Your fertility

IVF Family

IVF: An overview

IVF stands for ‘In Vitro Fertilisation’. This is the process for removing eggs from a woman’s ovaries and mixing them with sperm in a laboratory culture dish (in vitro means ‘in glass’ in Latin) in order to fertilise the egg. The first IVF baby – often referred to as the first ‘test tube baby’ –

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Another miscarriage?

Miscarriage is an emotionally and sometimes physically painful experience which can have a lasting effect on a woman, her partner and her family. Multiple miscarriages are understandably distressing and the loss of an embryo at any stage of a pregnancy can be utterly soul-destroying for those who endure the disappointment and heartache of an unsuccessful

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Testicular cancer symptoms

Testicular cancer is cancer which affects males commonly between the ages of 15 and 44. It is one of the less common cancers. Many people experience a painless lump or swelling in the testicles, but other symptoms can include: • a dull ache in the scrotum, this is the sac of skin that hangs underneath

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Very early pregnancy symptoms

Very early pregnancy symptoms can take shape in a number of ways, one of the early signs that you could be pregnant is when your period is late or you miss your period completely. If your monthly cycle is regular and consistent and you experience this, it could be signs you have a bun in

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Trying to conceive: Charting your monthly cycle

Some people may be lucky enough to get pregnant soon as they start trying for a baby, but it could take longer for many couples. To increase your odds it’s best to chart your fertility cycle, this will help you understand when your best chance is of becoming pregnant. During your cycle your body gives

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Ovulation

What happens during ovulation?

During ovulation your body communicates with your brain and other parts of the body by way of hormones. These hormones are messengers that tell your body what to do and when to do it. During ovulation the sequence of hormonal events take place. Scientists have developed tests that are designed to help you predict ovulation

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