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Implantation Bleeding Explained

August 14, 2017 1:25 pm

Implantation bleeding is perfectly normal and extremely common, but many women are unaware of it and may mistake it for a period. It’s rare that it requires medical attention, but sometimes it is best to visit your doctor just to make sure. What is Implantation Bleeding? Implantation bleeding is an early sign of pregnancy – it happens a few days before a pregnancy test will be able to accurately tell you whether or not you are pregnant. Implantation happens around 1-2 weeks after the egg has been fertilised, when the embryo multiplies and becomes a blastocyst. It attaches itself to the wall of the uterus, where it will stay until it is born – this process can cause a little... View Article

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Sugar and Fertility: What is the Impact?

July 24, 2017 10:25 am

Healthy diet and proper proportions of macronutrients are essential to healthy eggs and sperm, which is why it’s so important for couples to look after their nutrition when trying to conceive. Unfortunately, if you do not cook from scratch it can be difficult to understand and keep track of exactly what is in your food – particularly with high volumes of added salt and sugar in processed foods. The Link Between Sugar Intake and Infertility Sugar can be a major hormone disruptor, and increasing research is pointing to links between sugar and inhibited fertility. For example, a study presented by the American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) showed that IVF patients who switched to a low-carbohydrate, high-protein diet before undergoing... View Article

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Healthy Relationship Tips During Fertility Treatment

July 17, 2017 10:23 am

Infertility can be one of the biggest tests of your relationship – how you deal with it, how you communicate, and how you support each other through diagnosis, treatment, and hopefully pregnancy, can make or break a relationship. It can sometimes be easy to forget why you are going through this stressful situation to begin with – because you met somebody you love and want to have a child with them. Some couples find that their relationship is actually stronger after going through ordeals together – they find ways to communicate and focus on each other’s needs and that brings them closer. While doctor’s appointments, tests, and new routines will be foremost in your mind you should not neglect your... View Article

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3 Things to Do Before Going to a Fertility Clinic

July 10, 2017 10:20 am

Anxiety about conception is normal, particularly as many couples have spent most of their sexual lives trying to avoid pregnancy and can therefore overestimate just how easy it is to conceive. However, it’s important to give natural pregnancy the best possible chance and avoid coming to a fertility clinic too soon. Our staff members are happy to answer questions over the ‘phone and that can include discussions about how long you have been trying and whether it is worth trying naturally for a little longer. Whilst we will never prevent you seeing one of our doctors, we try to make you aware if you have not tried to conceive naturally for long enough (for example), and therefore may be better... View Article

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Being Underweight Affects Fertility as Much as Obesity

July 3, 2017 1:06 pm

The majority of media at the moment focuses on the impact that obesity or simply being overweight can have on fertility, but being underweight also has devastating (and sometimes more long-lasting) consequences. The most common cause of infertility related to being underweight is hypothalamic amenorrhea; this condition stops the menstrual cycle and can result in other symptoms such as low libido. In simple terms, it is the body’s reaction of stress to starvation signals that prevents pregnancy in unsafe times. Unfortunately, in the modern world it is often the result of an intense training regimen (common among athletes), eating disorders, or even a stressful job. Even fast weight loss can trigger hypothalamic amenorrhea, which can be particularly distressing for women... View Article

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Fertility Treatments for Single Women and Same Sex Couples

June 26, 2017 12:59 pm

Starting a family can be even more of a challenge without a partner or in a same sex couple. At Concept Fertility, we are committed to providing exemplary care and advice regardless of your sexual orientation or relationship status. Over the years, we have helped numerous single women and same sex couples to conceive and have children through IUI, IVF, the use of donor sperm, egg sharing, or simply by preserving fertility through egg freezing. As with any medical treatment, it is important to have a good understanding of your options before taking action. We have a number of recommended paths available. Intrauterine Insemination with Donor Sperm The most popular option for single women or lesbian couples is IUI using... View Article

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Transferring One Embryo or More – Weighing the Risks

June 19, 2017 12:59 pm

As part of your fertility treatment, you may have to decide whether to transfer one embryo or more into your uterus with the hopes that they will properly implant and continue to a successful pregnancy. There are risks with each option, but it is important to fully understand the consequences of each decision so that you can make the right choice. Why Transfer More than One Embryo? If you are under 37 and otherwise healthy with no history of unsuccessful implantation, it’s likely that a single embryo transfer will be recommended. This is because multiple pregnancies are associated with higher morbidity for both the mother and foetus, and developmental problems due to prematurity. In most instances, your fertility care provider... View Article

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What Happens After an Embryo Transfer?

May 31, 2017 10:17 am

Once embryos are transferred into the uterus, it typically takes 10 days until hCG levels are high enough to detect on a pregnancy test. However, many of our patients prefer to know what should be happening at each day so they can imagine the progress and look forward to that final day when they can see if the treatment has been successful. In some cases, patients experience a false negative on day 10 and it is always worth taking additional pregnancy test 2-4 days afterwards. Day by Day After a 5-Day Transfer Once your embryos have been transferred, you are essentially waiting for them to implant and for certain hormone levels to rise to order to sustain the pregnancy. This... View Article

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PTID and the Importance of Therapy During Fertility Treatments

May 24, 2017 10:06 am

Infertility is stressful for the majority of couples – the combination of wanting to be parents with sometimes intense hormonal changes, treatment schedules, and financial pressures, can make conception attempts increasingly upsetting. Rather than soldiering through, it’s essential that couples speak openly about these pressures and try to work through them to ensure good mental health and to even improve chances of success by reducing stress and the harmful hormonal changes that it can bring about. PTID: Post Traumatic Infertility Disorder In some rare cases, patients may develop something called PTID after failed pregnancy attempts or multiple treatment cycles – in some cases, the symptoms continue even after a successful pregnancy and birth. Many of the symptoms are normal for... View Article

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What Causes Age-Related Infertility?

May 17, 2017 9:45 am

Female age is one of the most important factors to consider when making an infertility diagnosis and suggesting treatments. The deterioration in both egg quantity and quality make it significantly more difficult for a woman to conceive in her 40s compared to her 20s. How Fertility Changes with Age There are a number of different ways that age affects fertility. Women do not produce eggs over time – they are born with a finite number of eggs and cannot produce more. As women age, the number of eggs available quickly decreases, so fertility begins to decline in the mid- 30s. Over time, ovulation also slows down and happens less frequently in preparation for menopause. This effect can occasionally begin as... View Article