Infertility

Is 50 Too Old to Have a Baby?

Jessica Hepburn | Posted 08.04.2014 | 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.

My Alternative Mother's Day

Jessica Hepburn | Posted 28.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jessica Hepburn

In what can often feel like a mummy-centric world, it can be very hard for women who don't have children and particularly those who want them and are childless by circumstance. Maybe they haven't met the right person. Maybe, like me, they've struggled to conceive. But statistics suggest that up to 25% of women currently in their thirties and forties won't have children.

Surrogacy Defined

Candace Wohl | Posted 28.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Candace Wohl

Whether you deem it as a social family building trend or simply the scientific ability to navigate around Mother Nature, "traditional" surrogacy is not a new concept. As a matter of fact, it is the only form of assisted reproduction that dates back to biblical times. The story of Abraham and Sarah in Genesis chapter 16, is the most notable example.

How to Cope With Difficult Emotions on Mother's Day

Karin Sieger | Posted 26.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Karin Sieger

Some say that the antidote to those very understandable and human difficulties is the willingness to love, forgive and to let go of the past. All too easily can we get stuck in the past, concede control and power of our lives to what has or could have been. With that frame of mind, perspective on life, and heavy heart it is difficult to move on.

Six Tips to Rekindle Your Romance While Trying to Conceive

Candace Wohl | Posted 07.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Candace Wohl

What happens when the wick of that romance candle burns out and 3 months of you trying to conceive had long passed 2 years ago? By this point you are probably seeking out treatments. Instead of having a date night you are planning your life around your monthly cycle and your date night funds are all but gone from the costs of medical bills from clinics and pharmacies rolling in.

Trying for a Baby This Year? Here Are My Top Tips for Getting Pregnant

Melanie Hackwell | Posted 05.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Melanie Hackwell

It's the New Year and many of us are thinking of resolutions. However, many are also in the unfortunate position of trying to have a baby, and experiencing difficulties. It's a hard time for those in that situation, and I fully understand the emotions that go with it, having been through this myself...

Childless at Christmas

Anne-Marie Scully | Posted 20.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Anne-Marie Scully

I am finally expecting a baby in February after almost four years of battling infertility and IVF treatments. Despite being so close to my goal of being a mother I have not forgotten for one second the pain that I have endured to get here. I especially cannot forget how much more intense that pain was at Christmastime.

How to Survive Infertility Through the Holidays

Candace Wohl | Posted 19.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Candace Wohl

No matter what holiday you are celebrating this time of year albeit Christmas, Festivus, Kwanza, Hanukkah, and any others I may have missed, this is the time of year where family gathers. Traditions are made and repeated. Tis' all about the kids this season. Kids, yes the one thing missing out of 1 in 8 couples lives.

Is Surrogacy for You?

Susan Eskinazi | Posted 09.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Susan Eskinazi

Although surrogacy has provided a great opportunity for many same sex couples to have children, is it something you should consider and is it right for you?

Things NOT to Say to Couples That Adopt

Candace Wohl | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Candace Wohl

We attempted everything under the sun to get pregnant and, although we are currently working with a surrogate, we got elbow, neck and knee deep in to the adoption process before that opportunity presented itself. When we made our announcement that we were adopting, we were shocked by the misconceptions people have about adoption.

Preserving Fertility in Your 20's

Emma Cannon | Posted 08.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Emma Cannon

Fertility is one of the major health and wellbeing issues for modern women. I believe an awareness of fertility preservation is essential, as not all of us are ready to have a baby in our twenties; we may be putting our careers first, or we may not be with the right partner.

Infertility In Men And Women: Causes, Symptoms, Treatment

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 28.12.2013 | UK Lifestyle

For National Infertility Awareness Week (28 October - 3 November 2013), we've pulled together a series of videos to discuss causes, symptoms and possi...

Women Without Children Feel Judged For 'Leaving It Too Late'

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 25.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle

More than 60% of women aged 35 to 45 who do not have children but want them feel judged for "leaving it too late", a poll has found. The survey of ...

Can Baby Born By Reactivating Ovaries Give Fertility Hope To Women With Early Menopause?

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 01.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle

The birth of a baby using a new treatment to reactivate the ovaries of infertile women may give fertility hope to women with early menopause. The t...

Let's Talk About Infertility

Fiona McPhillips | Posted 25.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Fiona McPhillips

I know what some of you are thinking: the world is overpopulated already, so many unwanted children out there, why don't you "just adopt"?... What about those who've already experienced the miracle of pregnancy and birth - why don't they adopt instead of having, say, a second or third pregnancy?

The Three-P's of Infertility

Candace Wohl | Posted 15.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Candace Wohl

Talk about challenging your mentally stability. The love that 6 years worth of this infertile life has for our future child is insurmountable. I put my body, mind and financial future through infertility hell just for the chance to have a baby.

What Not to Say When They Are Not Expecting

Candace Wohl | Posted 19.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Candace Wohl

What do you say to someone who is suffering through infertility? We'll we can certainly share with you what not to say. Over the years we have pretty much heard it all. Being on the receiving end makes you feel very exposed, sad, somehow less human. It was like we just admitted that we lost the primal ability to procreate, or procreate easily anyway.

Infertile Us

Candace Wohl | Posted 09.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Candace Wohl

During our last final bite at the IVF apple we let the world into our bedroom. OK, get your mind out of the gutter. We allowed MTV to film us for a year to document our infertility journey on the Emmy award winning series "True Life". Our show was "I'm Desperate to have a Baby". Not the most flattering of titles but also not entirely inaccurate either. We ARE desperate to have a baby.

IVF for 200 Euros: Too Good to be True? - Or the Dawn of a New Era?

Dr Geeta Nargund | Posted 08.07.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Geeta Nargund

The latest breakthrough should make a massive difference to the cost of IVF. It involves simplification of the laboratory by removing the need for an expensive IVF laboratory with CO2 incubators, medical gas supply and air purification systems.

IVF - Ill Conceived?

Amy Anka | Posted 30.08.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Amy Anka

IVF is a big business. With infertility now affecting one in six couples, IVF is something that has become somewhat of a necessity for some couples wishing to conceive their own biological child. Often times, couples are so desperate for a baby, that they don't even consider the toll it can take on their physical and emotional well being.

Time to Celebrate the Success of a More Natural and Mild Approach to IVF

Dr Geeta Nargund | Posted 10.08.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Geeta Nargund

In my work and medical research, I've seen an increase in the number of women actively seeking out Natural or Mild approaches as their first choice for IVF treatment. However, I still feel that for women who are having difficulty in conceiving, awareness about fertility treatments and different IVF options remains far too low.

How I Was Hoodwinked By A Psychic

Anne-Marie Scully | Posted 13.07.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Anne-Marie Scully

It was my battle with infertility and my desperation to have a child that drove me to visit a psychic a couple of years ago. My husband and I had been trying to conceive without success for almost a year and were starting to fear that something might be wrong, but rather than go to see a doctor and start the process of medical investigations I chose to go to psychic...

Feminism Means Freedom, Choice and Equality, but We Also Need Self-Respect and Sisterly Love

Katherine Baldwin | Posted 28.06.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Katherine Baldwin

I've called myself many things in public - a binge eater, an addict, a perfectionist, a workaholic, to name but a few - but I've never called myself a feminist. It's only now that I'm starting to wonder why.

How Do I Know If It's Too Late?

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 01.05.2013 | UK Lifestyle

In January this year, the Office Of National Statistics revealed that nearly half of babies are now born to mothers over the age of 30. And infants wi...

Why It's Not Always Possible to 'Lean In'

Anne-Marie Scully | Posted 24.05.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Anne-Marie Scully

Since its release just over two weeks ago, much has been said and written about Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg's new book, Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will To Lead. I am not one of Sheryl's haters, in fact, having had the opportunity to witness her speak on a number of occasions while we both worked at Google, I can testify that she is a truly inspirational woman. However, I feel that her story only represents one type of woman, the successful woman in business who also has children.