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IVF "Add On" Treatments - Are They Worth It?

Emma Cannon | Posted 05.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Emma Cannon

These add-ons include pre-implantation genetic screening (PGS); endometrial scratch (which was the only add-on clinically proven to show some benefit); and additional bloods and immunology testing, to name but a few. New, experimental treatments with a significant or growing body of anecdotal evidence behind them are how many of these treatments could best be described

Why 'Procreation' And 'Pleasure' Should Go Hand In Hand When It Comes To Falling Pregnant

Emily Street | Posted 05.12.2016 | UK Parents
Emily Street

Through no fault of their own, for many couples who have been trying to conceive for a long period of time - often for many months and even years - the actual physical act of sexual intercourse can become quite perfunctory or regimented.

Cutting NHS Funds For Infertility - Will Saving Money Make Sense In Time?

Lisa Strum | Posted 30.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Lisa Strum

This time two years ago my sister was preparing to give birth to my youngest niece. I heralded this as a sign of hope. My sister suffered with PCO as well as a large fibroid that had to be removed. If she could get pregnant, why wouldn't I? My

I Watched 'Inside Britain's Fertility Business' With A Knot In My Ovaries

Deborah Linton | Posted 29.11.2016 | UK Parents
Deborah Linton

As evidenced by the tears of the women in last night's programme, infertility is brutal, physically and emotionally, and affects 1 in 7 couples. If my doctor had asked me for twice the price on the promise of heightened chances, I'd have handed it over without a moment's thought. That is why the ethics at play in last night's TV made for such unsettling viewing.

IVF Clinics Are Pushing Unproven, Expensive And Even Harmful Add-Ons

The Huffington Post | Sara C Nelson | Posted 28.11.2016 | UK

The majority of costly “add-on” treatments offered by UK fertility clinics are of “no benefit” when it comes to improving the chances of havin...

Your Money For New Life

Lisa Strum | Posted 24.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Lisa Strum

My partner and I are lucky. We have both worked for many years in a succession of well-paid roles and managed to live well. When we were told that the only option was IVF, and that we would have to pay, I was in the fortunate position that I had just received a bonus from work and my partner had a little saved.

Appreciate What You Have

Lisa Strum | Posted 23.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Lisa Strum

I need to find a new purpose in life and I'm going to be out having too much fun! Only now, if you see me out partying, drinking, travelling or dancing you might appreciate that it's not because I'm wild or exciting but it's because for me, that's my life now, instead of children.

This IVF Calculator Can Help Predict Your Chances Of Having A Baby Following Treatment

The Huffington Post | Ellen Wallwork | Posted 16.11.2016 | UK Parents

An IVF calculator has been created to help predict a couple’s chance of having a baby following the fertility treatment. The online calculator, crea...

Clinical Trials For IVF Patients

Kate Brian | Posted 10.11.2016 | UK Parents
Kate Brian

People considering fertility treatment often ask about clinical trials, and there are a couple of big multi-centre trials taking place in the UK at the moment which may be of interest. Taking part in a trial can be a really positive thing to do as you will be helping to improve understanding of techniques which may help make IVF more successful in future.

Embryo Adoption Increasingly The Answer In A Changing World

Dr Victoria Walker | Posted 10.11.2016 | UK Parents
Dr Victoria Walker

What is embryo adoption, and why does it matter? At Institut Marques, we've trail-blazed the use of donated embryos in assisted reproduction treatment for more than a decade, yet it's now that we're seeing more and more patients coming to us to learn about the possibilities it offers.

Quarter Of A Million Babies Have Been Born In The UK As A Result Of IVF

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 03.11.2016 | UK Parents

A quarter of a million UK babies have been born in the UK as a result of IVF, new figures show. The 250,000th IVF baby was born in February 2015, acc...

Desperate To Fall Pregnant? I Know It's Hard, But Try Not To Stress It

Emily Street | Posted 02.11.2016 | UK Parents
Emily Street

But as a practitioner of complementary therapies, like hypnotherapy for fertility, it's my overwhelming belief that keeping your stress in check is vital for women either looking to fall pregnant naturally or for those who are going through IVF.

How To Keep Your Fertility Costs Down - Do You Really Need All The Add-Ons?

Mr Yacoub Khalaf | Posted 02.11.2016 | UK Parents
Mr Yacoub Khalaf

For the 1 in 6 couples facing fertility problems in the UK, finance plays a very important role in choosing fertility treatments. There has been much debate recently surrounding fertility add-ons, essentially new technologies and procedures which may be offered by clinics to help boost the chances of successful IVF.

National Fertility Awareness Week - How Can You Long For Someone Who Doesn't Exist?

Diane Chandler | Posted 02.11.2016 | UK Parents
Diane Chandler

My hope is that Moondance will raise awareness, that it will nurture understanding among family and friends of couples who have endured IVF. Perhaps, for some people, it may even enable that all-important feeling of being understood and having their experience put into words.

Men, Did You Know That These 8 Things Might Be Damaging Your Sperm?

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 30.10.2016 | UK Lifestyle

Whether or not you’re imminently considering parenthood, discussions surrounding fertility so often focus on women. But what about men? According to...

The Key To Baby Number Three

Stacey Hill | Posted 27.10.2016 | UK Parents
Stacey Hill

Truth is....... I just don't know how to switch that feeling off. I've got people telling me "you need another" as well as the natural born feeling of wanting babies that runs through my veins. The thought of really not wanting to have another baby, I simply can't relate to... but I know I will always, even when I'm old and wrinkly have this need for a baby.

5 Reasons To Love Being An Older Mum

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 25.10.2016 | UK Parents

We’re constantly told we need to have children while our fertility is still at its peak, but there are lots of reasons to embrace being a mum later ...

Places Are Memories

Deb Bunn | Posted 24.10.2016 | UK Parents
Deb Bunn

The next journey down south, on the 14th February 2015, wasn't significant because of St Valentine, but because the day before, we had seen the tiny 6 week old heartbeat of our baby girl.

For All The Babies That We Never Got To Hold

Veronica Montgomery | Posted 21.10.2016 | UK Parents
Veronica Montgomery

Other MP's followed describing their own personal experience of both pregnancy loss and infant loss, this subject was not just a female problem as the male MP's also had stories to share, which were heartbreaking.

The Truth About Fertility Treatment In Older Women

Dr. Tarek El-Toukhy | Posted 17.10.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Dr. Tarek El-Toukhy

As a whole, we are living longer and we are healthier than any generation before us. However, unfortunately this is leading women into a false sense of security by thinking their eggs are healthy, therefore leaving motherhood later. The truth is at 35 a woman's fertility begins to decline with her fertility having almost halved by the time she reaches 40

Dad-To-Be Reveals What It Is Like For Men To Go Through IVF

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 07.10.2016 | UK Parents

When talking about IVF most of the focus is on mum, as the one who has to undergo treatments, hormone therapy and potentially even miscarriages. But h...

Problems Getting Pregnant Second Time Around?

Dr Geetha Venkat | Posted 30.09.2016 | UK Parents
Dr Geetha Venkat

It is not uncommon for couples to want to extend their family. However, it is not unusual to experience infertility when trying for a second or third child. The situation can be stressful and upsetting and also difficult to process, especially if the first pregnancy went without a hitch.

Ten Tips On Surviving Infertility

Lucy Peploe | Posted 23.09.2016 | UK Parents
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Lucy Peploe

In the UK, around 1 in 8 couples are affected by infertility, yet many conceal their conception troubles. If every eighth couple may struggle to have a baby, then why don't we talk about it more? Surely we need break down the taboo of infertility in this day and age and if I can help just one other person to know that they are not alone in the infertile fog, then my job is done.

IVF: Cutting Costs And Bridging The Social Divide

Dr Geeta Nargund | Posted 16.09.2016 | UK
Dr Geeta Nargund

In the last 20 years much has changed in the field of fertility treatment -advances in technology we could not have dreamed of even twenty years ago. The challenge now is to harness those advances in ways that puts women's health at the heart of every decision, to ensure that current IVF treatment is made less expensive and safer for women and finally to push forward on current exciting research to slash the costs of fertility treatment to make IVF more accessible to couples across the social divide.

Couple Issue Fertility Treatment Warning After Spending £21k On Unnecessary IVF

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 12.08.2016 | UK Parents

A mum and dad are warning other parents-to-be to ensure they have full medical checks before paying for private fertility treatment. Sarah Anderson an...