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11Apr, 2020

BCRM Patient Support During These Difficult Times

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Ordinarily, most patients experience immense emotional difficulty around the uncertainty and delays involved in their fertility treatment.  The majority of patients we see express how deeply troubling they find the lack of certainty – not knowing when or if their treatment is ever going to give them the pregnancy they have been longing and trying for. Every month that passes really counts, and each delay or wait seems interminable and frustrating. The sense of life being on hold, or feeling  ‘in limbo’  and unable to plan anything, is a recurring […]
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19Mar, 2020

BCRM Coronavirus Covid-19 update

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1st May 2020 We are pleased to hear that our regulator, the HFEA have taken the decision that fertility clinics can “apply” to reopen from 11 May 2020. This means an application will be assessed and will require approval before treatment can actually start. The safety of patients and clinic staff remains a priority for BCRM. We therefore wish to reassure all our patients that we have been working hard during the lock down and are now prepared to provide a safe service to patients and a safe working environment […]
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18Mar, 2020

CORONAVIRUS (COVID -19) NOTIFICATION TO BCRM PATIENTS

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Update 11th April 2020 The last few weeks have revealed the challenging effects the Covid situation is having on our daily lives, family, friends and work. Our hearts go out to those who have been affected. In particular we acknowledge that infertility is a disease, and we appreciate that for many it is time sensitive. For this reason, we recognise that our patients’ suffering is acute and real in the current Covid situation. Given the unprecedented nature of the situation, BCRM has had to take a number of actions to […]
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13Mar, 2020

CORONAVIRUS, COVID -19: NOTIFICATION TO BCRM PATIENTS

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Background A coronavirus is a type of virus whose potential transmission rate remains unknown. As a group, coronaviruses are common across the world however novel coronavirus (2019-nCov) is a new strain of coronavirus first identified in Wuhan City, China in January 2020. This outbreak has been declared a pandemic by the World Health Organisation (WHO) The incubation period of COVID-19 is between 2 to 14 days. This means that if a person remains well 14 days after contact with someone with confirmed coronavirus, they have not been infected. Typical symptoms […]
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17Aug, 2019

Endometriosis and fertility

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The aim of this article is to explain in a patient-friendly way what endometriosis is, how it might effect fertility and what fertility treatments might be recommended. It is not supposed to be an exhaustive reference and if you have concerns or questions please discuss them with your GP or fertility or endometriosis doctor. What is endometriosis? The endometrium is the medical name for the lining of the womb. Endometriosis is a condition in which this tissue grows outside of the womb. This can be almost anywhere in the body, […]
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27Mar, 2019

Mothering Sunday

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For most people Mother’s Day is a lovely time of celebration, but if you have been trying unsuccessfully for a baby and are not yet lucky enough to be a mum, it can trigger a range of painful feelings and can be a heart-breaking reminder of your lack of a family. Understand and accept yourself To get through this day, you need to accept that it’s OK and completely understandable for you to be feeling the way you do and that, given your situation, you are responding perfectly normally. Accept […]
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5Sep, 2015

Understanding some of the basic tests for fertility problems

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Ovulation problems: The term ovulation implies release of an egg from the egg sac (follicle) of the ovary. This usually occurs mid-cycle i.e. day 14 of a 28 day cycle, but the day of ovulation can vary from month to month. Generally, women who have regular periods are ovulating, however, this becomes more dysfunctional and irregular as a woman gets older. Eggs are released when they are mature and this is dependent on the size of the follicle, which grows from a few millimeters at the start of a period […]
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27Aug, 2015

When should one seek help for fertility problems?

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This would vary depending on individual circumstances. Generally if a couple has been trying to conceive for more than a year it is likely that there is a problem contributing to their difficulties, nevertheless, 50% of couples who haven’t conceived after one year will conceive if they wait another year. It is for this reason, that the UK’s National Institute for clinical excellence (NICE) recommends waiting 2 years before undergoing treatment for fertility problems. The problem with this approach is that for older women, particularly those women 40 years or […]
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27Aug, 2015

How common are fertility problems?

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About 1 in 6 couples will seek help for fertility problems (Hull 1985), however it is also known that 1 in 4 couples will experience problems getting pregnant making infertility the most common gynaecological symptom in women of child bearing age. Fertility is a matter of chance and compared to most other mammals, the human is quite inefficient and not that fertile. Humans on average have a 1 in 5 (20%) chance of conceiving each “cycle” (Evers 2002) compared to rabbits that have >90% chance! Most couples who seek help […]
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