Azoospermia and its effects

Azoospermia, sometimes referred to as ‘no sperm count’, is a medical condition in which a man’s semen contains no sperm.

Sperm is normally produced in the testis. From there it transits into the epididymis – a structure that surrounds the testis – and then up a tube called the vas deferens.

During ejaculation, semen will carry the sperm through a small tube called the ejaculatory duct and out through the urethra (water pipe). When a man is a suffering from azoospermia, sperm is never ejaculated.

But what are the reasons for azoospermia? How does the condition affect a couple’s chances of getting pregnant? And is there a cure? In our latest blog post, we explain why you may be suffering from azoospermia and what the condition may mean for you.

Types of azoospermia

There are two dominant types: obstructive azoospermia, and non-obstructive azoospermia.

Obstructive azoospermia is a form of the condition where sperm is produced inside the testicle but a blockage somewhere in the reproductive system prevents the sperm from being ejaculated.

Non-obstructive azoospermia is almost the opposite of this. All of the reproductive tubes are unblocked, but the problem lies in the production of sperm. Either no sperm is being produced, or production is at a very low level, and the sperm that is created very rarely makes it all the way out of the testicle.

Penis anatomy

What causes azoospermia?

In regard to obstructive azoospermia, this can be caused by genetic issues, infections of the male reproductive system, for example the testicles or prostate, and most importantly, trauma.

Sustaining injury to the spine, pelvis, or sexual organs can result in an obstruction in the flow of sperm.

With non-obstructive azoospermia, a number of things can cause the condition, such as genetic or hormonal problems. But, a number of lifestyle choices can have a huge effect.

Medicines, such as steroids, and illegal drugs cause problems with sperm production, and can also affect their quality and mobility.

Can I opt in to azoospermia treatment?

There are treatments for the condition, and these differ depending on what type of azoospermia you’re facing.

For obstructive azoospermia, your doctor can attempt to remove the source of the blockage during a surgical procedure, removing the obstruction and allowing the sperm to be ejaculated normally.

Can I opt in to azoospermia treatment?

For non-obstructive sufferers, the best azoospermia treatment is sperm retrieval. This involves a simple procedure, using a fine needle and syringe to extract sperm either from the epididymis. If that fails, a biopsy of the testicular tissue will be taken.

Once the sperm retrieval has taken place, the sample can be used as part of an IVF or an ISMI treatment, in order to achieve pregnancy.

If you’re concerned because you and your partner haven’t conceived yet and you think you may be suffering from azoospermia, please get in touch with one of our fertility experts, who will be happy to help you.

How can IMSI used with IVF help you?

IVF treatment is one of the most popular fertility treatments around, but how are an IMSI and IVF used together?

Intracytoplasmic Morphologically Selected Sperm Injection (IMSI), is a very in-depth procedure as it uses a very high-powered lens to analyse sperm in great detail, to discover whether it’s suitable for pregnancy.

The good quality sperm is injected into the egg to benefit the chances of conception.

It’s a treatment recommended for men with sperm quality issues, but certain groups of people may be more likely to require IMSI than others.

Find out more and discover how IMSI alongside IVF can assist you.

Older males

As you age, the amount of good sperm you produce naturally become fewer in number. By using an IMSI with IVF treatment, the good sperm you have remaining can be chosen to inject into an embryo.

In fact, for men who’ve passed the age of 40, the shape and movement of their sperm make fertility more difficult.

This perfectly highlights the importance of selecting quality sperm via IMSI.

Low quality or abnormal sperm

Low quality or abnormal sperm

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Abnormal sperm is defined as sperm that is unusual in terms of shape and size.

You may be surprised to discover that the majority of men have abnormal sperm, with the average man only having between 4%-15%  normal sperm.

For those with more abnormal sperm than others, this in no way, rules out the chances of conception.

IMSI is a great alternative that can be considered alongside IVF to speed up the process.

Couples creating poor quality embryos

Couples creating poor quality embryos

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Unfortunately, even where your partner has suitable eggs, embryos of good quality can sometimes remain difficult to achieve during a cycle.

The quality of embryos can falter due to poor sperm quality but once again, this issue can be resolved with IMSI treatment.

This form of assisted conception selects sperm that are void of abnormalities, giving the embryo an enhanced quality.

Couples with a history of miscarriages

Sadly, for around a quarter of couples, they will suffer the heartache of one or multiple miscarriages and this can happen for multiple reasons.

One of the most common causes is the quality of sperm provided from the male partner. This can be affected by certain lifestyle choices such as drug use and alcohol consumption, as well as mental issues such as stress or anxiety.

IMSI treatment can benefit those with a poor sperm count, as good sperm is quickly selected thanks to due to accurate and measured testing.

This significantly improve your chances of conception and in turn, lowers the odds of further miscarriages.

Are you are struggling to achieve a successful pregnancy? Book a consultation here at Reproductive Health Group to find out whether an IMSI alongside IVF treatment is the ideal solution for you.

Natural fertility boosters

We’ve all heard the term ‘wishful thinking’, but does hoping for something make it a reality?

The simple answer is no, but with certain things, thinking positively can boost the possibility of achieving your goals.

For couples across the UK, conception can prove difficult, and for many people, IVF treatment is considered a solution to their problems.

In fact, IVF is one of the most popular fertility treatments around.

Our IVF success rates for women vary depending on age,  with those under 35 having an excellent chance of conception.

However, age isn’t the only factor that determines whether IVF treatment is successful or not. Sometimes your emotions can play an influential role too. Read on to discover how:

Stress and anger

Positive thinking can be a very powerful tool when it comes to improving your chances of the IVF process resulting in conception.

Stress and anger however, can have a counterproductive effect on IVF treatment, so it’s in your best interests to relieve yourself of these emotions.

Stress has a direct relationship with a woman’s menstrual cycle and the fertility process and may affect your chances of a successful IVF treatment.

Unfortunately, unsuccessful treatments can lead many women to become frustrated and angry, as well as depressed. And, in turn, these emotions can lead to a decreased libido, which could lessen your chances of conceiving.

How mindfulness meditation and exercise can help

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As it’s important to remain positive during pregnancy, there are a number of things you can do to boost morale.

One of the best methods you can try is to perform exercise often. Yoga and mindfulness meditation are examples of exercise that leave you relaxed and allow you to clear your mind.

In turn, this could make the chances of conception easier due to lack of stress and anger you may have previously felt.

In addition to this, exercise of this kind can also regulate the production of your hormones, which could increase your conception chances.


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Another way to beat stress is by regularly communicating with your partner.

Conception can be a very emotional process for both partners, so by maintaining a positive outlook, you’ll be able to support each other throughout your fertility journey.

It’s also very important to remain truthful with your partner. This will prevent any built-up anger and stress if honest conversations are being held at all times.

In addition to these tips, there are plenty of other natural fertility boosters you can try, including fertility-friendly diets, massages, plenty of vitamins and minerals, as well consuming good fats to aid the production of cholesterol.

Here at Reproductive Health Group, we offer a number of fertility treatments to help improve our patients’ chances of pregnancy. Give us a call today to book your appointment and find out everything we offer during this process as well as our treatment prices.

How Does Sperm Donation Work?

Unfortunately, many couples across the UK face hardship when it comes to trying to conceive.

It can be a very frustrating and distressing experience for those suffering. In fact, it’s believed that 3.5 million people, that’s a seventh of couples in the UK, will struggle to conceive naturally.

There are treatments available to overcome conception issues, such as IVF treatments, but there is never a solid guarantee of success and couples may have to look elsewhere for assistance.

Additional methods are accessible to help those unable to conceive, with sperm donation being one of the most common sources.

If you want to know how to become a sperm donor, read on to discover just how these donations work and how you are applicable to donate.

Sperm Donations

Sperm Donations

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A semen donation may be required when a man can’t produce enough healthy sperm, or is infertile.

This is an excellent option for gay and infertile couples who want to have a baby.

Donating semen isn’t something that you can make money from, so the purpose behind making a donation would be to help fulfil a couple’s dream of parenthood.

How is it done?

Finding a sperm donor is very straightforward, and in fact, you can receive sperm from an anonymous donor.

When you visit a fertility clinic, you can have peace of mind that any donation you take will have been tested thoroughly for its quality and health. Fertility clinics will also screen test any donors that you’ve personally selected (known donor).

The procedure itself is very simple and uncomplicated. It includes the sperm being injected directly into the woman’s uterus through a fine catheter passed via the cervix (insemination).

The sperm is then used to fertilise the egg, and is only inserted inside the woman whilst she’s ovulating, to boost the chances of conception.

What does it achieve?

What does sperm donation achieve

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The whole purpose of a sperm donation is to achieve pregnancy.

As long as everything is well with the woman, a sperm donation should have a positive outcome.

If you’re unsure whether you’d like to use a sperm donor, get in touch with a specialist here at Reproductive Health Group and find out whether it’s a suitable solution for you or your partner.

What Is Intrauterine Insemination?

So, you’ve made that big decision and you’ve decided to begin your fertility journey. But you are finding it difficult to conceive. You may have looked at a few options and discovered Intrauterine insemination.

So, what is IUI?

Intrauterine insemination (IUI) is when sperm is prepared and inserted directly into a woman’s uterus during her ovulation.

If IUI fertility is something you’re interested in, you and your partner can attend one of our specialist clinics, where you will be invited to take some simple tests. Once these have been successfully carried out, you’ll be ready to go through with the IUI procedure.

What is the process of IUI treatment?

This is where the sperm is inserted directly into the uterus with a catheter. This means that the sperm no longer has to enter through the cervix, which heightens the chance of it reaching the ovulating egg successfully.

A women’s fallopian tubes will be checked to ensure they are open and clear, as the sperm will still have to swim through them to meet the egg. She may also need to have some blood tests to check her hormone levels.

Who could benefit from IUI fertility treatment?

Who could benefit from IUI fertility treatment?

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IUI is suitable for nearly everyone, and can be used by people who require the treatment for various reasons.

Couples who have been trying to have a baby for around two years and have not yet managed a pregnancy may want to consider the process of IUI treatment at our specialist clinics.

Those who have sex-related problems such as premature ejaculation or vaginismus, can often achieve the goal they want with our help, by using IUI as a method of fertility treatment. Single women and women in same-sex relationships can also use IUI with donor sperm to conceive.

Women with mild endometriosis, may benefit from our help with IUI as it will give the sperm cells that extra push to get to the eggs.

And as the process is usually extremely quick and painless, there is not usually much call for aftercare. Most women who undergo IUI process are able to leave the clinic right away and continue their usual routine, although some rest and relaxation is always recommended.

Success Rates

Intrauterine Insemination Success Rates

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The success rates of an IUI fertility procedure depends on several different things which will vary with every individual, however our results are incredibly positive.

One of these factors is age, as a younger woman is more fertile and therefore may need less assistance.

Another point which will affect the chances of an IUI conception, is the original cause of infertility. Fertility issues that are slightly deeper rooted may need to incorporate other fertility treatments into the process to achieve conception, which we will be happy to discuss with you.

If you feel as though IUI treatment is the right step for you during your fertility journey, then take a look at our website for more information.

Alternatively, you can contact our team of fertility specialists who will be happy to provide you with advice on the best move to make to start your fertility journey and help to figure out if IUI is right for you.

Why Do Cancer Patients Preserve Their Fertility?

Receiving the news that you’ve got cancer is devastating. And you may be worried about whether your fertility could be affected if you’ve been planning to start a family.

If you have been advised to undergo chemotherapy or another form of cancer treatment, our specialist team are here to help. It is known that there can be some negative effects on fertility, however, this does not mean that your hopes of pregnancy are over. We offer a dedicated service to help those affected, on the road to parenthood.

While men can regain their sperm production after chemotherapy, unfortunately, sometimes women becoming infertile after cancer treatment can happen. However, there are IVF (in vitro fertilization) options available which can help you, if you worry you may have become infertile due to cancer treatment.

As cancer survival rates are growing, it is important that you are aware of your options to preserve fertility and use IVF to conceive once treatment has finished. Read on to discover more about breast cancer and infertility, as well as the chances of successful IVF after chemotherapy:

What options are there?

Fertility Preservation Options

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For men, the procedure for preserving fertility is quite simple as it does not differ from the usual sperm freezing process. A sample is given to a sperm bank and preserved, then stored for later use. This option is available to any male who has reached puberty and is the most common method of fertility preservation for men.

It is also important to know that when undergoing cancer treatment, and for about a week after, it is recommended that you use contraception during intercourse and do not attempt to become pregnant. This is because there’s a possibility that the drugs used for cancer treatment, may harm the baby.

For females, the options for preserving fertility are more complicated. They include going through the egg collection process, whereby eggs are frozen for use them at a later date.

Another option is to fertilise the collected eggs with a sperm and create an embryo, which would then also be frozen and preserved for use after treatment.

Some treatments for breast cancer can cause temporary infertility or make it a little complicated for you to get pregnant after treatment ends. Both of the methods we mentioned above, can be used to aid this situation.

Why may fertility preservation be needed?

If you are having or need cancer treatment but want to start a family, fertility preservation is a good idea for many reasons.

Examples of these can be the link between a cancer patient’s chemotherapy and menstrual cycle. Cancer treatment has been known to cause both irregular menstrual cycles or to cause amenorrhea (one or more missed periods.)

Unfortunately, ovaries may be damaged during cancer treatment, which could cause early onset menopause or its various symptoms. These effects can occur at any point during the cancer treatment and can even be delayed.

However, this, among other reasons, is why IVF and cancer treatment should be discussed together, as it will ensure that people get the earliest possible opportunity to preserve their fertility for later use.

What are the chances of success?

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While the chances of success will vary for each individual case, there are a few factors which may directly affect the chances of a pregnancy occurring, but our specialist team is on hand to help you every step of the way, regardless of your circumstances.

A younger woman will be more likely to successfully preserve their fertility as the ability to conceive lessens with age. However, we have a team dedicated to help ladies of any age who are considering IVF treatment.

For more information on how preserving fertility can benefit cancer patients or if you need any advice about IVF after breast cancer, you can contact our team who will be able to advise you on the best step forward.

5 top health tips to boost fertility

As part of our support for National Fertility Awareness Week 2017, our Nutritional Therapist and Care Co-ordinator, Celia Cooper has provided her 5 top tips when it comes to nutrition, health and lifestyle.

A Healthy Weight

Try to aim to be a healthy weight, as being overweight or underweight isn’t helpful for optimum fertility. It is best to lose weight gradually and not to skip meals. Balancing your blood sugar levels is a great way to help avoid cravings and maintain a healthy weight. Include quality proteins with meals and snacks. Avoiding the peaks and troughs in your blood sugar also avoids putting any unnecessary stress on the body.

Healthy Fats

Include some healthy fats in your diet – don’t go fat free. Your body needs essential fats. Include oily fish twice a week, some nuts, seeds and olive oil. Coconut oil is great for cooking with as it is stable under high temperatures. Use all fats in moderation along with a balanced diet.


Drink plenty of water and some herbal teas and avoid too many fruit juices or artificially sweetened cordials. Caffeine and alcohol is best avoided or at least limited, or it can create additional stresses to the body and can also negatively affect your blood sugar balance.


It can be hard getting all the right nutrients from your diet so supplementing with a fertility multivitamin including folic acid is a good idea. If your BMI is over 30 check with your GP if you need additional folic acid. Safe exposure to sunlight can help increase levels of vitamin D naturally and include a little oily fish and eggs. It may be helpful to get your vitamin D levels tested to see if you need to supplement.

Managing Stress

Making ourselves more resilient to stress can only be helpful for fertility. Try to manage stress levels as best you can with moderate exercise, meditation and relaxation. Finding something that you enjoy doing will increase the chances of sticking to it. Learning techniques that can help avoid negative thinking patterns can also be very helpful in reducing anxiety. Seeing a counsellor can be helpful if you are finding it difficult to manage your stress levels.

If you would like to speak to use about how nutrition, health and lifestyle can help with your fertility, please contact us.

What is a fertility MOT?

Couples that are trying to get pregnant without any success may understandably have worries about their ability to conceive.

While it’s important to remember that it takes some couples longer to conceive than others, the lack of success can put pressure on you.

This is why many people are guided in the direction of a fertility MOT – a test that can determine the likelihood of whether you can conceive.

In this guide, discover just what a fertility MOT is and why it’s now becoming such a popular option of fertility testing.

What exactly does it test?

For women, this kind of fertility check tests your level of Anti-Mullerian Hormone (AMH), which is produced by the ovary, and is usually a good indicator of the number of eggs you’re producing. This allows specialist consultants to see what your chances of conceiving are.

For men, our embryologists will carry out a semen analysis as part of our fertility health check.

As a patient, it’s important to remember that these tests, while not 100% accurate, are excellent guides on your ability to conceive.

Who are the prime candidates for a Fertility MOT?

Who are the prime candidates for a Fertility MOT?

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A Fertility MOT is suitable for any man or woman who is struggling to conceive.

There is no particular age range for which the test is required, due to it being a forecasted analysis. However, for those over the age of 35, the fertility levels are lower, so it’s important to consider your circumstances before your test.

Some people may consider a Fertility MOT due to their lifestyle choices. Couples who are overweight, smoke, or drink heavily may have a lower chance of conception and therefore, are understandably anxious about whether they will be able to have a baby.

Is it reliable?

Whether you are concerned about your fertility health, you are having difficulty in conceiving or you simply want some reassurance so that you can try for a baby without fear of the unknown, a fertility assessment is a great option.

For both men and women, using this test gives doctors and yourselves a fairly accurate idea as to your chances of conception and whether to consider IVF treatment.

Some refer to this form as ‘one indicator of fertility’, as it leaves out certain things, such as information on the quality of your eggs, whether you’re ovulating or the health of your fallopian tubes.

What issues can arise?

Fertility MOT

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The couple Fertility MOT is £250 whereas the cost for the female MOT is £150. If you require a pelvic ultrasound scan this can be done to check the ovaries and uterus. The cost for this is £225.

If you’re anxious about a Fertility MOT, try to remain calm. By receiving a consultation from a fertility clinic like Reproductive Health Group, you will be given a good idea of whether you are likely to conceive.

Can Infertility be Hereditary?

When it comes to conceiving a child, many adults all over the world feel frustration and sadness when they don’t get a positive result. But, struggling to conceive doesn’t mean that there’s something “wrong” with your body! In fact, it’s estimated that over 3.5 million adults in the UK are infertile, so it may be a more commonly-experienced condition than you think.

However, you may be surprised to learn that infertility can run in families. This means that your success rates of conceiving naturally can be similar to that of your parents or siblings.

We understand that infertility can seem like the end of something, but through our patient and informative approach to treatments, we can show you that there are many options to help you with your journey to parenthood.

In this guide, we’ve shared the fertility tests that you can use to determine if your infertility is hereditary, and the possible reasons behind not being able to conceive naturally:

What is subfertility?

There is a slight difference between subfertility and infertility.

Subfertility is the failure to conceive after one year of regular unprotected sexual intercourse. Infertility is when the cause for the failure to conceive has been diagnosed by a professional.

We know that both these situations can be frustrating things for anyone to experience, but it doesn’t mean that you’ll never be a parent.

There are many reasons why a man or woman may be subfertile or infertile. Some of the most common include conditions such as infections, sperm problems, blocked tubes, hormone imbalances or reactions to medicines, although chromosome abnormalities are a leading cause of hereditary infertility.

So, is infertility hereditary? Not always. This is because there are hundreds of potential reasons behind why a person may be infertile – including secondary unexplained infertility, whereby you are struggling to have a brother or sister for your child. It tends to be difficult to explicitly say whether the ability to conceive is passed from parents to their children.

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How is hereditary infertility diagnosed?

As a woman, if you suspect that you may be infertile or are struggling to conceive naturally, one of our fertility specialists will be able to conduct a thorough investigation of your ovaries and womb to put your mind at ease.

In a male fertility test, sperm analysis and an investigation of the sperm tubes will be completed. If there are no issues present in either of these fertility tests, your specialist may suggest looking into your family history to see if any patterns could have repeated.

Reasons for hereditary infertility

It’s important to remember that there is no infertility gene, and it cannot explicitly be said that every parent who is infertile passes the condition through their DNA.

In cases where infertility is passed from parents to children, certain conditions can be hereditary. These conditions may cause the sufferer to become infertile, which is one of the lead causes of hereditary infertility. Some of these include:

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)

Certain studies have discovered that problems with a woman’s ovary can be inherited from her mother. This includes PCOS, a condition that affects how their ovaries work that could lead to irregular periods and lack of ovulation.

PCOS is one of the most common reasons behind women who are having difficulties with conceiving, but fertility treatments are able to help PCOS sufferers to become pregnant.


A condition where the tissue lining the womb is present outside the womb. Endometriosis is another potential reason behind hereditary infertility. This is because the condition can be passed from mother to daughter, with a side effect being that the woman struggles to conceive.

Hereditary infertility

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Klinefelter’s syndrome

Another reason behind a genetic cause of male infertility is Klinefelter’s syndrome; a condition whereby men have an extra X chromosome that is passed from their father. It is one of the most common chromosomal disorder for men all over the world, and affects approximately one in 650 men.

Men who suffer with Klinefelter’s syndrome are more likely to struggle to conceive.

Which infertility problems do not run in families?

Whilst many hereditary conditions have infertility as a symptom, you should keep in mind that unfortunately, many adults struggle to conceive, even if their biological parents haven’t suffered with the issue themselves.

This is because infertility factors such as poor egg quality, blocked sperm tubes and damaged fallopian tubes can occur in any adult, meaning that you may struggle to conceive even if your parent didn’t.

If you’re struggling to conceive and suspect that you may be infertile, it’s best to discuss your options with a fertility specialist. A series of investigations for women and men can be arranged at our centre to assess the fertility potential and to diagnose fertility problems.

How does IVF work?

IVF is one of the most popular fertility treatments for couples who are trying to conceive. Standing for In Vitro Fertilisation, it’s one of the many techniques that we offer, and our patient approach and high success rates mean that you’re in good hands!

But, you may want to learn more about IVF before choosing this route to parenthood. According to fertility guidelines, IVF should be offered to women under the age of 43, who have been trying to get pregnant via sexual intercourse for at least two years.

However, the number of IVF treatment cycles you may have, varies by age and you may find that women under the age of 35 have the best success rates. Throughout the process, you could also discover that you’re able to carry a child, even if you previously thought otherwise.

IVF is one of the most popular fertility treatments, with approximately 30,000 couples every year in the UK using it to assist with pregnancy. It’s also a great process to enable same sex couples to become parents as they can use donor eggs or sperm to coincide with their IVF treatment.

Around 68% of women under the age of 35 end their IVF process with a happy and healthy baby, even if they initially though that it wasn’t possible.

To help you find out more, we’ve explained how IVF works:

How does IVF work?

How does IVF work?

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IVF happens when an egg is taken from the female’s ovaries and fertilised with the male’s sperm. This fertilisation process takes place in a specialist laboratory and once fertilisation is completed, the embryo is transferred back into the woman’s uterus for a pregnancy to develop.

If you wish to undergo this treatment, you (and your partner) will have to visit a fertility specialist clinic. In this appointment, our specialist will look at your ovaries and womb. Men may be asked to provide a sperm test in order to give an accurate success rate for your IVF treatment.

Your specialist will ask you about your fertility history, conduct blood tests and maybe even give an ultrasound or x-ray to ensure that there are no underlying issues that could delay your treatment.

The treatment for IVF comes in six stages.  For women, part of the treatment means that you could be given medicine to boost the number of eggs that your body creates. This is not always needed and is often given to older women with a lower egg count to give them the best chance of IVF success.

Once this is done, your eggs will be monitored as they mature. This stage will be completely pain-free and carried out by simply using an ultrasound to look into your ovaries. If everything is progressing well, your eggs will then be collected from your ovaries and the fertilisation process will begin.

How long does it take?

It typically takes four to six weeks to complete a cycle of IVF, but this may be much quicker, depending on how quickly the ovaries respond to treatment, your egg fertilises and your body reacts to the embryo. It’s not uncommon for women’s womb to naturally adapt to being a mother, so you could be pregnant much sooner than you may have expected.

Here’s a run-down of what you might expect when going through IVF:

  • Week 1: Your eggs will be given time to mature. You’ll also visit your specialist for personalised consultations to ensure that you’re prepared and fully informed of the process before getting started.
  • Weeks 2-3: Also known as the ‘preparation period’, this where your ovaries, sperm and womb will be investigated to give the best chance of success. This is also when you’ll begin taking birth control pills to support the treatment.
  • Week 4: As you come into the fourth week of treatment, you’ll also be given more fertility medications and undergo several monitoring visits to check that everything’s going well.
  • Week 5: Your eggs will be taken and combined with sperm in a lab. Once the egg has fertilised, the embryo will be put back into your uterus.
  • Weeks 6-7: It’s time to get your results.

How successful is IVF treatment?

How successful is IVF treatment?

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Even though IVF treatment carries a good chance for a struggling couple to have a child, it’s important to remember that there’s no guarantee and you may need to undergo a few cycles before you become pregnant.

The success rate of IVF varies by age group, and it can also be affected by your individual egg and sperm quality. However, your specialist will be able to give you an accurate, tailored success rate when you get the results of your ovary, womb and sperm investigations.

Women under the age of 35 have the best chance of success, but the success rate is still only around 32% percent. For women over the age of 44, the success rate is significantly lower. The success rate varies drastically for women between the ages of 35 and 44, despite the small nine-year age gap, but it’s not impossible.

The success of IVF treatments could also be influenced by your lifestyle choices as your body needs to be prepared to carry a child. Generally, it’s best to limit the amount of alcohol you drink, stop smoking, lose weight, and find methods to counteract any stress you’re feeling. Although struggling to get pregnant can be a stressful and emotional time, it’s important to stay positive and find ways to calm your body in preparation for pregnancy.

If you’re having difficulty trying to conceive, you’re not alone. Millions of people in the UK struggle with fertility-related issues but IVF treatment could be the best route to motherhood.

Here at Reproductive Health Group, we offer a full range of fertility treatments and services. There’s no need to suffer in silence if you are struggling to conceive.

We’d love to answer any of your questions and help you to achieve your dream of becoming a parent.