Infertility

How Do You Decide Whether To Have A Second Child When You're Infertile?

Caro Townsend | Posted 18.10.2017 | UK Parents
Caro Townsend

I have recently been touched by the various articles and blogs I have seen surrounding miscarriage, bravely written during Baby Loss Awareness Week. It's a subject incredibly close to my heart. Like many others, I have experienced loss. I have known pain and suffering and grief. You see, my son is a seventh round IVF miracle.

The Babies We Think Of Every Day But Never Knew

Veronica Montgomery | Posted 18.10.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Veronica Montgomery

October marks Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month - a time to grieve the babies who we lost and to raise awareness to let the one in four women know that they are not alone in their pain.

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.

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 ...

Childlessness: Is It A Gift Or An Affliction?

Katherine Baldwin | Posted 14.09.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Katherine Baldwin

I am not someone who tried tirelessly to have a family; who spent thousands of pounds and years of my life on failed IVF treatments; who received a devastating diagnosis of unexplained infertility; who tried and failed to adopt; who miscarried; or whose child tragically died. Nor am I someone who's imagined herself as a mother throughout her adult life.

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.

Minority Report: Them And (A Much Smaller) 'Us'

Samantha Walsh | Posted 08.09.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Samantha Walsh

If you see me walking down the street, dressed up to the nines to meet my friends for a night out, or on my way to work, you'd be forgiven for assuming I was the epitome of Western privilege, and in many ways I am: educated; employed; financially independent; a homeowner, albeit mortgaged - although otherwise debt-free.

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 ...

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.

Eating For Fertility

Jodie Brandman | Posted 20.07.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Jodie Brandman

Throughout my time as a nutritional therapist I've seen so many women struggling to conceive. Whether it's PCOS, fibroids, endometriosis or a general hormone imbalance, there is so much that can be done to support the body and reverse chronic conditions.

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.

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.

The Demon Voice Tormenting A Fat Girl

Sharron Phillips | Posted 15.06.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Sharron Phillips

I have gone many years as a "chunky monkey", I think the very truth of the matter is that I have always felt like "that girl" - the plain, frumpy one, the DUFF. I was always the ugly one out of my friends. I hate that word 'ugly', but for the purposes of this blog and honesty that's how I felt.

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.

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.

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 Non-Mum Network

Samantha Walsh | Posted 10.04.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Samantha Walsh

Years later, feeling strong and positive once more, I made a conscious decision not to let the whole experience of being turned away from the Mum Club continue to get me down. I had a lightbulb moment - an idea so obvious that I instantly wondered why I'd not come up with it sooner: I'd open my own club.

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.

To The Doctor Who Heard My Silent Scream

Zoe Clark-Coates | Posted 02.04.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Zoe Clark-Coates

You thought I was silent, but I was screaming so loudly it deafened my ears. A silent scream... a scream someone can only produce when their world has just imploded in front of their eyes. A scream so loud, so powerful it cannot be heard by human ears.

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.

Surviving Mother's Day

Kerrie Body | Posted 23.03.2017 | UK Parents
Kerrie Body

On Mother's Day last year, I remember being so excited for the future. I was hopeful that despite not yet being pregnant, it was imminent. It would be my last year without being a mother, or at least an expectant mother. If only it was that simple.