GP Management of Fertility – when to get checked? (Episode 5)

“I would rather see people earlier than later but it depends on patient factors. So women who are older than 35 years old come sooner, women who have had previous pelvic infections come sooner, if your periods are irregular come sooner, so anything that is not quite right come sooner rather than later.” - Dr Louise Price

The first discussions about fertility usually take place with a GP. General Practice is there to advise and guide you with your fertility. Many people will never need to see a fertility specialist as there are many preventative early measures that can often help you to get pregnant. Dr Louise Price qualified from Bristol University in 2003. She completed 4 years as an Obstetrics and Gynaecology specialist trainee before changing career path to become a GP. She has maintained her interest and passion for women’s health and became accredited as ‘GP with Special Interest’ in gynaecology in 2013. She went on to set up a …
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Finding My Fertility – The Big Picture (Episode 4)

I could either sit there and think about what I’d not got, what I had lost, and the list felt very very long…. or I had the choice of thinking of what I had got, being grateful, and what I could do, what was possible for me. - Claire Lomas Claire Lomas’s (@claire80lomas) life turned upside down on 6th May 2007 when she became paralysed from the chest down in a horse riding accident. Claire fractured her neck, dislocated her back, fractured ribs, punctured a lung and got pneumonia. Luckily the neck fracture didn't damage the spinal cord but the dislocation to the vertebra T4 left her paralysed from the chest down. Claire was a Chiropractor and top level event rider when this freak accident left her unable to do the things she loved. Although Claire was determined from the start to make the best out of the situation there were plenty of days Claire struggled to even get the motivation to get out of bed. She discharged herself from hospital after only 8 weeks, did a l…
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Living with Infertility (Episode 3)

It’s a very isolating experience to go through infertility, and it changes you so much when you are going through it. When I was doing my treatment it was like holding my breath. - Nikki Turner   Nikki joined the Oxford Fertility team in 1995 as a fertility nurse and has worked at Oxford fertility for all of her career. Nikki has over 25 years’ experience caring for people with fertility difficulties and has led the nursing team in Oxford since 2015. Nikki always realised she wanted to have children herself but knew she may face fertility challenges as her husband Russ had previously had a vasectomy. They knew they would probably need to embark on IVF treatment to fulfil their dream of having a family. Nikki and Russ started their 1st cycle in 2000, and went on to have 3 cycles before welcoming twin girls in 2002. The fertility journey is not always smooth but Nikki gives us a unique perspective both as a patient and a fertility nurse.   Listen …
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Covid-19 – Fertility, Pregnancy and Vaccination (Episode 2)

There has been a lot of rumours and misinformation about the vaccine and fertility. There was a Facebook post that got widely spread via social media channels about the vaccination causing infertility. There is absolutely no evidence that this is true. - Dr Ken Hodson   Dr Ken Hodson (@ken_hodson) is a Consultant Obstetrician and Maternal Medicine specialist at The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. Ken is the Head of the UK Teratology Information Service and has been working very closely with public bodies to ensure that the Covid-19 vaccination schedule for fertility and pregnant patients is carefully considered. In this episode we look at the current evidence behind the Covid-19 vaccination schedule for those trying to conceive or undertaking fertility treatments. We also look at the effects of Covid-19 on pregnancy and whether or not you should have a Covid-19 vaccination if you are pregnant.   Listen to the Podcast   …
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Getting A Head Start In Fertility (Episode 1)

…and then the doctor turned to me and said, “Jenny you’ve got a low ovarian reserve, which basically means you don’t have that many eggs”, and that was such a shock, I couldn’t believe what I was hearing and remember trying not to cry. - Jheni Osman Jheni Osman (@jheniosman) is a science journalist and presenter. She has written and spoken about fertility for Science Focus and BBC Radio 4's Costing the Earth. Jheni has two daughters born via IVF. In this episode we speak to Jheni Osman who has experienced first hand the challenges of trying to conceive and the ups and downs of assisted conception.  Jheni is a science journalist who is not only passionate about the subject but also helping to  make it easier for those going through fertility difficulties to get a head start by understanding what it all means. We are going to delve into the mind of Jheni who lived and breathed fertility for many years but came through it and was successful. Jheni has written the …
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The Total Fertility Podcast with Dr Ed Coats (Teaser)

Our aim is to make your fertility journey a little bit easier. For anyone who has been going through fertility struggles or is facing difficulties getting pregnant, then our podcast is here to help you. - Dr Ed Coats   When we came up with the concept of Total Fertility we wanted to try and level the playing field and make it easy for you to access important fertility information in one place. Whether you are choosing a fertility clinic for the first time, finding out about your entitlement to NHS funded treatment or exploring your fertility options we try to provide this. Over the next few months our first podcast series will look at how to get a head start with your fertility. We’ll be chatting with experts in their fields and tackling many of the difficult issues surrounding fertility treatment today. We look at Covid-19 vaccination and the current advice for people trying to conceive and explore the very basics of what an IVF cycle involves. We’ll…
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