Coronavirus (Covid-19) and My Fertility Treatment

By: Dr. Ed Coats As the coronavirus pandemic sweeps the globe and remains a serious threat to all our lives many will be wondering what lies ahead for my fertility treatment. One thing that is certain is that uncertain times lie ahead for both patients and clinics. It is hard to give concrete advice in such a rapidly changing landscape, but at the time of writing this article this is where we are. We will update this article as new developments occur. COVID-19 is the seventh coronavirus to transfer from animals to humans and specifically this type of virus attacks the lungs and airways. It can be fatal to the older generation and those with co-existing medical illnesses. However, it is not exclusive to this group and the novel nature of this new virus is disconcerting. As the scientists and experts search for a suitable vaccine and the epidemiologists work on tactics to suppress the virus the rest of the world watch and wait. Just this week Fertility Organisations arou…
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Wellbeing of Women Charity Challenges 2020

Wellbeing of Women have a number of exciting challenges lined up for 2020 in the UK and abroad. This is a chance to have an adventure in the outdoors and raise some valuable funds for women's health. Contact Wellbeing of Women directly via the email address provided for more details.

Jurassic Coast Challenge 5 - 7 June 2020

Machu Picchu Challenge 18 - 27 September 2020

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Will the egg freezing limit be extended?

The growing popularity of women choosing to freeze their eggs if they are at present not ready to have children or the circumstance don't allow it, is evident in the numbers: 2012 - 395 egg freezing cycles 2013 - 551 egg freezing cycles 2014 - 677 egg freezing cycles 2015 - 1069 egg freezing cycles 2016 - 1171 egg freezing cycles 2017 - 1462 egg freezing cycles In the space of 6 years there has been a four-fold increase in the numbers of cycles undertaken. The 10 year limit on the amount of time that eggs and sperm can be kept for was set in 1990 and understandably the reliability of egg freezing and thawing techniques has improved significantly in 30 years. A minister for the Department of Health, Caroline Dinenage said: "Although this could affect any one of us, I am particularly concerned by the impact of the current law on women's reproductive choices," "A time limit can often mean women are faced with the heart-breaking decision to destroy their frozen …
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Choosing an IVF Clinic Abroad

By: Dr. Ed Coats Increasingly people are choosing to have IVF treatment abroad. This trend has been growing for a number of reasons. Fertility treatment can be cheaper abroad with shorter waiting times and different legal implications when having treatment with donor eggs and sperm. The freedom of movement of people and business around the EU has made this easy. However, this can be a difficult area to explore as there are so many different fertility clinics abroad and they may follow different processes and procedures to those regulated by the HFEA in the UK. There is a lot to consider when travelling abroad for treatment and we hope this article will help you ask the right questions early on and help you to select the fertility clinic that is best suited to your requirements. There is no certainty yet on what the impending BREXIT decisions will mean for fertility treatment in Europe for UK citizens but we will write again soon as this evolves. Most people will start …
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The London Fertility Show 2019

Total Fertility were pleased to be exhibiting at The London Fertility Show this year to meet both people in the process of finding suitable IVF clinics before undertaking treatment and clinic owners and staff promoting their services. Feedback from the public was overwhelmingly positive with many people saying they wish our stand had been located at the entrance to be able to speak to us first before speaking directly to clinics. It reaffirmed our belief that searching for the right clinic for your situation be it medical or financial is a minefield and by providing free, impartial and most importantly accurate information is going to make peoples search easier. As we look forward to 2020, we'll be taking on all the comments and feedback to ensure the service we provide is the most useful it can be with improvements to the website, greater provision of detail from all IVF clinics and more in-depth research articles. Once again, thanks again to everyone we met an…
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To Freeze or Not to Freeze… Good Question

By: Dr. Ed Coats Egg freezing is now readily available in IVF clinics across the UK. The concept of ‘freezing eggs’ has been discussed in the media and widely debated by fertility experts around the world. Freezing technology has advanced so much that it is now possible for a woman to reliably preserve her fertility for the future. Fertility preservation is an important subject for women to understand and the possibilities it offers them. Making the decision to freeze eggs could have significant future consequences, so we try here to distil the facts from the hype. There are a number of reasons why a woman will choose to freeze her eggs. Studies suggest that the majority of women currently choosing to freeze their eggs are highly educated, single women over 35 years of age. They will often have researched the subject before engaging with a fertility clinic for a consultation to discuss their options for treatment. It is an emotional journey for most balancing optimism and…
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The American Society for Reproductive Medicine Scientific Congress & Expo

By: Dr. Ed Coats This week ‘Total Fertility’ have been at The American Society for Reproductive Medicine Scientific Congress & Expo in Philadelphia. This year’s meeting celebrates 75 years of science, innovation and history. More than 40 years after the birth of Louise Brown, the world’s first IVF baby, this expansive area of medicine continues to test the boundaries of what is known and what is possible. This Congress brings together experts from around the world to present the latest ideas and concepts in IVF and reproductive health. The quality of scientific papers in the areas of endometrial preparation, stimulation regimens and fertility preservation demonstrate that there is still much to discover. Our November Research Update brings you some of the highlights. By: Dr. Ed Coats                                   …
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Add-ons Don’t Always Add Up

‘Add-ons’ are additional treatment options that a patient may choose to add to their IVF cycle to increase their chances of success. IVF clinics have been offering treatment ‘add-ons’ to patients undertaking IVF cycles for years. The efficacy of ‘add-ons’ though has been widely debated in recent years. The HFEA now uses a handy “traffic light rating” system to warn patients about the levels of evidence supporting the use of these additional treatments. By: Dr. Ed Coats The fertility industry is growing rapidly and ‘add-ons’ are often adopted by clinics before rigorous research has truly determined their worth. This is a difficult area for patients and clinics alike. Patients are often willing to try the latest techniques if that may help them reach their goal and achieve a pregnancy. Clinics need to remain in touch and up-to-date offering the latest technology in the fast moving world of assisted conception. This is where the water can get a little murky, as not every ‘add-…
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Total Fertility will be at The Fertility Show London

The Total Fertility team will be in attendance at this years Fertility Show London in November. The UK's biggest fertility show, it is attended by prospective patients and clinics alike from across the UK and Europe. The Fertility Show London 1 - 3 November 2019 Kensington Olympia Stand D13 Pop by the stand anytime over the weekend. Opening Times: Friday 1st: 4pm - 7.30pm Saturday 2nd: 10.30am to 5.30pm Sunday 3rd: 10.30am to 4pm
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Optimising Sperm for IVF

“Make your swimmers into winners” By: Dr. Ed Coats 30% of couples who have been unsuccessful with natural conception will discover that sperm quality has been suboptimal. This news can come as quite a shock, especially if the focus has been on the woman’s fertility up to that point. Sperm develops in the testicles in a system of tiny tubes (seminiferous tubules). The sperm then moves to the sperm ducts (vas deferens). Seminal fluid (white in colour) is secreted from the seminal and prostate glands mixing with sperm to create semen, which is ejaculated. There are a number of points along this pathway where something can go wrong. The testicles are instructed to produce sperm by hormones released from the central brain. If a problem occurs with these hormones or the testicles themselves then sperm may not develop. A blockage can occur in the sperm ducts preventing the ejaculation of normal semen. In the majority of cases there are in fact no problems here but semen qual…
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Baby of a Cancer Patient Who Froze her Eggs is Born in Malaga

This is the first case registered in the Reproductive Unite of Gutenberg Centre (URE Centro Gutenberg) , located in Málaga, Spain. A woman, who was 37 years old when she suffered breast cancer, vitrified her eggs before receiving chemotherapy treatment. Seven years later, after the disease has passed, this woman has been able to be a mother thanks to the work of the doctors of URE Centro Gutenberg. This has been possible, because the frozen eggs were inseminated with spermatozoa of her partner, and then this patient was implanted with the embryos to achieve a pregnancy. Now, at the age of 44, she is the mother of a two-month-old baby whose gestation has been carried on normally. Egg freezing or vitrification is a technique for preserving fertility, which consists of stimulating woman's ovaries through a hormonal treatment, through ovarian puncture in the operating room. The mature eggs are then vitrified (quick freezing) and kept in benches intended for the pu…
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Recent Research: July 2019

Tablet Study The TABLET study is a powerful research trial that has just recently published its findings in the New England Journal of Medicine. This study recruited almost 20,000 patients from 49different hospital sites and fertility clinics across the UK. The study attempts to answer the question as to whether ThyroidPeroxidase (TPO) Antibodies in the blood affect the chances of having a live baby when patients don’t have any symptoms of thyroid disease. Specifically the study looked at whether patients without thyroid disease symptoms, but found to have a raised TPO antibody level in the blood, actually had a reduced chance of having a live birth. Previously a few studies had suggested a small dose of Levothyroxine, a drug commonly used to correct thyroid problems, might increase the chances of having a live baby in these patients. We now know that this is not true. Study Findings: The study showed that if patients were found to have high levels of TPO antibodies in th…
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