Mother’s Day celebrates the unique relationship between a mother and her children. For women suffering from infertility, it isn’t just another day, the holiday can feel especially painful and isolating. At IVI we work with patients every day who are going through this struggle, and even though we cannot begin to understand how you feel… View Article
For years Endometriosis has been a ‘silent’ disease despite the effects it has on a woman going far from unnoticed when it comes to the level of pain and discomfort sufferers have to go through. “A woman with significant pain during her period should know that it is not a normal consequence of her cycle;… View Article
The use of a pregnancy test is invariably surrounded by heightened emotion. Whether you are desperately keen to become pregnant after months of trying, or whether you are equally keen for reassurance that you are not pregnant, the test is never a matter of indifference. So it’s perfectly understandable that when you want to take… View Article
When you’re thinking about the possibility of fertility treatment, it’s important at the beginning to be able to unpack the acronyms. In vitro fertilisation is normally referred to as IVF and artificial insemination is AI. AI is also known as intrauterine insemination, which goes by the initials of IUI. So, to be absolutely clear, IUI,… View Article
Trying to get pregnant can be a stressful time for some couples and a lot of the time you feel like it is completely out of your control. However, there are a few things that you can do to help you whilst on your journey. We have previously discussed smoking and how quitting can help… View Article
From morning sickness to heartburn, from feeling exhausted to constantly having to run to the loo; the symptoms of pregnancy can seem like a long list of tribulations that have to be borne as the price you pay for the main event. However, not all of the symptoms are present all of the time and not everyone has them all.
If you smoke, it is said to take you nearly twice as long as non-smoker to get pregnant. On average couples who are having regular unprotected sex are likely to get pregnant within the year. For smokers the chances of getting pregnant almost double to two years. This is true for both women trying to… View Article
Fibroids are non-cancerous uterine growths that can develop in or on the womb. They can vary from being pea-sized or as large as a grapefruit and there could be just a few or multiple fibroids.
Amenorrhea is a lack of menstruation – in simple terms, you don’t get periods. There are two types. Primary amenorrhea is when a teenager has not started her periods by the age of 16; secondary amenorrhea is when a woman has previously had periods in the normal way, but these have stopped for six months or more.
The relationship between weight and fertility is a complicated one. While there is research that supports that weight affects fertility, everyone is different. Women of all sizes have successful pregnancies and give birth to healthy children. Never the less there is scientific research confirm there is a collation between BMI and fertility. What is BMI?… View Article