Fertility

7 Things Women With Endometriosis Want You To Stop Saying

The Huffington Post | Rachel Moss | Posted 16.10.2017 | UK Lifestyle

Endometriosis affects one in 10 women of reproductive age, but despite its prevalence, there’s still a lack of public awareness around the condition...

How To Tell Your Child They've Been Born With Help From An Egg Donor

Jana Brezinova | Posted 16.10.2017 | UK Parents
Jana Brezinova

While the rules surrounding the anonymity of donors varies from country to country, there is no legal obligation to tell a child they have been born as a result of a donor.

Waiting For Our Baby

Sharron Phillips | Posted 12.10.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Sharron Phillips

The passing of time is something none of us can control. It's become my enemy over the last few years. Starting with us trying for children and then moving to heartbreak when we lost my cousin to cancer in 2016. Time moving forward caused pain, it's frustrating and there is absolutely nothing we can do about it.

Harry Judd Speaks Honestly About How IVF Affected His Relationship With Wife Izzy

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 09.10.2017 | UK Parents

Harry Judd has opened up about how going through IVF affected his relationship with his wife Izzy. The ‘McFly’ drummer, 31, and Izzy have two chil...

Top Five Baby Making Mistakes - And How To Avoid Them

Zita West | Posted 04.10.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Zita West

Making the decision to 'try' for a baby is an exciting time in a couple's relationship. Sadly, for some people having a baby isn't as simple as just having sex and then falling pregnant quickly. While many people have a smooth route to pregnancy, other couples struggle to conceive, with 1 in 7 couples experiencing fertility issues.

Attention Men: Your Weight Could Be Affecting Your Sperm Count And Quality

The Huffington Post | Rachel Moss | Posted 20.09.2017 | UK Lifestyle

If you think you may want to have children in the future, it could be time to start watching your weight. According to new research, being obese may ...

Why You Shouldn't Lose Hope If You Have A Miscarriage After Your First Round Of IVF

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 19.09.2017 | UK Parents

Women who miscarry during their first full round of IVF are more likely to have a baby after further treatment, than women who don’t get pregnant at...

Five Things You Should Know About STIs And Fertility

Dr Geetha Venkat | Posted 13.09.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Geetha Venkat

Nearly half a million people in the UK are diagnosed with a sexually transmitted infection (STI) every year. There are many associated complications to contracting a sexually transmitted disease; your health can be affected, there is often a social stigma attached to STI carriers and, your current and/or future fertility may be put at risk.

Let's Talk About Sex And IVF

Dr Hana Visnova | Posted 04.09.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Hana Visnova

Many internet forums are devoted to the debate surrounding whether you should continue having intercourse during fertility treatment. Some doctors issue a blanket ban against it. I think this is crazy.

Infertility - Let's Shift The Paradigm From Treatment To Prevention

Dr Geeta Nargund | Posted 24.08.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Geeta Nargund

With 1 out of 6 couples now requiring a fertility doctor to help them achieve a pregnancy, I disagree with the suggestion that women do not need such tests unless they are having trouble conceiving. These tests provide both men and women with crucial information about their chances of conceiving that enables them to make informed decisions before it may be too late.

7 Women Who Don't Have Children Reveal Why Your Assumptions About Them Are Wrong

The Huffington Post | Rachel Moss | Posted 11.08.2017 | UK Lifestyle

In 2017, there’s still a societal expectation that women will have children, but in reality, womanhood is not synonymous with motherhood. The most ...

'Lorraine' Viewers Slam Guest Who Argues NHS Should Not Fund IVF

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 09.08.2017 | UK Parents

Viewers of ‘Lorraine’ reacted with anger to a guest on the show who claimed that women should not be able to get IVF on the NHS. Sirena Bergman, a...

Gene Editing Allows Scientists To ‘Delete’ Deadly Heart Condition From Embryo For First Time Ever

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 03.08.2017 | UK Tech

Scientists have successfully edited a human embryo to completely remove a genetic mutation that causes deadly cardiac disease, which can trigger the h...

Find Your Emotional Resilience Superpower

Russell Davis | Posted 26.07.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Russell Davis

Trying to get pregnant or going through fertility treatment such as IVF can be exhausting emotionally. They call it an emotional roller-coaster for a reason. However it doesn't have to be. We have greater emotional resources and resilience than we think. What I learnt on our journey is that it was my future thinking that kept me on the roller-coaster.

Plummeting Sperm Counts Could Result In Human Extinction, Doctor Warns

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 26.07.2017 | UK Lifestyle

A doctor has warned that rapidly declining sperm counts could result in humans becoming extinct. Dr Hagai Levine led a team of researchers who analyse...

An Infertile Woman's Letter To Her Unborn Child

Sharron Phillips | Posted 19.07.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Sharron Phillips

I'm sorry you have to wait so long, we are trying so hard to get you here. Can you wait a little while longer? You are still the twinkle in the stars for now as my body just can't keep you safe. I'm so sorry about that. I'm working hard to make a change to make it safe.

'No Happy Ending' - The IVF Story That Doesn't Often Get Told

Carly Ellen Lee | Posted 13.07.2017 | UK Parents
Carly Ellen Lee

Perhaps we could share our news? Our third bloods a week after that were right on track, perfect. Then the pregnancy symptoms started to kick in. Do you know how good it feels to finally actually feel pregnant? The tiredness, sickness and constant peeing meant it felt real. It wasn't just a number on a scale.

It's Official, Men Actually Have Their Own Fertility Clock

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 04.07.2017 | UK Tech

For centuries women have been burdened with the responsibility of the ticking fertility timebomb, having to procreate as early as possible while Mick ...

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...