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13 September 2019
Tips on Preconception Health for Men

As people prepare to become parents, it’s all too easy to focus on the woman’s health and her ability to conceive and maintain a healthy pregnancy. But these days we have a growing awareness that fertility difficulties also have to do with the male partner, and that there’s plenty that men can do to maximise their fertility and prepare for the best start in life for their baby. In this article we look at the issue of preconception health for men. We propose a few simple dos and don’ts, as well as offering some male fertility tips and answering frequently asked questions about protecting the quality and quantity of sperm. We look at lifestyle issues and where to get help if low fertility, or even infertility, becomes an issue.

2 September 2019
#acreationstory

IVI has been helping to create families for almost 30 years with being an ambassador for sustainability and always placing the patient at the centre of all IVI activity. Under the title #acreationstory, IVI is committed to go beyond medicine, making our contribution to help improve the problems we face today in society and promise… View Article

7 August 2019
Preconception care: tobacco, alcohol and caffeine

It’s well known that refraining from drinking and smoking during pregnancy is essential. What is less known and understood is the fact that during the preconception period, say three months before conceiving, your lifestyle can also have a big impact on your future unborn child. An outstanding example of this principle is the need for an adequate intake of folic acid. In this article we look at smoking before pregnancy and exactly how it can have a detrimental impact, as well as issues around other lifestyle choices, for example whether it’s OK to consume caffeine before pregnancy, and sensible precautions around the consumption of alcohol and other recreational drugs.

5 August 2019
8 Reasons why you should come to an IVI Open Evening

IVI London has been open since 2016 and what a great few years it has been. We’ve recently been able to publish our amazing success rates which have really been something to shout about. With a 60% result on fresh IVF/ICSI cycles compared to that of the national average at 33%. Another thing that has… View Article

24 July 2019
Want to become an egg donor? Here’s everything you need to know

For the fortunate majority of healthy young women, fertility is something to be taken for granted. For them, planning a family revolves more around social, economic and personal circumstances than their ability to conceive. For others, however, the experience of infertility can be heart breaking. One of the ways to bridge the divide between these two situations is egg donation. In our growing social awareness of the need for women to help other women, this is one of the most direct and powerful ways to do so.

17 July 2019
Pregnancy After Vasectomy: is it possible?

Every man who has undergone a vasectomy in the UK is sure to have thought seriously about the decision, and to have been advised by his NHS or another medical practitioner that the procedure should be considered permanent. But the fact is that lives change, circumstances change, and a new social or personal dynamic can lead to a change of heart. In this article, we take a look at the realistic possibilities of pregnancy after vasectomy. We explain the broad principles of different courses of action and what you need to do if you or  your partner should find yourselves in this situation. How to get pregnant after a vasectomy? There’s no 100% certain solution, but there is plenty of help available to give you a very good chance of success

10 July 2019
Which days of the month are the best time to get pregnant?

When the time is right and you decide you want to increase your chances of getting pregnant, you may find that your hazy knowledge of that all-important fertile window is no longer enough. In this article, we look at how to identify your most fertile days and how long you can expect it to take to achieve your goal. We also consider the steps you could take if things don’t go according to plan, and when to seek medical advice.

3 July 2019
From ovarian rejuvenation to global sustainability: the 8th International IVIRMA Congress

With an action-packed agenda, the 8th International IVIRMA Congress took place in Mallorca in April 2019. Buzzing with excitement about new developments in reproductive medicine, the Congress gathered over 1,600 specialists representing 71 different nationalities to discuss the future of Assisted Reproduction. Delegates shared information about topics as far-ranging as ovarian rejuvenation, IVI’s sustainable development… View Article

Elena Labarta at ESHRE 2019
25 June 2019
A low progesterone level in the blood may reduce the chances of having a baby by 18%

The importance of progesterone during pregnancy is widely known, but what if we could establish a causal relationship between the levels of progesterone and pregnancy success rates? Over the last 3 years IVI have been investigating the impact of progesterone levels in the blood on the embryo transfer day in relation to pregnancy rates. The… View Article

24 June 2019
The proteins produced by embryos enable us to predict pregnancy

The use of artificial intelligence has provided a massive step forward in the journey to perfecting embryo selection and as a result constantly improving pregnancy results. At the annual ESHRE meeting We were able to present two new studies both of which relating to analysis of embryo transfer. The first study carried out at IVI… View Article

5 June 2019
IVI offsets 100% of CO2 emissions generated during the 8th International IVIRMA Congress

  “We are aware of the need for environmental sustainability from a global perspective, as we have done so during the congress. All the initiatives implemented by us point in the same direction, one that governs our commitment to sustainability, towards balance on our planet and creating environmental legacy“, says Andreu Miquel, Global Head of… View Article

7 May 2019
What do millennials need to know about fertility preservation?

Research has just been published in the prestigious journal Human Reproduction that may set alarm bells ringing for those thirty-somethings hoping to start a family at some point but ‘not yet’. The woman heading IVI’s Cryobiology Unit, Dr. Ana Cobo, lead a medical research team which has confirmed in starkly revealing terms that ‘not yet’… View Article

secondary infertility
18 April 2019
Secondary infertility: what should you do when the second baby doesn’t arrive?

Most of our preconceptions about infertility focus on an image of the childless couple or woman. But these are not the only people to suffer from this confidence-draining experience. Secondary infertility is when a woman has already given birth to one child but has difficulty conceiving a longed-for second child. It is to some extent… View Article

get pregnant
10 April 2019
10 questions you should never ask someone who is trying to get pregnant

Like asking a friend whether they got dressed in the dark this morning, there are some questions that should simply never be asked. When it comes to a friend who is trying to conceive, direct comments about their fertility or lack of it, suggestions about lifestyle changes or treatments for infertility, or even a suggestion… View Article

low sperm count
2 March 2019
Why does a low sperm count affect one in five men in the UK?

Research carried out by IVI has shown that levels of male infertility have almost doubled in just over a decade. In a ground-breaking study led by Dr. Ashley Teigs, her team found that the proportion of men at risk of needing fertility treatment has risen from 12.4% in 2004 to 21.3% in 2017. This is a… View Article

IVF Mediterranean diet
19 February 2018
Mediterranean diet linked to increased chance of successful IVF

Most progress in IVF comes about as a result of painstaking research, but sometimes a chance observation is all it takes to boost success rates. In 2012 I was lecturing at a conference in the USA and got chatting to a doctor who said his team had been concerned that some of their young couples… View Article

Pregnant at 40
1 February 2018
Everything You Need to Know About Getting Pregnant at 40

The thought of getting pregnant at 40 is, for some women, a scary thought. Although getting pregnant after 40 is possible without fertility treatment, your chances of conceiving are lower than they would have been in your 20s or 30s. This means, although it’s not impossible, it may take longer for you to conceive. While… View Article

The Definitive Guide to Ovulation
1 February 2018
The Struggle of Coping with Infertility and Our Advice

Trying to conceive can be an emotional journey – especially when you are coping with infertility. The effects of infertility can have an impact on every area of your life, making it difficult to focus on anything else. It can cause conflicts in your relationship with your partner, communication with friends, mental health and your… View Article

Common signs of Infertility
25 January 2018
Common Signs of Infertility & What to Do About It

Infertility is when a couple are struggling to conceive and cannot get pregnant, despite having regular unprotected sex. Infertility can affect both men and women, making it difficult for them to conceive. However, fertility isn’t something most people think much about before they are actively trying to have children and start having trouble. Infertility is… View Article

10 tips for sccussful conception
25 January 2018
Are Your Trying to Conceive? 10 Tips For Successful Conception

Whether you have wanted a baby for as long as you can remember, or you have recently made the decision to start trying for a family, not knowing how long it might take for you to conceive can be frustrating. Now that you are trying for a baby, it is possible pregnancy may not happen… View Article

Secondary infertility
25 January 2018
Are You Struggling with Secondary Infertility? You’re Not Alone

Deciding to try for another child is exciting, and it’s only natural to want a brother or sister for your child. However, if conceiving your first child was easy, your next child might be more difficult. Secondary infertility could be a result of not being able to conceive the second time, not being able to… View Article

female infertility
18 October 2017
The Causes of Female Infertility  

Trying to conceive is an exciting time for many couples. However, as pregnancy tests keep displaying negative results and as the months pass by, trying to conceive can be a nerve-racking and stressful time as couples realise they may be struggling with infertility.   As a woman, finding out you are infertile can be heartbreaking. It can… View Article

EmbryoScope
18 October 2017
Embryoscope: The Technology Behind IVF

Here at IVI, we are proud to be the pioneers of the world-renowned EmbryoScope. We were the first in the world to use the EmbryoScope technique, and as a result, IVI was the first centre to achieve the birth of a baby selected in this way. As a collaborator in the development of the EmbryoScope, any… View Article

what is ivf?
10 October 2017
What is IVF?

Here at IVI, we are the world’s leading fertility group with over 70 clinics in 13 countries. The focus of our clinic is to turn our patients’ dreams of becoming parents into reality, so we specialise in helping women and couples have the babies they’ve always wanted. We offer treatments such as in vitro fertilisation,… View Article

Sperm donation
10 October 2017
Sperm Donation

Donating your sperm with IVI gives couples and singles the chance to fulfil their dreams of having a family. When people are given the news that they can’t conceive a baby naturally, it can leave them feeling sad, angry, shocked and like they’ve let down their partner. Sperm donation gives people hope that their dreams… View Article

Pregnant at 40
10 October 2017
What is Egg Donation?

For many people, egg donation offers the ability to have a child… …and this can be a very rewarding experience for all involved. Here at IVI, we assist couples and singles who are seeking to have a child, achieve their dreams of becoming parents. Egg donation offers the opportunity for a woman to carry a… View Article

IVF Process
14 September 2017
Our IVF Process in 7 Simple Steps

Making the call for an IVF consultation is never easy and we understand that taking the first step can seem like a daunting prospect. However, at IVI we’re here to help and to let you know that you’re not alone. Our dedicated team of specialists are here to answer any questions you have regarding the… View Article

The Definitive Guide to Ovulation
14 September 2017
The Definitive Guide to Ovulation

Ovulation is when a mature egg is released from the ovary and pushed down the fallopian tube. An egg will mature within the ovaries once a month and as it reaches maturity, is released by the ovary where it enters the fallopian tube to make its way towards the womb.

What is IUI?
14 September 2017
What is IUI?

Intrauterine insemination (IUI) is one of the most straightforward forms of assisted fertility treatments, the goal of which is to increase the number of sperm that reach and fertilise the egg on their own. It involves placing sperm inside a woman’s uterus to facilitate fertilisation. This form of fertility treatment is a less invasive and… View Article

what does ivf stand for
14 September 2017
What Does IVF Stand For?

IVF stands for In Vitro Fertilisation. It is a method of assisted reproduction where a man’s sperm and a woman’s egg are combined in a laboratory dish, where fertilisation is expected to occur. In – In is simply the Latin for in. ‘In Vitro’ is a Latin term meaning ‘In Glass’. Vitro – As mentioned… View Article

9 May 2017
IVI UK Patient Open Evenings

IVI Patient Open Evenings We hold Patient Open Evenings at all of our IVI UK clinic on a monthly basis. Come and visit our team of experts for a chat, to learn more about us, to have any of your important queries answered and to have a guided tour of our clinic facilities. If you… View Article

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