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7 August 2019
Is it important to quit smoking during preconception?

Preconception is the period of time when you prepare to start trying for a baby. In medical circles there is a growing recognition that maternal health before conception, not only during pregnancy, can have a major effect on the development and prospects of the unborn child. The best-known example of this is the now widely known development in spina bifida prevention. We now know that a small amount of the B-vitamin folic acid can reduce neural tube defects by up to 70%. This clinches the case for pre-conception health having a direct impact on the unborn child. But what about smoking? In this article we take a look at the benefits of quitting smoking before pregnancy. We also examine the potential damage it can do, some aspects of which you may not be aware.

31 July 2019
Is it possible to get pregnant after ovarian cancer?

As with many complex issues, the only truthful response to the question of whether or not you can get pregnant after ovarian cancer is: it depends. The main factors relate to the severity of the cancer and its subsequent treatment plan. This could involve chemotherapy and/or different types of surgery, with each of these circumstances putting a different angle on the possible solutions to pregnancy after cancer treatment.

24 July 2019
8th International IVIRMA Congress: Present and future of ART meet in Mallorca

The 8th International IVIRMA Congress on Reproduction took place in Mallorca 4th to 6th April 2019. More than 1,600 participants from 71 countries attended the event in Palma de Mallorca including Javier Marqueta, President of the Congress and Director of IVI Mallorca, Scientific Director Juan Antonio García-Velasco and Dr. Dagan Wells, all members of the scientific committee.

17 July 2019
The latest research on the importance of progesterone levels during pregnancy

A lot of us have a general idea of how important progesterone is during pregnancy, knowing that the progesterone-oestrogen balance is important for the menstrual cycle and a healthy hormone balance. For most of the non-medical community, that’s probably the extent of the awareness. Now, new research, unveiled at the 35th European Society of Human… View Article

10 July 2019
Can the latest research into proteins and free radicals improve IVF success rates?

New research conducted by IVI has revealed important new discoveries in the field of embryo selection as part of the IVF process. This is highly significant because improved embryo selection is key to IVF success rates and can therefore help more people in their ambition build their families. These exciting advances were presented to a… View Article

3 July 2019
Perfect Match 360°: Artificial intelligence to find the perfect donor match

Egg donation or the use of sperm from a sperm donor has long been successful fertility techniques. These are often but not exclusively used by people for whom other interventions have not been successful. In the past, major concerns about these techniques have been the health of the resulting offspring and the extent to which… View Article

anejaculation
13 May 2019
What is anejaculation? What are the causes? How is it treated?

Anejaculation simply means no ejaculation and it is defined as an inability to ejaculate semen. Men who have this condition can produce sperm, but these are not expelled during ejaculation even though there can be normal orgasmic sensation. Clearly this situation has implications for male fertility and the ability to become a parent. The condition… View Article

7 May 2019
What does the latest IVI research reveal about successful fertility preservation?

Research by the world’s largest assisted reproduction group, IVI, has revealed some vital statistics concerning fertility preservation. The results will be of compelling interest for those considering the possibility of delaying motherhood through the freezing of oocytes. They found that success rates were significantly higher – showing a 40% increase – when the first stage… View Article

fibroids
18 April 2019
Fibroid removal: what is it and when is it necessary?

Fibroids are small growths inside the uterus and the condition is surprisingly common, with around 1 in 3 women developing them at some time in their lives. In many cases there is no need for fibroid removal and they often diminish over time, particularly after the menopause. In fact many people only discover that they… View Article

faint line
10 April 2019
Faint line on pregnancy test: what does it mean?

In just the same way as there’s no such thing as being ‘a little bit pregnant’, when you take a pregnancy test at home, there should ideally be no such thing as an ambiguous result. But unfortunately that is in fact sometimes the case. Even though a faint positive pregnancy test sounds almost as illogical… View Article

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