, if the foetus is carried to term it will also be the first time a woman has given birth from the same uterus she was born from. However, it is not the first time... View Article

Fertility Myths: Find the Facts About Fertility

March 3, 2014 10:22 am

While our knowledge of the human reproductive system and medicine is always improving, there are a number of myths and old wives’ tales that persist. Some of these can now be seen as amusing, but others can seriously harm fertility rates and your chance of conception. Paying attention to the facts, not the myth, can ensure that you have the best chance of conceiving or successfully completing your fertility treatment. Fiction: Female fertility declines from the age of 35 Fact: Female peak fertility is between the ages of 22 and 26 This can be surprising news, but the latest research shows that female fertility begins to decline from the age of 27. While the majority of 30 year olds will... View Article

Fertility Boosting Foods – Can Diet Really Help?

February 17, 2014 8:14 am

The importance of a healthy diet and exercise programme can’t be underestimated, particularly for couples who would like to conceive. While a good diet may not remove infertility issues entirely, it can remove one of the obstacles to getting pregnant and ensure that your body is in the best possible condition for your baby. Can Good Diet Cure Infertility? If your fertility problems are due to obesity, being underweight, or lifestyle factors such as too much alcohol and poor nutrition, a healthy balanced diet could vastly improve your chances of conception. Nutritional therapy provides individual advice to help balance diet and maintain a healthy body to boost fertility and increase chances of conception. It’s a good idea for couples who... View Article

GIVF in the USA Links with Concept Fertility in London

February 5, 2014 8:29 am

GIVF, one of the leading fertility and genetics clinics in the US has chosen Concept Fertility as its UK partner. The GIVF / Concept partnership enables us to offer more solutions for patients requiring egg donation or who simply wish to have fertility treatment in America The Genetics & IVF Institute is a fully integrated, comprehensive fertility centre, located in Washington DC. Founded in 1984, the GIVF team is an innovator in infertility treatment and genetics care and has helped thousands of patients worldwide realise their dream of starting a family. GIVF is a leader in donor gametes; it offers a large selection of fully screened, immediately available, college educated egg donors and quality donor sperm from Fairfax, its own cryobank. We are aware that... View Article

GP Study Day on Advanced Parental Age

February 5, 2014 8:06 am

Concept are delighted to be hosting a study day for GPs on the theme of  “Delayed Parenthood in the Third Millennium” on the 21st February 2014 between 12:30 and 17:00 at our offices in Putney. Advanced Paternal Age in the Third Millennium will be the subject discussed by Professor Martha Dirnfeld, followed by An Update on Polycystic Ovaries by Professor Helen Mason, then the subject of Fertility Preservation in Young Women with Cancer by Professor Gedis Grudzinskas, and The Role of Anti-Mullerian Hormone (AMH) in Fertility by Professor Roy Homburg. There will also be talks by our own Medical Director, Mr Kamal Ojha, on Fertility Management in Primary and Secondary Care and by our Nurse Manager, Katharine Hagues, on Preconception Counselling... View Article