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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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IVF Refund Programme: Reduce Cost & Increase Success

Unfortunately, in many cases, money is the problem that stands in the way of becoming a parent for couples who are unable to conceive. IVF can add financial strain to couples going through the process and around 60% of couples need more than one cycle in order to become parents. Increasingly, prospective grandparents are paying for their children to go through the process. For those who do not have that option, finding other funding becomes the answer. When success rates are not guaranteed, the cost of IVF can seem like a big gamble. However, at Assured Fertility, we believe that
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How does age affect my fertility?

How does age affect my fertility? Age influences most things in life, and for women, this also includes fertility. The average age of women in the UK having their first baby is rising every year. In the UK the average age is 30.3 and 53% of all babies are born to women over the age of 30. Why are women waiting so long? Choice. There are more choices available to everyone than ever before. Choice over careers, over marriage, over experiences and much more. Women are waiting longer to have their first baby so that they can live more. Your
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Fertility Treatment Options for Same Sex Couples

When people are looking to start a family, most blogs talk about heterosexual couples. But many couples looking at IVF will be in same sex relationships. We want to explore Fertility Treatment Options for Same Sex Couples. The process is still very similar, so let’s break it down so you know what to expect.  There are two main treatment options for same-sex couples.  Intra-Uterine Insemination (IUI), and In Vitro Insemination (IVF). With IVF, the success rates are higher, and it is also often recommended for women over 40, to give them the best possible chance. Female Couples and IVF: For
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Preparing for IVF: The physical and emotional journey

IVF can be challenging for both partners physically and mentally. Preparing for IVF  and understanding what to expect can help you go through the process as smoothly as possible. We understand this journey, the emotions and the expectations. You have probably been trying to have a baby for a long time. You may have suffered loss, experienced immense disappointment or have attempted IVF before. But the need, the desire to have a baby is still intense, it is still all consuming and something you think about a lot. This is where IVF comes in. Understandably, the start of this process
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What to consider when choosing your fertility clinic  …

Finding the right fertility clinic is a personal and very important decision. IVF is an emotionally charged journey so making sure you are comfortable with your clinic is essential. With so many sources of information available, through Google, the NHS and people going through, or knowing someone going through the process, options can become overwhelming. Here is what we suggest you do to simplify the process and feel confident in your choice. Make a short list of clinics that meet your initial search criteria, geographical, recommended, whatever that looks like for you. Then have a look at the following areas
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The Benefits of PGS (Pre-Genetic Screening)

There is a lot of hype about Pre-Genetic Screening (PGS). What is it? Does it work? Will it work for me? What are the benefits of PGS? So we thought, let’s shed some light on the whole PGS debate. In a nutshell, PGS is a screening process that selects the healthy embryos, based on the number of chromosomes, that have the best chance of success after they have been implanted. Studies have shown that around 50% of embryos that are implanted in IVF have abnormal chromosomes. This percentage can also increase as women get older. As such, the PGS is a
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Questions to Ask Before your IVF Treatment

Learning that you need IVF treatment can sometimes be scary. There are many myths surrounding infertility treatments and it can be hard to determine what is truth and what is not. Your chosen fertility clinic and specialist should always be ready to answer all the IVF treatment questions you may have, but here are our top questions to ask: Your journey  First and foremost, you need to make sure that you are clear about what the diagnosis and the course of action is. This is different for everybody so you are unlikely to get the answers you need from Google.
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Nutrition and IVF

Although there is no diet that is instantly going to make you more fertile or your access rate of IVF sky rocket, there are elements of your diet that can be improved to increase your chances of successful pregnancy. If you are going through IVF, it is advised that you follow the same nutrition guidelines as any woman trying to conceive. The objective in both instances is to prepare your body for conception and create the best chances of a successful pregnancy. Being healthy in terms of your weight and your diet are important. Here are our top tips: Eat
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