'Add-ons' is the term given to extras that couples can opt to have - and pay for, of course - in addition to their IVF or ICSI treatment. Things like endometrial scratch, intralipids, and PGS (pre-implantation genetic screening), some of which add hundreds and or indeed thousands of pounds to the typical cost of £5,000 for a private IVF cycle.
Dee spent 15 years working in the NHS and for PwC before re-training in fertility awareness after the birth of her children. In 2006 she established The Natural Fertility Centre in Edinburgh with two colleagues - it is now Scotland’s leading multi-disciplinary support service for natural and assisted conception and has helped hundreds of couples have a baby. Dee has augmented her fertility work with counselling training and will soon complete a postgraduate diploma in person centred and psychodynamic counselling at the University of Edinburgh. She lives in Edinburgh with her husband and teenage sons.
22/06/2016 10:03 BST
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.
09/06/2015 16:57 BST
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.
03/03/2015 14:03 GMT
When a couple experiences erectile dysfunction from time to time it's embarrassing and frustrating. When it goes on for longer and becomes a chronic problem it's extremely stressful and can have a negative impact on the relationship.
25/02/2015 14:40 GMT
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.
12/02/2015 12:04 GMT
Maybe fertility medicine will transform to such a rapid degree in the next 30 years that we will be living in a world previously only imagined by sci-fi writers, where pregnancy is hyper-managed, as Djerassi describes. I think it's far more likely that we will continue to want to have our babies the old fashioned way
12/11/2014 09:32 GMT
Breakfast, lunch and dinner, all to contain some protein to help balance blood sugar throughout the day, plenty of leafy green veg, not too much sugar etc etc - you know the drill. You don't have to deny yourself the treats you love but eat more of the good stuff and the rubbish will be crowded out.
29/09/2014 14:12 BST
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.
25/09/2014 12:37 BST
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.
17/09/2014 12:05 BST
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