Should I Seek Fertility Advice? According to UK figures collated by the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE), about one in seven couples experience some difficulty in having a baby. Dramatic advances in medical science mean that many previously misunderstood fertility problems can now be overcome. However, many couples remain unsure if and when to seek professional help. How long should a couple try for a baby before suspecting that there may be a genuine difficulty? This is not always an easy question to answer, after all there is only one opportunity each month to fertilise a single egg. Furthermore, not all egg/sperm combinations are successful, and the majority of potential embryos naturally fail to develop, so one cannot expect... View Article
In my fertility practice, there have been occasions when men in their late 60s or even early 70s have come for consultation, keen to father a child. I have prescribed the semen analysis expecting low sperm numbers (oligozoospermia) or poorly swimming sperm (asthenozoospermia), only to see the patient a few weeks later in my clinic with normal semen results and be confronted with the question, ‘What next?’ In males, the creation of sperm is a continuous process which is maintained until late in life. Collection of the male gametes is generally easy. By contrast, the situation in females is very different. Women ovulate only during the reproductive phase of their life. Nature predetermines a fixed number of oocytes while... View Article
Preparing for Treatment Once any diagnostic investigations are complete and you have decided to opt for a stimulated cycle, your clinic will probably organise a nurses meeting so that consents and paperwork can be completed, along with the opportunity to see the clinic where egg collection will take place. Your clinic should also make sure that the correct medications are given to you, and that mandatory blood screens have been done. These are Hepatitis B core Antibody, Hepatitis B surface antigen, Hepatitis C and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV1&2). Preparing for egg collection involves stimulating your ovaries to produce as many good quality eggs as possible, instead of a single egg as is the case in a natural cycle. This involves... View Article
It might appear that men are neglected when it comes to the fertility clinic. This isn’t really the case, it’s just that female infertility is usually overcome by treating the woman and male infertility is also often a matter treating the female, sometimes with sperm that has been specially prepared or obtained. The primary purpose of the semen analysis is to decide whether any intervention is necessary and if so, to select the most appropriate way forwards. What follows is a brief guide to the tests that the semen laboratory will carry out along with an explanation of what the results mean. Producing the sample The best semen sample is obtained after between 2 – 3 days sexual abstinence. ... View Article
A single spermatozoon is a remarkable achievement of nature. This is the smallest and most physically active cell in the human body and is highly specialised for one simple function – fertilisation of the egg. To achieve this, the sperm have adapted to eliminate all unnecessary baggage. The sperm consists of a tail connected to a biological engine which provides huge energy supplies for the long journey to the egg. At the head of the sperm is tiny bag-like structure called the acrosome, which detonates on contact, shedding enzymes which cut through the outer layers of the egg allowing the sperm access to the surface, where it binds and then enters initiating fertilisation. This must surely be one of the... View Article
Ultrasound scans involve no needles or injections and they are usually painless. They are less expensive than some other imaging methods It uses no ionizing radiation Gives a clear picture of soft tissues that would not normally show up well on X–Ray images. It doesn’t cause health problems and if medically indicated it can be repeated again. It has been used to evaluate pregnancy for nearly forty years. There has never been any evidence to suggest that there is harm to the patient, embryo or fetus. Doctors are provided with lots of useful information from the ultrasound.
Your diet can have an impact on fertility. There are lots of factors that can influence the success of IVF treatment, but we recommend avoiding these foods: Processed, refined carbohydrates. Refined sugar Artificial and saturated fats Non organic foods (if you are interested in IVF Treatment then contact Concept Fertility Clinic.
Your diet can have an impact on fertility. There are lots of factors that can influence the success of IVF treatment, but focusing on good foods can improve your chances. Here are some foods we recommend: Fresh fruit and vegetables. Try to eat plenty of organic fruit and veg, as they are grown without the use of pesticides or hormonal treatment. Wholegrain food, such as wholegrain pasta and bread Lentils and beans Unsaturated oils such as olive, these are good for you in moderation Some organic meat and fish, make sure that they have been farmed in non polluted waters. 2 litres of filtered water, this will keep the reproductive organs hydrated. Pineapple, pineapple is good as it helps reduce... View Article