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Is Egg Donation Legal in the UK?

January 20, 2020 1:55 pm

Egg donation is a procedure where a woman with healthy eggs donates them to another woman who is undergoing fertility treatment. Supplying donor eggs is an extraordinary act, because it can help a couple to have a child that would otherwise have been impossible. You can be an egg donor for someone you know, such as a family member who is unable to conceive using their own eggs. Or you can donate your eggs to help unknown people to start a family, but is it legal in the UK and what are the requirements? Read on to find out more about egg donation… Who can donate their eggs? Egg Donation isn’t for everyone and there are particular requirements that need... View Article

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All You Need to Know About Frozen Embryo Transfers

January 6, 2020 9:09 am

In recent times, Frozen Embryo Transfers (FET) have become increasingly more successful and therefore far more prevalent amongst patients. FETs are only possible after an IVF cycle where there are unused embryos. People who want to continue with fertility treatment will then have to decide whether they use their stored embryos in a FET cycle or start another IVF cycle. Retaining the frozen embryos is useful for preserving a woman’s fertility, whilst prioritising the FET increases the chance of pregnancy per egg retrieval. This will help you save both money and time in cases where you require numerous cycles to achieve pregnancy. FETs with vitrified embryos should not be confused with fertility preservation using vitrified eggs. The latter is for... View Article

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What to Expect From Your First Appointment at Concept Fertility

December 23, 2019 11:19 am

If you are concerned about your ability to conceive a baby but you’re not entirely sure whether or not you need treatment, and if so, what treatment is appropriate, you would benefit from an initial consultation with us. During this meeting, we will investigate your full medical history to try and understand if there’s anything that could be causing fertility issues. You might also have an ultrasound scan, which will be carried out by the same doctor so that no information is lost in translation or delayed. After analysing your medical history and general health, we will give you some advice regarding each of the options that are suitable to your situation. For our female patients, we will likely check... View Article

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Can I have a Baby if I’ve had an STI?

December 9, 2019 11:25 am

Some STIs can, unfortunately, lead to infertility and health problems for both yourself and your baby during and after pregnancy. In some cases, they can even be passed onto your baby. HIV, for example, has a 1 in 4 chance of being passed onto your child. Of course, this depends on the type of infection and whether or not it has been treated. The more times you have a particular STI, the more likely you are to suffer from other problems. The two most common STIs in the UK are chlamydia and gonorrhoea and if they are left untreated, they can both lead to infertility in men and women. For example, chlamydia can result in pelvic inflammatory disease for women,... View Article

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Can I Have a Baby if I’ve had Chemotherapy?

November 25, 2019 2:21 pm

If you have survived cancer, you might be wondering whether or not you can still conceive a child and whether or not it is safe for both the unborn child and the mother. Some cancer treatments can, unfortunately, make it difficult or even impossible for survivors to have biological children. Your health care provider will be able to tell you whether or not you’re likely to be able to conceive. Chemotherapy includes particular ingredients that can sometimes damage heart cells. A weakened heart will have to work that much harder during pregnancy and labour. However, do not confuse this to mean that pregnancy is impossible. As mentioned above, speak to your doctor for their expert opinion. The good news is... View Article

Case Study: Hana’s Story

November 18, 2019 10:30 am

It’s fantastic to know that we have been able to truly help someone and make a difference in their life. That was the case for Hana, a single woman in her late 30s, who came to us in March 2018 after we were recommended to her by one of her friends. As a result, Hana now has a beautiful baby boy! Read on for Hana’s full story. “I decided that I wanted a baby in January 2012. I know exactly when it was.  I’d been working at a new job for about 6 months and had decided I wasn’t enjoying it so I had a real moment. It was the first Friday at work after Christmas and I decided to... View Article

pregnancy

What Should I Do to Prepare My Body for Pregnancy?

November 11, 2019 9:09 am

To improve your chances of getting pregnant and having a healthy baby there are some important changes that you will need to make. Follow these simple steps to help prepare yourself and your body for pregnancy… See your doctor If you are planning to get pregnant it is a good idea to visit your GP and have a full health check. Your doctor will be able to assess your medical history and discuss any health concerns. They will also be able to offer advice and inform you on which vaccines are available. Healthy diet It is important to maintain a healthy body weight if you are trying to conceive. Being overweight during pregnancy can lead to complications, such as high... View Article

The 7 Steps of IVF Treatment

October 28, 2019 12:00 pm

If you are having difficulty becoming pregnant and you are considering IVF treatment, then you may wish to know a little bit more about how the process works and what to expect. It is important to note that there are a range of different IVF procedures and no two cycles are the same, however to give you an idea of what is involved in a typical IVF treatment cycle, we have outlined 7 of the key stages below… You and your partner will first need to have a number of physical examinations and tests, such as ultrasounds, sperm analysis and blood tests before you can start treatment. If you are considered a good candidate for IVF treatment then you will... View Article

Understanding Fertility on World Fertility Day

October 16, 2019 11:48 am

There are millions of people around the world who are unable to conceive a child naturally, many of which turn to fertility treatments such as IVF. In fact, it is more than likely that you or someone you know has suffered with infertility, but they may not feel that they can open up about it. The 2nd of November 2019 is World Fertility Day. It is a day of education and communication, allowing people to become more open about infertility and help break through the taboo. Below is an infographic with some useful facts and figures to help educate you on fertility, but if you would like to speak to a professional for more information, you are more than welcome... View Article

egg freezing

Fertility News: UK Bill to Reconsider Egg Freezing Time Limit

October 14, 2019 3:20 pm

Egg freezing is a method of preserving a woman’s fertility so she may try and have children in the future. The current maximum storage period for frozen gametes (eggs and sperm) is ten years, although women at risk of becoming prematurely infertile (through medical treatments such as chemotherapy) are able to store their eggs for up to fifty-five years if specific authorisation is received. However, a new bill has been presented to the House of Lords that aims to extend the standard ten year time limit on egg freezing. This new ‘Storage Period for Gametes Bill’ was introduced by Baroness Ruth Deech QC, a former chair of the fertility regulator of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority. It asks for... View Article