fertility & infertility

A blog about fertility and infertility.

Health news round up


There’s been quite a bit of interesting health news this week; from footballers and dementia, to artificial embryos and  ovarian cancer. Blood tests and ovarian cancer – doctors have revealed that a blood test every 4 months could help women that … Continue reading


Top Tips for Losing Your Baby Weight


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You have just spent the last nine months getting ready for the life-changing birth of your new bundle of joy and we know, you are probably a little bit exhausted after the whole event. The birth of your baby will … Continue reading


This Week in Health News: The First Penis Transplant in the USA, and Should Men Over 40 Avoid Having Children?


Doctors have performed the first penis transplant in the USA

A prominent health news story over the last few days has been the reporting on the first penis transplant in the USA. The story may make many readers wince, but as the doctors who performed the operation have pointed out, … Continue reading


What is Super Gonorrhoea and How To Avoid It?


Super Gonorrhea is a drug resistant sexually transmitted bacterial infection. When one is infected the normal symptoms would include thick yellow discharge from the genitals, pains during urination and bleeding between periods. These symptoms are not observed immediately; it takes … Continue reading


The Top Benefits of Vitrification or Egg Freezing – and Why More Women are Safely Doing it Today


Baby in womb

Egg freezing has become increasingly popular, not only for medical reasons, but simply because a woman has only so many cycles in her life when she can successfully produce eggs – after the age of 35, fertility rates drop, even … Continue reading


This Week in Health News: More Strikes, The Oldest Ever Mother of Triplets, and Singing’s Effect on Cancer


Evidence suggests that singing in a choir may - for some at least - help to reduce stress and have a number of positive health benefits

Today (Wednesday 6th April), junior doctors in England began their fourth strike over the new contracts that are to be ‘imposed’ on them by the government. The walkout began at 08:00am and will last for 48 hours. With these latest … Continue reading


‘The clap’ hits the 21st century


Gonorrhoea, that most ancient of sexually transmitted diseases is back in the news again! First described as ‘the clap’ in the 16th century and possibly even referred to as ‘zav’ or ‘zavah’ in biblical times, the gonococcus (N. gonorrhoeaea)  has … Continue reading


Understanding In Vitro Fertilisation: A Mom’s Guide to IVF Procedures


Many couples who are struggling with fertility consider In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF) to be one of the most promising options available, which is not surprising considering the procedure’s relatively high success rates. IVF can bypass and circumvent most causes of … Continue reading


What Treatment is Available for Polycystic Ovary Syndrome?


Portland Hospital - Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

Polycystic ovary syndrome is a condition that causes cysts to develop on one or both ovaries. The condition can cause irregularities with egg release and unusually high levels of androgens in the body – which are so-called ‘male’ hormones. But … Continue reading


Acupuncture and Fertility Challenges


  Working within health and wellbeing I have learnt to become more conscious with my words. For example, I prefer to use the phrase ‘fertility challenges’ instead of ‘infertile’ when working with patients who have come to me for treatment … Continue reading


Just Another Day On Capitol Hill


advocacy blog No, these are not winning lottery numbers. They are also not numbers to a safe combination leading back to an inconspicuous brief case layered with stacks of 100 dollar bills. These numbers have a bigger and much richer purpose. … Continue reading


Dream a little dream.


Lets talk about inspiration.  Specifically inspiration to lose weight. Why are you putting yourself through the upheaval of making all these changes?  Lets face it, its a right pain in the arse so whats your motivation? Are you doing it … Continue reading


The Causes and Treatment of Endometriosis


  Endometriosis is a surprisingly common condition that involves tissue behaving in a similar way to the lining of the womb. However, in the case of this sometimes distressing condition, the tissues is outside the womb. While there are several … Continue reading


Challenge eHealth Innovation Awards


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talkhealth are proud to be supporting the Challenge ‘eHealth innovation Awards’. Please see details below. Expressions of interest are now open for the ‘Challenge eHealth Innovation Awards’.  The event sponsored by the Welsh Government offers SMEs, clinicians, healthcare workers, patients, … Continue reading


Do you know what you are giving your partner for Christmas this year?


Everyone likes to get into the festive spirit at Christmas but our friends over at The STI Clinic have put together this video called “Christmas Surprises” to remind us it’s not always all fun and games. Have a watch and … Continue reading


Testosterone Deficiency: Should You Get Tested?


I received an email a few days back about someone having problems with his sexual drive. The email sender said his testosterone levels were found to be lower than normal. He then mentioned TestRush, a supplement that claims to boost … Continue reading


Do people buy ‘go private’ because the NHS is bad ?


In the United Kingdom the historic premise behind the National Health Service (NHS) has always been medical care free to the user at the point of delivery. It should of course never be forgotten that the NHS is anything but … Continue reading


2 Key Reasons Why Young Women Need Bioidentical Hormones


It is a myth that only women at menopause need hormone balance. Younger women are as much in need of it for a variety of hormonal conditions that can often be related to oestrogen dominance or progesterone deficiency. Supplementing with … Continue reading


STI diagnoses hit 450,000 in England


STIs on the increase in the under 25s

According to Public Health England, diagnoses of sexually transmitted infections have risen to almost half a million in England in the last year with the highest rates of STIs in young people under the age of 25. This represents a … Continue reading


Sir Robert Edwards : 27 September 1927 to 13 April 2013


Last week a true scientific, medical and humanitarian giant lost his long fight with a serious lung disease. Literally a genius whose advancements in fertility science defined the final third of the 20th Century and to whom millions are grateful. … Continue reading


40% only visit GP after nudge from a friend or relative


More than a third (40 per cent) of people say talking to a friend or relative about a change to their body that was playing on their mind encouraged them to make an appointment with a GP, according to a … Continue reading


Life is like a box of chocolates…


Well life bowled me a googlie recently which has changed a few things around. I had to have a biopsy of my womb in mid-September due to the long term unopposed oestrogen I have been on and unfortunately I got … Continue reading


What To Do About Fibroids


Fibroids will be diagnosed in many women, but may need no treatment at all. They are most often found in women between 30-50+ who have had no children and become less common at menopause as oestrogen levels decline.  Being overweight is … Continue reading




At this moment, while writing this blog post…I am doing something I don’t like to do: getting my hair done. I would rather sit in a dentist chair than spend the many many hours it takes to get my hairconstructed. … Continue reading


CQC Reports Shows Desperate Need For More Midwives


A report published on Thursday, 28th June 2012 by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) includes a section focusing on maternity services. The Royal College of Midwives (RCM) is deeply concerned at the report’s findings and calls on the Government to … Continue reading




This week’s blog is dedicated to those who suffer from one or more autoimmune diseases. I take my hat off to you! Having to endure the daily struggles of your respective invisible illness is truly a heroic feat, and in … Continue reading


NICE Consults On Draft Guideline To Improve Care Of Women At Risk Of Miscarriage Or Ectopic Pregnancy


The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) is today (22 June) launching a consultation on a new draft guideline which, when published, will help the NHS in England and Wales provide consistent, effective, high-quality care for pregnant women experiencing … Continue reading


Rise in sexually transmitted infections


The Health Protection Agency has announced that there has been a 2% increase in the number of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in England. There are now nearly 427,000 cases of STI’s with the biggest increase in gonorrhoea. Experts are concerned … Continue reading


Smoking In Pregnancy Worryingly High Say Midwives


Commenting on the latest statistics on smoking in pregnancy released today by the Health and Social Care Information Centre, Dr Janine Stockdale, research fellow at the Royal College of Midwives, said: “I am pleased to see the rates of smoking … Continue reading


NICE Consults On Updated Recommendations For Treating Infertility


The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) is currently updating its 2004 NHS guidance on the assessment and treatment of couples with fertility problems. Today (22 May), NICE has issued a draft version of the updated guideline for … Continue reading


Menopausal or pregnant?


The Daily Mail today features women who thought they were menopausal but instead were pregnant. It appears that many women over 40 are falling pregnant when they think they are menopausal. The Department of Health revealed that the number of … Continue reading


Online Clinic on Gynaecology


talkhealth in partnership with NHS Choices and Menopause Matters have today launched an Online Clinic on Gynaecology sponsored by DermaSilkIntimo. Clinical experts including Mr Hugh Byrne, Mr Peter Greenhouse, Dr Heather Currie and Nurse Deborah Mills will be on hand to … Continue reading