Zika virus and fertility treatment

You may be aware of the concerns regarding Zika virus infection and the harm it may cause to a baby during pregnancy. The infection has a possible association with congenital malformations (birth defects), particularly microcephaly, and this is being investigated. Almost … Continue reading

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Follow-up consultations for when IVF treatment fails

When IVF treatment fails it is a heart-wrenching experience for everyone involved. All we ever want to hear at the end of a patient’s cycle is the good news that they are now pregnant, and looking forward to experiencing their pregnancy and … Continue reading

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HBA analysis included in all semen assessments

For individuals or couples attending our One-Stop Fertility semen assessment, the Herts & Essex Fertility Centre has introduced an additional specialist sperm selection technique called Hyaluronan Binding Assay (HBA) analysis. The HBA semen analysis is included at no extra cost … Continue reading

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Fertility success rates: HFEA Trends and Figures 2014

Last week (March 2016) the Human Fertilisation & Embryology Authority (HFEA) released their annual Fertility Trends and Figures Report for 2014. Because we know that fertility clinic success rates can be hard to interpret, we have looked at the HFEA … Continue reading

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Egg freezing helps you decide when the time is right to try

What is Freeze Your Eggs For Free when you share? Even though the ideal situation is for women to have their children when they are younger, it is also the age when women are most likely to be pursuing other … Continue reading

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A closer look at new treatment innovation in IVF

As one of the top fertility clinics in the UK, Herts & Essex Fertility Centre prides itself on being well-informed on new treatment innovation in IVF. We are always keen to offer treatments where research has demonstrated that a real … Continue reading

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How does the Anti-Mullerian Hormone (AMH) test assess ovarian egg reserve?

Anti-Mullerian Hormone (AMH), a hormone produced by the ovarian antral follicles, is now regarded as a much better predictor of a woman’s ovarian egg reserve than the previously measured Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH) level. Unlike FSH, AMH levels in a … Continue reading

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UK surrogacy report urges changes to surrogacy law

A landmark report, which highlights results from the largest unprecedented surrogacy survey undertaken in the UK, was published earlier this week by Surrogacy UK, a not-for-profit organisation which is run by surrogate mothers and intended parent members. According to the … Continue reading

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National Fertility Awareness Week 2015

In support of National Fertility Awareness Week, which ran from Monday 2 – Sunday 8 November 2015, Herts & Essex Fertility Centre was once again very happy to take part in this year’s Embryo Challenge. Set up by Infertility Network … Continue reading

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New technologies in IVF

Herts & Essex Fertility’s Senior Clinical Embryologist, Lucy Richardson writes about the seminar entitled ‘New technologies in IVF’ that she co-hosted at this year’s Fertility Show. New technologies in IVF A team of clinicians, nurses, embryologists and administrators from Herts … Continue reading

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Christmas good cheer starts early at the Herts & Essex Fertility Open Day

The Herts & Essex Fertility Centre is opening its doors for another of our popular fertility open day events on Saturday 5 December, 12noon-4pm. Come and join us at the clinic to discover the range of tests and treatment options available … Continue reading

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RI Witness security at Herts & Essex Fertility

The RI Witness security system was installed in the laboratory at the Herts & Essex Fertility Centre in 2008 following an exciting invitation from the system’s designer, Research Instruments (RI) to be the first UK fertility clinic to trial the … Continue reading

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Donated sperm and eggs should grow loving families

Part 2: Discovering your true parentage as an older child or adult You may initially be worried about your older child ‘finding out’ that they have a different biological mother or father (or both). How do you cope with this? … Continue reading

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Donated sperm and eggs should grow loving families

Part 1: Donated sperm and eggs should grow loving families, not tear them apart Using donated sperm and eggs during IVF, or other assisted conception treatments, is as accepted today as using the sperm and eggs of the couple that … Continue reading

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Fertility research released at #ESHRE2015

Our Medical Director, Michael Ah-Moye, had the pleasure of attending the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE) annual meeting in Lisbon last week. The event brings together some of the world’s top fertility experts. During the course of … Continue reading

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Follow-up consultations for when IVF fails

When IVF fails it is a heart-wrenching experience for everyone involved. All we ever want to hear at the end of a patient’s cycle is the good news that they are now pregnant, and looking forward to experiencing their pregnancy and to … Continue reading

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Outdated UK surrogacy laws leave expectant families vulnerable

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.

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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What you need to know about your semen analysis

What is a semen analysis? A semen analysis is a simple non invasive diagnostic test to evaluate male fertility and is one of the first investigations for an infertile couple. Male factor infertility due to abnormalities in sperm production or function accounts … Continue reading

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Teenage fathers demonised by sensationalist reporting

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

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

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

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

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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