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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

IVF and work. How can you combine the two?

If you are in the middle of an assisted reproduction treatment you will know that it is not easy combining it with your day to day. What’s more, it often takes its toll on emotional, social and professional life. It is this last issue that we want to address today in response to the question: how can treatment be combined with a job? Doctor’s visits, blood tests, injections and ultrasounds – all of this has to be reconciled with working … Continue reading IVF and work. How can you combine the two?

After treatment that uses gamete donation, is telling children where they come from recommended? When should you start to tell them?

gamete donation

  Current scientific research suggests that telling children where they come from is beneficial, while hiding this information from them can cause significant psychological damage. The law states that it is up to the parents to decide whether or not they tell their child where they come from. The following are affirmations or questions that often arise for people who don’t want to tell their children: “Would my child accept me if they knew I wasn’t fully their mother or … Continue reading After treatment that uses gamete donation, is telling children where they come from recommended? When should you start to tell them?

Guide of recommendations and techniques for creating and nurturing leisure time

nurturing leisure time

We ask you to bear in mind that the options available vary depending on the activities that can be done alone, those with your partner, those with friends or those in a group that has been specifically created for this purpose. This could be a theatre group, a film seminar, organised groups that go on cultural outings or reading groups. Sharing group activities and creating group dynamics can put positive feedback mechanisms in motion: you meet new people that you … Continue reading Guide of recommendations and techniques for creating and nurturing leisure time

How to approach fertility treatment to prevent social isolation

social isolation

Sharing infertility problems with other people helps to decentralise the problem and take pressure off the couple, so that the individual people within that couple are not solely responsible for supporting their partner. It’s helpful for the couple to get the right kind of support from people that love them, understand the problem and respect their decisions. Generally, these people are family members or close friends. To avoid further stress being created by the people who are supporting the couple, … Continue reading How to approach fertility treatment to prevent social isolation

What do we know about male infertility?

Demanding physical work, high blood pressure or taking pharmaceutical drugs can negatively affect male fertility, reveals a study conducted by the National Institutes of Health and University of Stanford, California.  The study, which used a sample of more than 500 couples who were trying to conceive and who had been having sexual relations without using contraception for over a year, has revealed significant findings about male fertility.  The men were required to provide extensive information on their health records, jobs … Continue reading What do we know about male infertility?

Social Isolation

One of the most frequent consequences of fertility problems and fertility treatments that couples experience is social isolation. Social isolation can occur due to a series of factors that are looked at in more detail below. Self confidence When people have fertility problems their self-esteem and energy levels are naturally affected. This is due primarily to feelings of fear and sadness, but also to feelings of shame associated with a historical tradition that connects fertility with human worth. All the … Continue reading Social Isolation

Health in children conceived by fertility treatments has improved over the past 20 years.

A study lead by Dr. Anna-Karina Aaris Henningsen from the University of Copenhagen analyzing the data on more than 92,000 children in Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden born by assisted reproduction techniques (A.R.T.) was recently published in the prestigious European journal Human Reproduction. The study examined the outcome of 62,379 singleton pregnancies and 29,758 twins born between 1988 and 2007. These babies were compared to control groups of 362,215 spontaneously conceived singletons and 122,763 spontaneously conceived twins born in the … Continue reading Health in children conceived by fertility treatments has improved over the past 20 years.

Normalising sexual relations throughout assisted reproduction treatments

What is sexuality? Sexuality is a central aspect of human identity throughout a person’s entire lifetime. It encompasses sex, identity, gender roles, eroticism, pleasure, intimacy, reproduction and sexual orientation. Sexuality is expressed and experienced through fantasy, desire, belief, attitude, values, behaviour, practices, roles and interpersonal relationships. Sexuality is influenced by the interaction of biological, psychological, social, economic, political, cultural, ethical, legal, historical, religious and spiritual factors. “Sexuality is constructed in a person’s mind through the experiences they have in relation … Continue reading Normalising sexual relations throughout assisted reproduction treatments