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UK Fertility Growing from Strength to Strength

More than 300,000 babies in the UK are born as a result of fertility treatments – and 100,000 of those have been born within the last six years. The encouraging news is according to official figures released by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) recently. The HFEA’s records cover the periods 1991 to 2015 (which was the most recent data available) and take in both IVF and donor insemination (DI) successes. 2015 was also the year when the HFEA – the government’s independent regulator for fertility treatment and research – celebrated the millionth treatment cycle. Latest statistics showed treatments
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Most couples try for a baby for around two years before seeking fertility treatment

Here at Assured Fertility we are delighted to be able to share with you the results from our latest patient survey about fertility treatment. Quite a few interesting comments popped up from the many responses we received. See what you think and whether you fall into any of the categories we were keen to hear answers on, such as the average age of women who receive fertility treatment, and how long couples usually try to conceive before seeking medical treatment either via the NHS or a specialist company such as ourselves. More than half of women spend 12 months looking
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Busting Common Myths about IVF Treatment

Infertility is a problem that is faced by many couples today. According to NHS, at least 1 in 7 couples is thought to be having problems regarding conception, and the worldwide infertility rates keep increasing. In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF) is a common technique used by many couples to treat infertility. This technique has succeeded in helping numerous women get pregnant. However, a lot of people are still sceptical about the IVF treatment due to myths … let’s explore them. Myth 1: Infertility can only be treated with IVF There are many conditions which can cause infertility problems in couples and
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{Fertility Interview Series} How can I help my IVF Journey?

“How Can I Help My Fertility Journey?” Charles Kingsland is a Consultant Gynaecologist and Specialist in Reproductive Medicine. Charles has over thirty years experience in IVF alongside lecturing in the subject. With an international reputation, Charles has been instrumental in negotiating funding within IVF across England and Wales. Having performed many thousands of IVF cycles in his career, Charles is an expert in all areas of infertility treatments. In this article, we are looking at what you can do and what you need to know to help your IVF journey.  “What Tests Are Needed To Give Me My Bespoke IVF
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Expert Opinion: IVF & The NHS

IVF & The NHS Charles Kingsland is a Consultant Gynaecologist and Specialist in Reproductive Medicine. Charles has 30+ years experience in this field alongside lecturing in the subject. With an international reputation, Charles has been instrumental in negotiating funding within IVF across England and Wales. Having performed many thousands of IVF cycles in his career, Charles is an expert in all areas of infertility and it’s treatments. In this article, Charles comments on the NHS and IVF. “With fertility treatment, it’s very, very high profile, but very low priority when it comes to funding in the National Health Service. If
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{Fertility Interview Series} Having Trouble Conceiving

James Armatage is a leading Specialist in Reproductive Medicine & Surgery and is Consultant Gynaecologist at Cheshire Fertility. With over 30 years experience in the profession and at the forefront of the latest techniques and processes to guarantee success, James is the perfect person to take part in our interview series, covering the questions we get asked the most often about fertility and IVF for people having trouble conceiving. In this article, we are looking at challenges conceiving in general. “I have been trying to get pregnant and am not conceiving. Why?” There are many reasons why conception does not occur.
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{Fertility Interview Series} Conceiving after 40

James Armatage is a leading Specialist in Reproductive Medicine & Surgery and is Consultant Gynaecologist at Cheshire Fertility. With over 30 years experience in the profession and at the forefront of the latest techniques and processes to guarantee success, James is the perfect person to take part in our interview series, covering the questions we get asked the most often about fertility and IVF. In this article, we are looking at conceiving when you are 40 and over. “How long does it take to get pregnant” Most couples will conceive within 12 months of trying. If conception has not occurred
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{Fertility Interview Series} Exploring Endometriosis

James Armatage is a leading Specialist in Reproductive Medicine & Surgery and is Consultant Gynaecologist at Cheshire Fertility. With over 30 years experience in the profession and at the forefront of the latest techniques and processes to guarantee success, James is the perfect person to take part in our interview series, covering the questions we get asked the most often about fertility and IVF. In this article, we are looking at endometriosis and how it relates to conception. “What is endometriosis?” Endometriosis is a condition where the cells that normally line the womb can grow elsewhere in the pelvis and
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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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