IVF – a (brief) overview Frozen embryo transfers (FETs) are a common addition to a fresh IVF cycle as they are used when surplus embryos are generated, or when a fresh embryo transfer is not possible. To better understand why FETs are performed, we first need to give a (very) brief overview of the steps […]
What is a carrier of genetic disease? Genetic diseases are caused by mutations to one or more genes. Many of these diseases cannot be cured. There are a number of different categories of genetic disease, but we will be focusing on a type called autosomal recessive (AR) diseases – examples of AR diseases include cystic […]
In this article we will introduce the topic of genetic disease – what it is, how important it can be medically, how common it is and, most importantly, if there is anything you can do to prevent it. Before we discuss further details, it is essential to explain a few commonly used terms that will […]
Hippocrates, the great physician, famously said ‘Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food’ – does this apply to fertility? Do fertility boosting foods exist?
Chronic endometritis causes an incredibly hostile environment for the developing embryo, which can lead to difficulties obtaining and maintaining pregnancy.
The fertility implications of this condition depend on the degree of endometriosis presented by the patient. Research shows that infertile women are 6 to 8 times more likely to have endometriosis than fertile women.
The implantation process occurs in the first two weeks after fertilisation. As the embryo adheres to the wall of the uterus, it may burst small blood vessels within the endometrium – this may lead to a small amount of bleeding that is distinguishable from the bleeding associated with menstruation.