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Fertility MOT’s

What are Fertility MOT’s   Fertility MOT’s are becoming increasingly popular in the industry with fertility clinics offering them almost like a health check for women wishing to assess their capability to conceive. These MOT’s usually consist of a baseline scan with antral follicle count (AFC) and an Anti-Mullerian Hormone (AMH), which a consultant will use to assess their ovarian reserve. These tests can cost anywhere up to around £300. Although these tests are definitely relevant, some consultants argue that they aren’t enough to paint a full picture on an individual’s / couple’s fertility. Having worked in the industry for
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Embryo Donation – an interesting subject

Embryo Donation – an interesting subject I recently listened to a documentary on the BBC, The New Face of Reproduction and as part of the programme they highlighted a charity organisation that I had not come across; The Snowflakes Embryo Adoption Program which is a division of Nightlife Christian Adoptions. I found the idea pretty interesting, so I thought I would share it with you in my blog this week. What is Embryo Donation? Embryo donation is when somebody accepts an embryo that has already been generated using someone else’s gametes (sperm and egg). The embryo is then transferred and
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Let’s make IVF costs clear to patients!

Let’s make IVF costs clear to patients!   Nick Montague, Director of Assured Fertility calls for the costs for IVF treatment to be simpler and transparent   We live in a complicated world, and IVF is no exception. Despite the fact that the industry has been in existence for over 40 years, it still creates real confusion amongst patients as to which treatment they need, which add ons they should be having and how it will costs as a grand total.   Take a look at the price list of an IVF clinic and you will be presented with a
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IVF techniques working in the Animal Kingdom!

I came across an article this week that reported a lioness in South Africa has given birth to the worlds first assisted conception cubs. This article stood out to me as I go on my very first safari in Tanzania in a few weeks and it made me think of how different a safari could look if some of the animals weren’t in existence anymore. It really is incredible to think that fertility treatment can offer hope to saving species threatened by extinction across the world and researchers are confident that this breakthrough could do just that. Experts at the
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What is Endometriosis?

What is Endometriosis? Endometriosis is a condition in which the tissues that normally line the inside of the womb (endometrium) start to grow outside of the womb lining. This tissue can grow in virtually any part of the body but is most commonly found on the inner wall of the abdomen and pelvis, the outside of the womb, the ovaries, fallopian tubes and intestines.   Endometriosis and Fertility It is estimated that 1 in 10 women are suffering from endometriosis and unfortunately many remain undiagnosed. Whilst it is most common in women around their reproductive age, it can occur from
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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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