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Menopause and Sleep

One of the main issues that I come across is sleep issues. Falling asleep, staying asleep and having a restful nights’ sleep is a complex issue – there is a great deal involved. Sleep problems are quite common amongst menopausal women and I would expect most of my...

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Bio-identical HRT

It is an inevitable part of life that as we age, our bodies change, and for the most part, we do the best we can to feel ourselves at each stage of the journey. For women, starting the menopause can test this to the limit, with the appearance of physical and emotional...

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How much of a security blanket is egg freezing?

More and more of my consultations are about egg freezing. The more women I see the more I wonder how effective it is going to be as far as a realistic hope in producing a baby in the future. The women that tend to come and see me about egg freezing are often in their...

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Polycystic ovaries (PCOS)

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) is thought to affect 1 in 5 women in the UK, but awareness of the condition is still relatively low. As with many conditions that affect fertility, a lot of women will not be diagnosed with PCOS until they are trying to conceive and...

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Does my lifestyle really affect my fertility?

In the world of fertililty, all people are not made equal and although it can seem unfair to see mothers who who have had no problems conceiving despite their weight and smoking, everyone’s situation is different.  As a fertility clinic, it is our job to do everything...

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A number is not everything

I was thinking about this when I was walking through the park today, lots of joggers and cyclists out and about in the spring sunshine. Nothing surprising about that, winter is gone for a while and we can enjoy the outdoors. Lovely. What I noticed was that just about...

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I’m sure its me…

“I don’t really know what the problem is… but I’m sure it’s me” Over the years, I’ve heard lots of versions of this statement, normally based on something that has happened in the past or an offhand comment from a friend or relative. As certain as you are that you’re...

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There’s more to an embryo than its appearance

Over the passed few years there have been rapid tech developments in improving embryo selection and so increasing the chance of success of fertility treatment. Patients often ask about the grade of their eggs directly after egg collection. The egg’s colour, shape and...

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Ovulation Monitors

Using Ovulation Monitors There are electronic gadgets used to measure all sorts things, heart rate, steps taken…calories burned  …..the list goes on and on. So why not use a gadget to monitor ovulation? And are they useful? Points of view differ. Many (if not most) of...

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Egg Freezing

Egg freezing This week I went to a very interesting debate about “social” egg freezing. Social egg freezing is a term used to describe freezing of eggs because a women wants to delay conceiving for social not medical reasons. Until a few years ago, egg freezing was...

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