Fertility

Mummy's Heart - The End Of Maternity Leave

Deb Bunn | Posted 15.06.2017 | UK Parents
Deb Bunn

Just 18 short months ago my heart was breaking because it was looking like I would never be a mummy. Having spent years of loving my nieces and nephews and waiting my turn, I was facing the reality that I might not ever have a child of my own. I was sad and getting sadder.

Overweight Women Trying To Conceive Urged To Slim Down

PA for HuffPost UK | By John von Radowitz, Press Association Science Correspondent | Posted 15.06.2017 | UK Parents

Experts have urged overweight women trying to have a baby to slim down before sex. The call comes after new research showed a rising risk of seriou...

Tina Malone's Daughter Calls Her 'Selfish' For Having Another Baby At 54

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 14.06.2017 | UK Parents

Tina Malone’s daughter has said she thought her mother was “insane” when she found out she was planning to have another baby via surrogate at th...

Tina Malone Reveals She's Going To Be A Mum Again At 54

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 05.06.2017 | UK Parents

Tina Malone is going to be a mum again, aged 54. The ‘Shameless’ actress has revealed she will be going for surrogacy. She said she is aware peopl...

Do You Grieve For The Child You Never Want To Have?

J.J. Barnes | Posted 31.05.2017 | UK Parents
J.J. Barnes

I can't put myself or my children through that again.  Promising my little girl I'd be picking her up from school then disappearing in an ambulance and not seeing her for days at a time whilst she had no idea why or when I was coming home was too much.  She was devastated.  Putting my body through that has left a lasting impact to this day that genuinely makes us fear for my life.

Coping With Infertility On Father's Day

Dr Geetha Venkat | Posted 31.05.2017 | UK Parents
Dr Geetha Venkat

Joining a support group can often be a good idea where you can share your emotions amongst caring, like-minded individuals. At HSFC we know the fertility journey can be very stressful and we believe that reducing this stress will contribute significantly to your overall health and well-being.

Guys, This Is How Your Sleep Patterns Could Be Affecting Your Fertility

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 19.05.2017 | UK Lifestyle

If you burn the candle at both ends, or even sleep too much, you might be harming your fertility. That’s according to a new study which found sleep...

You Can Now Buy Beer To Boost Your Sex Drive (Apparently)

The Huffington Post | Rachel Moss | Posted 18.05.2017 | UK Lifestyle

A beer company has made a new product laced with watercress, claiming the unusual beverage may boost men’s sex drives. The new Watercress Warrior bo...

A Hormone-Free Contraceptive With Fewer Side Effects Than The Pill Could Be On The Horizon

PA | Rachel Moss | Posted 16.05.2017 | UK Lifestyle

Women who struggle with side effects of the contraceptive pill may soon have a new option, thanks to the discovery of a non-hormonal method of contrac...

Natural And Mild IVF - How Fertility Treatment Has Moved On From My Day

Diane Chandler | Posted 04.05.2017 | UK Parents
Diane Chandler

I was honoured recently to speak on the same platform as Geeta Nargund, Founder and Medical Director of CREATE Fertilty. Organised by City Parents, a network for professional parents, the lunchtime event was attended by both men and women struggling to conceive. I was asked to talk about my personal journey through IVF.

'Emmerdale' Actress Lucy Pargeter Has Given Birth To Twins

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 20.04.2017 | UK Parents

Lucy Pargeter has given birth to twins with her husband Rudi Coleano. A spokeswoman for the ITV show said in a statement: “Lucy Pargeter and Rudi Co...

I Am Sorry We Can't Have Children. A Letter To My Husband

Sharron Phillips | Posted 19.04.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Sharron Phillips

I am so sorry that I am the reason you might not get to experience fatherhood. I wish I could change what we have been through. I wish that I could change what I have and we could have had a normal progression from two to three. I can't.

A Heartfelt Insight Into The World Of Infertility

Shafali Talisa Arya | Posted 19.04.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Shafali Talisa Arya

I frequently come across many books that aim to shed some light on the infertility experience and whilst each one of them put their own unique spin on the experience, I was yet to be fully captivated by some of the titles I had read, until Moondance.

The Truth About Your Weight And Fertility

Dr Geetha Venkat | Posted 18.04.2017 | UK Parents
Dr Geetha Venkat

We all know that maintaining an ideal weight is important for our overall health and wellbeing, but what we have come to learn from recent studies, is that weight can cause complications during pregnancy and also has a significant effect on fertility. In fact, research shows that overweight and obese women have poorer outcomes following fertility treatment.

Does My Infertility Make You Uncomfortable?

Sharron Phillips | Posted 05.04.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Sharron Phillips

I can honestly say, even though I did feel jealous, I was always happy for them. At first I would say, "Oh don't be silly, don't feel bad telling me! I am fine!" Finding myself comforting them through the experience of having to tell their defective friend they were getting their bundle of joy after only a couple of months of trying.

McFly's Harry Judd Reveals Wife Izzy Is Pregnant With Their Second Child

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 04.04.2017 | UK Parents

McFly’s Harry Judd and his wife Izzy have revealed they’re expecting their second child in pair of adorable Instagram posts. The couple, who went ...

The Invasion Of The Baby Bumps

Sharron Phillips | Posted 30.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Sharron Phillips

I was having problems following a miscarriage and watching those pregnant bellies was an ice pick to my heart. I kept my head down, making little eye contact. I sat silent tears falling onto my lap.

What Is Clomid And How Does It Work? The Common Fertility Medication Explained

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 30.03.2017 | UK Parents

Women who suffer fertility problems will be offered different treatments depending on what’s causing the problem. However one of the most common fer...

This Smartphone App Can Test The Quality Of Your Sperm At Home

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 23.03.2017 | UK Tech

A smartphone app has been developed that is able to anaylse sperm samples at home, meaning men would no longer be required to visit specialist clinics...

Mother's Day Without A Child

Sharron Phillips | Posted 23.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Sharron Phillips

Deleting the day from my calendar and staying in bed is appealing, but it isn't real life. I am finally at a point now that I can face these days with at least some kind of composure. Processing the grief of losing my babies and accepting that we would not have children has been a slow and heart-breaking process.

The Childless Mother

Sharron Phillips | Posted 22.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Sharron Phillips

For 12 years, my husband and I have been trying for children. It's such a simple aspiration, something so natural. To have a family. When the simple becomes a nightmare, it can take over your life and result in feeling like a total failure. To do the simplest thing, to know that my body is letting me down so badly is hard to process.

Lucy Pargeter Shares Tips For Couples Going Through IVF From Her Own Experience

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 22.03.2017 | UK Parents

Lucy Pargeter has shared her top tips for parents-to-be going through IVF after experiencing the fertility treatment herself. The ‘Emmerdale’ actr...

Weird And Wonderful Fertility Rituals From Around The World

Shafali Talisa Arya | Posted 16.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Shafali Talisa Arya

People believe this festival is associated with fertility, luck and mental success. It is also believed that this ritual would shield against the contraction of sexually transmitted infections. This centuries' old tradition is generally held in early spring and is symbolic of new life.

The Benefits Of Egg Freezing

Dr Geetha Venkat | Posted 09.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Geetha Venkat

It's important to know that freezing your eggs does not guarantee a baby, but it offers a good insurance plan. Future success rates depend on factors such as lifestyle and age. It's crucial to remember that before the eggs are ready for use, they must complete several steps prior to pregnancy including surviving thawing, fertilisation, and implantation.

Meet The 20-Something Women Who Are Fighting To Be Sterilised

The Huffington Post | Jasmin Gray | Posted 07.03.2017 | UK Universities & Education

When 26-year-old tech reporter Holly Brockwell went public with her quest to be sterilised, she sparked a nationwide controversy and added a fresh dim...