My Baby Cost £70,000

The Huffington Post UK/SWNS | Amy Sharpe | Posted 12.11.2015 | UK Parents

A woman who underwent 10 years of IVF treatment has told of her joy at finally having her first child - after spending £70,000 on fertility treatment...

Fertility Funding - The Good, the Bad and the Essex

Kate Brian | Posted 05.11.2015 | 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.

IVF: Latest Research Shows Negative Effects of High Drug Stimulation

Dr Geeta Nargund | Posted 30.10.2015 | 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.

Ovarian Cancer Risk Linked To IVF In New Study

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 20.10.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Women who have undergone IVF are a third more likely to develop ovarian cancer than the average woman, a new study suggests. Scientists at Universi...

This Test Could Increase A Woman's Chance Of Getting Pregnant Through IVF By 80%

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 20.10.2015 | UK Parents

Scientists believe they have developed an affordable test that will increase a woman's chance of getting pregnant through IVF by 70 to 80%. The tes...

Mum's Powerful Photo Shows Reality Of IVF Treatment

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 09.10.2015 | UK Parents

A new mum has shared a powerful photo of her daughter surrounded by hundreds of IVF syringes she used to get pregnant. Angela said she wanted to s...

Couple's Video Of Baby Joy Captures The Emotional Rollercoaster Of IVF

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 02.10.2015 | UK Parents

A couple has documented their IVF baby joy in a poignant video that captures the emotional reality of struggling to conceive . Jade Hartley and he...

Infertility Isnt a Dirty Word

Jules Furness | Posted 30.09.2015 | UK Parents
Jules Furness

Whilst I don't feel it is something a woman should HAVE to tell everyone, I'm just saying perhaps the option of talking about it should be considered too. That if someone chooses not to talk about it, they say so in a firm but kind way.

Virgin Births: 25 Heterosexual Women In Britain Have Given Birth Without Ever Having Sex

The Huffington Post UK | Ellen Wallwork | Posted 28.09.2015 | UK Parents

A virgin birth was once considered to be a miracle but now, thanks to advances in fertility treatments, a number of women in Britain have given birth ...

Meet The Same-Sex Couple Who Tried For 8 Years For Their Baby

The Huffington Post UK | Sophie Brown | Posted 18.09.2015 | UK Parents

For same-sex couples, the decision to start a family comes with a series of hurdles. It marks the beginning of difficult process of navigating fertili...

The Success of the Latest Egg Freezing Technology Dispels Scaremongering Headlines

Dr Geeta Nargund | Posted 18.09.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Geeta Nargund

Saturday's Times ran a front page headline entitled 'Egg-freezing: we mustn't give women false hope'. The piece questioned the efficacy of egg-freezin...

Single Women Aren't Scrambling to Use IVF - And the Media Focus on Them Is Irresponsible

Dr Sophie Zadeh | Posted 17.08.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Sophie Zadeh

Statistics can be misleading. And while there may have been an increase in single women having consultations at licensed fertility clinics in the UK, this fact in fact tells us very little. It tells us little about how many women actually decide, or are approved, to pursue treatment.

Mum Discovers IVF And Pregnancy May Be Linked To Breast Cancer Diagnosis

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 03.08.2015 | UK Parents

A mother who spent £12,000 on IVF over 12 years has discovered the treatment could have been the cause of her breast cancer diagnosis. Lindsay Hal...

Sex Education Book Teaches Kids That Not All Babies Are Naturally Conceived

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 24.07.2015 | UK Parents

Sex education books usually involve the stereotypical 'mummy and daddy make a baby' type scenario. But a new book is educating children on the diff...

Mass Sperm Freezing is Not an Answer: Fertility Education Is the Solution

Dr Geeta Nargund | Posted 07.07.2015 | UK Parents
Dr Geeta Nargund

I was deeply concerned to read the proposal by Dr Kevin Smith last week, that young men should consider freezing their sperm, around the age of 18 with the promise of artificial fertility even in old age.

Reduced to Percentages and Statistics IVF Carves Away Your Womanhood - It's Tough to Swallow

Sanchita Islam | Posted 29.06.2015 | UK Parents
Sanchita Islam

Natural conception and IVF are two different animals. If I was younger (I am 42) by about a decade, maybe I would have reason for optimism, but I am not and age is a mitigating factor.

The 'Invisible Loss' of Involuntary Childlessness

Kelly Da Silva | Posted 26.06.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Kelly Da Silva

Facing the reality of not being able to have children is heart-breaking, whether trying to conceive a child naturally, using methods of assisted conception (IVF) or arriving at childlessness by another means.

My Quest for a Baby Girl. Gender Preference - The Silent Taboo

Sanchita Islam | Posted 22.06.2015 | UK Parents
Sanchita Islam

To face exactly the same feelings when I found out the gender of my second child was devastating and shameful. The depression that ensued was deeper and I received very little help dealing with these emotions.

Fertility Education in Schools Is a No-Brainer

Dee Armstrong | Posted 09.06.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Dee Armstrong

I definitely felt panic. My younger sister had beaten me to it and had a baby by this stage - I couldn't believe I would ever be able to meet Mr Right, let alone have it all come together 'in time'. It caused me real anguish.

Fertility Education: The Debate We Need to Have

Dr Geeta Nargund | Posted 03.06.2015 | UK Parents
Dr Geeta Nargund

Sex and relationship education is for now and fertility education is for the future. Conception and contraception are two sides of the same coin. We need to empower our young people with education on fertility, so that they can stand a better chance of falling pregnant when they choose to. Education empowers.

Feminist Attacks Gay Fathers For 'Deconstructing Motherhood'

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 25.05.2015 | UK

Germaine Greer has reportedly accused singer Sir Elton John and his husband David Furnish of “deconstructing the concept of motherhood”. The m...

First Baby Born Free From Genetic Disease Thanks To Pioneering Treatment

The Huffington Post UK | Ellen Wallwork | Posted 18.05.2015 | UK Parents

A family have revealed their son was the first baby in Europe to be born free from a genetic disorder following a pioneering new IVF treatment. Car...

I May Be an IVF Baby, but There Is Nothing Synthetic About Me

Rhiannon Davies | Posted 20.05.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Rhiannon Davies

There is nothing synthetic about the hideous pain that my mum went through giving birth to us (sorry, mum), there is nothing synthetic about hugs at bedtime, family holidays and first days of school. But most prominently, there is absolutely nothing synthetic about the fact that my parents loved my brother and I so much that they did absolutely everything within their power to have us.

How to Be a Child-Full Couple

Fleur Missaghian | Posted 09.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Fleur Missaghian

I want to challenge that phrase 'A childless couple', It assumes Ramin and I, and others like us, are missing out. We live in a time when the quest for possessions, status and fame is well and truly up there with the quest for enlightenment. 

Awful Periods - Could It Be Endometriosis?

Dee Armstrong | Posted 03.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Dee Armstrong

I've met women who are overdosing themselves on painkillers trying to manage their pain, who have to sit on black bin liners during their period to protect the sofa, who have been told at the age of 25 that the only solution is a hysterectomy - even one who was told by a consultant gynaecologist that it was normal to bleed for 15 days every month.