Becky's Blog

Freezing your eggs – should you do it?

  Egg freezing – it’s everywhere at the moment. Clinics are promoting it heavily. Facebook and Apple are offering it to their female employees. Magazine features are publishing real-life stories. So is freezing your eggs really a good idea? Here’s a reality check.

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OHSS during IVF – 7 ways to reduce the risk

OHSS, or ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome, is a potentially serious side effect of IVF. One in eight IVF cycles leads to OHSS, with varying degrees of seriousness. If you’ve got PCOS, you need to take particular care. The good news? The risks of OHSS can be

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Ovarian cysts: are they dangerous?

  Are ovarian cysts dangerous? Generally, no. But some cysts that grow on the ovaries can affect your fertility and conception chances. Others, when combined with fertility drugs, can be a serious risk to your health.

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Why NHS GPs are failing IVF patients

Is GP care for IVF patients declining? We think it is. The NHS postcode lottery, tighter criteria for treatment (a third of GPs don’t want to fund IVF at all) and an increasingly obstructive attitude are creating a difficult environment. While most of our fertility

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Uterine fibroids – 10 things you should know

  Uterine fibroids – they sound scary. But are they really a barrier to pregnancy? As medical conditions go, uterine fibroids are majorly misunderstood. We think it’s time to set the record straight. So these are the top 10 things you should know about uterine

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Transvaginal ultrasound: 8 reasons to have one

An ultrasound scan is a key pregnancy procedure. Most pregnant women have their first scan at 12 weeks’ gestation. But not everyone gets pregnant, and there may be a physical reason why. An ultrasound scan (whether trans-vaginal or trans-abdominal) is a safe and effective way

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Chemical pregnancy – 10 things you should know

What exactly is a chemical (or biochemical) pregnancy? Like other pregnancy failures, it’s a clunky name that doesn’t really describe the situation (see blighted ovum – the most ineptly named miscarriage ever). So here are 10 things you should know about a chemical pregnancy.

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Blighted ovum – the silent miscarriage?

A blighted ovum is an early pregnancy failure. Strictly speaking, it’s a miscarriage. But that’s confusing: a blighted ovum exists before any bleeding happens. It’s often spotted late, or not at all. So a blighted ovum is sometimes called a silent miscarriage. One in two

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