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Should I Freeze My Eggs?

January 25, 2022 2:20 pm

If you’re considering freezing your eggs, you may have come across a range of information both online and via your doctor, which can feel quite overwhelming. Fertility treatments can be complicated and difficult to wrap your head around, which is why Concept Fertility have prepared this simple guide to egg freezing and whether or not it’s the right option for you. Why Do Women Freeze their Eggs? There are several reasons why a woman might want to freeze her eggs, as listed below. If any of these reasons sound familiar to you, then it may be something to consider… Delaying parenthood to concentrate on other areas of life, such as a career Delaying parenthood due to lack of romantic partner... View Article

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What Female Conditions Can Affect Fertility?

January 18, 2022 2:30 pm

Issues with fertility are more common than you might think, and it is estimated that around 1 in 7 heterosexual couples in Britain struggle to conceive naturally. Roughly 30% of infertility cases are attributed solely to female factors, so we have put together the following information about a few female conditions that can affect fertility. Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) PCOS is a common condition that essentially affects how a woman’s ovaries work. Around 1 in 10 women suffer with PCOS. Polycystic ovaries contain a large number of harmless follicles. Follicles are small sacs that contain an immature egg, but when a woman has PCOS these sacs are often unable to produce a mature egg because the normal monthly cycle is... View Article

Heather lost a staggering 30kgs with our nutritionist and is now pregnant

January 14, 2022 2:58 pm

Heather is a current patient who is now 23 weeks pregnant after having fertility treatment with our amazing team at Concept. She has worked so very hard to prepare her body for her pregnancy and lost a staggering 30kgs by working with a programme designed specifically for her by our in house Nutritionist Ann. “I have been overweight for most of my adult life and along the way worked with numerous dietitians and nutritionists without success despite being committed to weight loss, or so I thought. In all honesty I had given up any hope, and accepted myself for who I am in terms of my size and weight. I was so disheartened when Dr Ojha referred me to Ann,... View Article

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What is the Difference Between IVF and ICSI Treatment?

December 23, 2021 11:01 am

If you’re new to the world of fertility treatments, you may be unfamiliar with the different terminology and abbreviations. There’s certainly a lot to wrap your head around, so don’t be afraid to ask your doctor plenty of questions in order to understand your options more clearly. To help, we have put together this guide to highlight the differences between IVF and ICSI treatments and why you might be better using one over the other. Understanding IVF Treatment IVF stands for “in-vitro fertilisation” which means “in glass” but, other than during the egg collection operation, no test tubes are actually involved in the process, as is falsely assumed. The treatment comprises of a number of procedures to allow for eggs... View Article

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The Two Week Wait or TWW

December 21, 2021 11:38 am

Firstly, we know exactly how stressful the two week wait can be. Patients can find themselves obsessing over symptoms, researching with Dr Google and feeling a little numb with the situation. At Concept Fertility we are here to help you feel as knowledgeable, relaxed and as calm as possible through this difficult waiting time. Whatever type of treatment you have had, if you are pregnant, we are talking below about how to manage the waiting game and what could be happening to your body. • The two-week wait is the time period between ovulation and the point at which an at-home pregnancy test, or in clinic blood test, can detect pregnancy with the highest accuracy. • Early pregnancy tests can... View Article

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The Comprehensive Checklist for IVF

November 25, 2021 3:02 pm

Millions of babies have been born from IVF treatment over the past forty years and it isn’t something you should be ashamed of. Lots of couples struggle to conceive naturally and require the help of a clinic such as Concept Fertility to help them on their fertility journey. You may have heard of the term “test tube baby”, but virtually no test tubes are actually involved in the IVF process. However, it does involve skilled embryologists and closely controlled laboratory conditions. If you are going to be receiving IVF treatment, you will need to ensure you are fully prepared, which is why we have put together this comprehensive checklist. Get Organised Make sure you have a diary or calendar detailing... View Article

Natural Ways to Boost Your Fertility

November 24, 2021 12:13 pm

The road to parenthood can sometimes be hugely challenging, but know you are not alone in this struggle. Around 15% of couples may struggle to conceive. There are some natural ways to help increase your fertility. Some simple food and lifestyle choices can help boost fertility. GET ACTIVE Being active and less sedentary can help when getting pregnant, during your pregnancy and help your mental well-being. Exercise and activity can boost your ability to conceive. In fact, research shows that women who exercise for 30 minutes every day may have a reduced risk of infertility. Being active doesn’t mean hitting the gym every day. It means anything that gets your heart rate up, makes you breathe faster and makes your... View Article

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Our Guide to Sperm Donation

November 11, 2021 2:58 pm

Sperm donation is when a man donates his semen to help either a couple or an individual conceive a baby. This donated sperm can either be introduced into a woman’s uterus, which is known as Intrauterine Insemination, or it can be used to fertilise an egg in a lab, known as In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF). We have put together this helpful guide to provide you with more information about what’s involved with sperm donation, and why it might be an option for you. Why Should I Use a Sperm Donor? There are lots of reasons why our patients may require a sperm donor in order to conceive. You may be a single woman, in a same-sex relationship, or your male... View Article

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How to Support Men’s Mental Health Through Fertility Treatment

October 18, 2021 9:33 am

Even in 2021, fertility and infertility are topics that remain fairly taboo, especially where men are concerned. People tend to find it awkward and feel reluctant to talk about their own experiences when it comes to conceiving a child, leading to a culture that is often uncomfortable opening up.  Unfortunately, though, infertility is a very real issue that affects 1 in 7 couples, and it is not always the woman who is infertile. Low sperm count, poor sperm morphology or motility, damaged testes and blocked tubes are some of the many reasons why men are unable to conceive, as well as various lifestyle factors. With unfair perceptions and stereotypes surrounding masculinity, men tend to struggle with symptoms of depression, anxiety,... View Article

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Will IVF Work the First Time Around?

October 4, 2021 11:30 am

For men and women struggling to conceive a child through natural means, In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF) is one popular technique available to help. During IVF, a woman’s ovaries are encouraged to produce more mature eggs than usual using hormone treatment. Using an ultrasound scan, the maturation of the follicles containing the eggs is monitored and eventually the eggs are removed from the ovaries to be fertilised with sperms in a lab. The embryo, which is the correct term for a fertilised egg, is then returned to the woman’s womb where it will hopefully grow and develop into a healthy foetus. Unfortunately, IVF is not offered by the NHS to everyone who has fertility issues, because the National Institute for Health... View Article