Monthly Archives August 2017

How long is an IVF cycle?

  When a couple struggles with conceiving, one of the most effective ways for them to have a healthy baby is certainly IVF. It sounds like a pretty simple process, you take an egg and fertilsie it with sperm and after several months you welcome your newborn. In reality, there is a little more to the process and we are often asked how long the IVF process takes.   IVF has 3 stages (ovarian stimulation, egg retrieval and embryo fertilisation and implantation). An average IVF cycle lasts a minimum of 4 to 6 weeks, but can be more, depending on how things progress.  A woman can experience side effects from the whole procedure. The emotional side of
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How smoking will affect your chances of successful IVF

Nicotine is the most addictive drug in the world. It is the one that we get asked about most often; will smoking effect my chances of a successful pregnancy with IVF?  Studies have shown that smoking has a negative impact on overall health, especially for pregnant ladies and their unborn babies. There is no doubt that smoking has an adverse impact on the body and the chances of pregnancy being healthy and successful.   One study showed that the effect of smoking more than one cigarette a day for a year reduced women’s chances of having a live birth through IVF
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When you may consider using donor eggs?

There are many variables in fertility and conception. Although there are some things we can use as a guideline and an indicator to the best way to move ahead, every person and every situation is different. The best way forward is always to get the advice that is bespoke to you. But we get asked a lot … “When should we use egg donors?”  So let’s explore …  Fertility and the chances of conceiving reduce with ageing, especially for women. Although, there are many factors that contribute to infertility for many couples, one that is the most factor is the quality and quantity of woman’s eggs.   All women are
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An IVF Guide For Men

Learning that you need help to conceive can be a difficult situation whether you are a woman or a man. The news can come as a bit of a shock.  After long consideration, you and your partner have decided that you should try IVF. For men, this means that sperm is tested for the count, motility, morphology, hormonal balance, or other fertility concerns prior to treatment starting.   For IVF to be successful, it is very important to have both healthy sperm and a healthy egg for the best chances.  So, what can you do to prepare for the procedure?   We often get asked about what men can do to contribute towards
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