Ultrasound examination in the Operating Room 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 to check your reproductive organs are in good shape.

Estrogen, Why Do Fertility Patients Need It Estrogen supplements during IVF? They’re sometimes prescribed. And they’re essential for women having donor eggs, donor embryos or frozen-embryo transfers. So why do some doctors, and the leaflets in the packs, scare fertility patients by claiming estrogen can be dangerous during pregnancy? It's hardly the best news to give would-be mums. Here’s the truth about the role estrogen plays before and after fertility treatment.

Egg retrieval – a key moment in your IVF cycle. Your eggs, specifically their quality and quantity, affect your chances of getting, and staying, pregnant. So what should you do to make your egg retrieval a success? Based on our experience, that of our patients and the best medical research, read our 10 tips to improve the outcome of your egg retrieval.

  a man wearing white coat and blue medical gloves holding a semen sample in his hand A semen analysis is essential if you’re trying for a baby – conventionally or with IVF. 30 per cent of fertility problems are male-factor. But for a lot of men, providing a semen analysis, let alone understanding the results, is a challenge. So here’s everything you need to know about your semen analysis. And what the results actually mean.

Progesterone: IVF patients know it well. Why? Because progesterone support is essential for getting, and staying, pregnant after fertility treatment. But some progesterone products work better than others. Some have side effects. Others are fiddly. A few are expensive. So here’s the lowdown on the role of progesterone during IVF – and the best way to take it.