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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

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What Support is Available to Single Women Undergoing Fertility Treatment?

September 20, 2021 2:13 pm

If you’re a single woman and you want to have a baby, there are fertility options you can look into to help make this a reality. For example, you could consider sperm donation through a fertility clinic. At Concept Fertility, we do not recruit sperm donors, but we do liaise with reputable, dedicated sperm banks whom we have had good pregnancy/birth results. Rather than using a sperm bank, you may have a sperm donor of your own in mind, but this should be a careful consideration. Fertility Counselling Making the decision to have a baby on your own can be daunting, so you may wish to consider counselling. At Concept Fertility, we offer implications counselling for you and your potential... View Article

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Is There an Age Limit on Fertility Treatments?

September 6, 2021 2:10 pm

One of the most common reasons behind difficulties conceiving a child is advancing age. You’ve most likely heard of the “biological clock” which essentially refers to fertility limitations regarding age, as fertility significantly drops when a woman reaches her mid to late thirties. This is because the quality and quantity of her eggs declines. From an evolutionary perspective, this gives women enough time to survive long enough to raise her existing children. However, many women aren’t ready to have a baby before this age, especially nowadays when starting a family isn’t a main priority, and they may have to look at their options when it comes to conceiving. If you do happen to be worried that the likelihood of conceiving... View Article

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What is an Ectopic Pregnancy?

August 23, 2021 9:49 am

An ectopic pregnancy can be a daunting prospect for expectant mothers but knowing the facts will make you prepared if it does happen. According to the NHS, 1 in 90 pregnancies is ectopic. To be aware of and to know the symptoms and what to do if your pregnancy does result of an ectopic pregnancy is important, and this brief guide will cover some of what can happen next. What to look out for An ectopic pregnancy is a pregnancy that occurs in the fallopian tube, but it can also occur elsewhere in the body. The embryo will not be able to survive in these areas and an ectopic pregnancy can be life-threatening if left unmonitored or untreated. Most pregnant... View Article

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Common Myths about IVF to be Aware Of

August 12, 2021 9:44 am

IVF has helped millions of families across the globe, but while it’s a huge benefit that’s brought many couples and single dependents together it can come with a number of myths. We take a look at a few of the common myths about IVF and what the actual truth is to help future families prosper. Myth: You can undergo IVF at any age A woman’s reproductive system begins to age when they reach their mid-30s, with their 40s becoming the least likely decade, so far, for a woman to conceive. IVF treatment can be offered for most women under the age of 43 according to the NHS. There can still be upset for women who have IVF much later in... View Article

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Does the COVID-19 Vaccine Affect Fertility or Your Pregnancy?

July 19, 2021 9:32 am

As vaccines in the UK are rolled out for the population, there are a number of concerns for many people receiving the newly approved vaccines. This guide will explain the reasons for the vaccine and reassurances that the vaccine will be beneficial for all. The different vaccines available In the UK, you should receive a letter stating that you are ready to receive your vaccine, or alternatively you’ll be able to call your GP or a local vaccination centre to arrange an appointment. There are 3 main types of vaccine available currently: Moderna Oxford/AstraZeneca Pfizer/BioNTech For the majority of people that are pregnant they are offered appointments for either the Moderna or Pfizer vaccines, but according to the NHS, most... View Article

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What Lifestyle Factors Can Impact Pregnancy?

July 5, 2021 9:27 am

When it comes to your health, your lifestyle choices play a huge role, even when it comes to your fertility. There are a number of factors that you may look to change to improve your chances of conceiving with your partner or if you’re receiving fertility treatment, both physically and mentally. Here are the key factors to research and discuss with your GP when aiming to raise a child in the future. Smoking and alcohol The two biggest factors when considering pregnancy are your alcohol consumption and whether or not you smoke. If you are a smoker, we recommend speaking with your doctor to get some help with quitting. What’s more, you should not be consuming alcohol when trying to... View Article

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How to Increase Your Chances of Getting Pregnant

June 21, 2021 1:00 pm

It’s a fabulous time when you know you are ready to begin trying for a baby. There can be a number of options you’d like to discover, including our range of fertility treatments, but there are also other ways that you can maximise your chances of conceiving. Here is some key advice to consider when you are looking to increase your pregnancy chances. A conversation with your doctor The first thing couples or those looking to conceive should do is have a conversation with their doctor. A doctor will be able to perform a professional examination for you to determine if there are any further steps that need to be taken beforehand. This will also help you learn if you... View Article

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How Counselling can Help Your Fertility Journey

June 7, 2021 12:55 pm

For a number of couples or women, fertility can be stressful or even complicated. It can feel like there are a lot of moving parts that couples will have to consider. There’s no denying that it can be a trying time within relationships that will rely on supporting each other through some of the biggest tests between the two of you. At Concept Fertility, we offer Fertility Counselling for each person going through an IVF cycle with us. In this guide, we discuss the importance of counselling and how it can help you on your journey. A confidential discussion Counselling is designed to help break down issues of any shape and size. With a specific focus on fertility and understanding... View Article

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What Is Implantation?

May 25, 2021 8:42 am

    Implantation is when a fertilised egg (embryo) attaches itself to the lining of the uterus. This marks the beginning of a pregnancy.   Is conception and implantation the same thing?   No, conception does not automatically result in implantation or pregnancy. To help you understand the two definitions here is a little more information about the process of implantation and when it occurs…   Stage 1 – An egg is released from an ovary into the fallopian tube. This is called ovulation. Stage 2 – After sex, sperm travels into the fallopian tubes where it can fertilise the egg. Stage 3 – If the sperm is successful in fertilising the egg, this is called conception. Stage 4 –... View Article