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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


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


What is Unexplained Infertility?

February 1, 2022 2:23 pm

Unfortunately, lots of couples have difficulty conceiving a child naturally for various reasons. Sometimes inability to conceive is the result of advancing age, commonly referred to as “the biological clock”, or it could be due to medication (such as cancer treatment) or certain health conditions. Tests can be carried out to help determine the cause of infertility. Statistically speaking, around 30% of infertility cases are attributed to female factors and 30% to male factors. Sometimes it is a combination of the two and other times there is no clear reason as to why a couple cannot conceive. This is labelled “unexplained infertility”. At Concept Fertility, we test both the female and male partners to try and find a route cause... View Article

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Should I Freeze My Eggs?

January 25, 2022 2:20 pm

If you’re considering freezing your eggs, you may have come across a range of information both online and via your doctor, which can feel quite overwhelming. Fertility treatments can be complicated and difficult to wrap your head around, which is why Concept Fertility have prepared this simple guide to egg freezing and whether or not it’s the right option for you. Why Do Women Freeze their Eggs? There are several reasons why a woman might want to freeze her eggs, as listed below. If any of these reasons sound familiar to you, then it may be something to consider… Delaying parenthood to concentrate on other areas of life, such as a career Delaying parenthood due to lack of romantic partner... View Article

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What Female Conditions Can Affect Fertility?

January 18, 2022 2:30 pm

Issues with fertility are more common than you might think, and it is estimated that around 1 in 7 heterosexual couples in Britain struggle to conceive naturally. Roughly 30% of infertility cases are attributed solely to female factors, so we have put together the following information about a few female conditions that can affect fertility. Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) PCOS is a common condition that essentially affects how a woman’s ovaries work. Around 1 in 10 women suffer with PCOS. Polycystic ovaries contain a large number of harmless follicles. Follicles are small sacs that contain an immature egg, but when a woman has PCOS these sacs are often unable to produce a mature egg because the normal monthly cycle is... View Article

Heather lost a staggering 30kgs with our nutritionist and is now pregnant

January 14, 2022 2:58 pm

Heather is a current patient who is now 23 weeks pregnant after having fertility treatment with our amazing team at Concept. She has worked so very hard to prepare her body for her pregnancy and lost a staggering 30kgs by working with a programme designed specifically for her by our in house Nutritionist Ann. “I have been overweight for most of my adult life and along the way worked with numerous dietitians and nutritionists without success despite being committed to weight loss, or so I thought. In all honesty I had given up any hope, and accepted myself for who I am in terms of my size and weight. I was so disheartened when Dr Ojha referred me to Ann,... View Article


What is the Difference Between IVF and ICSI Treatment?

December 23, 2021 11:01 am

If you’re new to the world of fertility treatments, you may be unfamiliar with the different terminology and abbreviations. There’s certainly a lot to wrap your head around, so don’t be afraid to ask your doctor plenty of questions in order to understand your options more clearly. To help, we have put together this guide to highlight the differences between IVF and ICSI treatments and why you might be better using one over the other. Understanding IVF Treatment IVF stands for “in-vitro fertilisation” which means “in glass” but, other than during the egg collection operation, no test tubes are actually involved in the process, as is falsely assumed. The treatment comprises of a number of procedures to allow for eggs... View Article

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The Two Week Wait or TWW

December 21, 2021 11:38 am

Firstly, we know exactly how stressful the two week wait can be. Patients can find themselves obsessing over symptoms, researching with Dr Google and feeling a little numb with the situation. At Concept Fertility we are here to help you feel as knowledgeable, relaxed and as calm as possible through this difficult waiting time. Whatever type of treatment you have had, if you are pregnant, we are talking below about how to manage the waiting game and what could be happening to your body. • The two-week wait is the time period between ovulation and the point at which an at-home pregnancy test, or in clinic blood test, can detect pregnancy with the highest accuracy. • Early pregnancy tests can... View Article