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Understanding Fertility on World Fertility Day

October 16, 2019 11:48 am

There are millions of people around the world who are unable to conceive a child naturally, many of which turn to fertility treatments such as IVF. In fact, it is more than likely that you or someone you know has suffered with infertility, but they may not feel that they can open up about it. The 2nd of November 2019 is World Fertility Day. It is a day of education and communication, allowing people to become more open about infertility and help break through the taboo. Below is an infographic with some useful facts and figures to help educate you on fertility, but if you would like to speak to a professional for more information, you are more than welcome... View Article

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Fertility News: UK Bill to Reconsider Egg Freezing Time Limit

October 14, 2019 3:20 pm

Egg freezing is a method of preserving a woman’s fertility so she may try and have children in the future. The current maximum storage period for frozen gametes (eggs and sperm) is ten years, although women at risk of becoming prematurely infertile (through medical treatments such as chemotherapy) are able to store their eggs for up to fifty-five years if specific authorisation is received. However, a new bill has been presented to the House of Lords that aims to extend the standard ten year time limit on egg freezing. This new ‘Storage Period for Gametes Bill’ was introduced by Baroness Ruth Deech QC, a former chair of the fertility regulator of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority. It asks for... View Article

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A Guide to Choosing the Right Fertility Clinic

September 30, 2019 2:17 pm

There are a number of factors to consider when choosing the right fertility clinic. Some of the main factors are the cost of treatment, location of the clinic and the success rates. However, it is also important to consider what treatments are available and which one is right for your individual needs. Selecting the right clinic is an important decision and it can feel overwhelming when there is so much to consider. To help you decide which fertility clinic is right for you, we have put together this helpful guide… Cost Prices of fertility treatments will vary from clinic to clinic, however it is vital that you do not choose a treatment simply because it appears to be the cheapest... View Article

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What Fertility Tests Should I Have?

September 16, 2019 11:10 am

Most cases of infertility can now be understood and a plan for dealing with the situation formulated. When undertaking fertility testing it important that both the female and male partners are tested in order to diagnose the causes of infertility as an infertility issue is almost as likely to be due to the male partner as to the female. We offer some introductory diagnostic packages with the aim of saving you time and money and as a way of guiding you through the plethora of diagnostic tests now available. So what fertility tests should I have? Female Fertility Testing Ultrasound Scans These are performed by our doctors using a transvaginal ultrasound probe which produces an image of the physiology the doctor needs to... View Article

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5 Natural Ways to Boost Fertility

September 2, 2019 3:02 pm

There are a number of natural ways to increase your chances of conceiving. Below we have put together a list of 5 natural ways to help boost your fertility. Avoid Trans Fats Eating healthy fat every day is important for boosting fertility. However, trans fats are associated with an increased risk of ovulatory infertility, due to their negative effects on insulin sensitivity. Trans fats are commonly found in hydrogenated vegetable oils and are usually present in some margarine, fried foods, processed products and baked goods. A large observational study found that a diet higher in trans fats and lower in unsaturated fats was linked to infertility. Cut back on alcohol Drinking alcohol can reduce the chance of conception for women significantly. Even moderate alcohol intake may contribute... View Article

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Do I Have a Low Sperm Count?

August 19, 2019 9:11 am

If you are worried that you may have a low sperm count, we are here to help. In this blog we have put together all the information you need to understand what a low sperm count means and how it is identified. Read on to learn more… What does low sperm count mean? Low sperm count or oligozoospermia, is where a man has fewer than 15 million sperm per millilitre of semen. Having a low sperm count can make it more difficult for you and your partner to conceive naturally. Where no sperm is produced at all, the condition is called azoospermia. In cases of azoospermia, it is still possible that the body produces them, but they just do not... View Article

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Fertility Drugs for Women and What to Expect

August 5, 2019 9:08 am

In a small, but significant, number of cases of infertility, women are not ovulating regularly or at all, despite the fact that they haven’t yet reached menopause. There are several drugs which can help to stimulate ovulation in these cases. Also, the more familiar types of treatments, such as IUI (Intra-Uterine Insemination, or Artificial Insemination) and IVF (In-Vitro Fertilisation), are heavily dependent on the use of fertility drugs. The most common drugs used to treat infertility are: Clomiphene citrate: This triggers the brain’s pituitary gland to secrete an increased amount of follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) and luteinizing hormone (LH). This action helps to initiate ovulation. Gonadotropins: Most commonly these hormones are FSH and LH taken in a daily injection to... View Article

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Common Causes of Male Infertility

July 22, 2019 12:49 pm

There are many things that can cause infertility in men. The most common issues are sperm disorders and problems that affect how the testicles function. Other factors, such as poor health or lifestyle choices can also play a significant role in male infertility. Unfortunately in about a quarter of couples, doctors are unable to identify the specific cause. Read on to learn more about some of the common causes of male infertility…. Sperm disorders The most common cause of infertility in men is poor-quality or abnormal semen. This is the fluid that contains the sperm. Sperm disorders can include: A low sperm count or no sperm at all Sperm that are not functioning correctly, meaning they are unable to swim... View Article

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5 IVF and Fertility Facts

July 8, 2019 11:42 am

In vitro fertilisation, commonly known as IVF, is one of several techniques available to help people with fertility problems have a baby. But how much do you really know about this fascinating fertility treatment? Here are five IVF and fertility facts you may find interesting… IVF means “fertilisation in glass” In vitro fertilisation is a process of fertilisation where an egg is combined with sperm outside the body, in vitro – meaning ‘in glass’. The egg and sperm are fertilised in a glass, or more commonly now, plastic, petri dish outside the body before the embryo is transferred back into the woman’s uterus. One in seven couples have problems getting pregnant It is estimated that one in seven couples in... View Article

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Am I Eligible for Private IVF Treatment?

June 24, 2019 12:47 pm

If you are considering private IVF treatment, but you are not sure if you are eligible, here are some easy to read guidelines to help… Who is eligible? All patients, irrespective of whether they meet the NHS criteria for IVF treatment, can be seen by a private fertility clinic. However, as a general rule, it is recommended that you seek the advice of fertility specialists if: You are under the age of thirty-five and have been having regular unprotected sex for twelve months without a pregnancy. You are over thirty-five and have been trying to conceive for six months. You are over forty and have been trying to conceive for three months. Have you seen your GP? If you are... View Article