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  HCG levels – let’s face it, they’re hard to understand. You know the basics: HCG is the pregnancy hormone. You may have done a home pregnancy test (HPT) and got a positive result. Then an HCG blood test. If the hormone's pulsing through your body, those tests will confirm the good news.

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 early miscarriages are due to a blighted ovum – it’s that common.

Are intralipid infusions helpful  during IVF treatment? No, if you believe fertility guru Robert Winston. He tweeted: ‘Intralipids are peddled for so-called immune infertility. Yet another remedy being used without real evidence it works.’ Is he right? Let’s take a close look at intralipids to see if they work for fertility patients or not.

The two week wait. Read the IVF forums and you’ll see what an emotionally difficult time it is. For those who find it tough, there are ways to cope and even to improve your chances of a positive pregnancy result. Based on our own experience, and those of our patients, these are our top 10 tips for surviving the two week wait.