Category Archives: Fertility

Back from your summer holiday…think about your fertility!

Back from your summer holiday…think about your fertility! The return from a summer holiday back to ‘real life’ is always a good opportunity to restart all the projects and lay the foundations for a productive routine. After a well-deserved break, it is time to set new resolutions to accomplish your goals. If having a child is part of your plans, it may be the right time to begin doing some research on your fertility. The main reason is that couples … Continue reading Back from your summer holiday…think about your fertility!

The ovarian reserve in women over the age of 35

The ovarian reserve in women over the age of 35 A growing number of women are deciding to have their first child after the age of 35. Only 2% of them go to see the specialists in order to have a study of their ovarian reserve done. Currently there are many women who want to become a mother at the age of 35 or even older. However, when they go to see the specialists after some unsuccessful attemps of getting … Continue reading The ovarian reserve in women over the age of 35

Summer Time: Where to travel when you are pregnant

Summer Time: Where to travel when you are pregnant Are you pregnant and unsure where to travel this summer? If you would like to go on holiday, it is important to take into consideration that every destination presents its challenges and opportunities depending on the stage of the pregnancy. Choose your destination based on the stage of your pregnancy! At the beginning of the pregnancy, you can feel tired or have nausea or, the opposite. As such, your holiday should … Continue reading Summer Time: Where to travel when you are pregnant

Pregnant with twins: What are the risks?

Pregnant with twins: What are the risks? A twin pregnancy brings twice the joy, with the birth of two babies instead of one. It is, however, considered to be a risky pregnancy. As such, it requires special follow-up. Follow-up of a twin pregnancy The follow-up process, when pregnant with twins, requires more particular care in order to avoid the numerous risks that can arise. The expecting mother will need to make an appointment with her obstetrician for ultrasounds, on a … Continue reading Pregnant with twins: What are the risks?

Post Embryo Transfer Symptoms

Post Embryo Transfer Symptoms An array of symptoms can manifest after an embryo transfer. Although many of these symptoms would usually go unnoticed, while waiting for a pregnancy test result, the most seemingly insignificant symptom can become the biggest worry Period pain post-IVF and tightness in the ovaries These symptoms are very frequent, but not very bothersome. This symptom is due to the effect of the progesterone (Utrogestan or its equivalent medication) in the endometrium. These symptoms should not be … Continue reading Post Embryo Transfer Symptoms

In Vitro Fertilisation and Egg Reserve: do women use up their egg reserves following several IVF treatments?

A question that is often asked at consultation sessions for assisted reproduction is if a patient can use up their egg reserve following several IVF (In Vitro Fertilisation) treatments, and undergo early menopause. When women are young (under 35), with each menstrual cycle they develop lots of follicles in their ovaries and generally produce one dominant follicle. With increased age, the follicle reserve declines and fewer follicles are produced. During In Vitro Fertilisation, all follicles growing at the time of … Continue reading In Vitro Fertilisation and Egg Reserve: do women use up their egg reserves following several IVF treatments?

Becoming a Mother, Aged Forty and Over

Advice for trying to get pregnant, and pregnancy not posing a health risk Changes in modern-day society have led to women deciding to get pregnant at a later age. In less than a decade, the average age a woman has a child, at least in European countries, has gone up from twenty-seven to thirty-two. This is due to social changes that have occurred in recent decades which have seen women go to university and have professional careers, forcing them to … Continue reading Becoming a Mother, Aged Forty and Over

Reasons why the Ovarian Reserve is Used Up

The ovarian reserve is the ovary’s capacity to produce eggs or oocytes which can be fertilised. Throughout a woman’s life, the ovarian reserve decreases. Surprisingly, at 28 weeks of gestation, the female foetus has between 6 and 7 million immature eggs. When a baby girl is born, it is estimated that she has approximately 2 million eggs. At puberty, she has approximately 500,000 left and around 25,000 between the ages of 38 to 51, the average age of menopause when … Continue reading Reasons why the Ovarian Reserve is Used Up