Monthly Archives August 2018

Are Celebrity Pregnancies Spreading Misconceptions about Pregnancy Later in Life?

In today’s society, where many can become obsessed with social media and celebrity culture, we have to ask ourselves whether fertility is being fairly represented within the media or whether it is in fact being distorted with many celebrity pregnancies in later life being publicised. Celebrity pregnancies are always highly reported on, often making the front covers of the news we see around us every day, so it makes sense that this sort of coverage influences our perceptions of fertility. Confusing messages? Doctors have suggested that the disproportionately large number of celebrities who get pregnant during their forties might be
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Pre-implantation Genetic Screening (PGS) in IVF

Is Pre-implantation genetic screening (PGS) beneficial in IVF? Pre-implantation genetic screening (PGS), also called PGT is a technique for testing whether embryos have any problems with their chromosomes, which is thought to be the most common reason why IVF treatment fails. During PGS, also known as PGT, a single cell or a small number of cells is / are removed from the embryo and the DNA in these cells is then tested to see whether the embryo has any chromosomal abnormalities. Until now, there hadn’t been many significant trials run on PGS to show clinicians whether the test could improve
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Egg Freezing

I read an article today in The Telegraph entitled “warning over last ditch attempts at egg freezing by women in late 30s” and felt obliged to write about it in my blog this week. Being a woman in my early 30s, who currently has no children and works within the fertility industry, these articles are always of interest to me. Daily I am reminded of my ageing eggs and diminishing ovarian reserve and the constant tick tock of my fertility clock and often wonder whether I should be freezing my eggs given the insight I have. But then, like most
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Fresh vs Frozen Embryo Transfers

The topic of fresh or frozen embryo transfers often comes up as it is a popular belief that fresh embryo transfers are preferential to frozen embryo transfers. By no means am I speaking from a clinical perspective, but I find it a very interesting topic to discuss so thought I could give some general information about what’s going on in the world of fertility to investigate this at the moment. In the UK, there is currently the E-Freeze study taking place across 12 hospitals that is looking into this very discussion point. The aim of this study is to determine
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The Effect of Smoking on Fertility

The health risks of tobacco smoking are well known with regards to disease of the heart, lungs, and blood vessels, but the impact on reproductive health has never been fully appreciated. There is now substantial research evidence which suggests that smoking reduces a couple’s chances of a successful pregnancy and increases the possibility of adverse health effects on any children born. At Assured, we do ask that all parties participating in the plan are non-smokers by the time they get accepted onto the plan. Many people can appreciate and understand why it would be necessary for the female party to
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