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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

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Dealing With Your Emotions During IVF Treatment

June 10, 2019 11:37 am

IVF treatment can be a stressful process and an emotional rollercoaster ride. There can be many contributing factors to these heightened feelings, including the treatment timescale, the hormonal effects of the medication and the anxiety about the success of the treatment. To help you prepare for dealing with your emotions during IVF treatment, we have put together the following advice… Knowledge To reduce your stress levels, it is important that you gather as much information as possible about the procedure and prepare yourself for your IVF journey. The best way to do this is by asking as many questions as possible to your chosen fertility clinic. The more you know and understand about the process, the less anxious you will... View Article

Fertility Apps

June 3, 2019 9:00 am

What is the fertility apps function? There are over a thousand of these apps available, from simple period trackers to ones specifically designed to help plan or prevent pregnancy. They fall into two main categories: calendar-based, where users input the start and the end of their periods and symptom-thermal, based on physical signs of ovulation such us cervical mucus. Whatever the specifics, the aim is the same: to identify a user’s fertility window- the six days in which you can conceive, made up of ovulation and the five days preceding it. How does a fertility calendar work? The fertility apps will ask you for the date of your first day of your period, the average length of your menstrual cycles.... View Article

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How to Have a Baby If You Don’t Have a Male Partner

May 27, 2019 11:25 am

If you are single or in a LGBT relationship and you want to try for a baby, there are several routes to parenthood that you can consider. Modern medical practices offer many effective solutions to help single or lesbian women achieve parenthood. The first step for these women is to decide whether they want to preserve their fertility and try for a baby in the future, or begin their treatment now. Read on below for some fertility treatment options that can help you to have a baby if you don’t have a male partner… Donor sperm Donor sperm can help you to become a parent, regardless of your sexuality or whether you are in a relationship. The donor sperm is... View Article

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What Fertility Treatment is Most Effective?

May 13, 2019 11:09 am

If you and your partner are experiencing problems with trying to conceive a child and you have had a fertility evaluation, you can then consider your treatment options. Fertility treatments vary, depending on your requirements, but they typically involve medication to stimulate the production of egg and/or sperm cells, or procedures that handle the eggs, sperm or embryos. Every patient is different and the treatment for your infertility might just be some changes to your lifestyle or weight. With that said, your treatment will depend on the cause of your infertility. Before you can determine which treatment option is most effective, you’ll need to understand what each one actually is. Fertility Drugs In many cases of infertility, women are not... View Article

Anabolic Steroids and Fertility

May 3, 2019 4:23 pm

Anabolic steroids belong to a class of drugs called androgens, which are compounds that act similarly to testosterone. Also known as anabolic-androgenic steroids these drugs are prescribed for the treatment of various conditions, including hormone imbalances and muscle loss. Unfortunately, they are often abused by athletes and others trying to increase muscle mass quickly. Testosterone is an important androgen in the human body. Effects of androgens are most evident during puberty like voice changing or pubic and body hair growing. It is naturally produced in the testicle, where its primary role is to help with the development of sperm. When the testosterone levels fall, the body responds by producing both luteinizing hormone (LH) and follicle stimulation hormone (FSH). LH acts... View Article