Infertility

Male Infertility and the Psychological Impact

Jacqueline Hurst | Posted 13.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Jacqueline Hurst

A diagnoses of infertility can have very serious psychological effects on both the male and the female. Both partners may become overwhelmed by feelings of depression, anxiety, guilt, and grief.

Five Things You Can Do to Improve Your Cervical Fluid

Dee Armstrong | Posted 12.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Dee Armstrong

A woman in her early thirties should really be seeing at least 3 to 4 days of fertile cervical fluid each month in the run up to ovulation. If you want to improve your cervical fluid here are 5 things you can do.

Diagnosis: Infertility

Jane Newman | Posted 13.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Jane Newman

More needs to be done to educate people in fertility matters. By this I mean that when trying for a baby it is not as simple as making the decision, doing the deed, and nine months later your baby arrives.

Could This Reduce The Likelihood Of A Miscarriage?

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 13.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle

There's nothing more worrying for a future parent than the prospect of miscarriage. But now, new research suggests that by knocking down a single g...

A Positive Spin on Surrogacy

Jane Newman | Posted 07.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Jane Newman

I have read a few negative articles in the press recently regarding surrogacy. Allow me to tell you my story, in the hope of leaving you with a fuller heart. Infertility is still a fairly taboo topic. Yet the reality is that many people need help to have a baby. It is a serious issue, and it was for me too.

The Five Arms for Maintaining Your Fertility Naturally

Michael Dooley | Posted 14.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Michael Dooley

There have been some tremendous scientific developments over the last three decades in the realm of assisted conception, opening a great number of doors for women and transforming the way we think about fertility. However, I still believe that self-care needs to be front of mind for couples that are trying to conceive.

Calling All Men

Jane Newman | Posted 26.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Jane Newman

It can also, dare I say, be quite frustrating for the woman in the relationship to do all the talking. Yes, it's our bodies going through most of the testing, poking and prodding, but it takes two to make a baby. Men aren't just there to provide the goods! As a woman, I need my other half to talk to me, communicate his feelings to me.

The Top Nine Embarrassing Sex Questions For Women Trying to Conceive

Zita West | Posted 24.01.2015 | 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 16.01.2015 | 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 13.01.2015 | 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 10.01.2015 | 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 09.01.2015 | 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 07.01.2015 | 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 02.01.2015 | 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 29.12.2014 | 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 21.12.2014 | 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 09.12.2014 | 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.