Before starting IVF treatment it is common to think of questions like ‘What can I do to improve my chances of falling pregnant?’, which is what we are commonly asked at Care Fertility. Here’s what we suggest to our patients that you and your partner should be doing before you start IVF treatment. 

The uterus is normally shaped similar to a pear. However, it’s common for women to have an unusually shaped uterus which results from development. An arcuate uterus is one type of abnormality, where there is an indentation at the top of the uterus.

Dealing with infertility can be emotionally challenging and can put pressure on your relationship. Counselling during IVF treatment is not for everyone, but can help to deal with mixed emotions.

The first thing people think of when it comes to fertility issues is IVF. However, if your ovulation is infrequent, ovulation induction might be the right treatment for you. Ovulation induction requires taking medication to increase ovulation. 

A clinical trial that is currently being performed at Care Fertility, has recently achieved its first ongoing pregnancy which is now past thirty weeks.

Caesarean section has been a great innovation in reproductive healthcare and can be lifesaving for the mother and/or baby. Many mothers have a caesarean birth, but some are unaware of the potential risks after a caesarean birth, reduced future fertility being one of them. There is some evidence that fertility is reduced after birth by caesarean section compared to having a vaginal birth.

One of the common causes of male infertility is a low sperm count. If you or your partner have had a semen analysis and the sperm count is low, make sure you ask your specialist to check for a Varicocele.

Is ICSI more successful than IVF?

At Care Fertility we are often asked if ICSI is more successful than IVF. To put it simply, it depends. 

When having IVF treatment there is a range of add on treatments available which are aimed at increasing the chance of conceiving with IVF. Having acupuncture during IVF is an add on that is gaining more awareness. To understand if having acupuncture during IVF has any effect, Care Fertility joined with other researchers to perform a clinical trial. 

Over the years, there have been conflicting views about how lifestyle choices affect fertility and IVF treatment. Dr Clare Boothroyd attended a conference where research was presented about how lifestyle choices can affect fertility and even IVF treatment.

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