Egg freezing parties: the new craze sweeping Silicon Valley

We were intrigued to read a story that appeared on the Telegraph website recently about US fertility expert Dr Aimee Eyvazzadeh. Dr Eyvazzadeh runs regular egg freezing parties – a new craze that is proving particularly popular with professional women … Continue reading

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UK votes for families to be free of mitochondrial disease

It is wonderful news that the House of Commons yesterday voted to approve the technology whereby faulty mitochondria within an embryo are replaced by those from a healthy donor. The human body is made of billions of cells and each … Continue reading

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The insurance policy with a heart-breaking excess

It was no surprise to us when Vogue magazine and the Daily Mail published some rather disheartening figures recently about conception rates using frozen eggs. Both publications highlighted a surprisingly low 10% success rate for live births per embryo transfer … Continue reading

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New year, same dedication to our clients

2014 was a great year for everyone at Herts & Essex Fertility Centre. Our ‘Donate the gift of life’ advertising campaign proved to be particularly effective, leading to a surge in Black and Asian egg donations after the campaign went … Continue reading

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Aiden’s first Christmas

It might sound like an unusual way to save a newborn baby’s life, but little Aiden Mitchell will be celebrating his first Christmas this December thanks to a cold blanket. Unlike most newborns, who need constant protection against the cold … Continue reading

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Herts & Essex Fertility Centre raises £465 in 7 days for Infertility Network UK

This week Herts & Essex Fertility Centre’s Medical Director, Michael Ah-Moye, marked the end of National Fertility Awareness Week by presenting Infertility Network UK with a cheque for £465. Infertility Network UK, the leading national infertility charity, launched The Great … Continue reading

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There’s no business like Fertility Show business

Over the weekend of Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd November the Herts & Essex Fertility Centre exhibited at London Olympia for The Fertility Show, the UK’s biggest annual fertility event. Our team of experts manned the stand throughout the weekend … Continue reading

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Tech giants can’t freeze the fertility clock

Egg freezing had some rare front-page news coverage earlier this week, after it was announced that Facebook and Apple are to offer infertility treatments to their employees. The new staff ‘benefits’ package could signal the start of a worrying trend … Continue reading

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Egg donation is a great feeling — one of the best in the world

We were really pleased to read this story in the local press recently and the positive attitude displayed by one of our egg donors, Laura Slattery. Thanks to her two people have fallen pregnant and are now starting their own … Continue reading

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No sperm shortage at the Herts & Essex Fertility Centre

The world’s first national sperm bank opened in England at the end of 2014 and, as expected, there was a fair amount of media attention, including the usual closed-minded negativity from certain tabloids regarding alternative families. In other newspaper coverage at the … Continue reading

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Telling your child they are IVF (Part 2)

Julia Bateson continues her account of telling her daughter she was an IVF baby Last time I described how we told our lovely daughter of 10 years and 9 months that she was an IVF baby. Today I want to … Continue reading

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Telling your child they’re IVF (Part 1)

Guest blogger Julia Bateson writes of her experience telling her daughter that she was an IVF baby.                        And then I was (finally) a mum … Joyously overwhelmed by this … Continue reading

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New Parents Study

The Herts & Essex Fertility Centre has been working with researchers at the University of Cambridge over the past few months helping them with their New Parents Study.  The study is of heterosexual, gay and lesbian couples who have used … Continue reading

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Men trying for a baby

Dr Allan Pacey’s new study investigating lifestyle factors associated with poor sperm morphology (that is, the size and shape of sperm) reveals that the recreational use of cannabis is a factor. The study, published in Human Reproduction June 2014, suggests … Continue reading

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A top performance from our laboratory team

We were delighted to learn this week that we have come third out of 78 top performing laboratories for our skills in embryo assessment. This is well deserved recognition for the work and dedication of Lynne Glover and her team … Continue reading

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Egg Donation – how you are reimbursed

The Herts & Essex Fertility Centre runs one of the most successful donation programmes in the UK. Fortunately we are seeing a steady increase in the number of woman prepared to make altruistic donations of their eggs and we are … Continue reading

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A single mum’s story

Herts & Essex Fertility Centre patient Kerry Morgan had her story published today in Woman’s Own magazine under the heading I didn’t need a husband to have my children. Kerry made the brave and strong decision to become a single mum when … Continue reading

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Don’t delay your baby conversation

A commonly held view is that age-related infertility can be resolved by IVF. Some women may consider freezing some of their eggs in anticipation of them providing a healthy baby years later. However, results from frozen eggs are still very … Continue reading

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Egg Sharing and Egg Donation – sharing our results

Our current campaign to encourage women to donate their eggs is proving to be successful and we now have no waiting time for Caucasian eggs and a shorter wait for Black and Asian eggs. The concept of egg sharing is … Continue reading

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Fertility counselling as standard

A recent survey carried out by Infertility Network UK and the British Infertility Counselling Association revealed a lack of awareness of the rights of fertility patients receiving treatment at HFEA licenced clinics. Since 1990 it has been required by law … Continue reading

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BBC Three Counties Radio Interview

Our Consultant Gynaecologist and Fertility Specialist, David Ogutu, speaks to Nesta McGregor for BBC Three Counties on the need for more Black and Asian women egg donors.  The Herts & Essex Fertility Centre is running an awareness campaign ‘Donate the … Continue reading

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Understanding and supporting secondary infertility

There is an assumption that about two years after giving birth to your first child the next baby will come along and so, your family will be complete. But a surprising number of couples (as many as one in five) … Continue reading

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Black and Asian Egg Donors – we need you!

The Herts & Essex Fertility centre is running an advertising campaign at the moment to raise awareness of the need for black and Asian women to donate their eggs in order to help another woman have a child. We call … Continue reading

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The importance of environment and customer care

I have just finished reading Fertility Clinics: the good, the bad and the ugly, an interesting article in this January’s Fertility Road magazine. It is written by Jessica Hepburn who has just published the book The Pursuit of Motherhood in … Continue reading

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Egg donation in the UK

An article in the Liverpool Echo in January was confirmation, if any was needed, that there is still a lack of awareness surrounding the processes of Egg Donation and the availability of donor eggs in this country. The story follows … Continue reading

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What is your New Year fertility resolution?

This is the time of year when many of us take a good hard look at our lifestyles and resolve to improve our diet, up our exercise and generally nurture our bodies. In fact it is almost impossible to read … Continue reading

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Egg Donation and the Multiple Birth Rate

The Times newspaper on Friday, 22 November 2013 reported an increase by a quarter of the Multiple Birth rate for women over 45, between 2011-2012. We are aware that most of these women would have conceived through IVF, and that … Continue reading

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It’s Fertility Show time!

With only a few days to go until The Fertility Show (Olympia 2-3 November) and National Infertility Awareness Week underway, the Herts & Essex Fertility Centre is quite caught up in the buzz and anticipation that always accompanies these events. … Continue reading

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New study confirms that Pipelle really does work

A report in Sky News on 6th October 2013 described the findings of a scientific group investigating a ‘new’ technique to improve IVF success rates. Herts & Essex Fertility Centre introduced this technique for all our patients in 2011. Scientists … Continue reading

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Embryo Glue

Have you ever wondered if your embryos might need a little helping hand to implant? Embryo Glue has been specifically designed with this question in mind. Manufactured by Vitrolife a Swedish company, Embryo Glue is a culture media developed specifically … Continue reading

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