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Five Causes of Infertility

September 16, 2020 6:07 pm

Infertility is an issue that affects one in six couples trying to conceive over a period of 12 months. Infertility can come about from many different ways. Here are 5 of the most common causes of infertility which may affect couples trying to conceive.   1.    The Tubal Factor Following ovulation the egg is released from the ovary and enters the fallopian tube. It is in the fallopian tube the sperm and egg bind and gets fertilised. The fertilised egg is called an embryo which over a period of 5 days develops into a mature embryo and then enters the uterine cavity for implantation resulting in a pregnancy. Sometimes, the tubes could get blocked or damaged due to previous infection... View Article

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PCOS – What are the signs?

August 3, 2020 3:03 pm

Irregular periods, oily skin, hirsutism, weight gain? – These are just some of the signs that you may have polycystic ovary syndrome, also known as PCOS. Polycystic Ovary Syndrome is a common health problem caused by an imbalance of reproductive hormones. This condition has many symptoms, and you may not experience all of them. This is why many women only discover they have PCOS when they are trying to have a baby. Some of the symptoms of PCOS include: Irregular periods You may have irregular periods or you might have very heavy bleeding during your period. Some women with PCOS stop having periods completely. Excess hair You may notice excess hair growing in areas such as on your face, breasts,... View Article

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Same sex couples – What are your fertility options?

July 20, 2020 3:03 pm

If you are single or in a same sex couple, starting a family may not be a difficult as you think! There are far more baby options for same-sex couples and individuals available today than ever before. Here at Concept Fertility, we are committed to providing the highest quality care and professional advice regardless of your sexual orientation or relationship status. We believe as with any medical treatment, it is important to have a good understanding of your options before taking any action. So here is some information to help you understand three of the most common fertility options for same sex couples… Intrauterine Insemination One of the most popular options for single women or lesbian couples is Intrauterine Insemination... View Article

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4 Common Signs of Infertility

June 22, 2020 1:02 pm

Infertility is a common issue that can affect both men and women, despite the common misconception that it’s a female’s issue. As many as 1 in 6 couples struggle to conceive a child naturally and they have to turn to fertility treatment to help them have a baby. With this in mind, if you are hoping to have a baby one day, it’s important that you truly get to know your body so that you are better equipped to spot signs that you might be infertile. 1.     Pain during sex Of course, signs of infertility are different for men and women. For females, one indicator is pain during sex, as this can suggest an underlying issue such as fibroids or... View Article

Fertility and Our Immune System

June 15, 2020 9:53 am

Our immune system is working every day to keep us safe and maintaining it is important for our health.   We cannot always control what we are exposed to however we can control how effective our immune system is working.  Here are some tips to keep your immune system boosted: Diet – Our immune system requires nutrient-dense foods in order to function well. We have more toxic, processed and sugar-laden food available to us now than ever before.  Consuming these foods regularly along with poor nutrition can compromise your immune function.   Aim to revert back to the kind of foods that we were meant to eat, foods that don’t have an ingredients list like: fresh fruit, vegetables, nuts, seeds, eggs, spices,... View Article

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Can Fibroids Affect Your Chances of Getting Pregnant?

June 8, 2020 9:55 am

Uterine fibroids are noncancerous tumours, usually found in or around the uterus and occasionally the cervix. Fibroids often go completely unnoticed without any obvious symptoms; however depending on the size and the positioning of the fibroids, they can cause heavy menstrual bleeding, infertility or difficulties during pregnancy. There are three main types of fibroids: Intramural – Intramural fibroids are the most common type of fibroid. These are found within the muscular layers of the uterine wall. Submucosal – Often protruding into the uterine cavity, this type of fibroid can obstruct the uterus and lead to heavy menstrual bleeding. Subserosal – Found on the outer wall of the uterus and can cause pain as they grow by putting pressure on nearby... View Article

Case Study: Mary’s Story

June 1, 2020 12:47 pm

Mary is a lovely lady in her late 30s who tried to conceive naturally for years without success. After 4 failed cycle of IVF elsewhere she decided to move her embryos to our clinic. “Me and my husband got married in 2005. We tried to conceive naturally for years and had a few miscarriages as a result. I also had fibroids so I had them removed with surgery but it didn’t work. We decided that we needed help, so we went to a well-known fertility clinic and we started IVF. We chose their three cycle package to give us better chance but I never got pregnant. Then we went for another round of IVF at another clinic, but the result... View Article

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IVF Injections Tips & Advice

May 25, 2020 12:00 pm

IVF is a daunting and often stressful experience for patients. Naturally, many patients build up a fear and anxiety about what the treatment involves, particularly the injections, which doesn’t ever seem as bad once they get through the other side. If you are soon to be starting IVF treatment, read on for some tips and advice. First of all, it’s wise to read about the process of IVF as much as you can, both in books, on the Internet and even in forums where you can chat to other people who have been through similar struggles as you. During your appointment with the doctors, be sure to ask as many questions as possible. Essentially, the idea is to educate yourself... View Article

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How to Prepare for Your Embryo Transfer

May 11, 2020 9:19 am

In the same way that a seed needs the right conditions and nutrients in order to grow, so does an embryo in order to develop into a healthy baby. This is why, when preparing for IVF, it is so important to nourish your body and take proper care of yourself. By making some simple changes to your lifestyle, taking the right vitamins and reducing your stress levels, you can help to increase your chances of falling pregnant. Read on for our top tips on preparing your body for your embryo transfer… Lifestyle Before undergoing fertility treatment, it is important to pay close attention to your diet and lifestyle to help increase your chances of conception, as well as a healthy... View Article

A Diary Update From Our Acupuncturist

May 1, 2020 8:57 pm

Dealing With The IVF Lockdown   Anyone experiencing fertility issues will know the stress involved – doing it at the right time, looking for your cervical mucus, peeing on a stick to see if you are ovulating, the ongoing healthy living – no alcohol, no coffee, the right exercise, acupuncture, meditation, reflexology – anything that will help – and then the monthly disappointment. You and your partner decide to look into IVF, and that feels right for you both.  You start attending open days at clinics, you find the one that is right for you.  Then there is a feeling of excitement, its finally going to happen, you get to start next month.  Then a pandemic occurs and your IVF... View Article