Infertility

The Top Nine Embarrassing Sex Questions For Women Trying to Conceive

Zita West | Posted 25.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Zita West

It can be awkward discussing embarrassing sex questions with your doctor so, to save your blushes, here are my answers to the most common questions about sex I get asked from women and couples trying to conceive...

What to Eat to Improve Your Fertility

Henrietta Norton | Posted 17.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Henrietta Norton

Whether you are trying to conceive naturally or you are undergoing fertility treatment, the period of time before you conceive gives you a window of opportunity to evaluate your nutrition and general lifestyle.

Growing Trend of IVF Patients Seeking Help Overseas

Veronica Montgomery | Posted 13.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Veronica Montgomery

Couples can wait up to two years if they qualify for a free round of IVF with their local NHS Trust, but the qualifying criteria varies, and usually excludes couples if one of the partners has a child already, can be age dependent for the female and is basically down to funding, which can run out at anytime regardless of where you are on the waiting list.

Secondary Infertility: Is It Selfish to Want More of What You Already Have? I Say NO

Jane Newman | Posted 11.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jane Newman

I have secondary infertility, in other words I had fertility issues after my first child was born. She is now six. After five and a half years of numerous procedures, operations, four rounds of IVF, a miscarriage and ending up with a fairy godmother surrogate, I got my happy ending, my complete family.

Can You Think Yourself Pregnant?

Zita West | Posted 10.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Zita West

We all know that there's more to getting pregnant than just thinking positively. On the other hand, it's not all about having sex at the 'right' time. Scientists are continuing to learn more and more about the powerful connection between mind and body and how this can affect a person's fertility.

Egg Freezing - The Insurance Plan You Hope Never to Have to Use

Michael Dooley | Posted 07.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Michael Dooley

Let's start by looking at the financial issues - egg freezing costs around £5000 for a single cycle and then £200 per year for egg preservation, which is a hefty fee for those who do not work at Apple or Facebook.

How Losing Weight Could Improve Your Chances of Getting Pregnant

Dr Sally Norton | Posted 04.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Sally Norton

One of the many reasons that women, and occasionally men, come to see me for weight loss advice is because they want to start a family, but are struggling. Did you know that obesity is a major cause of difficulty getting pregnant - and can increase the risk of miscarriage or problems during pregnancy and childbirth?

I'm Ready to Talk About My Abortion

Robyn Harris | Posted 29.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Robyn Harris

In the end, I had to pick the outcome to the situation that would make me hate myself the least. Retrospectively, it was like picking a way you'd like to die. Obviously, you're going to go for the easiest, most painless option you can. But, in addition, you're still going to die. And all of this is quite ironic, seeing as it wasn't my life I was choosing to end.

Seven Things Parents Who Are Also Writers Will Understand

Tracy Buchanan | Posted 22.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Tracy Buchanan

I set myself two goals after my husband and I got married back in 2007: have a baby and get a UK book deal. But a few years down the line, neither had happened. Then guess what? It all happened at once.

How Being A Vegetarian Is Affecting Your Sperm

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 21.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Although a diet packed full of fruit and vegetables can boost your immune system, avoiding meat completely can have a negative effect on fertility. ...

Facebook And Apple Pay Employees To Freeze Their Eggs

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 16.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Apple and Facebook have announced they pay for female employees to freeze their eggs. And, understandably, the news has divided opinion. Although ...

Acupuncture to Support Fertility, Conception and Recurrent Miscarriage

Jacqueline Hurst | Posted 10.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jacqueline Hurst

I feel really passionate about the patients that I see suffering with the loss of their baby through miscarriage and particularly those suffering from recurrent miscarriage. It is documented that 1-in-4 women has had at least one miscarriage, which equates to around a quarter of a million women in the UK each year.

How Womb Transplants Could Help Thousands Of Women

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 07.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Last week, a woman in Sweden gave birth to a baby boy using a transplanted womb. Now, two more women are expected to give birth by the end of the year...

You Don't Need a £500 Gadget to Get to Know Your Fertility

Dee Armstrong | Posted 24.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Dee Armstrong

Though most GPs are great when it comes to investigating fertility problems, it is certainly the case that there is room for improvement. And there still seems to be a woeful lack of knowledge about the basics of fertility among some GPs, which really makes you wonder what training they are given.

Are You Fit for Fertility? An Integrated Approach to Boost Fertility

Michael Dooley | Posted 24.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Michael Dooley

One of the problems with treating infertility in Britain is that infertile couples are often sent straight to IVF clinics. They come to expect the need for IVF. Instead, we need to get them thinking in a different, much more positive way rather than scheduling them in for three rounds of expensive treatment as soon as they've walked through the door. It is not all about IVF.

What Is a Chemical Pregnancy?

Dee Armstrong | Posted 17.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Dee Armstrong

I'd love to ban the term 'chemical pregnancy'. It's a confusing phrase and many women misunderstand what it means - if I had £1 for every time someone's asked me to explain it I'd be very well off.

Everything You Need To Know About Sperm

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 09.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle

While semen is undeniably part of sex, talking about sperm is something we tend to shy away from - let's face it, it's not the sexiest subject in the ...

If Your Partner Is Your Only Friend, You Need to Get a Life

Tracy Buchanan | Posted 12.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Tracy Buchanan

If you're one of those people who spouts off about not needing friends because your partner is your best friend or because you're too busy, widen your horizons. Become an individual. Don't get into that unhealthy trap.

PCOS: Glamourise or Stereotype? Neither, Thanks

Clare Coyle | Posted 10.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Clare Coyle

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, or PCOS as it is more commonly known, is not a glamorous condition. I know that sounds like quite a negative statement to open with, but it is the truth as I see it. It is something that affects a large number of women in the UK, yet only receives very limited and stereotypical media coverage.

Why Being a Parent Isn't the Greatest Gift of All

Tracy Buchanan | Posted 06.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Tracy Buchanan

Think about some of the films and TV series you watch, the books you read. There's often one lesson we're expected to come away with: children are the greatest gift of all. Work means nothing. Ambition means nothing. As long as you have children, that's all that matters.

IVF - Is There a Right Time?

Anne-Marie Scully | Posted 26.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Anne-Marie Scully

Just as you will hear people say there is never a 'right time' to try for a baby, I now believe the same is true for IVF treatment. There is never a 'right time' so regardless of your situation don't keep putting it off.

Why I'm Team Allsopp - Fertility Is Not a Feminist Issue

Jude Hurrell | Posted 05.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jude Hurrell

Feminists look away now - I do think Kirstie has a point. Strike a light, my 18 month-old daughter is probably burning my bra as I write. Step away from the matches, darling, I do think Kirstie might be onto something when she says 'Nature isn't a feminist.'

Do our Kids Need 'Proceptive' Advice?

Mairi Macleod | Posted 22.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Mairi Macleod

Highly educated women do have a higher chance of not having a family. Childlessness is on the rise and has nearly doubled in the UK since the 90s, but given the extensive press coverage in recent times of high-profile or careerist women choosing to forego the child-rearing experience you could be forgiven for thinking that most of those without children are of the 'child-free by choice' variety.

Is 12 Too Young to Have a Baby?

Jessica Hepburn | Posted 21.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jessica Hepburn

Said parents have just had a baby girl. The mother is 12 and still in primary school (she was 11 when the baby was conceived and is five months younger than Britain's previous youngest mum). The father is 13. The couple are said to be 'totally in love' and have the lowest combined age of any British parents on record. So if 50 is too old to have a baby, is 12 too young?

Is 50 Too Old to Have a Baby?

Jessica Hepburn | Posted 07.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jessica Hepburn

Last week, health ministers revealed that the number of women giving birth over the age of 50 had more than doubled in the past five years. On average three babies are now being born to women in their 50s every week.