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How to Choose a Sperm Donor

July 23, 2014 8:25 am

About 1,700 UK births each year are thanks to donor treatments. Women may choose to use donor sperm for a variety of reasons, perhaps they are not currently in a relationship and would like to conceive, or they may be in a same-sex relationship, or in a relationship with a man who has poor quality sperm. Each situation can have an impact on how they choose a sperm donor and how the criteria is decided. Modelling on a Partner Couples opting for sperm donation often choose to model their donor on their own characteristics to ensure that the child looks like them, or has particular attributes. Choosing a donor with similar facial features and colouring is often important to couples... View Article

Higher Risk of Pre-Eclampsia and Other Complications Using Donor Eggs

July 15, 2014 8:24 am

Researchers have found that using donated eggs in fertility treatments may increase the risk of complications such as pre-eclampsia and high blood pressure. Pre-eclampsia tends to affect sufferers in the second half of pregnancy or after the baby is delivered, and affects around 5-8% of pregnancies. However, risks are higher for women who are pregnant in their teens or past the age of 40. The Institut Mutualiste Montsouris studied 580 IVF patients in France, and suggested that egg donation is also a risk factor for pregnancy-induced hypertension and pre-eclampsia. 217 of the women in the study became pregnant with donated eggs, and 18% of that 217 developed hypertension. This is a significant number when compared to the 5% of women... View Article

Learn More about Infertility and Treatments: The Best Fertility Books

June 25, 2014 8:19 am

While clinicians and consultants will answer all of your questions about treatments, it can be a good idea to educate yourself further about treatments and fertility in general. It’s important to see to your emotional needs as well as physical ones, particularly as some treatments can be quite intensive. Reading about others’ experiences and success can help guide you through the process and communicate better with your partner throughout your fertility treatments. Taking Charge of Your Fertility This book deals with fertility as a whole rather than just conception or infertility issues. It has been amended numerous times over the last 10 years to provide the latest information available. However, as with every resource some of the content needs to... View Article

Drugs and Infertility: The Most Common Drugs that Cause Infertility

June 18, 2014 8:19 am

Prescription and recreational drug use can have a large impact on fertility, and is responsible for a large percentage of cases where infertility has no known medical cause. Even once drug use has stopped, the effects on fertility can be permanent. Alcohol Excessive alcohol consumption can actually change your body’s hormonal balance to affect sperm production or ovulation. The effects of light to moderate consumption have not been fully studied yet, but there is a consensus that moderate drinking kills off sperm-producing cells in men and disrupts female hormones to affect fertility too. Heavier drinking can have extreme effects on the body. In women, it can result in luteal phase defects (meaning that the uterus lining doesn’t thicken as usual... View Article

IVF Mother Gives Birth at 46

June 12, 2014 8:14 am

A woman from Orlando, Florida, is now the oldest IVF mother using her own, unfrozen eggs after starting treatment at the age of 46. Belinda Slaughter conceived after creating four embryos using her own eggs and her husband’s sperm. One implanted successfully and a boy was born last September. She was unaware of breaking any records, but was aware that she only had a 1% chance of conceiving using this method. The age of the egg is what is remarkable about her pregnancy. A woman has given birth at the age of 69 using donated eggs, and women have been able to give birth later using frozen eggs, but this case is the first published in Fertility and Sterility using... View Article

Intrauterine Insemination: Study Shows that Paternal Age Does Matter

May 28, 2014 2:48 pm

While it’s common knowledge that maternal age affects success rates for intrauterine insemination, data released at the 2014 Annual Meeting of American Urological Association shows that paternal age has a big impact too. Data from 18.806 intrauterine inseminations over 8 years was studied to assess the impact of paternal age on success rates, with success defined as live birth. The study is the largest to date to track outcomes from this fertility treatment. The results showed that, after adjusting for general predictors of success (maternal age, maternal BMI, hormone levels and antral follicle counts), there was a clear decline in success rates with advancing paternal age. The decline began when men were in their 20s and continued at 20% for... View Article

Where You Live Can Affect Your NHS IVF Treatment

May 28, 2014 2:43 pm

Despite strict NICE recommendations on IVF and fertility treatments, many women will face a post code lottery when it comes to getting the right treatment. Government health advisors have recently told the NHS to stop denying infertility treatment to childless couples, stating that the denial betrays the NHS’ guiding principle. The NHS in England and Wales is required to offer 3 IVF cycles to infertile women if they are under the age of 40, but this policy is often ignored by NHS trusts throughout the country. An audit of policies by the National Infertility Awareness Campaign (Niac) found that 49% only offered 1 IVF cycle and 24% offered 2 cycles. Less than a quarter offered the full 3 cycles and... View Article

Diet and Exercise During IVF: Increase Your Chances of Pregnancy

May 14, 2014 2:02 pm

Undergoing IVF can mean making some lifestyle changes to increase your chances of pregnancy and ensure that you’re healthy and comfortable throughout the process. While lowering alcohol, caffeine, and nicotine intake is widely accepted, some recommendations such as exercising less can seem counter-intuitive but is just as important for maximising your success rate. Eating well for IVF It’s important to avoid major changes to your diet once you’ve started IVF, particularly once the eggs are implanted. Simply continue with the diet recommendations given prior to your IVF cycle and avoid fish that is high in mercury. It’s also best to avoid eating food that’s more than 12 hours old to ensure that everything you eat is safe and healthy. It’s... View Article

Down’s Syndrome Screening Through a Simple Blood Test

April 23, 2014 1:59 pm

According to a recent report produced by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG), maternal blood testing for Down`s Syndrome could and should become standard practice. Until recently, any form of prenatal genetic diagnosis required invasive procedures to obtain samples of fetal tissue for testing. While this form of testing is widely used and extremely accurate it does carry some risks to the fetus and the mother, which include a 1 in 100 chance of pregnancy loss. Finding intact fetal cells and cffDNA in maternal blood cells has enabled researchers to perform a non-invasive test for Down`s Syndrome, Edwards Syndrome, and Patau Syndrome. This is currently being referred to as Non-Invasive Prenatal Testing. Non-Invasive Prenatal Testing Recent medical advancements... View Article

How to Relax During IVF

April 9, 2014 2:09 pm

Due to the hormonal treatments and the general worries surrounding cost and infertility, many women can find IVF stressful. However, it’s essential that you learn to relax during your IVF cycle to ensure that you have the best chance of success. Studies have shown that women who reduce stress and remain emotionally healthy during their IVF cycles are more likely to become conceive. While the overall outcome of IVF is out of your control, and success rates depend on a variety of factors including your age and health before IVF has begun, there are a number of things that you can do to reduce stress and improve your wellbeing both before and after your eggs are implanted. Focus on stability... View Article