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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

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Fertility Week 2020

October 30, 2020 12:00 pm

From Monday 2nd November to Thursday 5th November 2020 Fertility Week promotes conversations and awareness about factors that affect fertility. Fertility Awareness Week is organised by Fertility Network UK, a national charity, who is there to support anyone who has ever experienced fertility problems. The main message of their 2020 campaign is #YouAreNotAlone, which is incredibly important as infertility issues are faced by 1 in 6 couples in the UK.  Each day during Fertility Week they will focus on a new topic. From mental health to fertility in the workplace, they hope to highlight the many issues surrounding fertility. Read on to find out more information on what the week will cover: Monday 2nd November #FertilityInequalities On the first day... View Article

Further Conclusions about Aspirin and Fertility

March 3, 2016 1:00 pm

We’ve recently written an article about aspirin and fertility based on recent studies, research and recommendations from the NHS. Richard Kennedy, the President-Elect of the International Federation of Fertility Societies has taken a stand on the continuing debate of whether aspirin helps to improve fertility. Aspirin’s Introduction to Reproductive Medicine Aspirin has been prescribed for years as an anti-clotting agent, which is the primary reason for its use in a variety of medical conditions.  In 1979 it began to be used to prevent the occurrence of pre-eclampsia.  The potential for haemorrhaging have prevented its mainstream use in obstetric medicine until recently.  This side effect has since been  addressed by administering a low-dose (75 mg) of aspirin (known as LDA).  LDA... View Article

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HNG May Combat Infertility from Chemotherapy

February 1, 2016 1:09 am

Side Effects of Chemotherapy Chemotherapy can have both life-saving benefits and life-altering side effects.  It can slow cancer growth by destroying cancerous cells, yet it also can harm and destroy healthy cells in the process.  For males, side effects of chemotherapy can include a reduction in the amount of sperm they are able to produce and a decreased ability for their sperm to fertilise an egg. In a recent study, HNG (a humanin analogue) was tested in male mice who were undergoing chemotherapy to measure whether it could protect sperm output, spermatogonial stem cells, and other specific cell types called peripheral leucocytes.  What is a humanin analogue is and what does it have to do with sperm cells? HNG’s Relationship to... View Article

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Increasing Fertility: Does Aspirin Boost Fertility?

November 16, 2015 9:00 am

According to a recent US study at The National Institute of Child Health and Development in Maryland, USA low dose aspirin could improve pregnancy rates in some women due to its anti-inflammatory effects.  There are both advocates and critics of this new information, as summarised below. The US Study On Aspirin and Fertility The original study, called the EAGeR (Effects of Aspirin in Gestation and Reproduction) was administered in 2014 to 1128 female participants who had previously suffered from a miscarriage.  As mentioned, it was conducted by researchers from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development in Maryland, USA. Participants were given either aspirin or a placebo- neither the researchers nor the participants were aware of who was... View Article

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How Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) Affects Fertility

May 5, 2015 8:41 am

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) affects the hormonal pathways that produce eggs and prepare the uterus for pregnancy, meaning that it can be a challenge for women with PCOS to become pregnant. A large part of the challenge is down to irregular periods or anovulation. Women with PCOS may not ovulate, may have irregular periods (so it can be hard to work out when ovulation occurs), or the uterus lining may not be prepared for pregnancy when an egg is released and fertilised. Just one of these effects can have a devastating impact on pregnancy chances, but many women with PCOS suffer more than one of these fertility complications. Non-Medical Treatments to Help Fertility Obesity is an issue for over a... View Article

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7 Tips to Improve Your Chances of Pregnancy

April 13, 2015 8:13 am

  While fertility research is developing new and exciting treatments as time goes on, it’s important to do whatever you can to increase your chances of becoming pregnant and carrying it to term. Many of these tips are simply a good idea for overall health, while others significantly increase your chances of success. Eat well: a healthy diet is essential to your long term health, mobility at an older age, ongoing wellbeing, and your reproductive health. You need a well-balanced diet that is appropriate for your sex and size. Sleep well: Sleep is essential to maintaining a healthy body and mind. Studies have shown that lack of sleep and irregular sleeping patterns affects the reproductive health of men and women.... View Article