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What to Expect from an Ultrasound Scan

April 13, 2020 1:00 pm

An ultrasound scan is a medical test that uses sound waves to capture images from the inside the body. These sound waves are emitted by a handheld device and the pictures can be viewed instantly on a monitor. Ultrasound scans are quick and pain free, with no risks or side-effects. Ultrasound scans can be used to diagnose a number of different medical conditions, however at Concept Fertility they are most commonly used diagnostically before fertility treatment starts to evaluate the potential of a patient’s ovaries and uterus, and during fertility treatment to monitor the growth of the egg-containing follicles and growth of the lining of the uterus. Ultrasound is used again to help doctors in the egg collection, embryo replacement... View Article

5 Things You Need to Know About an Aquascan

March 30, 2020 10:25 am

Are you trying to get pregnant? Has your IVF been unsuccessful? Unfortunately implantation failure or miscarriage can occur if there is an undetected abnormality in the womb. Saline infusion sonography, otherwise known as an Aquascan, can be used to examine the uterine cavity (womb) and help to identify any abnormalities, such as fibroids and polyps. These irregularities can affect implantation and pregnancy if not treated. An Aquascan is an internal ultrasound scan, where a saline solution is passed into the uterus using a catheter. This helps to capture internal images of the outline of the womb. If you are considering an Aquascan because you are trying to get pregnant, either naturally or with the help of a fertility treatment, here... View Article

What Fertility Treatments Are Available to Men?

March 16, 2020 11:23 am

In many infertility cases, there happen to be more than one cause, so it’s wise for both parties to see a doctor and take a variety of tests. Unfortunately, in some cases, no cause is identified. In order to diagnose male infertility problems, discussions will take place in the consultation as to whether there are any pre-existing health problems or injuries, and perhaps also about the patient’s lifestyle or sexual habits. What is the Main Fertility Test for Men? The main fertility test for men is a semen analysis. The embryologist will check the count and will also look for abnormalities in the shape and movement of the sperm. To get an accurate measure, sometimes more than one analysis will... View Article

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What Happens if My Antral Follicle Count Is Low?

March 2, 2020 9:19 am

When a baby girl is born, she has all her eggs and will start to release them upon starting her periods later in life. Essentially, women are born with their lifetime supply of eggs. The eggs are lost gradually until menopause, when very few remain and they are no longer released. An antral follicle count ultrasound scan shows how many proto-eggs a woman produces that month, which suggests a similar number in a treatment cycle in a month soon after. This then indicates her fertility potential and the possibility of effective fertility treatment.  Combined with other tests, it is a simple procedure and one of many that can determine a woman’s fertility potential. As part of the same scan doctors... View Article

Case Study: Katherine & Ashley’s story

February 21, 2020 5:44 pm

Katherine and Ashley are a lovely young couple who came to Concept Fertility after trying naturally for one year. We loved being part of their journey helping them having this lovely bundle of joy.   When we got married we started to try to conceive naturally. After trying for nearly a year we decided that we didn’t want to wait any longer. We went to our GP as we were hoping for treatment with the NHS but because of my young age, I was 27, they were not really being forthcoming. We saw Concept Fertility’s advert in a local magazine and we decided to book a slot for one of their Open Events . It was kind of love at... View Article


How is Private IVF Treatment Different from the NHS?

February 17, 2020 9:04 am

If you are considering fertility treatment to help you conceive, your options are to either pay for private treatment, or see if you are eligible for free treatment through the NHS. But what is the difference between these two options and which one is right for you? Read on to learn more… Firstly it is useful to know that NHS funding for fertility treatment varies depending on where you live and IVF is only offered on the NHS if a patient meets certain criteria. However, private clinics may have different selection criteria for their patients. They may be more flexible, treating anyone who has a medical need, or they may have other, stricter criteria to eliminate patients with poorer predicted... View Article


Does Genetic Testing Increase IVF Success?

February 3, 2020 2:06 pm

Genetic testing – or in fertility terms ‘pre-implantation genetic screening (PGS)’ is a treatment for checking the chromosomes of embryos for abnormalities whilst undergoing IVF treatment. A common reason for IVF treatment failure is because of chromosomal abnormalities within an embryo. If you are considering fertility treatment, you will want to make sure that your chances of conception are as high as possible, which means selecting the best embryos. This is done visually by skilled embryologists in normal IVF cycles. In relatively rare circumstances, such as where a woman has a good number of visually high quality embryos but has suffered repeated implantation failures or miscarriages, pre-implantation genetic screening can help. Through identifying the best quality embryos, this screening process... View Article

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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