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What Is Implantation?

May 25, 2021 8:42 am

    Implantation is when a fertilised egg (embryo) attaches itself to the lining of the uterus. This marks the beginning of a pregnancy.   Is conception and implantation the same thing?   No, conception does not automatically result in implantation or pregnancy. To help you understand the two definitions here is a little more information about the process of implantation and when it occurs…   Stage 1 – An egg is released from an ovary into the fallopian tube. This is called ovulation. Stage 2 – After sex, sperm travels into the fallopian tubes where it can fertilise the egg. Stage 3 – If the sperm is successful in fertilising the egg, this is called conception. Stage 4 –... View Article

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Egg Freezing – Getting Started and Step by Step

May 12, 2021 4:35 pm

  Egg freezing might be an option if you’re not ready to become pregnant now, but you know that you want to have children in the future. This treatment can also be used if you wish to preserve your eggs due to medical reasons. Simply put, egg freezing allows you to protect your future fertility. We understand that there is a lot to consider before contacting a clinic about egg freezing, so we’ve put together the following information to help you make an informed decision… Step 1 – The Initial Assessment The first step is to schedule an Initial Assessment with our fertility clinic. Prior to your consultation with a doctor, our patient services team will send you electronic registration... View Article

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How do you know if you have an abnormal womb?

March 17, 2021 12:32 pm

  Some women have a womb (uterus) that differs from the usual pear shape. This is called an abnormality of the womb, or a uterine abnormality. This is quite common and affects around one in every eighteen women. Research suggests that around one in every thirteen women with fertility issues has a uterine abnormality.   Will I be able to get pregnant if I have an abnormal womb?  Yes, getting pregnant is still a possibility, as not all uterine abnormalities affect your fertility. However this will depend on the type of abnormality you have. Some may make it more difficult for you to conceive and others could mean a higher risk of pregnancy complications. You may have a weaker cervix... View Article

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Endometriosis Awareness Month

March 15, 2021 5:26 pm

  March is Endometriosis Awareness Month. Endometriosis affects around 1.5 million women in the UK. To help raise awareness, here at Concept Fertility Clinic we are taking a closer look at this chronic condition, as well as how it can affect fertility… What is Endometriosis? Endometriosis is a condition where tissue similar to the lining of the womb, starts to grow in other areas of the body (such as the ovaries, bladder, bowel and fallopian tubes). Each month as a woman has her period; this tissue behaves in the same way. It builds up and then breaks down through bleeding. However, because this tissue has grown outside of the womb, the blood has no way to escape the body. This... View Article

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Fertility and Pregnancy with Ovarian Cancer

March 12, 2021 9:42 am

  This March, for Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, we’ve put together this blog to raise awareness and help those who may be concerned about their fertility after treatment. What is Ovarian Cancer? Ovarian cancer is a type of cancer that begins in the ovaries. It is one of the most common types of cancer in women and mainly affects those who have been through the menopause; however it can also affect younger women. Ovarian cancer often goes undetected until it has spread and at this late stage, makes the cancer more difficult to treat. This is why is it so important to raise awareness of the symptoms it can cause. Symptoms of ovarian cancer are: Persistent bloating, not bloating that... View Article

Starting IVF Treatment How to Prepare?

Starting IVF Treatment – How to Prepare?

February 12, 2021 4:31 pm

  If you are planning on starting IVF treatment, here are a few tips on how to prepare both physically and mentally… Do your research Some of the fear and anxiety that comes with starting IVF is the uncertainty about the process and potential side effects of treatment. To help ease these fears, we recommend doing as much research as possible to help you understand the various steps that take place during IVF. You can do a lot of research online, however your best option is to book a consultation with a fertility specialist who will be able to share their expert advice and answer your questions. Talk to your partner Going through IVF treatment can be an emotional time... View Article

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What do the Latest Lockdown Rules Mean for IVF Clinics?

January 13, 2021 5:41 pm

England has returned to a national lockdown. We understand that our patients and future patients will have many questions regarding how this will affect fertility treatments. Therefore we would like to try and address these questions and ease your concerns with the following information… Are IVF clinics still open? Currently, HFEA licensed clinics like ours can continue to offer treatment. HFEA licensed clinics have each strictly followed a Treatment Commencement Strategy in order to maintain safe ways of working for both patients and staff. We will continue to monitor and adhere to HFEA and government advice and all patients will be notified of any developments. How are clinics keeping patients safe? Our priority is the safety of patients and our... View Article

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4 Facts about Fertility Over 40

January 13, 2021 5:34 pm

Many couples are having babies later in life. This can be for a number of different reasons, from wanting to focus on a successful career to waiting for the right partner. However, it is a biological fact that as men and women age, their opportunity to have children decreases. Read on to learn more facts about fertility over the age of forty…   As women age, the number of eggs in the ovaries rapidly decline. By the time a female reaches 40, she is likely to have only 3 percent of the original egg supply she was born with. In addition, as women approach menopause, their ovaries are not as responsive to the hormones which are responsible for ovulation. This... View Article

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Human Rights Day – Knowing Your Employment Rights During IVF

December 9, 2020 6:06 pm

To mark Human Rights Day on the 10th of December, we thought it might be helpful to share some guidance on employment rights when you are going through IVF treatment… Juggling the pressures work and IVF treatment can become both physically and emotionally draining, so it is important to research your options and know your rights. First and foremost, it is important to know that if you become pregnant through IVF, you have exactly the same pregnancy and maternity rights as non-IVF parents. In fact, you will have these rights once you have completed the embryo transfer and may become pregnant. During your IVF journey you or your partner may need to take time off work to go to appointments,... View Article

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Disability Day 2020 – Advice and Resources for Disabled Parents

November 30, 2020 10:46 am

To mark Disability Awareness Day on the 3rd of December, we have put together this helpful advice and list of useful resources… If you have a disability and are planning to become a parent, you might be worried about what the future holds. Will you be able to become a parent? What risks are involved? What support will you receive if you need to modify your home or invest in additional equipment to care for a baby? Some disabilities can increase certain risks to your health and the health of your baby, so it is crucial to seek the right information and the right maternity services to support your medical condition or disability. Of course, our doctors will be able... View Article