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What is Ovulation Induction?

February 11, 2019 9:25 am

Ovulation induction is the stimulation of ovulation using medication. This medication works by encouraging eggs to develop in the ovaries, ready to be released. By combining this treatment with carefully planned intercourse or artificial insemination, it can greatly increase your chances of a successful conception. Who is best suited to ovulation induction treatment? Ovulation induction is often the preferred fertility treatment for women with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), but it is also suitable for women who are not ovulating for a variety of other reasons. However, it is essential that women opting for ovulation induction have not begun the menopause. Medications often used in ovulation induction include: Clomiphene Citrate (Clomid) Clomiphene Citrate is an oral medication, most commonly used if... View Article

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What is an Aquascan and What are the Benefits?

January 28, 2019 9:25 am

An Aquascan, also known as a 3D Hydroscan or a Saline Infusion Sonography (SIS), is an internal ultrasound scan, where a saline solution is used to show a detailed outline of the uterine cavity (womb). A routine ultrasound scan is helpful in spotting larger growths, but this technique greatly improves the detection of polyps, fibroids, scar tissue or any other uterine anomalies. When should the scan be used? An Aquascan should be used to investigate uterine abnormalities in women who experience infertility or multiple miscarriages. It is also a valuable technique for evaluating unexplained vaginal bleeding. What does an Aquascan involve? A speculum is inserted in the vagina to visualise the neck of the womb (similar to a smear test).... View Article

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How Many Eggs Should I Freeze?

January 7, 2019 10:17 am

If you are considering freezing your eggs, you may have asked “How many eggs do I need to freeze?” It’s a good question because, in addition to your age, the number of eggs you freeze will impact your chances of a successful pregnancy. However, before understanding the answer to that question, you must first understand the egg freezing process. When you’re ready to have a baby and want to use the eggs you’ve frozen, around 90% of your eggs will survive the thaw. Of that 90%, a certain number will fertilise. This depends on a variety of factors, including your age at the time the eggs were frozen and the quality of the sperm you use to fertilise the eggs.... View Article

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Can Birth Control Pills Affect My Fertility?

December 24, 2018 10:12 am

Birth control pills are designed to imitate hormones produced in the female body, to prevent ovulation and ensure the uterine lining is inhospitable for an embryo. What’s more, birth control pills also affect the production of cervical mucus, making it too hostile environment for the sperm to swim and fertilise an egg. Although many hormonal contraceptive options have associated risks, taking the pill should have no negative impact on your fertility once you’ve stopped taking it. In fact, research has found that a woman who has taken the pill in the past is just as likely to conceive a child as a woman who has never used any form of hormonal contraception at all. Whether taking the pill for one... View Article

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4 Benefits of an Ultrasound Scan

December 10, 2018 10:09 am

Ultrasound, also called sonography, uses high frequency sound waves to produce images of internal organs. It has many uses in the medical world; not only can it confirm a pregnancy, it can also diagnose particular illnesses and even guide doctors through detailed procedures. With regards to IVF, good ultrasound forms the foundation for a suitable fertility diagnosis and is key to monitoring throughout treatment. At Concept Fertility, we offer ultrasounds to help us understand why you might be struggling to conceive a child, and the most appropriate next steps. There are many benefits to an ultrasound scan, some of which you will find listed below. 1)    Painless Since an ultrasound scan involves no needles, injections or incisions, it is usually... View Article

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Our IVF Jargon Buster

November 26, 2018 10:03 am

Antral Follicles: Found in the ovaries, an antral follicle is filled with fluid and an immature egg. An antral follicle count can help reveal a woman’s fertility potential. Blastocyst: When an egg is fertilised and the eggs start to divide, it is called a blastocyst. This happens roughly 5-6 days after fertilisation. Cycle: A cycle of IVF refers to a full, completed round of treatment. Donor: When a sperm sample or egg cell is donated by someone else for your fertility treatment. Egg Freezing: If a woman wants to preserve her fertility, her eggs can be frozen at sub-zero temperatures to be used at a later date. Fallopian Tubes: Egg cells travel through the fallopian tubes from the ovaries to... View Article

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The Benefits of a Private IVF Clinic

November 13, 2018 10:02 am

Infertility affects 1 in 6 couples, many of whom turn to IVF as a solution. However, IVF is only available on the NHS if you meet certain criteria such as a particular age or BMI, whether or not you or your partner already has a child, and many other factors. Worse, these factors may vary from area to area and sometimes it can be quite difficult finding what the funding rules actually are. An alternative option is private treatment, which although more costly, comes with many benefits. Non-Selective Treatment At Concept Fertility, for example, we are far less selective with our patients. We treat anyone who needs our help and do not reject patients who have a lower than average... View Article

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Could Going to the Gym be Damaging Your Sperm Count?

October 29, 2018 2:53 pm

A new study from the University of Western Australia implies that men who spend more time in the gym have lower sperm count, on average, than those who don’t. The study began by requesting full-body photographs and a semen sample from 118 men. The photographs were then rated by 12 women on how ‘attractive’ and ‘masculine’ the men appeared to be. A further 91 men and women rated the photographs on how strong the men looked. Predictably, the men who appeared stronger were rated as the more attractive and most masculine of the bunch, but their sperm counts were generally lower. The reason why is not particularly clear and more research is necessary to truly understand the correlation. One theory... View Article

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Is it Impossible to Be Fertile Over 40?

October 22, 2018 11:00 am

Although your chances of conceiving a child after you turn 40 are lower than what they were when you were in your 20s and 30s, it is certainly not impossible. In fact, most women who become pregnant in their 40s normally have healthy pregnancies and healthy babies. However, there are some important things you should know if you want conceive aged 40+, including associated risks. Fertility in Your 40s As you age, the number of eggs you have in your ovaries declines. What’s more, as you approach menopause, your ovaries are not as responsive to the hormones which are responsible for ovulation. For the same reason, fertility drugs can often be affected. If you are over the age of 40... View Article

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Looking After Yourself Through Infertility

October 15, 2018 12:40 pm

Infertility is arguably one of the hardest problems a couple can face. It is accompanied with a variety of difficult emotions and can put an enormous strain on even the strongest of relationships. It’s incredibly important for anyone experiencing infertility to take care of their physical and mental health, particularly if undergoing fertility treatments. Build a Support Network Don’t be afraid to share your story with others and accept their support if it’s offered. What’s more, you need to remember that you and your partner are in this together and you should talk about how you feel. Face it with a united front! Try to be Positive Of course, it’s perfectly okay to be sad; you do not need to... View Article