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24Dec, 2019

BRISTOL-IVF Research Study

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Dr Amy Taylor is lead researcher on the BRIST-IVF study, running now at the Bristol Centre for Reproductive Medicine.    Louise Brown, the world’s first IVF baby, grew up here in Bristol. Now, around 20,000 babies are born through IVF in the UK every year.    Research has enabled us to learn a great deal about IVF since Louise’s birth in 1978. We know, for example, that maternal age and the number of eggs a woman has – their ‘ovarian reserve’ – are factors which affect the success of IVF treatment. But there’s still a lot that we don’t know.    IVF treatment outcomes are still improving, albeit slowly. If we want to try and increase […]
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14Sep, 2019

Protect Your Fertility Opportunities with Egg Freezing

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Mature oocyte cryopreservation, or egg freezing, is a powerful choice for women and couples looking to keep their options open. If you’re waiting for a better point in your career before you start a family, have a medical condition that may affect fertility, or simply haven’t decided if you want children yet, egg freezing could give you much-needed peace of mind. The best time to freeze eggs is before the age of 35, as egg reserves decline with age – but the service may still be useful if you are […]
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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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