Father’s Day was the ‘worst day of the year’ – not any more
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by Claire Lynn
1w ago
Nick from Loughton in Essex had always regarded Father’s Day as ‘the worst day of the year’ after losing his dad when he was a young child. But this year he is marking a new chapter as he celebrates his first Father’s Day with IVF baby son Freddie, who turns one a few days later. Traditional ‘Alpha’ Male Nick (37) says: “I had always wanted to have children. I lost my own father when I was five and so for me being a dad was a really big thing for me, I really wanted it.” Nick and wife Amy had been trying to conceive for over two years before undergoing hospital tests and being referred fo ..read more
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Ciaran still remembers low sperm count shock
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by Claire Lynn
1w ago
“There is not much we can do for you.” Ciaran still remembers the shock of being told he had a low sperm count. After some initial fertility tests the hospital consultant confirmed that Ciaran’s wife Jenn would start ovulating with the medication, and then he turned to Ciaran. Nothing we can do for you I kind of brushed it off; then he realised that I had no idea about my infertility. There was a real change of atmosphere in the room. Most people have been through a stage where you hear that someone you love has died or something’s happened and you have that absolute moment of panic, like a ..read more
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‘Don’t put your infertility in a cupboard’ urologist Oliver Wiseman interviewed for podcast
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by Claire Lynn
1w ago
“It can be devastating to be told that a couple’s fertility problem is with the man’s sperm count,” says Mr Oliver Wiseman, Consultant Urologist and specialist in male fertility at Bourn Hall. “My advice would be to speak to your partner openly about it and don’t ‘put it in the cupboard’ for a year or so as too many couples do.” Oliver was interviewed for the launch of Series 2 of The Male Fertility Podcast by former Bourn Hall patients Shaun and Ciaran. Both presenters have faced fertility challenges and Ciaran remembers vividly when he was told he had a low sperm count: “It can leave you ..read more
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We were pregnant within four months of our first appointment at Bourn Hall
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by Claire Lynn
2w ago
Alycia and Lauren had IVF using donor sperm at Bourn Hall’s Wickford clinic and the treatment worked first time. “I am the first of my friends to have a baby, but if any need to go down the IVF route I would one hundred percent recommend Bourn Hall” says Alycia. Put our wedding money towards treatment “I have always known that I wanted to be a mum,” says Alycia, aged 28, from Essex. “I met Lauren when we were both in our third year at university and we talked about having a family one day. After leaving uni we moved in together and wanted to get married but decided to put the money we would ..read more
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IUI with donor sperm worked first time for midwife Miranda
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by Claire Lynn
3M ago
Miranda had always known she wanted to be a mum. After reaching her thirties without having met the ‘right man’ she felt that time was ‘ticking’ and lost six stone before opting to have unmedicated IUI fertility treatment using donor sperm. “I’d always known that I wanted to be a mum,” says Miranda, aged 36. “It was my main goal in life, and I have felt ready to have a baby since I was in my twenties. I just hoped that I would meet the right man, settle down and have children but it just never happened…. “My friends started to have children and I was happy for them, but it was a bit heartbrea ..read more
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How does endometriosis cause infertility?
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by Rachel Holdsworth
3M ago
It is estimated that 50 percent of women with subfertility have the medical condition endometriosis, which typically causes heavy and painful periods. Endometriosis can block the fallopian tubes and may also have implications for IVF treatment if it affects the function of, or access to, the ovaries. To help patients with this condition, Bourn Hall has established a specialist Endometriosis Fertility Service to provide tailored advice. Why does endometriosis cause painful periods? During the menstrual cycle, the body prepares for pregnancy by releasing hormones that thicken the endometrial ..read more
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“I was entitled to paid time off for my IVF appointments and treatment – but not everyone is so lucky”
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by Claire Lynn
3M ago
Carlene from Suffolk is a civil servant and for many years experienced painful symptoms caused by endometriosis.    “I had a laparoscopy which revealed that I had a hydrosalpinx (fluid) on my left fallopian tube which needed removing but the adhesions caused by the endometriosis were so bad it was clipped instead,” she says.  By that point Carlene and her husband Lewis had been trying for a baby for five years and were told they would need fertility treatment.   “Once I knew that I was going to need IVF I looked on the civil service intranet and found they had a Fer ..read more
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Mother’s Day was just another reminder that I couldn’t get pregnant
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by Claire Lynn
4M ago
“The one thing I had always wanted was children,” says Amber, who was 21 when she and partner Josh decided to try for a baby. “When it was confirmed that I had blocked fallopian tubes and we would need IVF I was devastated; I felt as though my body had failed me. I felt bad for my partner and worried that if he was with someone else he would have had children by now.  “I was one of those naïve people who thought I would fall pregnant in the first few months of trying. We had been together since we were 18 and we had always been interested in being young parents. I had really not given ..read more
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Donating my eggs was something that I really wanted to do
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by Claire Lynn
4M ago
Shona knows how fortunate she is. She had two children before she was 23, unlike her own mother who tried for nine years to have her and a sister who lost several pregnancies before successful fertility treatment. So, now Shona is giving her eggs to bring good fortune to another couple. “I would love to know if my eggs enable another woman or couple to have a family of their own. I mean that would be such an amazing thing, wouldn’t it?” says Shona, who is sharing her story to encourage more people to consider egg donation. She explains her decision: “There is ten years between me and my middl ..read more
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Amazing Grace: mum of the world’s first ‘test-tube’ boy, who paved the way for IVF treatment
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by Claire Lynn
4M ago
“I didn’t know that I was expecting the world’s first IVF boy until a reporter knocked on my door and told me!” says Grace Macdonald, mother of Alastair. When Grace was told she was infertile in 1974, there was nothing that medicine could do. Determined to have a chance of a child, she signed up in secret to a pioneering research programme led by Patrick Steptoe, Robert Edwards and Jean Purdy.   Grace and Alastair will be speaking at a special event taking place at Westminster on 28 February 2024 celebrating 20 years of Fertility Network UK. Grace continues: “I had been sworn to s ..read more
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