Outdated UK surrogacy laws leave expectant families vulnerable

Outdated UK surrogacy laws need reform

The recent High Court UK surrogacy case of H v S was shocking for a number of reasons. The case centred on a dispute between a surrogate mother and the intended parents of her child, a gay couple who had … Continue reading

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Synthetic children: A redundant debate fuelled by misplaced sentimentality.

Dolce Gabbana synthetic babies

When Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana used social media to air their views about same-sex families, IVF treatment and so-called ‘synthetic children’ last week, it was like reading something written years before the two famous designers were born. Aside from … Continue reading

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Teenage fathers demonised by sensationalist reporting

Teenage-fathers

Teenage fathers were the subject of scrutiny last week after a report in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B suggested that the rate of sperm mutation is higher in young men aged 15 to 19.9 than it is … Continue reading

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Opposition to egg donation for mitochondrial procedures is misleading and unfounded

egg donation

Within hours of the House of Lords passing new legislation that allows the donation of mitochondria cells during IVF treatment, critics of the process started to emerge and raise questions about the ethics of the new procedure. Even though many … Continue reading

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Getting to grips with male fertility

male fertility

Your first visit to a fertility centre can be a daunting experience. There is often a lot of information to take in and understand, and as your visit is likely to be the result of an already stressful, frustrating process, … Continue reading

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Why looking your best could be bad for your fertility

cosmetics bad for your fertility

You’ve probably heard the same old advice a million times when you are trying for a baby: book a weekend away together, try some relaxing sensual massage, get dressed up and go out together on a ‘date night’. But what you may … Continue reading

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Egg freezing parties: the new craze sweeping Silicon Valley

Egg freezing parties

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

mitochondrial

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

egg donation

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

New year

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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