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What Support is Available to Single Women Undergoing Fertility Treatment?

September 20, 2021 2:13 pm

If you’re a single woman and you want to have a baby, there are fertility options you can look into to help make this a reality. For example, you could consider sperm donation through a fertility clinic. At Concept Fertility, we do not recruit sperm donors, but we do liaise with reputable, dedicated sperm banks whom we have had good pregnancy/birth results. Rather than using a sperm bank, you may have a sperm donor of your own in mind, but this should be a careful consideration. Fertility Counselling Making the decision to have a baby on your own can be daunting, so you may wish to consider counselling. At Concept Fertility, we offer implications counselling for you and your potential... View Article

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What is an Ectopic Pregnancy?

August 23, 2021 9:49 am

An ectopic pregnancy can be a daunting prospect for expectant mothers but knowing the facts will make you prepared if it does happen. According to the NHS, 1 in 90 pregnancies is ectopic. To be aware of and to know the symptoms and what to do if your pregnancy does result of an ectopic pregnancy is important, and this brief guide will cover some of what can happen next. What to look out for An ectopic pregnancy is a pregnancy that occurs in the fallopian tube, but it can also occur elsewhere in the body. The embryo will not be able to survive in these areas and an ectopic pregnancy can be life-threatening if left unmonitored or untreated. Most pregnant... View Article

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Does the COVID-19 Vaccine Affect Fertility or Your Pregnancy?

July 19, 2021 9:32 am

As vaccines in the UK are rolled out for the population, there are a number of concerns for many people receiving the newly approved vaccines. This guide will explain the reasons for the vaccine and reassurances that the vaccine will be beneficial for all. The different vaccines available In the UK, you should receive a letter stating that you are ready to receive your vaccine, or alternatively you’ll be able to call your GP or a local vaccination centre to arrange an appointment. There are 3 main types of vaccine available currently: Moderna Oxford/AstraZeneca Pfizer/BioNTech For the majority of people that are pregnant they are offered appointments for either the Moderna or Pfizer vaccines, but according to the NHS, most... View Article

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What Lifestyle Factors Can Impact Pregnancy?

July 5, 2021 9:27 am

When it comes to your health, your lifestyle choices play a huge role, even when it comes to your fertility. There are a number of factors that you may look to change to improve your chances of conceiving with your partner or if you’re receiving fertility treatment, both physically and mentally. Here are the key factors to research and discuss with your GP when aiming to raise a child in the future. Smoking and alcohol The two biggest factors when considering pregnancy are your alcohol consumption and whether or not you smoke. If you are a smoker, we recommend speaking with your doctor to get some help with quitting. What’s more, you should not be consuming alcohol when trying to... View Article

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How to Increase Your Chances of Getting Pregnant

June 21, 2021 1:00 pm

It’s a fabulous time when you know you are ready to begin trying for a baby. There can be a number of options you’d like to discover, including our range of fertility treatments, but there are also other ways that you can maximise your chances of conceiving. Here is some key advice to consider when you are looking to increase your pregnancy chances. A conversation with your doctor The first thing couples or those looking to conceive should do is have a conversation with their doctor. A doctor will be able to perform a professional examination for you to determine if there are any further steps that need to be taken beforehand. This will also help you learn if you... View Article

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What Is Implantation?

May 25, 2021 8:42 am

    Implantation is when a fertilised egg (embryo) attaches itself to the lining of the uterus. This marks the beginning of a pregnancy.   Is conception and implantation the same thing?   No, conception does not automatically result in implantation or pregnancy. To help you understand the two definitions here is a little more information about the process of implantation and when it occurs…   Stage 1 – An egg is released from an ovary into the fallopian tube. This is called ovulation. Stage 2 – After sex, sperm travels into the fallopian tubes where it can fertilise the egg. Stage 3 – If the sperm is successful in fertilising the egg, this is called conception. Stage 4 –... View Article

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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

Endometriosis

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