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PCOS

What Fertility Treatment is Best for PCOS?

April 15, 2019 2:56 pm

Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) is a common cause of infertility in females. If you have it, it’s important to determine what is causing it, as each case is different. Although there is no absolute cure, the symptoms of PCOS can be treated. But what actually is it? What is PCOS? PCOS is an imbalance of hormones that leads to many miniature ovarian cysts. During the ovulation cycle of a woman who has PCOS, the eggs that begin to develop never actually mature enough to prompt ovulation, so they are therefore never released from the ovary. Each of the immature follicles containing an immature egg releases hormones which, cumulatively, cause the ovary to become polycystic. Women who have PCOS may have... View Article

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How is ICSI Different from IVF Treatment?

April 1, 2019 10:05 am

Two of the most common fertility treatments are IVF, which means In Vitro Fertilisation and ICSI, which stands for Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection. ICSI is quite similar to IVF because both methods require eggs and sperm to be collected from each partner, for fertilisation performed outside of the body. The difference between these two procedures is the way in which fertilisation is achieved… With IVF treatment the eggs and sperm are mixed together in a laboratory dish. The sperm then naturally penetrates and fertilises the egg. The fertilised egg is then returned to the woman’s womb in the hope that it will grow and develop into a successful pregnancy. ICSI is a fertility treatment where a single sperm is picked up... View Article

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3 Benefits of Egg Freezing

March 25, 2019 9:15 am

Women freeze their eggs for numerous medical and lifestyle reasons. If you know you want to have children in the future, but currently want to focus on other areas of your life, such as your career, egg freezing is an excellent option. It is also recommended for women undergoing certain medical treatments that may affect their fertility. Age is another reason women consider egg freezing. As you age, the chance of naturally conceiving reduces, because the number and quality of your eggs drops. Egg freezing is therefore a fantastic option if you wish to preserve your fertility. As you can see there are various benefits to having your eggs frozen.  Let’s take a look at each of these benefits in... View Article

Cancer and Pregnancy

March 18, 2019 10:05 am

How Cancer Treatments Can Affect A Woman’s Fertility Cancer, or more often, cancer treatments, can interfere with some parts of the reproductive process and affect your ability to have children. There may be ways to save or protect your fertility before and maybe even during  treatment. There are some things that must be considered if you are trying to preserve your fertility. Your chances of successfully having a baby is one of these. Most chemotherapy drugs can damage a woman’s eggs, adversely affecting her fertility. This depends on many factors including the woman’s age, whether she also has radiotherapy, the types of drugs she gets, and the drug doses, making it hard to predict the exact effect on a woman’s fertility... View Article

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When to Start Fertility Treatments?

March 11, 2019 2:39 pm

Since one in six couples who are trying for a baby need to see a fertility specialist, fertility treatments are more commonplace that you might think. As a general rule, if you are under 35 years of age and have been having regular unprotected intercourse for 12 months without a pregnancy, then this is considered an appropriate time to seek the advice of a fertility specialist. Patients are also advised to see a specialist if they are over 35 and have been trying to conceive for 6 months, or if they are over 40 and have been trying to conceive for 3 months. Both partners should be tested in order to establish why there are problems with conception. For females... View Article

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Can Ovarian Cysts Affect My Fertility?

February 25, 2019 9:30 am

Ovarian cysts are fluid-filled sacs that develop in, or on the surface of your ovaries. They are very common and do not usually lead to any more severe problems. In fact, they often go unnoticed. The following types of cysts are unlikely to affect your fertility: Functional Cysts Cystadenomas Dermoid Cysts   However, there are some types of ovarian cysts that can make it harder to conceive. Below we have listed some of the different types of ovarian cysts, starting with the two that are most likely to affect your fertility: Cysts Caused by Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) PCOS is a hormone imbalance that causes lots of tiny ovarian cysts. In PCOS, the eggs that begin to develop during the... View Article

What is Ovulation Induction?

February 11, 2019 9:25 am

Ovulation induction is the stimulation of ovulation using medication. This medication works by encouraging eggs to develop in the ovaries, ready to be released. By combining this treatment with carefully planned intercourse or artificial insemination, it can greatly increase your chances of a successful conception. Who is best suited to ovulation induction treatment? Ovulation induction is often the preferred fertility treatment for women with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), but it is also suitable for women who are not ovulating for a variety of other reasons. However, it is essential that women opting for ovulation induction have not begun the menopause. Medications often used in ovulation induction include: Clomiphene Citrate (Clomid) Clomiphene Citrate is an oral medication, most commonly used if... View Article

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What is an Aquascan and What are the Benefits?

January 28, 2019 9:25 am

An Aquascan, also known as a 3D Hydroscan or a Saline Infusion Sonography (SIS), is an internal ultrasound scan, where a saline solution is used to show a detailed outline of the uterine cavity (womb). A routine ultrasound scan is helpful in spotting larger growths, but this technique greatly improves the detection of polyps, fibroids, scar tissue or any other uterine anomalies. When should the scan be used? An Aquascan should be used to investigate uterine abnormalities in women who experience infertility or multiple miscarriages. It is also a valuable technique for evaluating unexplained vaginal bleeding. What does an Aquascan involve? A speculum is inserted in the vagina to visualise the neck of the womb (similar to a smear test).... View Article

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How Many Eggs Should I Freeze?

January 7, 2019 10:17 am

If you are considering freezing your eggs, you may have asked “How many eggs do I need to freeze?” It’s a good question because, in addition to your age, the number of eggs you freeze will impact your chances of a successful pregnancy. However, before understanding the answer to that question, you must first understand the egg freezing process. When you’re ready to have a baby and want to use the eggs you’ve frozen, around 90% of your eggs will survive the thaw. Of that 90%, a certain number will fertilise. This depends on a variety of factors, including your age at the time the eggs were frozen and the quality of the sperm you use to fertilise the eggs.... View Article

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Can Birth Control Pills Affect My Fertility?

December 24, 2018 10:12 am

Birth control pills are designed to imitate hormones produced in the female body, to prevent ovulation and ensure the uterine lining is inhospitable for an embryo. What’s more, birth control pills also affect the production of cervical mucus, making it too hostile environment for the sperm to swim and fertilise an egg. Although many hormonal contraceptive options have associated risks, taking the pill should have no negative impact on your fertility once you’ve stopped taking it. In fact, research has found that a woman who has taken the pill in the past is just as likely to conceive a child as a woman who has never used any form of hormonal contraception at all. Whether taking the pill for one... View Article