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The World’s First Womb Transplant Baby?

March 17, 2014 4:24 pm

Doctors hope that the world’s first womb transplant baby will be born this year, after doctors successfully introduced an embryo into her body. The woman was born without a uterus due to MRKH syndrome and received a transplant from her mother. The Swedish trial transplanted 9 patients with uteri from living relatives. Dr Mats Brännström, who is leading the trial, stated that “A success would be important proof of the principle that a procedure is now available to cure uterine infertility.” Due to the unusual procedure, if the foetus is carried to term it will also be the first time a woman has given birth from the same uterus she was born from. However, it is not the first time... View Article

Fertility Myths: Find the Facts About Fertility

March 3, 2014 10:22 am

While our knowledge of the human reproductive system and medicine is always improving, there are a number of myths and old wives’ tales that persist. Some of these can now be seen as amusing, but others can seriously harm fertility rates and your chance of conception. Paying attention to the facts, not the myth, can ensure that you have the best chance of conceiving or successfully completing your fertility treatment. Fiction: Female fertility declines from the age of 35 Fact: Female peak fertility is between the ages of 22 and 26 This can be surprising news, but the latest research shows that female fertility begins to decline from the age of 27. While the majority of 30 year olds will... View Article

Fertility Boosting Foods – Can Diet Really Help?

February 17, 2014 8:14 am

The importance of a healthy diet and exercise programme can’t be underestimated, particularly for couples who would like to conceive. While a good diet may not remove infertility issues entirely, it can remove one of the obstacles to getting pregnant and ensure that your body is in the best possible condition for your baby. Can Good Diet Cure Infertility? If your fertility problems are due to obesity, being underweight, or lifestyle factors such as too much alcohol and poor nutrition, a healthy balanced diet could vastly improve your chances of conception. Nutritional therapy provides individual advice to help balance diet and maintain a healthy body to boost fertility and increase chances of conception. It’s a good idea for couples who... View Article

GIVF in the USA Links with Concept Fertility in London

February 5, 2014 8:29 am

GIVF, one of the leading fertility and genetics clinics in the US has chosen Concept Fertility as its UK partner. The GIVF / Concept partnership enables us to offer more solutions for patients requiring egg donation or who simply wish to have fertility treatment in America The Genetics & IVF Institute is a fully integrated, comprehensive fertility centre, located in Washington DC. Founded in 1984, the GIVF team is an innovator in infertility treatment and genetics care and has helped thousands of patients worldwide realise their dream of starting a family. GIVF is a leader in donor gametes; it offers a large selection of fully screened, immediately available, college educated egg donors and quality donor sperm from Fairfax, its own cryobank. We are aware that... View Article

GP Study Day on Advanced Parental Age

February 5, 2014 8:06 am

Concept are delighted to be hosting a study day for GPs on the theme of  “Delayed Parenthood in the Third Millennium” on the 21st February 2014 between 12:30 and 17:00 at our offices in Putney. Advanced Paternal Age in the Third Millennium will be the subject discussed by Professor Martha Dirnfeld, followed by An Update on Polycystic Ovaries by Professor Helen Mason, then the subject of Fertility Preservation in Young Women with Cancer by Professor Gedis Grudzinskas, and The Role of Anti-Mullerian Hormone (AMH) in Fertility by Professor Roy Homburg. There will also be talks by our own Medical Director, Mr Kamal Ojha, on Fertility Management in Primary and Secondary Care and by our Nurse Manager, Katharine Hagues, on Preconception Counselling... View Article

Fertility Treatment: Embryonic-Like Stem Cells

July 30, 2013 1:52 pm

Current plans to launch a clinical trial intended to test the regenerative potential of very small embryonic-like stem cells (VSELs) which could potentially have Fertility Treatment benefits have been called into question by new research. For quite some time many scientists have reported that VSELs, which can allegedly be isolated from blood or bone marrow, could be a viable alternative to Mouse and Human embryonic stem cells in the fields of research and medicine. A recent study that appeared on 24th July 2013 in the ISSCR`s journal Stem Cell Reports has provided very strong evidence against the existence of such cells which are claimed to be able to “turn into different cell types.” Fertility Treatment is not the only area... View Article

Acupuncture and Fertility

June 27, 2013 12:24 pm

  Acupuncture is becoming more and more popular amongst patients having fertility treatment. It is most commonly used for its general benefits to patients and is also used more specifically for patients having IVF, where treatments shortly before and after embryo transfer are desired. Melanie Hackwell, is a true believer in the benefits of acupuncture and you cannot help but be uplifted by her enthusiasm. Melanie originally had acupuncture treatment to help with her own fertility. Not one to do things by halves, she studied in London and China, received her certification and started Ancient Roots Acupuncture and Chinese Massage to pass on the benefits here in London. She practices in Balham and Neal’s Yard in Covent Garden as well... View Article

Fertility Treatment is Constantly Evolving

June 25, 2013 1:31 pm

As with all areas of medical science, Fertility Treatment is constantly evolving to produce safer and more effective procedures for individuals and couples wishing to experience the miracle of childbirth. The new Kisspeptin hormone treatment is one such step forward for patients seeking Natural Cycle IVF or those who do not require the larger number of eggs produced in standard IVF treatments. Scientists believe that a new form of hormone treatment which involves administering the naturally occurring hormone kisspeptin to stimulate egg production will help continuing efforts to make the already safe procedure of Fertility Treatment even safer. This particular form of Fertility Treatment resulted in the birth of a baby boy (the first child to be born as a... View Article

High BMI Preventing Fertility Treatment?

June 2, 2013 8:44 pm

If you have a high Body Mass Index (BMI) you will be aware that this factor can sometimes have an adverse effect on your chances of conceiving. BMI is calculated by a person’s weight being divided by the square of their height. You may have already found that some clinics are not willing to treat patients with a BMI over 35. This may be because more complex surgery is needed which presents medical risks to the patient. At Concept Fertility we are aware of the issues of a high BMI and are aware that there can be many reasons for this: PCOS In PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome) the ovaries are generally bigger than average. The outer surface of the ovary... View Article

Time Lapse Imaging Aids Fertility Treatment

May 20, 2013 8:38 am

Fertility Treatment has been steadily developing ever since the very first baby was born in England during July of 1978. Press coverage citing a recent IVF breakthrough means that Fertility Treatment could bring significantly more hope to the chances of pregnancy for infertile couples across the globe. The new Fertility Treatment technology records a series of high definition images of embryos at regular intervals before they are implanted into the womb (Time Lapse Imaging) enabling fertility experts to successfully identify which embryos have a high risk of the abnormal chromosomes (aneuploidy) that create a much lower chance of implantation resulting in a healthy live birth. It may be a useful tool for embryo selection in very specific cases, for example... View Article