Herts and Essex Fertility Centre Sperm Bank

Dr Lucy Richardson BSc PhD Laboratory Director   Last night Channel 4 aired ‘4 Men 175 Babies: The UK’s Super Sperm Donors’ – this worrying documentary highlighted the growing phenomenon of women looking to conceive from unregulated sperm donation. ‘I … Continue reading

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What Women Need To Know About Polycystic Ovary Syndrome ( PCOS )

Michael Ah-Moye FRCOG, CEO and Consultant Gynaecologist   What are polycystic ovaries?   The term Polycystic ovaries was coined in the 1930’s because it was thought that the ovaries contained many cysts, which was incorrect as the “cysts” are in … Continue reading

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Sometimes accepting your decision to stop fertility treatments could help you find peace

Sometimes accepting your decision to stop fertility treatments could help you find peace, one of our patients, Louise Moloney, explains.. “Our fertility journey started in 2007, it’s really taken its toll on our marriage and to us both individually. We … Continue reading

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How can your diet affect your chances of pregnancy?

A healthy diet can increase the chances of ovulation and improve your fertility. Fertility experts recommend to those who are trying to conceive to follow a healthy diet and cut down on processed food and additives, avoid alcohol, tobacco as much … Continue reading

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Does fast food really contain plastic?

Michael Ah-Moye FRCOG CEO and Consultant Gynaecologist  “Does fast food really contain plastic?” A research at the University of California, published in the journal Environment International recently found that people who eat out regularly are exposed to higher levels of … Continue reading

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Mr Michael Ah-Moye at lunch with his mentor Professor Ian Craft,
the renowned IVF pioneer… 

Mr Ah-Moye made his debut into the exciting new field of IVF in August 1985 on the very day that Professor Craft opened his IVF clinic at the Wellington Hospital, in London.  Michael has tremendous regard for his legendary mentor: … Continue reading

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Anti Mullerian Hormone (AMH) Test Demystified

David Ogutu MRCOG  Medical Director and Consultant Gynaecologist Infertility is defined as the inability for a couple to conceive despite regular unprotected sexual intercourse. Around 1 in 7 couples may have difficulty conceiving, which is approximately around 3.5 million people … Continue reading

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Do you know how many eggs are left in you?
All you need to know about ovarian reserve and fertility

David Ogutu MRCOG  Medical Director and Consultant Gynaecologist  Most women are aware and conscious of their ticking ‘biological clocks’.  However, as they have better opportunities in education nowadays they choose to have their first children at a later stage. The … Continue reading

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All you need to know about ovarian reserve and fertility

Thinking of having a Vasectomy?
All you need to know before and after the surgery…

Dr Lucy Richardson BSc PhD Senior Clinical Embryologist What is Vasectomy?   Vasectomy is one of the methods of contraception, also known as male sterilisation, which prevents the sperm from reaching the seminal fluid, when ejaculated from the penis during … Continue reading

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All you need to know before and after the surgery…

Patient fell pregnant naturally 2 months after a surgical correction of her uterine septum at Herts & Essex Fertility Centre

David Ogutu MRCOG Medical Director and Consultant Gynaecologist  The uterine septum is one of the major causes of infertility or recurrent miscarriages. It’s a condition a woman is born with, where the uterus gets an extra wedge of tissue known … Continue reading

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Social egg freezing: Hype or a realistic option

David Ogutu MRCOG Medical Director and Consultant Gynaecologist There have been many articles in the press over the last couple of years on social egg freezing. Media coverage of company sponsored egg freezing (US companies such as Apple and Facebook … Continue reading

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Does drinking a glass of red wine a week truly improve fertility?

David Ogutu MRCOG Medical Director and Consultant Gynaecologist A recent American study was reported in the Independent newspaper, suggesting that women who drink one glass of red wine a week boast better fertility than those who don’t. Scientists at Washington … Continue reading

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Fertility Treatment Add-Ons or Adjunctive Treatments

Dr Jyoti Taneja Consultant Reproductive Medicine & Gynaecology IVF itself was not subject to randomised controlled trials when it was first introduced into medical practice, and the pioneers of IVF had to refine the techniques with little evidence or support … Continue reading

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Efficient fertility management for older couples

David Ogutu MRCOG Medical Director and Consultant Gynaecologist Fertility potential declines with age. A gradual decline in female fertility is noted until 35 years, followed by a sharper fall after 37 and an even sharper decline after 40 years of age. … Continue reading

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IVF advance fails most patients

Michael Ah-Moye FRCOG CEO and Consultant Gynaecologist “IVF advance fails most patients” A trial that was reported in the Times at the prestigious American Society for Reproductive Medicine annual conference in Texas revealed that screening embryos to check that they … Continue reading

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What’s happening to NHS IVF funding in Hertfordshire and Essex?

Have you heard the news? NHS IVF funding is at risk and it’s happening right now. As you read this blog there are consultations across the whole of the UK about reducing IVF provision or doing away with it altogether. … Continue reading

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Trying for a baby when you are a lesbian couple

Something we often have lesbian couples say to us when they begin treatment is that they didn’t know where to start or who to turn to for advice when they wanted to start their family, so we are very grateful to … Continue reading

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All you need to know about egg freezing

Are you wondering or unsure if egg freezing is the right option for you? What is egg freezing? Egg freezing is a reproductive technique available at the Herts & Essex Fertility Centre that gives women the opportunity to preserve their … Continue reading

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Comprehensive and quick fertility assessment

Difficulty conceiving affects one in six couples in the UK. Couples who do not conceive within six to twelve months of regular, unprotected intercourse would be obviously distressed and anxious about the possible causes of infertility. Our comprehensive and quick … Continue reading

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HBA analysis included in semen assessments

For individuals or couples attending our One-Stop Fertility Assessment, the Herts & Essex Fertility Centre has introduced an additional specialist sperm selection technique called Hyaluronan Binding Assay (HBA) analysis. The HBA semen analysis is included at no extra cost for … Continue reading

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Zika virus and fertility treatment

You may be aware of the concerns regarding Zika virus infection and the harm it may cause to a baby during pregnancy. The infection has a possible association with congenital malformations (birth defects), particularly microcephaly, and this is being investigated. Almost … Continue reading

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Follow-up consultations for when IVF treatment fails

When IVF treatment fails it is a heart-wrenching experience for everyone involved. All we ever want to hear at the end of a patient’s cycle is the good news that they are now pregnant, and looking forward to experiencing their pregnancy and … Continue reading

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Fertility success rates: HFEA Trends and Figures 2014

Last week (March 2016) the Human Fertilisation & Embryology Authority (HFEA) released their annual Fertility Trends and Figures Report for 2014. Because we know that fertility clinic success rates can be hard to interpret, we have looked at the HFEA … Continue reading

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Egg freezing helps you decide when the time is right to try

What is Freeze Your Eggs For Free when you share? Even though the ideal situation is for women to have their children when they are younger, it is also the age when women are most likely to be pursuing other … Continue reading

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A closer look at new treatment innovation in IVF

As one of the top fertility clinics in the UK, Herts & Essex Fertility Centre prides itself on being well-informed on new treatment innovation in IVF. We are always keen to offer treatments where research has demonstrated that a real … Continue reading

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How does the Anti-Mullerian Hormone (AMH) test assess ovarian egg reserve?

Anti-Mullerian Hormone (AMH), a hormone produced by the ovarian antral follicles, is now regarded as a much better predictor of a woman’s ovarian egg reserve than the previously measured Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH) level. Unlike FSH, AMH levels in a … Continue reading

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UK surrogacy report urges changes to surrogacy law

A landmark report, which highlights results from the largest unprecedented surrogacy survey undertaken in the UK, was published earlier this week by Surrogacy UK, a not-for-profit organisation which is run by surrogate mothers and intended parent members. According to the … Continue reading

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National Fertility Awareness Week 2015

In support of National Fertility Awareness Week, which ran from Monday 2 – Sunday 8 November 2015, Herts & Essex Fertility Centre was once again very happy to take part in this year’s Embryo Challenge. Set up by Infertility Network … Continue reading

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Why not consider sperm sharing in return for free IVF treatment!

As many people will be aware egg sharing has been a popular treatment option for numerous women young enough to share their eggs, who also need IVF/ICSI treatment themselves. This offers the sharer a good chance of success while at the same … Continue reading

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