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How to Treat Female Hormonal Imbalances Naturally

June 27, 2022 2:20 pm

Hormones are chemical messengers that travel through the bloodstream. They make their way to different tissues and organs in the body where they control how they work. They each play important roles, some in fertility while others affect our appetite, mood, sleep, and growth. As humans, we naturally produce these hormones in the right amounts. This can decrease with age and be more drastic for some than it is for others. A sedentary lifestyle and poor diet can also affect hormonal health and result in imbalance. What is a Hormonal Imbalance? A hormonal imbalance is when your body has too little or too much of a hormone. It can be caused by a range of factors from your diet (as... View Article

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Do’s and Don’ts After Embryo Transfer

June 6, 2022 9:21 am

An embryo transfer refers to the transfer of embryos created in previous rounds of IVF that remain unused. This makes for a simpler process as hormones are not needed and the eggs have already been collected. To improve your chances of conceiving, there are a number of things that you can do following an embryo transfer. Here are some of the do’s and don’ts. Eat as You Would Do Pregnant Until you take a test, you will not know whether the procedure has been a success. To have the best chance possible, it is important that you eat as if you were pregnant. You should drink plenty of water, avoid processed foods, increase your intake of oily fish, and keep... View Article

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How to Prepare Your Body for Egg Freezing

May 20, 2022 9:19 am

Egg freezing is a procedure that’s considered by many women for a multitude of reasons. Some opt to have their eggs cryopreserved for the best chances of conceiving when the time is right, whilst others do so as a precautionary measure when undergoing invasive treatments like chemotherapy. Essentially, this procedure enables the female body to produce a number of eggs at once as opposed to just the single egg that is matured and released during a cycle. These eggs are then collected and frozen, and then used for IVF when the patient is ready. There are a number of things that you can do improve the likelihood of producing higher quality eggs and have the best chances of conceiving. Make... View Article

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What to Do After a Failed IVF Attempt

May 9, 2022 10:27 am

A failed IVF attempt can be devastating. It’s important that before anything else, you take care of yourself and give yourself time to grieve. You should know that it’s not your fault and that it is more common than you would think. To help you during this time, we have some advice on what to do after a failed IVF attempt. Speak to Your Specialist A follow-up consultation is included as part of your IVF cycle and it will help to answer your questions about why your cycle went the way it did and what your future options are. You can discuss how long you should rest before trying any further treatment and, if you have frozen embryos, how a... View Article

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What Are the Symptoms Experienced After a Frozen Embryo Transfer?

May 2, 2022 10:19 am

Frozen Embryo Transfer is a procedure that individuals might opt for if they want to try again to conceive after a failed IVF attempt or wish to extend their family. It involves the use of unused, cryopreserved embryos from a previous IVF cycle which makes the process much simpler. This eliminates the need for egg retrieval so no surgery is needed. Instead, you will need to take hormones to build your uterine lining. If you are thinking about having this procedure, here are the symptoms that you should be aware of. What to Expect After a Frozen Embryo Transfer? After a FET (Frozen Embryo Transfer), you may have vaginal bleeding, slight pain, and discharge from the cervix. These are fairly... View Article

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What Happens After an Embryo Transfer?

April 27, 2022 12:01 pm

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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Safe Exercises During Pregnancy

March 23, 2022 11:10 am

There is a misconception that pregnant women cannot exercise. In actual fact, exercise is usually not dangerous for your baby, as long as you don’t exhaust yourself. If you maintain an active lifestyle while pregnant to ensure you are physically fit and healthy, you may find it easier to adapt to your weight gain and changing body shape. It might also help you cope with labour. Speak to your GP for more tailored advice, as they will know more about what’s right for you based on your medical history. Safe Exercises for Pregnant Women A short walk of 30-minutes per day is better than nothing, and swimming is great for supporting the extra weight you will be carrying. Low impact... View Article

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Things to Know About the Side Effects of IVF

March 9, 2022 11:09 am

For people battling infertility, which can be caused by many reasons, IVF can be the ideal way to help you conceive. It involves a number of procedures known as the “treatment cycle”, starting with  hormone treatment to stimulate the ovaries. Generally speaking, fertility treatments are very safe, but all medical procedures run the risk of side effects. You should be made aware of these side effects before you start the process. The medications used, for example, can cause hot flushes, irritability, headaches, and restlessness. Read on for some of the other risks of IVF… Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome (OHSS) This is a rare complication of IVF. For women who are particularly sensitive to the medication taken to stimulate egg production, sometimes... View Article

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Reproductive Health Concerns for Women, and How Common they Can Be

February 24, 2022 2:13 pm

A woman’s reproductive system is delicate, and it is important to protect it from infections and injury where possible. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle, booking in your cervical screening appointments, and limiting your number of sexual partners and always practising safe sex may help prevent any serious reproductive health issues, which can in turn protect your reproductive system and ensure you are able to conceive a baby. But what are these reproductive health issues and what symptoms should you look out for? Endometriosis This is a condition in which tissue resembling the lining of the womb starts to grow elsewhere, such as in the fallopian tubes or ovaries. It is a long-term condition that can affect women of any age, but... View Article

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Understanding Yours or Your Partner’s Period

February 10, 2022 2:13 pm

If you are hoping to become a parent, either now or in the future, it’s important that you understand the menstrual cycle. Being aware of what happens before, during, and after your (or your partner’s) period, you will potentially be in a better position to conceive a child. After all, there are times during the cycle when pregnancy is far more likely. What is the Menstrual Cycle? First of all, it’s important to understand that the menstrual cycle doesn’t just refer to the bleeding that occurs. The term ‘menstruation’ does refer to the period, during which time the uterine lining is shed. However, the cycle itself is longer than that; it starts on the first day of the period and... View Article