Infertility

A Natural Way to Deal With the Stress of Infertility

Jacqueline Hurst | Posted 05.02.2016 | UK Parents
Jacqueline Hurst

Anxiety eats away at our confidence and makes things that were once easy for us to do, really difficult. Thoughts of "I'm not good enough, smart enough, thin enough" are manifestations of stress and anxiety that many of us can associate with.

It's a Right Pain

Dr Elizabeth Sparkes | Posted 02.02.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Elizabeth Sparkes

Compassion is key when we consider pain, bringing kindness and understanding towards ourselves when experiencing pain can make a difference. Studies show time and time again the variance in pain experience when mindfulness and compassion are introduced.

Asherman's Syndrome: The Little Known Condition Making Women Infertile

The Huffington Post UK | Ellen Wallwork | Posted 06.01.2016 | UK Parents

Two women who struggled to get pregnant discovered they were suffering from a condition their GPs had never heard of. "The hardest part for me was ...

Coping With Infertility After Cancer Treatment

Sammy Orchard | Posted 07.01.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Sammy Orchard

Earlier this year, I was diagnosed with womb cancer. I had spent six years trying for a baby, including four years of failed fertility treatment. I had been due to start another round of IVF when tests indicated a problem which turned out to be cancer.

Can We Talk About Infertility?

Dr Elizabeth Sparkes | Posted 10.12.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Elizabeth Sparkes

There is a lot of coverage in the media about female fertility and this is just a gentle reminder to the media that men have some involvement too. It's a complex series of events taking place during conception and the men have a fair amount of responsibility too. Male age and health also impacts fertility.

To End IVF Inequality in the UK, the Only Real Answer is a National Tariff

Dr Geeta Nargund | Posted 01.12.2015 | UK
Dr Geeta Nargund

I wrote to Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt earlier this year to introduce a National Tariff for IVF. My call for national tariff received wider support f...

Fertility Isn't Just a Women's Issue

Kate Brian | Posted 09.11.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Kate Brian

It's never easy to talk about having a fertility problem, and many people who have difficulty conceiving prefer not to tell anyone beyond their very close family and friends. Now, a new study has revealed quite what a taboo subject infertility still is for many men.

Male Infertility Is a Real Issue All Men Need to Be Comfortable Talking About

Ewan McTeir | Posted 06.11.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Ewan McTeir

I had a number of tests which came back showing that I had a low sperm count. I felt devastated that this was happening to us and we had no control over it. We were told we would not be able to have children and advised to go down the donor route.

Secondary Infertility: The Silent Sadness

Jacqueline Hurst | Posted 05.11.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Jacqueline Hurst

Feelings of frustration and anxiety are enhanced when you are not falling pregnant, and you know you are not infertile. Friends and family will glibly ask when the next one is coming along and first children will grow old enough to ask why they don't have a sibling.

Fertility Funding - The Good, the Bad and the Essex

Kate Brian | Posted 05.11.2015 | UK
Kate Brian

We're justifiably proud of our National Health Service in the UK, but when it comes to fertility treatment, there's nothing very national about it. Whether or not you qualify for medical help from the NHS for a fertility problem depends entirely on where you live, and the postcode lottery for IVF treatment causes great distress to many patients.

The Real Reasons Why Women Are Delaying Motherhood

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 03.11.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Women are not "sleepwalking" into infertility, with many worried about missing out on the chance of having children, according to a new report.Those ...

Men Speak Out About Infertility: 'A Father And Kid Playing Together Brought Me To Tears'

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 02.11.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Three men have opened up about the emotional struggle they faced after being told they were infertile. Gareth Down, 39, Russell Davis, 42, and ...

IVF: Latest Research Shows Negative Effects of High Drug Stimulation

Dr Geeta Nargund | Posted 30.10.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Geeta Nargund

Different dosages of drugs are used by different clinics, with some clinics even using 600 IU of FSH per day which is very high. Some clinics also give "off label" medication during the implantation phase and early pregnancy. It is concerning that there is no regulation as to what drugs are given and in what dosages.

The Silent Disorder: PCOS

Holly Whiting | Posted 22.10.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Holly Whiting

Personally, I do not believe PCOS to be taken very seriously as a disorder and I feel this to be because, like mental health issues, often the symptoms go rather unnoticed and therefore people don't believe there is anything wrong with you.

Should We Be Having Babies at 20? Lessons From the Past

Leah Astbury | Posted 20.10.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Leah Astbury

Babies. The constant stream of news stories about when we're having them, why we're not and the technologies available that can help us obtain them, seems testament to how all consumed we are with the issue of fertility in 2015...

Ovarian Cancer Risk Linked To IVF In New Study

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 20.10.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Women who have undergone IVF are a third more likely to develop ovarian cancer than the average woman, a new study suggests. Scientists at Universi...

Fertility Frontiers: Pushing Boundaries to Increase Patient Choice in Treatment of Infertility

Anita Mitra | Posted 08.10.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Anita Mitra

The concept of womb transplantation is not new, originally put forward in the 1960s as a possible cure for infertility. The success of IVF treatment in the 1970s, however, saw the idea of womb transplantation disappear, and the field move in the direction of life-saving surgery, such as lung, heart and kidney transplantation.

Film Shows Couple's Emotional Journey Becoming Parents After Five Miscarriages

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 11.10.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Miscarriages are much more common than most people realise. Among women who know they're pregnant, it's estimated one in six of these pregnancies will...

Wendy Williams Tells Nicole Scherzinger She Wasted 'Good Years' Not Having A Baby

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 02.10.2015 | UK Lifestyle

As the likes of Chrissy Teigen, Tyra Banks and women on social media have recently pointed out, it is not okay to grill a woman on the topic of when s...

Infertility Isnt a Dirty Word

Jules Furness | Posted 30.09.2015 | UK Parents
Jules Furness

Whilst I don't feel it is something a woman should HAVE to tell everyone, I'm just saying perhaps the option of talking about it should be considered too. That if someone chooses not to talk about it, they say so in a firm but kind way.

Woman Nails Why You Shouldn't Ask People When They're Having A Baby

The Huffington Post UK | Brogan Driscoll | Posted 01.10.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Whether you're a woman in her mid-thirties or a couple who have been together a few years, chances are at least once a week someone will get all up in...

No End to Endo

Tracey Morgan | Posted 24.09.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Tracey Morgan

I suffer from Endometriosis. For those of you who don't know what that means it is usually a very painful and debilitating illness that affects over 1.5 million women in the UK alone, caused by the endometrial lining in the uterus migrating and growing elsewhere in the body.

Dealing With the Question: "Do You Have Children?"

Kelly Da Silva | Posted 06.08.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Kelly Da Silva

After many conversations with people, I now recognise that our response to this question is largely determined by how we're feeling at that particular moment and may vary depending on who is asking and the circumstances we are in.

Fertility Experts Reveal Top Tips For Getting Pregnant

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 13.07.2015 | UK Parents

Emma Bunton has opened up about her fertility worries in an exclusive interview for AOL's Being Mum series. The former Spice Girl, who is engaged t...

The 'Invisible Loss' of Involuntary Childlessness

Kelly Da Silva | Posted 26.06.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Kelly Da Silva

Facing the reality of not being able to have children is heart-breaking, whether trying to conceive a child naturally, using methods of assisted conception (IVF) or arriving at childlessness by another means.