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How Do You Know if You’re Ovulating?

April 22, 2021 9:16 am

What is Ovulation? Simply put, ovulation is when an egg is released from one of your ovaries into you fallopian tube. This is the best time to try and conceive if you’re hoping to get pregnant. For that reason, many women like to work out when they are ovulating so that they have the best possible chance of the egg becoming fertilised. When Does Ovulation Occur? There are various things you need to understand if you are going to try and work out when you are ovulating. If you have regular periods, you should be able to determine when you’re ovulating more easily, as it usually occurs around 10-16 days before your period starts. You may notice that your cervical... View Article

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How Long Does it Take to Get Pregnant?

April 8, 2021 9:13 am

Once a couple has decided they want to start trying for a baby, they usually hope to get pregnant fairly quickly. However, it doesn’t always happen this way. It is difficult to give an exact number when it comes to the question of how long it takes for a woman to get pregnant. There are various factors at play, such as the age and general health of both the woman and man, as well as how regularly they have sex. The contraception you/your partner was using before you started trying to conceive may also affect how long it takes for you to get pregnant, as it can often take several months for fertility to regulate. You will need to ovulate... View Article

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How do you know if you have an abnormal womb?

March 17, 2021 12:32 pm

  Some women have a womb (uterus) that differs from the usual pear shape. This is called an abnormality of the womb, or a uterine abnormality. This is quite common and affects around one in every eighteen women. Research suggests that around one in every thirteen women with fertility issues has a uterine abnormality.   Will I be able to get pregnant if I have an abnormal womb?  Yes, getting pregnant is still a possibility, as not all uterine abnormalities affect your fertility. However this will depend on the type of abnormality you have. Some may make it more difficult for you to conceive and others could mean a higher risk of pregnancy complications. You may have a weaker cervix... View Article

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Endometriosis Awareness Month

March 15, 2021 5:26 pm

  March is Endometriosis Awareness Month. Endometriosis affects around 1.5 million women in the UK. To help raise awareness, here at Concept Fertility Clinic we are taking a closer look at this chronic condition, as well as how it can affect fertility… What is Endometriosis? Endometriosis is a condition where tissue similar to the lining of the womb, starts to grow in other areas of the body (such as the ovaries, bladder, bowel and fallopian tubes). Each month as a woman has her period; this tissue behaves in the same way. It builds up and then breaks down through bleeding. However, because this tissue has grown outside of the womb, the blood has no way to escape the body. This... View Article

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Fertility and Pregnancy with Ovarian Cancer

March 12, 2021 9:42 am

  This March, for Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, we’ve put together this blog to raise awareness and help those who may be concerned about their fertility after treatment. What is Ovarian Cancer? Ovarian cancer is a type of cancer that begins in the ovaries. It is one of the most common types of cancer in women and mainly affects those who have been through the menopause; however it can also affect younger women. Ovarian cancer often goes undetected until it has spread and at this late stage, makes the cancer more difficult to treat. This is why is it so important to raise awareness of the symptoms it can cause. Symptoms of ovarian cancer are: Persistent bloating, not bloating that... View Article

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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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Disability Day 2020 – Advice and Resources for Disabled Parents

November 30, 2020 10:46 am

To mark Disability Awareness Day on the 3rd of December, we have put together this helpful advice and list of useful resources… If you have a disability and are planning to become a parent, you might be worried about what the future holds. Will you be able to become a parent? What risks are involved? What support will you receive if you need to modify your home or invest in additional equipment to care for a baby? Some disabilities can increase certain risks to your health and the health of your baby, so it is crucial to seek the right information and the right maternity services to support your medical condition or disability. Of course, our doctors will be able... View Article

What to Expect from an Ultrasound Scan

April 13, 2020 1:00 pm

An ultrasound scan is a medical test that uses sound waves to capture images from the inside the body. These sound waves are emitted by a handheld device and the pictures can be viewed instantly on a monitor. Ultrasound scans are quick and pain free, with no risks or side-effects. Ultrasound scans can be used to diagnose a number of different medical conditions, however at Concept Fertility they are most commonly used diagnostically before fertility treatment starts to evaluate the potential of a patient’s ovaries and uterus, and during fertility treatment to monitor the growth of the egg-containing follicles and growth of the lining of the uterus. Ultrasound is used again to help doctors in the egg collection, embryo replacement... View Article

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What Should I Do to Prepare My Body for Pregnancy?

November 11, 2019 9:09 am

To improve your chances of getting pregnant and having a healthy baby there are some important changes that you will need to make. Follow these simple steps to help prepare yourself and your body for pregnancy… See your doctor If you are planning to get pregnant it is a good idea to visit your GP and have a full health check. Your doctor will be able to assess your medical history and discuss any health concerns. They will also be able to offer advice and inform you on which vaccines are available. Healthy diet It is important to maintain a healthy body weight if you are trying to conceive. Being overweight during pregnancy can lead to complications, such as high... View Article