Infertility

The Fantastic Fertility Fest

Kate Brian | Posted 31.05.2016 | UK Parents
Kate Brian

The wide array of artists had produced an amazing range of different work charting their own responses to their experiences of fertility problems. To have them joined at Birmingham Repertory Theatre by so many leading fertility specialists added another context to the discussion.

The Heartbreak Of Infertility From A Man's Perspective

The Huffington Post | Ellen Wallwork | Posted 24.05.2016 | UK Parents

A dad-to-be has shared a heartwrenching account of his three-year struggle to become a parent. Dan Majesky took to Facebook on Friday 20 May to share ...

Mum-To-Be's 'Bittersweet' IVF Pregnancy Announcement

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 11.05.2016 | UK Parents

A mum-to-be has captured the struggle she went through to conceive her first child in one powerful image. The woman, known only as Macy, photographed ...

Coping with Cancer Induced Infertility

Fiona Munro | Posted 28.04.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Fiona Munro

With the help of an incredible friend I have now healed these wounds. I have 'come to terms' with the news and I have now reached the point where I can write about this in the hope of helping others to understand what it feels like, and supporting those who are walking the same journey.

How Old Is Too Old to Become a Mum?

Anniki Sommerville | Posted 13.04.2016 | UK Parents
Anniki Sommerville

If you don't want to be a Mum that's great. I hate all the patronising crap that says you have to have a child in order to be a real woman. Scratch that. I don't like the way every interview, with a famous woman, has to mention whether she has kids or not (and assume there's a secret heartbreak if she hasn't). But the key thing is CHOICE.

Hope For 'Tomato Pill' Which Could Boost Sperm Quality By 70%

SWNS | Natasha Hinde | Posted 11.04.2016 | UK Lifestyle

A nutrient found in a 'tomato pill' could supercharge sperm by up to 70% and offer new hope to couples who are struggling to conceive, scientists beli...

Endometriosis: A Fate as Bad as Cancer?

Dr Nitu Bajekal | Posted 09.03.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Nitu Bajekal

I must admit I was taken aback when my patient made this statement. It was over 15 years ago, but I remember it clearly. Initially I thought this was quite an extreme reaction but over the years, it has influenced my attitude and management of women suffering from endometriosis.

Young People Want More Fertility Education

Kate Brian | Posted 07.03.2016 | UK
Kate Brian

Every time there's a call in the media for women to be more aware of their declining fertility, it is followed by suggestions that this will cause unnecessary anxiety as women are already well aware of reproductive ageing...

Trying For a Baby (And Being in the Red)

Katie Portman | Posted 03.03.2016 | UK Parents
Katie Portman

It took my husband and I over two years of trying to conceive before I was incredibly fortunate to become pregnant (without medical assistance) with my daughter. A blessing I have never taken for granted.

Keeping Your Mobile Phone In Your Trouser Pocket May 'Cook' Sperm

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 22.02.2016 | UK Lifestyle

Men who carry their mobile phone in their pocket could be inadvertently "cooking" their sperm, a new study has suggested. A group of scientists b...

Doctors Debate Whether Children Born Through IVF Could Face Health Problems In Later Life

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 16.02.2016 | UK Parents

Undergoing IVF is an "evolutionary experiment" that could be as big a health disaster for children as junk food, a scientist claims. Dr Pascal Gagn...

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 29.11.2016 | 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 06.11.2016 | 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 06.11.2016 | 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 03.11.2016 | 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 03.11.2016 | 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 Andr...

IVF: Latest Research Shows Negative Effects of High Drug Stimulation

Dr Geeta Nargund | Posted 29.10.2016 | 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 22.10.2016 | 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.