Category Archives: Fertility

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

Information is the best defence mechanism for combatting infertility

combatting infertility

We live in an information society. But is this really an accurate description? We are bombarded with multiple news stories and data every day, and often the information is interesting, entertaining or proves a point. But do we have access to the information we really need? Apparently not. At least, not in terms of the information that ought to reach us where fertility is concerned. If, like me, you have reached a certain age, I will put the following question … Continue reading Information is the best defence mechanism for combatting infertility

What you MUST NOT say to someone struggling with infertility

A frequently occurring situation you might find yourself in is when you go to buy an ovulation test and are reading through the information on the packet, the well-intentioned shop assistant comes over to help. The first thing she asks, even though the answer is obvious, is if you are trying to get pregnant and if you are having problems. The next thing she will do, if she is a mother herself, will be to tell you all about her … Continue reading What you MUST NOT say to someone struggling with infertility

Why do women need to think about preserving their fertility?

Today we are going to look at a real-life case, and one that represents a recurrent issue in today’s society. It is a situation that many of you will be able to empathise with. Not long ago, I was chatting with a friend who made a reference to the fact that I work in a fertility clinic and then said in hushed tones that she was thinking about visiting my clinic because she wants to have a child. My thirty-four … Continue reading Why do women need to think about preserving their fertility?

We need to talk about egg freezing

egg frozen

In December 2010 the first ‘Ice baby’ was born: the first baby to come from an egg that had been frozen. In 2012, the label ‘experimental’ was removed from female fertility preservation treatment, but with a disclaimer about the results. Today, in 2016, four years later, freezing eggs is a treatment that is included in almost all standard services offered by fertility clinics due to its high degree of reliability. Egg vitrifcation provides hope We recently read about the case … Continue reading We need to talk about egg freezing

Does melatonin help fertility?

Melatonin is an amino acid produced by the pineal gland. It starts out as tryptophan and changes according to body temperature and light. In the day it is converted into serotonin and at night, melatonin. Melatonin is often used to help people who suffer from sleep deficiency. Recently, research led by Prof Hiroshi Tamura from the Faculty of medicine at the University of Yamaguchi was published which measured the presence of the oxidising agent 8-OHdG in follicular liquids. High levels … Continue reading Does melatonin help fertility?

Biological and non-biological causes of infertility

causes of infertility

30% male causes, 30% female causes, 30 % combined causes, 10% non-specific Some causes of infertility have been known for a long time: there are biological causes, related to the human body, and non-biological causes, related to the environment and people’s well-being. Biological causes: Female: – Ovulatory conditions connected to hormonal disorders that can affect ovulation from occurring correctly: these conditions may stem from hereditary genetic conditions or may be connected to diet and health problems. They include hypogonadism and polycystic ovary … Continue reading Biological and non-biological causes of infertility

Dr. Rayward interviews Kate Davies (Fertility Coach)

Dr. Rayward

Dr. Jennifer Rayward and Nathatie Kunsch, one of our international patient coordinators, recently sat down and talked with Kate Davies, a Fertility Coach, based in the UK. She explained to them what she does and the passion she feels for her work.She does quite a bit of SKYPE consulting which is so practical in this day and age. We found her to be optimistic, gentle and helpful in her approach and very tuned-in to the needs of people struggling with … Continue reading Dr. Rayward interviews Kate Davies (Fertility Coach)

Ovarian stimulation

Ovarian stimulation

What does it consist of? It is a necessary process for optimising the number of eggs produced in one cycle to ensure that IVF treatment is as productive as possible. Generally, the menstrual cycle of the person receiving treatment is changed and stimulation is brought about through hormone therapy. Administering hormones usually enables an optimum number of follicles, containing eggs, to be obtained. Throughout the process, the person receiving treatment should visit the doctor regularly to monitor the effects of … Continue reading Ovarian stimulation